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Mar 6, 2012 08:14 PM

Dry chicken in the slow cooker?


I've been trying to use my slow cooker more, with some good result, EXCEPT: with chicken. For some reason, it comes out dry and stringy!

My most recent attempt was a chicken malaga, where I browned a whole chicken (cut up) in a skillet with some onion, garlic, etc, then threw it in the crock pot with white wine, mushrooms, olives, and herbs. There was plenty of liquid left at the end to make sauce, but the chicken meat was noticeably dry. Any recommendations on what I can do?

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  1. Breasts tend to overcook and come out dry for me, but thighs work well. Reserve the breast meat and add it later, or leave it out.

    4 Replies
    1. re: GH1618

      My though, too--stick with dark meats for the crockpot and even then, keep an eye out on it.

      Also, wine should be reduced some before adding to the crockpot (best to use it to deglaze the pan you seared the chicken in).

      1. re: GH1618

        Do I need bone-in or do boneless thighs work as well?

        1. re: The Jeff Next Door

          GH may answer differently but both will work, but I find bone-in to work just a little better.

          1. re: The Jeff Next Door

            I don't know why it would matter. When I make a stew with thighs, I use bone-in and remove the skin. The bone comes free during cooking. Another advantage over breasts is that there is only one large bone instead of a lot of little ones.

        2. Well I wish I could help, but I haven't had much success with chicken in the crockpot either. It always seems to come out overcooked. I quit cooking it in the crockpot. If I want to use my crockpot, it's beef, beans or soup.

          1. GH1618 is correct. Chicken bteasts will dry out if overcooked just a bit and will overcook everutine in a slowcooker. Chicken thighs will not overcook or become 'stringy'.

            1. The chicken breast dried out. Yes, you can dry out food cooking in liquid.

              How are you cooking? High for 4 hours? Low for 4 hours?
              I've had good look cooking whole on low for 6 hours, but I don't brown in a skillet.

              1. how long are you cooking the chicken?
                slowcooker cookery doesn't necessarily mean 12 hour cook times. :-)
                can you place the whole chicken breast side down?
                your chicken recipe sounds delicious.