I have blogged about this before two and a half years ago…and then refer back to it a lot…but today, I thought I would reiterate how to get the perfect chicken for busy weeknights.
Here’s the thing…if I’m preparing dinner for my family on a weeknight, I don’t have time to boil and poach chicken, then let it cool a bit, shred it and then use it in the recipe. No way. Way too many steps. I want to jump straight to the recipe with my shredded chicken ready and waiting on me. So, what do I do? I let my chicken cook all day in the slow cooker and then jump right into the recipe when I get home.
It’s so simple! All you do is put your uncooked chicken in the slow cooker with just enough water to cover it, set the temp on low and let it cook 6 to 8 hours. If you’re using frozen chicken, let it cook more like 8 hours. You can also stick it in there and place the heat on high and cook 3 to 4 hours.
When you get home from your busy day, you just remove the cooked chicken from the slow cooker and it will shred right up with 2 forks. It’s always moist and always ready to be used in a variety of dishes.
Here’s the fun part…you can cook your chicken all day in just water or you can use some chicken stock, salsa, Sprite, BBQ sauce, marinara sauce, a package of taco seasoning, a package of dry Ranch dressing mix…go nuts. Whatever you flavor your chicken with will add more flavor to your final dish. The perfect chicken will be waiting on you at the end of the day. Simple.
Here are some of my favorite recipes that call for cooked chicken. Once you have your chicken, you just whip up one of these recipes really quickly!