If you’re a fan of home cooked meals that are easy to make and taste delicious, you’ll enjoy today’s tip – a recipe for healthy Chicken Breast in the Slow Cooker by our friend Clara Holtz of the TheFryerHouse.com.
Editor’s Note: This article is written by Clara Holtz – a part-time guest blogger and administrator of TheFryerHouse.com. Clara and the team at TheFryerHouse.com work to provide honest and accurate articles and reviews on all things relating to Airfryers. ThatHelpfulDad.com is happy to be able to share Clara’s recipe with you today. I enjoyed reading her recipe and felt like I was transported into her kitchen as she was making this dish. Keep up the good work, Clara.
Wait, don’t open that door! You could get a pie your face! 🙂 Instead let’s get straight to the kitchen so that we can get something amazing done today.
Let’s use our slow cooker and make an easy and delicious chicken breast recipe.
I love to cook my chicken breast in broth in a slow cooker. Why? Because no significant culinary skill is required and and using a slow cooker makes sure the meat is evenly cooked. As a matter of fact, I like cooking my chicken breasts in broth in my crockpot before any other thing. I often use my slow cooker to cook my butchered chicken breast meat for 4hrs-6hrs, depending on the time frame I prefer for that day.
The result of making chicken in the slow cooker? It’s awesome and my children love to eat it — that makes me happy too because I know this recipe is healthy for them.
Gone are the days that my family and I slave over our stove to make dinner. Now, I prefer my slow cooker because it’s safer and I can multitask (that means more time with family and friends). Just set the preset on the crockpot and let it work it’s magic. What could be easier?
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What’s great about slow cookers like this is that they’re well built, have loads of presets to make cooking easier, and can be operated intuitively. Just be sure to read the manual so you understand how to use your crockpot safely. Once you know how to operate your slow cooker, you can preset the functions, and take a break with your family and friends.
But enough about crockpots – let’s get to the recipe!
If you make this dish, I know you’ll enjoy it. You won’t believe how easy this recipe.
Are you ready? Oh yeah, let’s do this!
First of all, we need to make sure the kitchen is sanitized including the cooking utensils (let’s keep our family safe, right?).
Next, let’s take a look at the ingredients….
Slow Cooker Chicken Breast Recipe Ingredients
- 3 lbs of chicken breast meat.
- 2-4 tablespoon of butter.
- ¼ quart chicken broth
- 2-3 pinches of salt.
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon of garlic
- ¼ grounded pepper.
- Pinch of paprika
- sprig of rosemary to garnish
- Slow cooker.
Tip: The amounts per seasoning are a guide – if you like more bold flavors then double the amounts of onion and garlic.
Once you have these ingredients, it’s time to take our focus to this super easy preparation process.
How to Prepare Slow Cooker Chicken Breast Recipe
1-Rinse the chicken
Would you like to sear the meat before or after you cook it in the crockpot? You can do that if you prefer, but it’s not really necessary, however I do recommend that you rinse the meat first. Here’s what I do to ensure my chicken is cleaned…
- Pour the meat in an empty bowl, take the bowl to the faucet, and while the water is running, pick up each of the chicken breasts and use your fingers to remove any stuck on blood or other bits you want to remove. Then pat dry.
2-Preparation & Seasoning
I properly arranged the meats in the crockpot then fill the crockpot with the seasoning ingredients. I make sure that the seasonings are mixed around and then I add the chicken broth. (As an alternative, I also sometimes steam the chicken breast with the seasoning in the slow cooker for about 30 minutes before I add the broth. Both ways are fine and I encourage you to experiment to see which you like better). Most of the time I add the seasoning, chicken, and broth all at the same time and that’s what we’re doing today.
At this point I’ll add in the butter. I think you need at least 2 Tablespoons of butter, although I prefer to use 4 tablespoons (and sometimes even more – ssshhhh!).
- There is just something about butter and what it does to your cooking. Do you know what I mean?
- BTW, if you use margarine, write me a comment below. I would love to see what you have to say and don’t forget to tell me how you make your dish magical.
With your ingredients added, it should look something like this.
3-Cooking in the crockpot
The aim is that never overcook the chicken breast. So put this into consideration whenever you’re setting the time for your slow cooker.
Avoid timing it for a long period of time unless you want the meat to be overly juicy because you’re looking to shred it for a particular dish. Personally I like to serve these chicken breasts whole so my family and I don’t cook it too long.
Usually I set the time to 4 hours.
Important tip: one thing I don’t do is continually opening the cover of the slow cooker. This will let all the steam escape and ruin your cooks. It’s ok to check once or twice but I’d rather wait until the time elapsed and let the slow cooker work its magic.
Once the time is reached, I then check the meat by stirring the chicken breasts so as to ensure that the flavors are evenly distributed.
4- The Final Evaluation – Does the Family like it?
As the cook, before you serve this dish, you’ll want to check that the chicken breasts are up to your preferred temperature (165F) and then taste the meat (and that lovely broth) to decide if you’ve hit the mark. You may need to add some salt to taste, drizzle on some EVOO, or perhaps add a sprig of rosemary to garnish like in my pic above.
Once you open the lid of the crockpot I’m sure your family will notice the aroma – it’s sure to steal the show!
After you’ve cooked your chicken breast to your satisfaction, scoop the meat out (with that broth!) and serve it with your favorite sides. (Might I suggest some green beans along with some air fried potato wedges?)
Wasn’t this recipe easy? Definitely!
Best of all, if you don’t finish all the chicken for dinner, you can store in the refrigerator – that means another meal is already done. Bonus!
Another tip: if you are storing the chicken for later, I’d recommend you separate out the broth – you can use it later for all kinds of soups and to flavor other side dishes.
Well, what are you waiting for? Go make the recipe for easy slow cooker chicken breast, then come back and and let me know what you think. I’ll be looking forward to seeing your comments.
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