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Old 04-28-2013, 07:08 AM   #1
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Overcooking chicken =/

How do you NOT overcook chicken breast in the crockpot? I keep seeing recipes that I want to try but dp keeps discouraging me since we have never had chicken breast come out tasting good from the crockpot and it is so darn expensive to waste.

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(What are your favourite recipes for crockpot chicken breast that don't taste horrible?)

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Old 04-28-2013, 07:28 AM   #2
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Maybe you need more liquid/fat? Chicken breasts are super lean and tend to dry out. The crock pot should keep it moist with all the liquid unable to escape. We don't eat much meat, but I always buy chicken thighs as they are more fatty. Hth.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:30 AM   #3
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I put the chicken and the juices it comes with in, then add some chicken stock (you could substitute many things here.)
After cooking for a few hours I turn the bird over in the crock pot and usually add some more stock.

My birds always come out so moist they literally fall off the bones. I often have to use a slotted spoon to strain out the little bones and such once the big parts are removed. I can then use the leftover liquid as soup/chili/etc stock.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:40 AM   #4
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When I make chicken in the crockpot, it is always shredded and in a sauce. We really like cream cheese chicken & Hawaiian BBQ isn't bad either.


Crock Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken
INGREDIENTS
4 to 6 Boneless Chicken Breasts
1 Bottle Hawaiian Style Barbecue Sauce
1 20 oz. can Pineapple Chunks, drained
INSTRUCTIONS
1. Spray the inside of your crock pot with cooking spray for an easy cleanup!
2. Place frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot and cover with sauce.
3. Empty can of drained pineapple chunks on top.
4. Cook on High for 2-3 hours or Low for 4-6 hours.
5. Shred chicken with two forks while still in the crock pot so the chicken will be well coated with sauce.
6. Serve over rice.


Cream cheese chicken
Put 4 frozen chicken breasts in crockpot
Sprinkle on one packet of taco seasoning
Cover with 1 can of drained/rinsed black beans
Add 1 can drained corn
Add most of 1 jar of salsa
Cook on high for 5 hours
When there is about an hour left, shred chicken with forks and stir around mixture
When timer goes off, leave crockpot on warm and put block of cream cheese on top
Cook rice
When rice is done, stir cream cheese into crockpot mixture
Put rice in bowl, top with cream cheese chicken, eat with tortilla chips! Also makes great tacos.
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Re: Overcooking chicken =/

I want to try the one dish chicken dinner recipe from the 1st page of the crockpot sticky but dp is nervous.
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Re: Overcooking chicken =/

Modern crock pots cook at too high a temp. for most recipes. The meat will be terribly over cooked. What I have realized is that I need to cut the cooking time in half.
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Re: Overcooking chicken =/

You can buy chicken breast with the skin on and bone, that will help. Also, the great thing about the crock pot is you can use the cheaper parts of the chicken, like leg quarters.
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Re: Overcooking chicken =/

Whole roaster chicken in the crock pot is yummy if you like dark meat or don't mind bones.
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Re: Overcooking chicken =/

I have a trick where I'll toss the chicken breasts in a little bit of olive oil before I cook them in the crock pot. Also, I always use at least a cup of broth or water when cooking them so they don't dry out. In my experience I've had more luck when I cook on low for longer periods of time.
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:08 PM   #10
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Imake that one dish chicken recipe in the oven And its a favorite by all!

I cut up the uncooked chicken breasts into bite sized pieces and put them in the bottom of a 9x13. Sprinkle cheese on top. Then mix the stuffing with a can if cream if ckn soup and add 1/3 c milk. Bake 350 for 30 min or till ckn is done.

I know that this doesn't solve the crockpot dilemma but wanted to share!
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