chicken crock pot dinnersI love cooking chicken in my crock pot, and I especially like the convenience of it.  Nothing beats the ease of a crock pot. You don’t have to stand over it and stir it. You don’t have deal with the steam filling the air in the kitchen. There are a bunch of different sizes of crock pots that are available. They vary in size from 4 quart upward. I get the larger size, and I like to cook a lot of meat at one time and freeze serving-size portions. I never put raw meat in the freezer. I prepare the meat in whichever recipe I choose and then freeze. So easy, so fast during the week to bring out one of those freezer baggies filled with cooked meat (usually with some juice or sauce in the baggie as well).

I save so much time. Here is one of my recipes for preparing chicken in a crock pot:

  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless – I always take my kitchen shears and remove any remaining fat and skin, because there usually is some hanging around.
  • 2 cans Swanson Chicken Broth – I always get the broth that is lowest in fat content.
  • 1 medium-sized onion, diced
  • 1 cup sliced celery.  This is optional because not everyone likes celery in their dishes.
  • 1 garlic clove, diced (or you can buy one of those little jars that you find in the produce section in the grocery store)
  • 1 cup white cooking wine
  • 6 hours on high in crock pot

I usually serve my chicken dishes with either brown rice or a baked potato.  Some people like mashed potatoes. I’ve found an easy way to make mashed potatoes without bringing out the big mixer. This way, I avoid all that clean up involved with the mixer. I just poke holes in my potato, zap it in the microwave for 5 or 6 minutes, or until the potato is done. I let it cool a bit, and then protecting my hands from the heat of the potato as much as possible with a kitchen pad, I peel the potato with a fork. After I’ve dumped the white portion of the potato on my plate, I tip on a little (just a tad now) of milk, salt and pepper and mash that puppy up with my fork. It really is a good mashed potato, and I’m sure most of you out there have discovered this little speed trick for mashed potatoes, but maybe you haven’t. Anyway, you might want to give it a try.  Fast, and good.

With the chicken and brown rice or potatoes, I always have a green vegetable and fruit. It rounds the meal out nicely. Your family will love a crock pot meal with these different sides. And you have so much more time available to do fun things with them rather than sweating in the kitchen. I also like a sweet and sour dish sometimes. I like the vinegar cucumbers, or a zucchini radish relish. I just whip up these sides on a Sunday morning so they are ready to go during the week.