Crock pots are super easy to use slow cookers.
Here’s an ode to the crock pot and a delicious chicken recipe. The Crock Pot is an easy to use slow cooker that seems like one of those cooking units that have an otherworldly feel to them. They are usually large, heavy and a little intimidating to use at first.
The slow cooker you see below is way over ten years old. Nick loves to use our trusted green ivy crock-pot and has perfected the Fiesta Chicken recipe you can find below (step by step pictures included).
But first his ode to the crock pot:
‘Half the time I don’t know where it’s at.
Those slow cooked meals are coming back.
Just when I start to think it never got unpacked,
I find it down in the basement.’
Our Trusted Crock Pot
Can slow cookers catch fire?
Technically slow cookers can catch fire while being unattended, just like a toaster or any other appliance that is plugged into an electrical outlet. A slow cooker will generate significant heat while cooking, especially on the ‘High’ setting. But, crock pots and slow cookers were specifically designed for cooking foods for a long time at different temperatures settings.
If you’re slow cookers outer heating element, the electrical cord or the outlet you plug it into doesn’t show any signs of wear than your slow cooker will probably never catch fire.
The crock pot was a staple in kitchens of yesterday
Thoughts of a cooking device that gets taken out once in a blue moon because I actually had the fore thought to prepare a meal 8 hours in advance seems distant and remote. Maybe we, as a society, have evolved into fast food and immediate gratification to make the slow cooker seem antiquated. To get a quality slow cooker for yourself on a budget now and forget about unhealthy fast food.
If you want to plan things in advance, the Crock Pot is just the right thing you need.
Putting the contents together and being able to walk away from it without another thought almost seems too good to be true. We have a crock pot chicken recipe that will not only tempt your taste buds but make you want to bring this cooking pot out more than once a year. Be sure to check out the 1001 Best Slow Cooker Dinner Cookbook by Emma Katie for many more amazing recipes.
Ingredients to make our easy Crock Pot Fiesta Chicken:
- 2 cans (15 1/4 oz. each) whole kernel corn, drained
- 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained
- 1 jar (16 oz.) chunky salsa, medium or hot
- 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (4 oz. each)
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Prep Instructions: Most store bought skinless boneless chicken breasts are ready to cook right out of the package. We never really take that at its word and look the chicken over. We remove the sinew and fat before it is actually ready to be cooked.
Cut up the chicken
Add chicken to Crock Pot
Add your favorite Salsa
Cover with Cheese ad set the Crock Pot
Serve and Enjoy!
First, combine corn, beans and 1/2 of the jar of salsa.
Top with the pieces of chicken and pour the remaining salsa over the top.
Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 6 to 8 hours.
Add the cup of cheese and allow to cook for an additional five minutes.
Sprinkle with cheese right before serving.
Serve on a bed of rice or with corn chips for a lighter meal.
Give this easy to make and super delicious Chicken Crock Pot meal a try. Get your own crock pot for under $50, like the Teal Weave from Black & Decker. No modern kitchen should be without a slow cooker!
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