Showing posts with label slow cooker recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label slow cooker recipes. Show all posts

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Lemon Poached Chicken and Leeks

Lemon poached chicken and leeks is a light and flavorful dish made with chicken broth, white wine and garlic. It's so easy too, in a slow cooker. Even boneless, skinless chicken breasts turn out tender and tasty.

Food Lust People Love: Lemon poached chicken and leeks is a light and flavorful dish made with chicken broth, white wine and garlic. It's so easy too, in a slow cooker. Even boneless, skinless chicken breasts turn out tender and tasty.

We’ve been eating a lot more boneless, skinless chicken breast these days for various reasons, not the least of which was my primary care physician expressing concern about my high cholesterol. So I’m always on the lookout for ways to add flavor to what is often a fairly bland part of the bird.

Poaching, that is gently cooking it in liquid at a low temperature, is ideal for adding extra tastiness and simultaneously making sure that the chicken doesn’t dry out. The best kitchen tool for poaching, in my opinion, is your slow cooker. 

In a normal pot, you have to constantly monitor the temperature to make sure the broth (or whatever your poaching liquid of choice) is only simmering and equally importantly, is still covering the chicken. 

In a slow cooker, the machine does all that for you. 

Lemon Poached Chicken and Leeks

If you’d like to skip using wine, I suggest replacing it with more chicken broth measured with perhaps a tablespoon or two of white balsamic vinegar. Can’t find leeks? They can be replaced by your favorite vegetable from the allium family like onions, scallions, shallots or chives. This recipe was inspired by a slow cooker spinach and artichoke chicken one on TheKitchn.

Ingredients
2 3/4 lbs or 1240g boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
Few generous grinds black pepper (I use a peppercorn mix.)
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne
2 large leeks
2 cloves garlic
1 medium lemon
1 1/2 cup or 560ml chicken broth
1/2 cup or 120ml dry white wine

For serving:
chopped fresh parsley leaves

Method
Season the chicken breasts all over with the salt and two peppers. We like things on the spicy side so I definitely use more cayenne. 


Trim the leeks of their root ends and hard green bits and discard. Rinse them well under running water, then slice the tender green and white parts of the leeks into rounds about 1/4 in or 6mm wide. 


Smash then mince the garlic and cut the lemon into eight wedges, removing any seeds as you do. 


Place the chicken breasts in a single layer in a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Top them with the garlic. 


Add in the leeks then pour in the chicken stock and white wine. 


Tuck the lemon wedges all around the chicken. 


Cover and cook on the LOW setting until the chicken is cooked through and registers 165°F on an instant-read thermometer, 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours.


Transfer the chicken breasts to a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut the chicken into 1/2 inch or 1cm slices.


Use a slotted spoon to transfer the leeks to a lipped serving dish, then arrange the chicken slices on top of the leeks. Tuck the lemon wedges around the chicken for color. 

Food Lust People Love: Lemon poached chicken and leeks is a light and flavorful dish made with chicken broth, white wine and garlic. It's so easy too, in a slow cooker. Even boneless, skinless chicken breasts turn out tender and tasty.

Top with some of the cooking liquid and a few generous grinds of black pepper. 

Food Lust People Love: Lemon poached chicken and leeks is a light and flavorful dish made with chicken broth, white wine and garlic. It's so easy too, in a slow cooker. Even boneless, skinless chicken breasts turn out tender and tasty.

Sprinkle on some chopped parsley for garnish. 

Food Lust People Love: Lemon poached chicken and leeks is a light and flavorful dish made with chicken broth, white wine and garlic. It's so easy too, in a slow cooker. Even boneless, skinless chicken breasts turn out tender and tasty.

Enjoy warm, at room temperature or even cold!

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Food Lust People Love: Lemon poached chicken and leeks is a light and flavorful dish made with chicken broth, white wine and garlic. It's so easy too, in a slow cooker. Even boneless, skinless chicken breasts turn out tender and tasty.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Slow Cooker Confit Pork Belly

Using a slow cooker makes it simple to cook pork belly that is succulent and tender. Finishing it off in the oven ensures that crunchy crackling we all fight over.

