Italian Chicken Recipe is a long time favorite at our house. . .we just love it so much! It’s simple to make in the slow cooker with only a few ingredients and then let the magic of the crock pot do it’s thing! Chicken recipes turn out so tender and flavorful in the slow cooker. . . we know you’ll love our Italian Chicken Recipe just as much as we do!
Italian Chicken Recipe on Fox13 The Place
Slow Cooker Tips & Tricks
Let’s just have a little crock pot talk here for a minute…
As most of you know I’m a graduate of the Culinary School and one of the class that’s required is Sanitation and Safety. During this class we had an eye-opening chat about slow cookers and how they can be the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and pathogens.
• If not careful they can be the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and pathogens.
• Preheat your crock pot just like you preheat your oven so plug it in and turn it to the high setting to get it nice and hot from the start for cooking. After all there is only one little probe heating the whole slow cooker!
• Add everything into the crock pot as warmed up as it can be, to cut down on the getting-the-food-hot portion of cooking, this is where you need to be cautious and make sure it is all hot and up to cooking temperature in 2-3 hours.
• If food stays between 41 degrees and 135 degrees for 4 hours, then it has to be thrown out because the bacteria and pathogens have had much too much time to grow and a food borne illness is a likely result.
• If you add meat make sure it is thawed and NEVER frozen, if it’s beef or pork brown it first.
- Add liquids hot ie: like use HOT water or warm up any liquids in the microwave first then add them in already hot.
- Spray the ceramic insert with cooking spray to make clean up a snap! It’ll wipe out with no sticking!
Slow Cookers are wonderful things and if we take a couple of quick precautions to keep food safe while using them… they are even better! 🙂
More slow cooker recipes you may also enjoy:
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Use the reserved shredded chicken from this recipe in this delicious Italian Artichoke Chicken Pasta ! I even freeze the chicken in a freezer bag and pull it out later when I need a quick and easy dinner.
Italian Chicken Recipe is a dish the whole family will love- you’ll be huge fans!
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Ruthie & Madeliene