A Chicken in Every (Crock) Pot

Crockpot Chicken Recipes

Spicy Chicken Tacos
Spicy Chicken Tacos. Linda Larsen

The phrase "a chicken in every pot" has been repeated throughout history, beginning with King Henry IV in France. The words promise good times, with enough to eat and time to relax and enjoy it. These days, most people cook their chicken in a crockpot.

The crockpot is probably the best time saver in the kitchen today. You can throw in a few ingredients, turn it on, leave the house all day, and come home to a home filled with incredible scents and a complete hot dinner waiting for you.

Combine your crock pot with chicken for fabulous meals.

There are some tips for cooking chicken in your slow cooker. You'll find that many crockpot recipes that cook for 8-10 hours will call for chicken thighs or legs. Chicken breast meat can become tough and dry when cooked for longer than 6 hours on low. Using boneless chicken thighs will not only solve this problem, but this cut of meat is cheaper than chicken breasts and has a richer flavor.

However, if your family prefers white meat, just make sure to cook for a shorter period of time and everything should turn out perfectly. Be sure, if you have a newer crockpot, you watch the cooking time carefully. The chicken breasts may be done in as little as 4 hours! Test with a food thermometer. Chicken breasts are done at 160 degrees F; thighs and drumsticks at 165 degrees F.

Bone-in and boneless chicken have different cooking requirements. Chicken cooked on the bone takes longer to cook, and is also less likely to overcook.

Check boneless, skinless thigh, drumstick, and breast meat for doneness earlier. Most crockpot recipes call for removing the skin, because it adds fat and doesn't become crisp enough to be appetizing.

Vegetables in these recipe should go into the bottom of the crockpot, with the meat on top because vegetables cook more slowly than meat.

This arrangement will also help prevent the chicken from overcooking. If you choose to leave the skin on your chicken, brown it first in a skillet in olive oil to help improve the appearance of the finished dish.

For hints and tips about using your crockpot to its fullest capacity, see Crockpot 101. Enjoy these fabulous recipes! And be sure to check out my list of best crockpot chicken recipes too.

A Chicken in Every (Crock) Pot