Food Lust People Love: Using a slow cooker makes it simple to cook pork belly that is succulent and tender. Finishing the slow cooker confit pork belly off in the oven ensures that crunchy crackling we all fight over. Serve with a sweet and spicy chutney.


A couple of years ago, my mom and I were traveling together in France so we made a quick stopover in Jersey, one of the islands in the English Channel. At a pub lunch one day, I ordered the confit pork belly and we both swooned. I knew it was just a matter of time before I’d recreate that dish.

The first time I made it, I also added a bunch of peeled garlic cloves to the slow cooker about three quarters of the way through the cooking time and served them, all soft and mellow, alongside the pork. I also left the skin tender since I was trying to duplicate the dish we'd enjoyed at the pub. Divine!

Food Lust People Love: Using a slow cooker makes it simple to cook pork belly that is succulent and tender. Finishing the slow cooker confit pork belly off in the oven ensures that crunchy crackling we all fight over. Serve with a sweet and spicy chutney.


The second time, I left out the garlic and served the confit pork belly with a spicy chutney I’d made from nectarines, kumquats and habanero peppers. And, I added the oven step to make the crackling crunchy. This became our favorite.

Food Lust People Love: Using a slow cooker makes it simple to cook pork belly that is succulent and tender. Finishing the slow cooker confit pork belly off in the oven ensures that crunchy crackling we all fight over. Serve with a sweet and spicy chutney.
The spicy sweet and sharp chutney is the perfect accompaniment to the melt-in-your-mouth pork.


Slow Cooker Confit Pork Belly


Confit is a method of slow cooking meat in its own fat but in this recipe, I use canola oil instead of lard. The oil can be strained through a clean cloth and stored in the refrigerator in a sterilized jar, to be used to make this dish a second time.

Ingredients
1 lb 10 oz or 750g pork belly, skin on
Canola oil to cover (about 3-4 cups or 720-960ml)
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Method
If your butcher has not already done this, score the skin of the pork belly with a sharp knife. Rub it liberally with the salt on both sides. Set it in the refrigerator uncovered for a couple of hours or overnight.

Transfer the pork belly skin side up to your slow cooker and pour in enough canola oil to just cover it.



Set it to cook on low for four hours. Turn the pork belly over and cook for an additional two hours. Since the pork belly chuffs up while cooking, it won't be covered with oil any more.



Remove the pork belly from the slow cooker and place it on an ovenproof baking pan. Use the broil (US) or grill (UK) function in your oven to cook the skin till crunchy. Keep a close eye on it so that it doesn’t burn. This doesn't take long.

Sprinkle on a little more salt and a few good grinds of black pepper. Slice the confit pork belly to serve. I also recommend accompanying it with something sweet and spicy, like my nectarine kumquat habanero chutney.

Food Lust People Love: Using a slow cooker makes it simple to cook pork belly that is succulent and tender. Finishing the slow cooker confit pork belly off in the oven ensures that crunchy crackling we all fight over. Serve with a sweet and spicy chutney.


Enjoy!

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup

This slow cooker cheesy chicken enchilada soup has all the wonderful flavors of your favorite enchilada dish in a warming bowl.

Food Lust People Love: This slow cooker cheesy chicken enchilada soup has all the wonderful flavors of your favorite enchilada dish in a warming bowl.

On a chilly fall night, this soup will warm your family right up, even if you don’t add extra hot sauce. I started the recipe by doubling my own homemade enchilada sauce, then I turned it into soup! It's full of chicken, beans, cheese and to enhance the flavor illusion of enchiladas, golden hominy. This is some of that good! Best of all, it’s made in a slow cooker so you just have to dump stuff in from time to time and it cooks itself.

Food Lust People Love: This slow cooker cheesy chicken enchilada soup has all the wonderful flavors of your favorite enchilada dish in a warming bowl.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup 

Cheesy chicken enchilada soup would be a great dish to serve when the gang comes over to watch football. Just leave it in the slow cooker and so folks can help themselves. 

