You may already know that a slow cooker makes cooking easy and delicious. But if you’re not familiar with how they work, here’s the short version: You put ingredients like meat, vegetables, and seasonings in a pot, cover it, and let it cook on low for several hours. That process is called “braising” because it simulates the way that meats were originally prepared by hanging them over an open fire or in an oven or stovetop grill (where they’d be basted with fat as they cooked). The slow cooker method essentially allows you to create a braised dish at home without having to tend to it for hours.
Step 1: Add the frozen chicken and seasonings to your slow cooker.
Add the frozen chicken and seasonings to your slow cooker. Make sure that the chicken is completely submerged in liquid, then cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until cooked through.
Optionally, you can use a slow cooker liner to make clean up easier!
Step 2: Cover and cook for six to eight hours on high or eight to ten hours on low.
Now, it’s time to cook your chicken. If you’ve got a large pot or slow cooker, you may be able to fit two breasts at once–but don’t try this unless you have plenty of room and a really good sense of balance! It’s also important to note that frozen meat takes longer than thawed meat; so if your chicken is still frozen after six hours on high heat or eight hours on low heat (see how long it takes), simply increase the cooking time by 30 minutes for each additional hour beyond those two points.
If this sounds like too much work for an impatient person like me who likes their meals served immediately rather than waiting around for hours while something else bakes in the oven or simmers away on top of a hot plate, then I highly recommend investing in an instant-read thermometer so that when it reads 165 degrees F/74 degrees C at its thickest point (the breastbone), then they’re ready!
Step 3: Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and let it cool until it’s safe to handle.
Let the chicken cool in the slow cooker for at least 20 minutes. Do not remove it until it’s safe to handle, as some of the juices may still be hot.
Do not eat your cooked chicken until it has completely cooled down and you can touch it with your bare hands without getting burned.
If you want to check on how well done your meat is, use an instant-read thermometer inserted into one of its thickest parts (avoiding bones or cartilage) until it reads 160 degrees F/70 degrees C; this is considered safe for consumption by USDA standards.
Step 4: Shred the meat with two forks and return it to the pot.
- Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and allow it to cool until it’s safe to handle.
- Shred the meat with two forks and return it to the pot.
It can take 8-10 hours for frozen chicken to cook in a slow cooker
Frozen chicken breasts can take 8-10 hours to cook in a slow cooker. If you are using a smaller chicken breast, check for doneness after 6 hours. If you are using a larger chicken breast, check for doneness after 8 hours.
You can use this recipe to make a delicious chicken and rice dish that’s perfect for dinner.