How to Cook Chicken in a Slow Cooker

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How you'll cook chicken in a slow cooker depends largely on a few key things, like your own preferences. Cook chicken in a slow cooker with help from the author of several cook books in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dina Cheney, I'm the author of several cookbooks including Year-Round Slow Cooker: 100 Favorite Recipes for Every Season and I'm gonna talk to you about how to cook chicken in the slow cooker. The best cut for the Crock-Pot is really the chicken leg or the chicken thigh and that's cause the leg and thigh have the most fat and connected tissue on the bird so they all do well with prolonged cooking, a chicken breast will really dry out so you don't really ever want to cook chicken breast or boneless skinless chicken breasts in the Crock-Pot those are better for the saute pan. Now what you want to do is really want to buy your chicken legs and thighs on the bone. The bone is gonna add a lot of flavor to the chicken so you want to keep it on the bone but I like to remove the skin cause it would get slimy in the Crock-Pot and you can also remove any excess fat and what you want to do is it's really great to add a lot of flavor because chicken's kind of a bland meat so you can either add a wet or dry rub to the chicken in your Crock-Pot before you pour on a sauce. Now if you're gonna be using a very kind of bland sauce, a mild suace maybe made with just some white wine chicken stock that kind of thing it's good to brown your chicken on the stove top first to give it some more color and a nice seer, it's also more attractive. If you're gonna be blanketing your chicken with a thick flavorful sauce say a tomato base sauce you can usually forgo the browning process so it's a lot faster. I'm Dina Cheney, and thanks for watching me teach you how to cook chicken in the slow cooker.

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