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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Slow cooker chicken

Stephanie at A Year of Slowcooking posted about cooking plain old chicken in the crock pot, and I'm so glad I tried this yesterday! I now have about 8 cups of cooked, shredded chicken in my freezer which I can pull out and plop into meals with little effort, and I only have to clean my crock pot once. I cooked a bunch of chicken on the stove once which worked out ok, but this way I can get to the chicken when I have a spare moment, instead of trying to deal with boiling chicken and a baby suddenly screaming.

It's so easy! All you do is put as much raw chicken (fresh or frozen) as will fit in the crock pot and cook on low for about 7 hours. Let it cool enough to handle and cut or shred the chicken. Most of my recipes call for about 2 cups of chicken, so I put 2 cup portions into bags and stick it in the freezer.

This saves me so much time instead of cooking and cutting chicken every single time a recipe calls for it...all I have to do is pull a bag out of the freezer and throw it into that meal.

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