Slow Cooker Beer Brats (or Italian Sausages)

Slow Cooker Beer Brats

I’m not going to lie.  I was skeptical when my sister told me about Slow Cooker Beer Brats.  I’m not a fan of beer and the thought of cooking a brat in it didn’t sound too good.

But she said they turn out so flavorful – not tasting like beer, but just so good.  The fact that they cook in the slow cooker was a plus for me too.  I love a good slow cooker recipe!

So I tried them and my sister was right.  You’ve got to make these!

We topped them with ketchup, mustard, diced onion, mild banana peppers.  I was out of relish or we would have added that too.  These brats can handle a lot of toppings.

One thing that surprised me is how the brats browed during the cook time.  I didn’t expect that since they were cooking partially submerged in the beer.

This recipe couldn’t be easier since it has only two basic ingredients.  This is summer cooking at its simplest – 2-minute prep, the slow cooker doesn’t heat up your house, go have fun while it cooks – my kind of recipe!

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29 Ways to make Chicken in the Slow Cooker

 

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Does your family eat a lot of chicken? In our house, I sometimes joke that we eat so much chicken that we could start clucking at any moment. I’m not complaining! I love chicken, and so does my family. Especially when there are so many tasty crockpot chicken recipes!

Chicken has to be one of the most versatile meat. You can fix crockpot chicken in dozens of ways–Tex-Mex, Italian, Asian and good old American BBQ. It’s a huge plus that chicken is also fairly affordable and some of the stores often put a good sale out on it, too!

Now that summer is here, I’m trying to avoid heating up my house as much as possible. So, if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I use my slow cooker a lot. It’s a time-saver and a great way to keep the kitchen cool as well. I love trying new things in my slow cooker, and over the years have created a nice little stash of favorite crockpot chicken dishes that I can whip up in there.

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From mouthwatering curry to our favorite Asian chicken to some of my cheater barbeque go-to’s, here are 29 ways I use my slow cooker to cook a winning crockpot chicken dinner for my family.

Some of these recipes are also freezer friendly. That means you can stock your freezer and then pull one out in the morning on a busy day and pop it in and let the slow cooker do its thing. That’s a huge plus for me, especially during these busy, glorious summer days.  (If you are looking for even more freezer friendly slow cooker recipes, check out this post with 18 of my favorites!)

4-ingredient Crockpot Chicken Recipes

Can I interest you in 4-ingredient recipes? Yeah, I thought so! Here are a few of these treasures, in no particular order

Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken can be made with or without the bones and the side dish possibilities are endless for this one!

Black Bean and Salsa Chicken is another favorite where the slow cooker does the work for you. And my kids actually said, “Wow!” when they tasted this one. Who among us can’t use a few extra “mom hero” points for a yummy dinner?!

Chili Sauce Chicken Legs may not be known for their photogenic qualities, but this is a kid-pleasing recipe that’s super easy to fix in the crockpot.

Honey Mustard Chicken only has 3 ingredients, unless you count shaking in a little salt and pepper. You really can’t beat an ingredient list that short!

Chicken and Broccoli “Stir Fry” technically can’t exactly be made in a slow cooker. But you can make a pretty good fake! I’ve made this recipe twice now.  It’s easy and quick to fix. The chicken gets cooked in stir fry sauce for several hours. The veggies are added later, so they don’t get mushy.

Or maybe you prefer 3-ingredient crockpot chicken recipes?

Zingy BBQ Chicken is a delicious way to use up small amounts of bbq sauce and salad dressing. Or just get creative with what you can round up in the fridge!

These Teriyaki BBQ Chicken Legs could not be any easier to eat, or throw together.

And a few slightly sweet 5-ingredient recipes too

Did you know you can convert all kinds of recipes to cook in the slow cooker?  This Maple Apple Chicken started out as a skillet meal.  I didn’t have time to cook it right before dinner, but I did have a few minutes earlier in the day to put ingredients in the slow cooker.

Feel free to alter this Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet Potatoes Recipe as you see fit.  Add more butter and brown sugar.  Or less. Or add apples too. Or use carrots instead of sweet potatoes.  I don’t think you can mess this one up. Adapt away!

Salad + these Crockpot Chicken Recipes = Dinner is served!

A Complete BBQ Chicken Dinner cooked in the slow cooker!  The trick is in foil packets and layering the food.

Please don’t let the sauerkraut deter you from trying this Lemon Chicken Baked on Sauerkraut.  It is so good! The chicken turns out moist and flavorful.  And the sauerkraut is quite as kraut-y or sour as it can be in other dishes.

Chicken and Gravy may not be the most photogenic of dinners, but it tastes great. Add some rice and you have a perfect busy day dinner.

I put this Italian Parmesan Herb Chicken and Potatoes together before church one Sunday morning.  It smelled (and tasted!) fantastic when we got home.  If you have garden fresh tomatoes, they make a wonderful side dish.

Baked Chicken with Summer Veggies is another stovetop recipe turned crockpot chicken option. And it’s all right there in one pot.

