This crock pot chicken recipe is your next one-pot meal that you are going to make it over and over again.
Total Time: 4 Hours 5 Minutes
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Inactive Cook Time: 3 Hours 45 Minutes
I tried this recipe many times with many different cuts of chicken with and without bones. I was so glad that I finally nailed this slow cooker chicken recipe. And I must say that this is most likely one of the easiest ways to cook a low carb juicy chicken with a crock pot.
The cuts of the meat could affect the cost, cook and prep time of this dinner. So, what should you choose? Let's explore each cut of meat and how it turns out.
This is a very economical cut to make this meal. However, separate the bones and meat from each other is a bit time-consuming. “Can you serve the chicken with bones on the dining table?” It depends on how you look at it. The meat falls off the bone before getting on the plate. So, presentation-wise, this may not be too appetizing. I must admit that the bone gives great flavor to the sauce. Besides, dark meat is more moist than white meat.
Fresh Boneless skinless chicken thigh is another great option. You will use the exact amount of meat that the recipe calls for. The meat comes out perfectly cooked and juicy.
The biggest setback is that it depends on your luck of picking that pack of fresh chicken in the store. Some boneless skinless chicken thinghs come with excessive fat that you could spend up to 15-20 minutes to remove it.
Many people choose white meat. As I always say, white meat is not for slow cooking. Because by the time dinner is served, it tastes like sandpaper instead of white juicy meat.
So, this is what I did which worked out very well. Instead of using fresh meat, I threw in frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts into the slow cooker. NO THAWING. Yes, frozen meat directly into the crock pot. The heat from the slow cooker will thaw it for you. When the chicken dinner is done, the white meat is perfectly cooked and juicy. But because it takes longer to thaw and cook the frozen meat, the quantity needs to cut into halves.
I do understand that there are some cooks still using fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts. Although I am not a big fan of that idea, it is up to you. I just happen to like the dark meat better and it doesn't mean that everybody must agree and follow. Just bear in mind, whatever works for you and your family, go with that direction.
This step is not necessarily needed for dark meat. However, it may be different from the white meat perspective. The time when I used frozen boneless chicken breasts to make this crock pot chicken recipe, I purposefully took out the meat while the broccoli were cooking in the crock pot. Then, I transferred all the meat into a bowl and shredded it with a hand mixer before putting all the meat back into the slow cooker. I found that it allows more room for the meat to soak up the sauce and cheese which gave the meat more flavor and moisture.
Please note that this step is optional. You can totally skip this step.
I tried both at different times. Since it takes time to thaw the frozen vegetables, the quantity adding the frozen form is less. This will allow the slow cooker to pick up the heat quick enough to cook the broccoli. On the other hand, fresh broccoli is literally in room temperature which takes lesser heat, comparatively speaking. So, you can add a bit more vegetables into the crock pot.
You can throw in fresh meat to cook first and add frozen vegetables later to complete this crock pot chicken recipe. You can also switch the order around. But in my opinion, use frozen meat and frozen vegetables together. Fresh meat with fresh vegetables. That is the best way to do it.
Yes, absolutely. Here are the steps to do so:
As much as I love pasta, rice and noodles, having less carb makes me more energetic. Are you in the same position like me? What about your carb-loving family? You can serve steamed rice, pasta or mashed potatoes on the side. Any of them will be great with the sauce from this crock pot chicken recipe.
1 block (8oz) Cream Cheese
4.5 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs (or 2 lbs Frozen Boneless Chicken Breasts)
2 Cups Chicken Bone Broth
1 Envelope of Ranch Powder Mix
3 Broccoli Crowns (about 1.5 lbs; cut into florets or 1 lb Frozen Broccoli Florets)
2 Cups Shredded Yellow Cheddar Cheese
Bacon Bits (optional)
Parsley Flakes (for garnish; optional)
Non-stick Cooking Spray
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