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Slow Cooker Chicken Stock DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

 

Chicken stock is the key to many recipes, and you’re probably buying loads of the canned stuff from the grocery store. I was, too, until I started making it myself. It only took one batch of homemade stock to make me a convert. I never went back to store-bought because the flavor, texture and price are so much better when it is homemade. You can do it, too, and it’s easier than you think.

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Stock DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Stock DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

In my house, we roast a whole chicken almost every week. We have some of it that night and use the leftovers in everything from tacos to soups throughout the week.

Previously, the carcass got tossed in the trash. One day, I decided to toss the scraps into my slow cooker with some leftover vegetables, and I realized making chicken stock was one of the easiest and most convenient things I’d ever made. And when it was done? It was delicious!

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Stock DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

 

Since I’ve been at this for a few years, I developed a system that works well for my family. Anytime we use carrots, celery, onions or herbs, we save the scraps (the peels, the stems, the leaves, etc) in a bag in the freezer. We do the same with the carcass after roasting a chicken. When the bags fill up, we pull out the slow cooker and make beautiful homemade stock.

Freeze it flat so you can stack them in your freezer! Slow Cooker Chicken Stock DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

 

Once the stock is made, I store it in 2-cup increments in freezer bags, since they stack well or can be tucked into unused corners between the ice cream and the frozen berries. If I know I’ll be using the stock within the next week, I store it in mason jars in the refrigerator*. I label the type of stock and the quantity, and now flavorful homemade chicken stock is always there when I need it.

Try this recipe at home, and let us know if it changes the way you use chicken stock in your kitchen.

Slow Cooker Chicken Stock DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

 


Slow Cooker Chicken Stock
YIELDS: 6 servings

Ingredients
1 roasted chicken carcass
4 medium carrots, peeled, cut in 2-inch pieces
2 ribs celery, cut in 2-inch pieces
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium onion, quartered
1 dried bay leaf
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 sprig each fresh thyme, rosemary, basil and parsley
8 cups water
Instructions
Place chicken carcass in slow cooker crock.
Arrange carrots, celery, garlic and onion around chicken. Add bay leaf and sprinkle with peppercorns.
Tie herbs together to make a bouquet garni. Place on top of chicken and vegetables.
Pour water over ingredients in crock.
Cover and cook for 3 to 4 hours on HIGH or 6 to 7 hours on LOW.
Strain mixture into a large measuring cup or bowl with a spout.
Serve immediately or freeze in serving-size portions.
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*Do not freeze stock in glass mason jars.



Heritage Dish series from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

In our Heritage Dish series, we feature Hamilton Beach employees and their favorite family recipes. This month, we highlight Mary Beth Brault, Sr. Manager, Corporate Communications, and her family of seven’s favorite please-all recipe, Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup.

In my house, we have five children ranging in age from 18 – 7. Yes, five.  As you can imagine, dinner is often a free for all.  Wait – let me emphasize – FREE FOR ALL.  Wading through the picky palates of five children can be an exercise in futility.  We have one with such severe food allergies, ingesting a small amount of certain foods can kill him (literally).  We have one who’s quick gag reflex and disdain for cheese will often cause the rest of the family to flee the table, taking their appetites with them. There is the 18 year old that dissects every calorie and is on a constant mission to throw away my Mason jar of bacon grease (as if!), and one who decides to become a vegetarian, then abruptly quits after three months. The youngest, while arguably the most adventurous eater of all, thinks it’s hilarious to gross out the family with rude noises. Everyone who knows me as a mother, knows I’m in the “just eat it because I said so” camp, but vomit and anaphylaxis are two things I would like to avoid on any given night.

My go-to recipe for keeping the quirks of my family at bay is this slow cooker chicken noodle soup. My kids ask for it on a regular basis. Of all the crazy things that happen at our FREE FOR ALL dinners, this chicken noodle soup, at the very least, ensures a few minutes of serenity at the table.

This recipe makes enough for our family of seven, but if you don’t have the brood I do, it’s great to freeze leftovers.  If you will be freezing it, cook the egg noodles separately.  

 


Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
8 cups low sodium chicken broth
4 large carrots, diced
3 ribs celery, sliced
1 large onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
Salt
Pepper
3 1/2 to 4 pound whole chicken
1 package (12 oz.) wide egg noodles
Instructions
Combine chicken broth, carrots, celery, onion, thyme, turmeric, salt and pepper in a 6-quart slow cooker crock.
Place whole chicken on top of vegetables in crock. Cover and cook for 5 to 6 hours on HIGH or 7 hours on LOW.
Remove chicken and place on a cutting board to cool.
Add egg noodles to slow cooker. Cover and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until tender.
Remove skin and bones from chicken; shred meat. Add shredded chicken to mixture in slow cooker. Add more salt and pepper, if desired.
Serve immediately or freeze soup in serving-size portions.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

It’s rare you meet someone who doesn’t like good enchiladas, so we were excited to try them in the slow cooker. Guess what? It worked! Just roll them up, top them with spicy salsa and melt cheese over the top when they are done. The end result is tender enchiladas with a little kick of spice – a perfect dinner everyone will love.

