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A Year of Slow Cooking

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Lazy Chicken CrockPot Recipe



Day 20.


This is the easiest crockpot recipe ever. All you need is frozen chicken pieces and a bottle of marinara sauce.


Since it's so easy and fool-proof, I thought I'd use it to test out my friend's Presto Multi-Cooker.


This particular appliance is advertised as a roaster, slow-coooker, fryer and rice cooker. It also has the added benefit of being completely dishwasher safe--heating element and all.



I plugged in the presto cooker and put it on the lowest setting, which was 200degrees. I've read that traditional crockpots "low" temperatures are between 190 and 200 degrees, and figured that was a safe bet. Within seconds the outer surface of the pot was hot to the touch.


I dumped in my frozen chicken pieces and they began sizzling and smoking. Alarmed, I shuffled the kids out of the kitchen and grabbed the camera. I have my priorities in order...




So. I dumped everything into my own Rival and left it alone to cook unattended for 8 hours on low.



I can't imagine ever leaving the Presto alone to even use the restroom. That thing is scary.


It's probably a great fryer, but I don't eat many fried things. So, Stephanie (her name is Stephanie also, I'm not talking to myself) you can have your multi-cooker back. I'm going to stick with my boring ol' Rival.




According to Amazon, Presto now has a version with a removable crock insert that might behave better. I was surprised that the reviewers didn't mention the crazy quick heating and cooking, but it appears they mostly use it for the frying feature.


For this recipe:

--frozen chicken pieces

--bottled marinara sauce

cook on low for 8 hrs, high for 4. Shred chicken with forks; serve over hot pasta.

Other Variations:
use bbq sauce! or your favorite salad dressing! or any of those ready-made marinades or sauces such as sweet and sour, curry, teriyaki, etc.
If you have gluten allergies, PLEASE read all labels carefully and contact manufacturers when in doubt.
This technique works great with beef, lamb, pork, and hardy vegetables.


43 comments:

jeriray said...

I love your blog! I subscribe just to make sure I don't miss out. It all looks so yummy...

Jennifer P. said...

Hey! I think I just paid $12 for that same dish from the Carino's last night :)! Yum!

Anonymous said...

Sounds great and Cheap my favorite thing.

Stephanie C. said...

That sounds good and way too easy.
Hey, I made the chicken tortilla soup someone posted about last week or so. It was a big hit here!

The Eclectic WAHM said...

Ok, well this is totally my new favorite blog. I just subscribed and can't wait to read more.

Canadian Saver said...

Yum! That looks very good and easy :-)

MommaofMany said...

I just found your blog today, from ToastyToes'es (is that correct?) blog. I am new to crockpot cooking (just got one for Christmas) and am going to follow your blog closely this year! I linked to you from my blog!

kelly said...

yum & easy-just my style!

Lizzard said...

I just LOVE this blog!! You can also make this with chicken and barbeque sauce. Very yummy. I haven't tried it with marinara sauce. Sounds easy and delicious! My two favorite things when it comes to cooking.

Anonymous said...

So you can put frozen meat in the crockpot? I thought that wasn't safe as far as bacteria? 8-/

Crockpot Lady said...

Hi anon.

I am most certainly not a food scientist or anything remotely resembling one. If you are freaked about the food danger zone, don't use frozen meat. Here's what Rival has to say about adding frozen meat to their cookers.

-
steph

Tamara said...

Just found your website. LOVE IT!!! Made this last night.. SO GOOD! Instead of the noodles I served it with mashed potatoes.

Nicole said...

Made this many times over for friends and my BF! Few things I would say about potential mistakes I made:

Do not shred the chicken then let it since in the sauce for awhile when it's done cooking, when you shred it the chicken soaks up a lot of the extra liquid and the pasta was drier than I wanted.Shred then eat right away!

I really want to try this with alfredo sauce, I'll let you know how it goes!!

Nicole K said...

Just saw you today on Rachael Ray, so I thought I'd look for some recipes. This lazy chicken looks a lot like the chicken catchatore (sorry if I mispelled that) I make in the crockpot. I use pre-marinated italian chicken breasts I found at the store (I think tyson makes it...it's right alongside of packaged chicken breasts at the store) with sliced onion, red and green pepper, a jar of marinara and some italian seasoning. It cooks for about 8 hours which makes the chicken so tender and juicy. I serve it over noodles too. My husband loves it!

Steph said...

I'm loving your blog! My only problem is that I really like quantities. I never know how much chicken/fish, etc... to use to go with the amount of sauce or veggies that you recommend. There are 5 of us.

Christina said...

Sort of related to Steph's post, what size crockpot works with this recipe? I have a 6 qt round smart pot, I want to try this but I'm not sure if it would be 2/3 full?

JessicaLyn said...

