Zesty Chicken in the Crockpot –30 Days of Whole Food Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

This one isn’t a pretty looking recipe, but I promise you that it is easy to make and the flavor will not disappoint in any way.

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We eat a lot of chicken. This recipe has plenty of herbs and spices, but the great thing is that they are all natural. There’s no premade mixes or blends with extra additives. These herbs give the chicken a great, zesty flavor and such a pretty and vibrant color. The broth is a great bonus. I used it as the base to cook my couscous in, and the flavors were just perfect.

You can serve this with some fresh, steamed veggies and a salad (check this out for lots of salad ideas!) and you have the perfect meal.

Click here to get the complete recipe and instructions.

30 Days of Whole Food and Garden Fresh Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

 

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches

This was almost the dinner that wasn’t. I had picked up the ingredients with the intention of making chicken Cordon Bleu for dinner – and then realized that I wouldn’t be home in enough time to do the prepping and cooking necessary. Slow cooker to the rescue!

These are obviously less fancy than “real” chicken Cordon Bleu, but the flavor profile is the same and using the slow cooker makes it immensely easier for a busy night – a win-win! We gobbled these sandwiches up.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ lb. deli ham, diced
  • 8 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 2 tsp. Herbes de Provence (or a mixture of rosemary, thyme and oregano)
  • 11/2 cups honey mustard dressing, divided
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken on the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with ham and spices. Pour 1 cup of the dressing over. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 4-5.
  2. Remove chicken, shred and return to the slow cooker. Stir in shreded cheese and additional dressing. Cook for an additional 15 minutes. Serve on rolls.

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Kate is a home cook and new mom  from New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

22 Slow Cooker Recipes That Can Handle Cooking All Day

22 Slow Cooker Recipes that can cook all day

A lot of times when we think of using the slow cooker, it’s because we’re leaving the house early and won’t be back until dinner. Slow cookers are great for those days, but not all recipes will work.

You need to use a recipe that can take the heat for that long and still hold up. Soups, stews, large pieces of meat (especially if it has a bone) all do well.

Another tip is to make sure you’re using a slow cooker size that’s right for the amount of food.  It should be about 3/4 full or more if you want to cook it all day.  Less than that, and the slow cooker will cook too hot, leading to overcooked food.

Here’s a list of recipes that you’ll have success with.

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African Pulled Beef Sandwiches

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All Day Beef Stew

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BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

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Beef and Bean Topped Baked Potatoes

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Beef Shwarma

Calico Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage (aka Mixed Bean Soup)

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Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken Fiesta with Black Beans

Honey Mustard Chicken

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry Soup

Thai Chicken Curry Soup

Easy Shredded Taco Beef

Garlic Chicken with More Garlic

pumpkin black bean chicken chili

Pumpkin Black Bean Chili

Pulled Pork

BBQ Peach Pulled Pork

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Beans for the Freezer

Chicken Cock-a-leekie Soup

Chicken Cock-a-Leekie Soup

Chicken Minestrone in the Slow Cooker

Chicken Minestrone Soup

Chicken Vegetable Soup

Ham and Bean Soup in the Slow Cooker

Ham and Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup

Sauerkraut and Smoked Sausage Soup

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

 

How to Convert a Slow Cooker Recipe for Oven or Stove Top

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One trick I use in the kitchen is to match my cooking appliance to the kind of day I’m having schedule-wise.

I’m talking about fitting the dinner cooking schedule with all the other daily activities.  If I have more time to prep a meal in the morning, I’ll choose the slow cooker.

If I find myself at 5 o’clock having done no dinner prep, then it’s too late for crock-potting.  But some of my favorite recipes are slow cooker recipes.

No worries.  Almost all slow cooker recipes can be converted for making in the oven or on the stove.  Most of them started out with these traditional cooking methods anyway.

I’ve already talked about how to convert recipes into slow cooker recipes.  Here are a few tips for going the other way and using the oven and stove top.

1.  Soups

If it’s a soup, it can be made on top of the stove.  It will take a fraction of the time that the slow cooker calls for.  You’ll still want to follow the order given in a slow cooker recipe.  Meats go in first.  Creams, milks and cheeses are often added at the end of cooking time because you don’t want those to boil.

2.  Try using a Dutch oven.

A Dutch oven is a cooking pot with a tight fitting lid.  Many pots and pans sets come with a dutch oven.  Cast iron Dutch ovens are popular, especially those with enamel interiors.

Assemble the slow cooker recipe just as it calls for, but put the ingredients in a Dutch oven.  Bake at 350 degrees for for an hour or 1 1/2 hours.  Add time if it’s a large piece of meat.

3.  Casserole type recipes

Most crockpot casserole recipes started out as oven recipes.  Generally, baking in a casserole dish at 350 degrees for about 1 hour will work.

