Batch Cooking Chicken in the Slow Cooker plus recipes

Today, while cleaning up after lunch it was time to fix supper. (In the spirit of Make Supper at Lunch). I decided to do some batch cooking instead. This way we can have any of the recipes below, plus have several bags of cooked chicken in the freezer. So, I followed my friend, Little Sanctuary‘s inspiration (mentioned in Big Shop Cooking).

1. I dumped the whole bag of frozen chicken (4 lbs.) in the slow cooker.

2. I scooped out a spoonful of garlic and put it in the slow cooker with the chicken.

The End.

Tonight we have several options for supper:

1. BBQ Chicken – basically, just pull the chicken out and mix it up with BBQ sauce. The same concept applies to the recipes below. The chicken will already be cooked. Just add the ingredients and warm.

2. Chicken and Rice (Forget It Chicken)

3. Chicken Stroganoff

4. Manwich Chicken

Plus, here’s a bonus recipe Nana found today. From Hillbilly Housewife: Crock Pot Rotisserie Chicken. You might also like my Ultimate List of Easy Slow Cooker Recipes.

chicken Then, while we’re all cleaning up after supper, I’ll bag up the unused chicken and stick it in the freezer for another night. Probably for King Ranch Chicken.

A simple strategy that folds into my day.

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How about you? What’s your favorite recipe to batch cook? Or your favorite slow cooker recipe?


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    Something about Nana reading Hillbilly housewife made me giggle a bit this morning. :) I have a package of chicken hindquarters I should toss in a crock pot all day and separate. 😉

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      Our chicken tacos were great tonight! And it ended up being a good thing I put it on this morning. Because storms went through and the power went out. So we ate supper early. The power came back on while we were eating and I tucked the rest in the fridge. Did you end up making yours Angie?

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    Elly McCall says

    Hi Tricia!

    I was wondering: are there any liquids in the crockpot, and is it on high or low, and for how long? :o) Thanks so much for this great cooking tip!!

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      Hi Elly, No, no liquids. The chicken makes a bit of broth even on its own. I cook it on low and just keep an eye on it. Usually around 4-5 hours. But I’ve never exactly timed it because I’m always walking by and just checking on it :) The slow cooker batch cooking is definitely a super supper saver!

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    I always cook up extra when I make chilli, chicken pot pie, spaghetti, and mexican lasagna. Those chicken recipes sound great and such time savers.

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    Betsy says

    I wait for an awesome sale at our local market (under $3) of lovely fresh, un-broth-injected chicken breasts and then buy and cook 15-20 lbs at once in my 18qt roaster! In addition to the suggestions of chili and pot pie that Sharla has made, I can pull out one breast and shred it (the uninjected ones stay large because they are all meat so they don’t cook down) to make chicken and biscuits, chicken enchiladas, chicken a’la king, chicken black beans and rice, stir fry, chicken salad sandwiches, or use whole breasts to make chicken parmesan, chicken cordon blue, stuffed chicken breasts, plain chicken breasts… I also cook up large quantities of ground beef at once to help dinner prep and clean up be easier and faster. Everything is freezer bagged in individual portions then bagged again together. It all fits flat in the freezer in the top of my fridge.

    I can hardly wait to try your chicken stroganoff! Sounds yummy! =) Loving your blog on FB – so glad to have found you! =)

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      Oh thanks Christine – this is an older post and all the links point to our old site – which went away with mobile me. Will work on sharing those.

      Basically – for the slow cooker version of (Forget it Chicken) chicken and rice, you just mix together a can of cream of mushroom soup with cooked rice. The oven version is different.

      For manwich chicken – you can place the chicken and a can of manwich together in the crock pot and cook on low for 5-6 hrs. Or mix the sauce over the cooked chicken if you are batch cooking.

      the stroganoff is 6 boneless chicken breasts, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 16 0z sour cream and 1 pkg onion soup mix. Mix all and pour over chicken in crock pot. Cook on low 6-7 hrs. Serve over rice or noodles.

      Hope that helps. Can you tell I’m a ‘no certain amounts’ sort of recipe gal? :)

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      Hey Heidi, Thank you! Yes, there are several links that head to our old site that are broken. I’m working on a solution to that. Which just might be a Hodgepodge cookbook. We shall see. And maybe I’ll just post the Forget It Chicken recipe again real soon.

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