Dry chicken in the slow cooker?
- The Jeff Next Door Mar 6, 2012 08:14 PM
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?
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.
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'.
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.
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.