Chicken Spaghetti is one of those classic recipes that gets passed around alot. And the crockpot version is even easier than the original.

Chicken and Gravy may not be the most photogenic of dinners, but it tastes great. Add some rice and you have a perfect busy day dinner.

For those days when you’re craving Italian Cuisine

The combination of spices in Italian Seasoned Salt Chicken brings a wonderful Italian flavor to all kinds of chicken or pasta dishes.

You can start marinating the chicken for this Italian Chicken with Tomatoes recipe the night before, or just give it 20-30 minutes to marinate right before cooking.  The choice is yours. Do what works best with your schedule.

And let’s not forget this classic, easy and crowd-pleasing slow cooker Chicken Cacciatore! This dish is full of chicken, bell peppers and onions in homemade tomato sauce.  Red wine brings more flavor to the sauce, but you can leave this out if you need to.  The chicken and sauce are delicious served over hot pasta.

Or maybe more Middle and Far Eastern Flavors are more your taste

If you’re trying to eat at home instead of getting take-out on a regular basis, then here are two crockpot chicken recipes that you’ll want to try soon. This Thai Peanut Chicken may actually take less time to prepare than to pick up take-out. If peanut chicken isn’t your thing then you can try Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken.

Crockpot Chicken Curry is one of our most popular recipes at Eat at Home. And it only requires six ingredients.

This Chicken Shawarma is a crockpot chicken recipe that I adapted from Lisa at Jersey Girl Cooks. The roasted chicken that she starts with looks fabulous, but I opted for a crockpot version that requires less hands-on time, but still delivers wonderful Middle-eastern flavor.

Perhaps Latin Cuisine is your favorite

And who doesn’t love Latin-inspired dishes? Honestly, I could eat it every night!

Several years ago, I discovered an easy way to make Crockpot Chicken Fajitas. The best part is all the flavors really cook well together. And leftovers are even better.

This Chicken Tacos  recipe was created simply by standing in front of the pantry and pulling out a few likely ingredients.  I needed something that would be ready to eat when we got home, with minimal fuss required. Oh, and I only had about 3 minutes to get it fixed and get out the door.

If you prefer your tacos with a little kick, then these Chipotle Chicken Tacos are the ones for you!

Or how about these Creamy Jalapeno Chicken Tacos? These were such a hit!  They have just enough spice to make them interesting without being too spicy.  The sweetness of the corn balances the spice. And they’ve got cream cheese. What more can you ask for?

And then there are Crockpot Chicken Recipes that use all the herbs and spices

When the name of a recipe is Garlic Chicken with More Garlic, then you just know it’s going to be good! The garlic takes on a nutty, roasted flavor and the seasoning on the chicken compliments the other flavors.

Zesty Crockpot Chicken is another simple crockpot chicken recipe that doesn’t disappoint.  I like to serve it with couscous that I cook with the broth and onions from the chicken.

Garlic Rosemary Chicken is a great way to use up fresh rosemary from the garden. It’s a tasty version of basic chicken and potatoes.  I used boneless chicken, but the dish would have even more flavor if you used chicken with bones

And finally, there’s King Ranch Chicken. There are a million ways to make it, but this slow cooker recipe gets the gist of it.  The only thing missing is corn tortillas. The potatoes are filling in for the tortillas.

What’s your favorite Crockpot Chicken recipe?

It’s a bit hard to choose, even just from this list of 29+1 crockpot chicken recipes, much less all the other ones out there!

Maybe you have a favorite chicken recipe that you only wish were a crockpot recipe. If so, you can check out these 6 tips for converting recipes to use for the crockpot.

Then be sure to let us know what your favorite is!

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Chicken Curry in the Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry has become one of my favorite weeknight dinner recipes.  Rachael first shared the recipe on Eat at Home a few years ago.  I’ve made it so many times since then.

One reason this recipe is perfect is that it is so simple.  I have it memorized, which makes it even faster – no need to go searching for the recipe.  Four ingredients go into the slow cooker, with one ingredient added just before serving.  So easy!

We love this served over rice with baked sweet potatoes along side.  You can also make it paleo/low-carb by serving it over cauliflower instead of rice.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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You can use any cut of boneless chicken – breasts, thighs or tenders.  Control the heat by using mild salsa, or hot salsa if you like it spicy.  I use mild and the dish isn’t spicy at all.  Mild curry powder also keeps it from tasting too hot.

Chicken Curry in the Slow Cooker

Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 3 lbs. boneless chicken
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 3 Tbs. curry powder
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 cups rice, cooked
Instructions
  1. Place chicken, onion, salsa and curry powder in slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low 7-8 hours.
  3. minutes before serving remove chicken from slow cooker.
  4. Add coconut milk to slow cooker. Stir into sauce.
  5. Return chicken to pot.
  6. Serve over cooked rice.

One easy way to remember the ingredients is this:

3 ingredients go in – chicken, salsa, onion.  Then 3 Tbs. curry powder.  Three (ingredients) before three (tablespoons).  Finish with the coconut milk.