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 

 


Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas
YIELDS: 10 servings

Ingredients
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
1 can (15.5 oz.) cannellini beans, drained
1 can (4.5 oz.) chopped green chilies
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
10 (6-inch) flour tortillas
1 package (2 cups) shredded Colby and Jack cheese, divided
1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 cup salsa
Instructions
Heat oil in stovetop-safe slow cooker cookware over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, cook 2 minutes.
Add chicken, beans, chiles, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir until well blended. Place in a large bowl; set aside.
Add 1/3 cup chicken mixture and 1 Tablespoon cheese to 1 tortilla. Roll up tightly and place in cookware. Repeat with remaining chicken mixture, cheese and tortillas. (Tortillas will be tightly packed in cookware.)
Stir tomatoes with chilies and salsa. Pour over enchiladas.
Cover and cook for 2 hours on HIGH or 4 hours on LOW. After cooking is complete and slow cooker is on WARM, sprinkle remaining cheese over enchiladas. Cover until cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream and chopped cilantro.
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Grilled Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 Are you tired of the same baked chicken dish week after week, but don’t know how to change things up without spending a ton of time, money and effort? We completely understand. It’s easy to fall into a family dinner rut when we feel rushed, tired or uninspired. It’s simple, but interesting, and that’s why this chicken satay with peanut sauce is the perfect recipe to share. The chicken can be grilled on your outdoor or indoor grill, and the peanut sauce comes together easily while it’s cooking. Serve it with rice and veggies and for a complete meal that just might find it’s way into the recipe rotation.

 Grilled Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach 

Grilled Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into strips
3/4 cup plain yogurt
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup hot water
1/4 cup sliced green onions
2 Tablespoons lime juice
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
Instructions
Place chicken, yogurt, curry powder and garlic in a large zipper bag. Press air out of bag; seal. Gently shake bag until mixture is combined. Refrigerate 3 hours.
Soak wooden skewers at least 1 hour.
Preheat grill to MEDIUM-HIGH heat or GRILL ZONE (ORANGE).
Drain skewers. Remove chicken pieces from bag; thread onto skewers.
Grill chicken covered, 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until juices run clear and meat is no longer pink.
Stir peanut butter, soy sauce, hot water, green onion, lime juice, sugar, sesame seeds and red pepper flakes in a medium bowl. Serve with chicken.
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Even if you aren’t familiar with Indian food, you’re sure to love Chicken Tikka Masala, and making it in the slow cooker couldn’t be any easier. This often spicy dish has chunks of chicken in a creamy orange sauce. It’s somewhat similar to butter chicken and is popular all over the world, especially in the UK. This cross-cultural main course is usually served with basmati rice and naan, a popular Indian flatbread. First, the chicken is marinated in yogurt and spices before being braised with a masala sauce, a spicy tomato-based sauce, until it’s fall-apart tender. The overnight marinade and unique ingredients might take some time, but chances are you have most of the ingredients in the pantry already. You may want to have extra naan around for dipping and scooping up any extra sauce left on the plate.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 


Tikka Masala
SERVES: 6

To make prep work easiest, use a stovetop safe slow cooker for this recipe.
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
1 Tablespoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons garam masala
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon minced ginger
2 teaspoons salt, divided
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
1/3 cup heavy cream
Sliced cucumbers
Chopped cilantro
Cooked rice
Instructions
Combine yogurt, turmeric, coriander, cumin, garam masala, cloves, ginger, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper in a large plastic zipper bag.
Add chicken to bag. Seal and refrigerate overnight.
​Heat oil in stovetop-safe slow cooker cookware over medium-high heat. Add onion and red pepper, cook until just beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste and remaining 1 teaspoon salt until blended. Place in slow cooker.
Drain chicken and add to slow cooker. Stir to coat chicken.
Cover and cook for 3 hours on HIGH or 6 hours on LOW. Stir in heavy cream before serving.
Serve over cooked rice with cucumbers and cilantro.
Notes
If using a slow cooker with a ceramic crock, cook vegetables in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Transfer ingredients to slow cooker crock and cook as directed.
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