Ingredients
2 medium onions
2 (14 oz or 398g) cans crushed tomatoes
4 tablespoons dark chili powder
2 teaspoon ground cumin powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
6 medium chicken breasts about 1.65 lbs or 750g boneless chicken breast
140g cheddar and/or Monterey Jack cheeses
1 (14 oz or 398g) can black or pinto beans
1 (14 oz or 398g) can golden hominy (substitute corn if you can’t find hominy)
3 cups chicken stock
8 oz cream cheese
120g extra sharp cheddar

Optional, to serve:
Grated cheddar cheese
Sliced jalapeƱos
Hot sauce

Method
Chop your onions and puree them in your blender with one of the cans of tomatoes and all of the spices.


Put the mixture in the slow cooker along with the second can of tomatoes and one extra tomato can full of water.

Add the chicken breasts to the very thick soup, making sure they are submerged, and cook on high for three hours.



Remove the chicken and set aside to cool. When they are cool enough to handle, chop the breasts into bite-sized pieces and store them well-covered in the refrigerator.


Drain and rinse your beans and hominy. Add them to the slow cooker with the chicken stock. Cook another 2 hours on high.


Add in the cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Cook on low for 1 hour.



Add the chicken back in and cook on high for 30 minutes, or until the soup is warmed through.

Food Lust People Love: This slow cooker cheesy chicken enchilada soup has all the wonderful flavors of your favorite enchilada dish in a warming bowl.

Serve topped with more cheddar cheese, some sliced jalapeƱos and your favorite hot sauce to taste. Enjoy!

Food Lust People Love: This slow cooker cheesy chicken enchilada soup has all the wonderful flavors of your favorite enchilada dish in a warming bowl.


If you like this twist on enchiladas, you might want to try my cheesy corn beef taco muffins too.

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Food Lust People Love: This slow cooker cheesy chicken enchilada soup has all the wonderful flavors of your favorite enchilada dish in a warming bowl.
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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Slow Cooker Lasagna

 Spicy Italian sausage is my go-to meat for lasagna and meatballs. It adds such wonderful flavor! This slow cooker lasagna is easy to put together, plus you can walk away and come back to deliciousness without worrying about it burning in the oven.



Growing up, my older sister and I took turns cooking dinner when my mom went back to work. One of my favorites was the Hamburger Helper with that pasta that looks like lasagna noodles but way skinnier. When my younger sister got old enough to cook too, she often made real lasagna. It was sort of her specialty and I guess it still is.


You really can’t compare Hamburger Helper to real lasagna but I’m going to dare to compare the real stuff with one cooked in a slow cooker. I must confess that it doesn’t look as pretty as a neatly cut square of an oven-baked casserole and the crispy bits around the edges that we all fight over are missing. But all in all, with a huge plus for ease of assembly and hands-off time, it’s quite delicious, especially when made with spicy Italian sausage meat.

Ingredients
2.2 lbs or 1kg spicy Italian sausage, casings removed
4 cups or 360g grated mozzarella cheese.
2 cups or 500g ricotta
12 sheets (about 8 oz or 225g) uncooked lasagna noodles
6 cups or 1475g spaghetti sauce (your favorite)

To serve: freshly grated Parmesan and sprigs of parsley, if desired

Method
Pan fry and drain your sausage meat, breaking it into crumbles. Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little while.

Put about 1 cup or 240ml of sauce in the bottom of your slow cooker. Layer in 3-4 lasagna noodles, breaking off the corners so they sit nicely in your slow cooker. Put the little broken pieces in any gaps.






Mix the ricotta cheese in with the crumbled sausage meat.




Add one half of the meat/ricotta to the top of the noodles.



Then sprinkled on one third of the shredded cheese and add another cup or so of the sauce to the top.




Repeat the process starting with another layer of noodles. Finish with noodles then sauce. You should have one third of the mozzarella left. Put it in the refrigerator for later.




Cook for six hours on low.




After about five hours.


About 1 hour before serving, add the reserved shredded mozzarella cheese. Cover and cook until melted.




To serve, try to scoop up a good cross section of the lasagna through all the layers.

Top with fresh grated Parmesan, if desired. That’s non-negotiable in our house. A little parsley adds color as well.




Enjoy!

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