Chicken and Crock Pots go together like peas and carrots. There’s a very high margin of error here and as you’ll see many recipes have a large window of when they’ll be done, often giving you an entire hour to decide if it’s ready or not. This makes for an easy, yet healthy way to cook for two or more people. We’ve assembled some of the best tasting chicken recipes you can make in your slow cooker with a strong emphasis on using healthy and wholesome ingredients. Enjoy!
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1. Slow-Cooker Coconut Ginger Chicken & Vegetables
Here’s a flavorful concoction that has a few different flavors that you might not experience on a day to day basis. The use of coconut milk will give it a creaminess without adding too much fat. The spice blend is loaded with spices that are known to boost metabolism and even ward off cancer. Ginger is a very cleansing ingredient, often used in health spas for detoxifying purposes. Serve this over basmati rice for a complete meal consisting of a protein in the form of the chicken, a carb from the rice, and plenty of vegetables.
2. African Peanut Stew
Here’s a dish that is easy to make, contains all healthy foods, and will provide a flavor profile that you might not be too familiar with. They’re using peanut butter, chicken, and an assortment of vegetables to make this a complete meal with protein, healthy fats, as well as fiber and other nutrients. The couscous helps hold it all together and keeps you feeling full long after the meal is over. Credit the cabbage for the anti-cancer properties of this meal, and the polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat in the peanut butter for added nutrition and flavor.
3. Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza
If you’ve wanted to try cooking Indian food but wanted a foolproof way to do so, this could be your ticket. All of the ingredients are thrown into the slow cooker so you don’t really have a lot of involvement in the cooking process. This is made according to the Paleo diet method so they aren’t using any grains or dairy. This means that the pizza crust will not contain any wheat, so this is a gluten-free meal as well. It’s not everyday you find a pizza that can be cooked in a Crock Pot and doesn’t contain any wheat, so enjoy!
4. Slow Cooker Indonesian Chicken with Peanut Sauce
It’s nice be able to take a world tour via your kitchen and sample flavors from different parts of the world. Here Indonesia takes center stage, and they’re showing you a recipe that uses the slow cooker rather than using pans or baking this. The end result is that you’ll have found a new way to cook chicken breast that leaves nothing on the table as far as taste goes. This is thanks to ingredients like peanuts, ginger, and hot pepper flakes. It’s an interesting mix, but sure to make a lasting impression on your taste buds.
5. Easy Slow Cooked Coconut Chicken Curry
If you’ve noticed those curry packets in the store but wondered how you could actually use them and how it would turn out, wonder no more. Here they’ve created a healthy chicken Crock Pot meal that uses a ready-made curry sauce to do the heavy lifting. This really does make it easier than trying to craft a curry from scratch. So combined with using the slow cooker and emptying the packet into it, this requires very little from you in the way of effort. It’s just a matter of buying and assembling the ingredients and setting the slow cooker to the right time and temperature.
6. Crock Pot Chicken & Chickpea Curry
There are some amazing color in this dish, and it’s one meal that your family will ask for time and time again, for sure. It uses chicken breast, so you’re getting a high quality protein, and it also incorporates potatoes, which will serve as your carb. All that’s then needed is vegetables to create a well rounded meal, and they deliver with an onion and tomatoes so you’re basically covered. Add to that the use of curry powder and paste, black pepper, and ginger and they’re using an assortment of spices and seasonings that have been shown to have various health benefits.
7. Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki
Here’s another teriyaki chicken recipe that goes about things a little differently. The flavor comes from a bottle on this one so you don’t have to worry about getting it just right, and they have a few other ingredients helping it along in the flavor department. Consider that they’re using orange marmalade to give it that zesty orange taste. It also has ginger and garlic so you’re really getting a broad flavor spectrum. Serve it on a bed of rice and don’t forget your vegetable to round things out.
8. Crock-Pot Chicken Stir Fry
A stir fry is one way to make a big meal to feed a lot of people, all with little work, especially when it’s cooked in the Crock Pot. It’s not going to get stirred that much, or fried that much, so it might not live up to its namesake in these regards, but nonetheless the flavor will be present so you will be able to enjoy it all the same. The creator of this recipe says the end result tastes like you brought home some stir fry from your local Chinese restaurant. Here you have more quality control and can be more picky about the kind of ingredients that are going into your meal.
9. Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken
It can sometimes be hard to capture the teriyaki flavor used in Japan, but here they’re showing you how to do it without resorting to buying a bottle of teriyaki sauce. Better yet, they’re showing you how to do it in the slow cooker so you don’t have to babysit it. You end up with a delightfully hued chicken with all of the flavor you could want, but without the fat that is generally found in a teriyaki recipe. They recommend serving this over rice, and you can opt for brown rice or basmati rice to make it healthier, or also consider serving it over quinoa for a more fiber-filled alternative.
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