April 12, 2016
Chicken is one of the most economical pieces of meat to cook and if you have a lot of frozen chicken, you’re wondering how to take the boredom out of cooking it, especially if you fixed it all kinds of ways in the past few weeks. If you have a crock pot and low on time, prepare some chicken dishes that you can freeze and reheat at a later time. If you have a whole chicken, you can place it in the crock pot along with herbs and spices, chopped onions, garlic cloves, carrots and zucchini to make chicken soup for the cold months. Another idea is to place cubed frozen chicken pieces in the crock pot to create chicken chili. Just add some cannellini beans, tomatoes, green onions and peas.
You are probably wondering how long you should cook your frozen chicken. If it’s a whole chicken you should cook it on low heat for about ten hours as this allows the chicken to thaw and cook properly without having to deal with undercooked chicken. You want the temperature to be set at 160 degrees for safe cooking in the crock pot. However, if you set the temperature high, you can set it at 200 for the best cooking.
So how you can boost the flavors of your crock pot chicken recipes? You can get inspiration from cookbooks and websites that are tailored to crock pot cooking. Another idea is to add international flair to the chicken. For example, if you love Mexican food you can add some jalapeno peppers, red chiles, black beans and tomatoes. and tortilla pieces. Or if you enjoy Asian cuisine you can add duck sauce, soy sauce, green peppers, shallots, garlic and snap peas to create sweet-and-sour chicken. This keeps you from eating the same chicken recipes repeatedly.
Your frozen chicken crock pot recipes don’t always have to include a ton of ingredients. There are numerous recipes that contain one to five ingredients. For example, crock pot orange chicken can be made with orange marmalade, spices, chicken broth and onions. To make garlic lemon chicken you’ll need garlic cloves, lemons, black pepper, salt and onion powder. To make Cajun-style chicken you can combine Tabasco hot sauce, cayenne pepper, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes and chicken broth.
In conclusion, the crock pot saves time and money. When you make crock pot meals you can freeze them and by doing this you spend less money at the store each week. Crock pot cooking gives you more time to spend with your family and it’s especially helpful on days when you work long hours and cannot prepare a quick meal. The dish will cook for hours while you’re away and when you come home, you can eat right away. Get input from the family regarding the meals and don’t be afraid to switch up the flavors. You can even remix old family favorites with the crock pot. Examples of these dishes include gumbo, chicken cacciatore, smothered chicken and barbecued chicken. Most importantly, enjoy the meals as a family as often as possible.