A slow cooker is a valuable tool in the kitchen, particularly if you’re part of a busy household. It cooks your food long and slow, so that you can start it before you leave for work in the morning and dinner will be ready by the end of the day. What could be better than coming home to the aroma of a delicious meal, knowing that all the work’s been done already?
Some recipes are better suited for slow cooking than others. The long simmering time means that the slow cooker is best suited to soups and stews, braised dishes, or long-simmered sauces. Braising is ideal for slow cooker dishes, as it seals in the juices from the meat. Just brown your chicken in a skillet, transfer to your slow cooker with some vegetables and liquid, and let your slow cooker go! This method works for any chicken stew or curry. All you need to do is switch up your braising liquid, vegetables, and seasonings, and you can create an endless number of dishes.
And if you have a roast chicken on hand, you can easily make your own chicken stock is using a slow cooker. Throw in the carcass, some carrot, celery, onion, and herbs, and cover with water. Leave it on overnight and you’ll have a delicious chicken stock you can use at once or freeze for future use.
These are just a couple of the myriad ways to use your slow cooker. Check out our Slow Cooker Recipe section to see even more possibilities. Here are a few to get you started.
1. Thai-Style Sweet Chili Chicken (slow cooker)
This simple and delicious slow cooker meal only calls for seven ingredients and yields flavourful, melt-in-your-mouth chicken. Serve over brown rice or rice noodles.
2. Cranberry & Chicken Borscht
Heart-healthy beets take centre stage in this protein-rich borscht. We put a spin on the traditional European favourite by adding tart cranberries and a touch of brown sugar.
3. Sweet Coconut Clove Chicken
This savoury dish is easy to prepare and great for potlucks. And just wait for those mouth-watering aromas to start filling the kitchen - it will become an instant classic.
4. Cowboy Chicken Chili Casserole
There are many variations of this "fix it and forget it" casserole. This version has been updated with lean ground chicken, sliced potatoes, salsa, and Mexican spices.
5. Romani Chicken Stew
This stew is the epitome of a one-dish meal. High in fibre and bursting with flavour, this recipe is ideal for the health-conscious family.
6. Island Barbecue Chicken
This subtly spicy recipe is sure to impress and so easy to prepare. Simply brown the chicken beforehand and let the slow cooker do the rest.
7. BBQ Chicken over Apple Maple Baked Beans
Here is a hearty slow cooker meal you can quickly put together using common kitchen ingredients. It is popular with kids and adults alike.
8. Classic Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic
You heard right, 40 cloves of garlic! Garlic is an easy and inexpensive way to load your chicken with flavour. This recipe pairs abundant garlic with Dijon mustard, white wine, and tarragon.
9. Chicken Vegetable Lasagna
This slow cooker lasagna recipe is jammed with vegetables and is a healthy alternative to its meaty cousin, with only 390 calories per serving.