OK, so I'm one of those that just CANNOT leave a recipe alone!
And I really do try. I promise.
When I read this recipe, I decided I just had to try it. Sounds way too easy and awesome!
then I didn't have marinara sauce...So the tweaking began.
I decided to use alfredo, "sun-dried tomato alfredo" to be exact.
I ended up putting my whole chicken breasts in the pot mostly thawed, but still raw.
As I was getting out the pasta, I decided to use rice instead, for something different. We put the whole chicken breasts and the sauce over the rice.
We loved loved loved it!!! Thanks for the inspiration, if not the recipe! : )

Heather said...

I love your blog! I found it two days ago from I don't remember where, and I've spent the past 2 days reading. My aunt does something similar, only she uses a pork tenderloin instead of chicken. Makes great pork sandwiches...

Anonymous said...

Hello, this sounds great...i dont have any marinara but I think i may try the bbq sauce suggestion. I also tried this with a jar of salsa w/ 1 1/2 # of frozen chicken breasts...and it came out great. I sprinkled a little taco seasoning and served w / warm tortillas w/ sour cream and it was great!

Alana Jo said...

Im new to crockpotting, so ignore my crazy question, but do I cook for 8 on low, then 4 on high?

OR is that like either/or?

Like if I want to cook on low do it for 8 hours or if I want to cook on high, do it for 4?

Crockpot Lady said...

Hi Alana Jo, your question isn't crazy, my writing wasn't clear.

Yes. 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high. If your crockpot isn't 3/4 of the way full, it will not take as long to cook.

xoxo
steph

Alana Jo said...

Thank you!

Marissa said...

I usually make this, but add 1/2c. red wine and some garlic. My kids and husband love it!

Mama Bri said...

Love this blog... I make a similar recipe but I add:
1 jar of mushrooms (drained)
2 teaspoons of chicken boullion

ENJOY!!

Stephenie said...

I made this recipe last night only I added onions, garlic, green pepper, mushrooms and a zucchini and put it over rice, it was so great! Very filling and my husband and kid's loved it, well they did pick away the zucchini and green peppers. Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Love the idea of taking the chicken right out of the freezer. I made it canned whole cranberry sauce. I buy the sauce without corn syrup (in the Kosher aisle). Delicious!

Sapphire WolfBlayde said...

Just tried this, but I used frozen leg quarters and barbecue sauce. OH MY GOSH! So tender, so moist, so tasty. Like Rotisserie on steroids. Must say that I think I'd prefer to do without the skin, but since they were frozen and I couldn't get it off...Anyway, gotta try the whole chicken now. Can't wait!

Angelica said...

Putting this in right now!! I just emailed you... I can't find your recipe for the steak and the 3 envelopes...help!

Anonymous said...

I made this for dinner tonight (sans the mushrooms and veggies. I'm a chicken & dumplings purist,ha). I used Pillsbury frozen southern style biscuits and served glazed steamed carrots on the side and mashed potatoes.

Delicious dinner! Thanks a bunch for the recipe/idea :]


-Ashley L

Anonymous said...

Okay, so I shouldn't comment when my baby is fussy. I meant this for this http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/12/crockpot-chicken-and-dumplings-soup.html recipe. Sorry.

Garrett Belmont said...

Trying lazy marinara chicken tomorrow night.

My dad has been making chicken breasts with bbq sauce for years. He uses a very small crock pot and adds onions and green peppers. Very tasty.

Garrett Belmont said...

This is very good. Almost too easy. Even the clean up is easy.

theresa clare said...

I made this two days ago with salsa. I had it for dinner last night with corn bread. It was delicious!

Anonymous said...

I Made this with pork tenderloin that I had in the freezer. It was really good!

Anonymous said...

I just put this in the crockpot! I have no doubt that it will be delicious. I've already tried the 20 to 40 garlic cloves chicken and dh and i loved it so much! Thank you for this blog, and for keeping our bellys warm with healthy delicious meals!

-J.C.

Anonymous said...

I made this last night, and have a lot left over since it's only dh and i. Any suggestions for what to do with leftovers? we had it with whole grain pasta and side of salad.

Melanie said...

Just curious - are there any food safety issues cooking frozen chicken? Does it get hot all the way through? (I would cooking it at least 8 hours on low)

chaosunlimitedfinal said...

Melanie, Use a digital thermometer, $14 from Amazon. Here is a useful link to FDA guide to meat cooking temps and on that page is a link to the thermometer. If its cooked through and up to temp, there are no health issues even from frozen. Yummy recipe and Steph: thanks for a life enhancing blog, you rock!
http://www.ochef.com/418.htm

Sooz said...

I made this using slightly defrosted chicken and a jar of marina. It was wonderful! I'll definitely be making it again. Thank you for including this recipe in your book. I love reading your blog too.

Sally said...

Hey Stephanie - if you guys like Mexican, this recipe is great w/ a jar of your favorite SALSA too. Serve over rice. Oh. My. Gosh. Yum-O!

laurie gosh said...

Looks great! Love quick, easy, and yummy. Thank you.

Danie said...

I'm trying this tonight with bone-in chicken and alfredo sauce. Thanks for the recipe!

Dina Adams said...

I'm making this today because it's just too hot to use the outdoor grill.

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