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Slow Cooker Chicken 101: Tips and Techniques

By: Marah Altenberg, Editor,
Slow Cooker Chicken 101 Tips and Techniques

As chicken is a staple on many of our menus, we are all looking for advice on ways to make our slow cooker chicken recipes the best they can be. Making slow cooker chicken opens up many new doors for preparation, tenderness and taste. Slow Cookers also offer up a more convenient cooking process. You can prepare your ingredients the night before. When you wake up in the morning, you can take the ingredients and put them in your slow cooker and turn it on. You are able to leave for the day with no fuss. When you return your dish is cooked to perfection and ready to serve. There are so many terrific slow cooker recipes for chicken, running the gamut from spicy to mild. You can find Thai chicken recipes to Mexican ones, the possibilities are endless. You can use a variety of vegetables and sauces with your chicken to manipulate the flavor and ambiance of the dish. Guests get tired of the same types of chicken over and over. They will be ecstatic to try something new on your menu.

When cooking easy chicken slow cooker recipes certain guidelines need to be followed to obtain the greatest outcome for flavor and texture. A slow cooker can bring your outcomes to their maximum potential. We want to share some tips for you to remember when you are cooking chicken in your slow cooker. If you pay attention to this advice, your recipes have an excellent chance of coming out flavorful and delicious. 

Tips for Cooking Chicken

There is an art to cooking your chicken properly in your slow cooker. Here is some of our best advice to cook your chicken successfully.

  1. Do not cook chicken breast meat for longer than 6 hours. The meat can become tough and dry.

  2. Chicken thighs or legs should be cooked for 8 to 10 hours.

  3. Chicken breasts are considered fully cooked at 160 degrees F, while thighs and drumsticks are considered fully cooked at 165 degrees F. 

  4. Newer slow cookers tend to cook food faster. Cihcken breasts may be finished in as little as 4 hours. You need to watch your chicken carefully, so as not to overcook it.

  5. Bone-in chicken needs to be cooked differently compared to boneless chicken. Chicken cooked on the bone takes much longer to cook and is usually less likely to become overcooked. Boneless, skinless thighs and drumsticks should be checked on often so as not to overcook them.  

  6. Skin is advised to be removed from the chicken. It adds fat and tends to be unappetizing after the cooking process. 

Bonus: Our Favorite Chicken Recipes

Here is a list of our favorite slow cooker chicken recipes. Some have flavorful sauces, some are for sandwiches and some come from different ethnicities. There is something for everybody. Enjoy!

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They say you learn something new every day. This is a nice article on the basics of slow cooking chicken. I knew about removing the skins from chicken breasts, but didnt know that applied to all chicken parts. I generally keep the skins on for dishes that specifically use the thigh.I also didnt know that thighs and drumsticks needed to be cooked as long as the article recommends. Wonderful recipes, too.


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