4.  Determine what the cooking time is accomplishing.

Is the time in the crockpot meant to cook meat from raw?  Or is it just for bringing something to a near boil, such as a sauce?  Answers to these questions will help you determine how much time the recipe will need on the stove or in the oven.

 

Tamale Balls – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

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Meatballs and sauce is one of those things that work really well in the slow cooker.  I love this interesting take on meatballs from Taste and Tell – Tamale Balls!

After making a so-so recipe, Deborah went back to the drawing board to end up with this winner!

She combined ground meat, cornmeal and Mexican seasonings into meatballs that taste like tamales.  I can’t wait to try this recipe for myself.

Click here to see the recipe for Tamale Meatballs on Taste and Tell!

If you love using your slow cooker, check out our All Slow Cooker Weekly Meal Plan.  It’s got all the planning done for you (including the grocery list) so you can go enjoy summer!

This is day 88 in our 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series.  Find the other posts by clicking here.

100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

 

Slow Cooker Bacon Cheeseburgers

Burgers are a summer staple in our house – they’re so easy and versatile that they make an appearance at least once a week on our dinner plans. But, there are always those nights when it’s so humid and sticky and gross that standing over the grill sounds like the worst idea ever. And when it’s like that outside, who really wants to turn on the stove and heat up inside?

These are the perfect burgers for nights like that.

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The slow cooker won’t heat up the house, but you can still get a really great burger out of it. The trick? Making sure the patties aren’t sitting in their own grease. I roll up foil and make a mini grill-grate on the bottom of my slow cooker to boost them up just enough.

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Then, I just lay my burger patties on top. I can fit four quarter-pound burgers in my four-quart slow cooker. If you want to cook more, just make a second layer of foil and stack them up.   [Read more…]

Pineapple Upside Cake – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Good news: your sweet tooth isn’t going to be left out of this series of summer recipes for the slow cooker!

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Pineapple Upside Down cake is a great way to finish off a summer meal. One that could also have been cooking while you were out enjoying a day at the pool!

You’ll love how easy  Pineapple Upside down cake is to make in the slow cooker. Click here to try the recipe out.

This recipe is best served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Or you could even give it more of a Hawaiian flare with this recipe for Coconut Macadamia Nut Ice cream. (MMM!)

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100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Cooker Enchiladas – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

What could be better than Enchiladas with garden fresh salsa? Enchiladas that you can “forget” about until dinner time!

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Mexican flavor is always a hit, and doing enchiladas in the crock pot makes this so very easy! It only takes about 15 minutes to put these together, and you can customize them to your family’s preferences, too.

Click on over to Pocket Change Gourmet to try this one out.  They’d be awesome served with some fresh salsa or guacamole!

If you love using your slow cooker, check out our All Slow Cooker Weekly Meal Plan.  It’s got all the planning done for you (including the grocery list) so you can go enjoy summer!

This is day three in our 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series.  Find the other posts by clicking here.

100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Sandwiches with Cucumber Mango Salsa

There’s something about the warm weather that suddenly makes me feel like I’m living on some gorgeous, tropical island. As soon as summer hits, Caribbean-inspired meals end up making it into our dinner rotation a lot more often. Usually, this means lots of grilling – but some days the convenience of the slow cooker just wins out.

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This dish is inspired by a lunch we had on vacation in Honduras a few years ago. The combo of spicy jerk chicken paired with the cool cucumber mango salsa is perfect for summer. And, it couldn’t be easier. The chicken can be prepped in about five minutes before I walk out the door for work and the salsa only takes another ten minutes or so when I get home – which means more time to get outside and enjoy the summer sun!   [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo Soup

My sister-in-law gave me the idea for Chicken Alfredo Soup.  She said she’d eaten it before and it was good, but not as Alfredo-y as she wished.  The recipe she’d seen used a jar of Alfredo sauce.

Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo SoupI decided to make a homemade version that didn’t use the jar of sauce.  This soup has chicken, penne pasta, and lots of Parmesan.  It’s a delicious take on classic chicken and noodle soup.

But it isn’t as Alfredo-y as you’d imagine the soup to be.  I think that may be an impossible thing to ask of a soup, because if you thicken it and make it just like the sauce, then you don’t have soup any more.  You’ve got sauce.

I almost named it something different, like Chicken Parmesan Soup, but that’s a different dish and I already have a Chicken Parmesan Soup.  So despite the fact that the name might be a little misleading, I’m keeping it.

And this soup is definitely worth making.  It’s warm, comforting and creamy.  And there’s no pre-cooking needed.  Everything goes into the slow cooker, although the milk and pasta get held out to near the end of the cooking time.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:   [Read more…]

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