 

 

 

 

 

Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti

Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti

This is one of those classic recipes that gets passed around because it is so good.  There are a million different variations.

I like this crockpot version.  The chicken and veggies cook in the crockpot and the spaghetti and cheese get added later.  It splits the meal prep into two easy parts and makes dinner fit into your day.

The next time I make this, I’m planning to add a can of diced green chilies and a can of drained, diced tomatoes.  Or maybe just a can of tomatoes and green chilies.  I kept it simple this time, and it’s good either way.  Change it up to suit your family and what you have on hand in the pantry.

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Slow Cooker Sausage Jambalaya

You’re going to love this slow cooker recipe from Kate! It’s perfect comfort food for fall and winter.

We’re having a beautiful fall here – cool mornings that turn into warm afternoons and so many gorgeous leaves. I’ve been spending a lot of time outside so I’ve been adapting some of my favorite stove-top dinners into slow cooker meals to make dinner easier. This is a meal I’ve been making forever but I’d never tried it in the slow cooker because I wasn’t sure how the rice would come out.

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It was great! And so easy – a dump and go, my favorite kind of slow cooker recipe. It starts with the trinity of all jambalaya recipes – onion, celery and garlic – and then adds a few more simple ingredients to make a great dish. The flavors here are just a little spicy – if you like things more mild you can decrease the amount of chili powder. And if it starts to thicken up too much, you can stir in some additional chicken stock.

Ready to get started? Here’s what you’ll need:

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Slow Cooker Sausage Jambalaya

Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1½ cups chicken stock
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • ¾ cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 lb. precooked Andouille sausage, coin sliced
Instructions
  1. In the slow cooker, stir together the onion, garlic, celery, red pepper and spices. Stir in tomatoes and broth. Stir in brown rice until thoroughly combined. Fold in sausage.
  2. Cook on low for 7-8 hours.

Kate is a home cook and 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.

Slow Cooker Kielbasa with Potato-Apple Slaw

This slow cooker recipe from Kate sounds amazing!  Don’t be afraid to try the sauerkraut.  I’ve found that in recipes it isn’t nearly as “krauty” as it is when you have it straight from the jar or can.

Apple season is my favorite. As soon as they start appearing in the market, they start working their way into every meal I can possibly squeeze them into. This is one of our standard fall dinners.

Apples pair so well with kielbasa. The potatoes bulk up the slaw to make the whole dish more filling and the sauerkraut adds a great bite. The whole thing just tastes like fall and couldn’t be easier! If you’re looking for a simple, seasonal dish, this is a great go-to.

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To make it, you’ll only need a few simple ingredients:

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Slow Cooker Kielbasa with Potato-Apple Slaw

Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 3 large potatoes, shredded
  • 3 Gala apples, peeled and shredded
  • 1 15 oz. can sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup sherry cooking wine
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. kielbasa, coin-sliced
Instructions
  1. In the slow cooker, toss together the shredded potato, shredded apple and rinsed sauerkraut.
  2. Stir in cooking wine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If it's still too bitter, stir in a teaspoon or two of sugar.
  3. Stir in sliced kielbasa.
  4. Cook on low for 6 hours.

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.

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken

I can’t wait to try this recipe from Kate.  She is fantastic at coming up with slow cooker recipes.  That works out great, because she’s also the one who puts together our Slow Cooker version of Weekly Meal Plans.

We’ve been in a huge take-out rut for most of the summer. There’s been so much going on that it’s been easier to grab something while we’re out and about than to try to work in time to cook. The Eat at Home Challenge was a great reminder that I can do better for my family – so I doubled-down my efforts to actually plan. One of the things I started playing with after the challenge were at-home versions of some of our take-out favorites.

Peanut chicken from our local Thai place is always a huge hit. It took me a few tries to get a sauce that was close but I finally hit on a version we love! And this takes even less effort than getting in the car and driving to the Thai place. Truly a win-win!

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Ready to make your own Thai take-out at home? Here’s what you’ll need:

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Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken

Serves: 6 serving

Ingredients
  • 2½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • ⅓ cup teriyaki glaze
  • 2 Tbsp. champagne vinegar, rice wine vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • Brown rice, for serving
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken in the slow cooker. Top with the sliced peppers.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, coconut milk, teriyaki glaze, vinegar and red pepper. Pour over the chicken and toss to coat.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  4. Remove chicken to a cutting board and shred. Whisk peanut butter into the sauce remaining in the slow cooker, until smooth. Return chicken to the slow cooker and toss to coat. Cook for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  5. Serve chicken and peppers over rice.

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.

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

 

We are sharing 30 summer slow cooker recipes that use garden fresh or whole food ingredients this month! Click here to see all the recipes in this series. Sign up to get these delivered to your inbox so you don’t miss a post by clicking here.

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.

P.S. One of our Weekly Meal Plan members share that she saves at least 2 hours each week by using the meal plans.  She also saves a minimum of $60 each week on food!  Find out how you can become a member by clicking here.

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

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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