Thursday, February 12, 2009

Crock Pot Tuesday

Chicken is one of my fav things to do in the crock pot. You can add just about anything to chicken and you’re good to go. It’s so simple and versatile. This week, we made Teriyaki Chicken…mostly because we had the three ingredients on hand. We just served it with some veggies, but you could also do a salad or serve it over rice!

Teriyaki Chicken

3 chicken breast halves
2-16oz cans chunk pineapple
1 c. teriyaki sauce

Add the chicken and teriyaki sauce to the crock pot. Pour the juice from only one of the cans of pineapple to the crock pot. Pour in all chunks of pineapple. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or HI for 3-4 hours.

This was good, but the chicken got a bit dryer than I’d like. I think that when I do this again, I will only pour the juice from the pineapple cans initially and add the chunks at the very end of cooking so they aren’t soggy. Does anyone have any suggestions to ensure that the chicken doesn’t dry out? I always have plenty of liquid and I don’t think I overcook.


Nancy said...

I know no one likes an extra step, but when you first put your chicken in the crock pot ceramic thing, sometimes I'll put that whole thing in the oven on broil while I prep the other veggies and stuff. Giving the chicken a little crunch to the skin (or just browning the outside of a breast a LITTLE) sorta seals in the moisture and helps...

I also find that if I put chicken in at the beginning of the day, it's just too long and ends up a little dry... Maybe a low setting instead of high, or on mine, you can tell it to cook on low for 4 hours, and just keep it warm after that... Did that make sense?

Lindsay said...

yeah, i never do HI since I work i'm not at home to be able to start the crockpot at noon or whenever. it's always on low, but I think i'll try your idea of knocking it down a couple hours and just letting it hang out warming for several hours later. i think that the thought of undercooked chicken has just always freaked me out. thanks so much-i'll let you know how it goes!