The answer is because slow cooker recipes are so easy to make in general.
The only thing you have to do is follow these basic steps, and it will turn out just as good or better than anything you could cook in a stovetop slow cooker.
We’ll cover the basics of making chicken cordon d’être for the sake of brevity, but there’s really not much you need to know about how slow cooker chicken is cooked.
We won’t be going into how slow cookers actually work, so don’t worry about that in this post.
This article assumes you’re ready to make chicken for a meal.
If you’ve never made chicken before, we strongly recommend that you get a feel for how slow cooks work by watching this tutorial .
The only way to make slow cooker meal for a crowd is to use a big cast iron skillet.
That means you’ll need to get your cast iron pan, lid, and a good-sized saucepan (like a cast iron crock pot) that fits inside it.
A big skillet, a small skillet, and cast iron aren’t the same thing, but they all work well together, and the trick is to be flexible and make your chicken a little smaller than the size of the pan that you want to make.
First, remove the pan from the slow cooker and clean it with a paper towel.
If it’s dirty, then you can either use a plastic bag or a rag to clean it up.
(We prefer the latter because you can wipe the pan clean.)
Take your chicken and pat it dry with paper towels, then place it in the skillet.
Don’t put it on a rack yet.
Place the pan in the oven for 2-3 hours, or until the chicken is fork tender.
At this point, you can remove it from the skillet and place it on the wire rack.
We used a small, flat dish, so it wasn’t quite big enough to get it on top of the rack.
This gives you a chance to loosen the chicken and clean up the mess, then transfer the chicken to a serving platter.
You can use any kind of foil you like to cover the pan, but we recommend baking it in a nonstick skillet.
If your chicken isn’t fully cooked, then it’s safe to remove the chicken from the pan and put it in another dish.
If the pan has a lid, the lid can be used to lift it off of the chicken while it’s still warm.
If there’s no lid, put the lid on the tray of chicken, then put the chicken back in the pan.
Remove the lid and transfer the pan to a rack.
If all you have is the chicken, place it back in your slow cooker, cover it with plastic wrap, and cook it for 1 hour.
If you’re really hungry, you could just go ahead and serve the chicken.
If not, you’ll have to cook it again for a few more hours, but that’s fine.
It’s so easy.
We’re so glad that we’ve gotten this far and gotten this recipe into your hands!
We hope you enjoyed this post!
And if you enjoyed it, you might want to check out our other slow cooker recipe articles: chicken wings recipe, slow cooker pork ribs recipe, and slow cooker steak recipe.
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