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Guide to Slow Cooking Chicken & Poultry

Poultry is one of the most inclusive culinary terms. It not only refers to staple meats, like turkey and chicken, but to all other forms of fowl, including duck and goose. The great thing about poultry meat is that it is widely available, inexpensive, versatile, and especially lean and healthy. This makes it a great choice for slow cooked meals.
Cooking with poultry has always been popular, but it is gaining even more acclaim now due to the availability of healthier poultry options. In fact, some of the best food you can put into your body is poultry that is free-range, corn fed, and organic. These birds are allowed to grow naturally in open-air conditions. They are not given any artificial growth accelerators or fed unsanitary food products. This ultimately gives them a fuller flavour and more nutritional value.

Slow Cooking the Whole Chicken

Slow Cooking the Whole Chicken

Whole poultry is great for pot roasting in a slow cooker. Small birds can easily fit in an average size appliance and be easily prepared with minimal preparation. Preparing whole birds this way leads to tender, moist results and a delicious healthy meal. In general, a one to two pound bird will serve two to three people. It is important to note, though, that whole duck should not be prepared in a slow cooker. Even though a small duck may fit in the pot, the bird will not cook well due to its shape and fat content. Instead, use the slow cooker for smaller cuts, like duck breast. Similarly, geese are rather large, fatty birds and are best prepared in an oven instead of a slow cooker.

Whole poultry cut prior to cooking to be poached, roasted, stewed, or braised in the slow cooker. This is a great option for larger roasting hens and other poultry too large to cook as a single piece. Poultry still on the bone is also great for preparing fresh soups. When using whole pieces, you do not need to use pre-made broth. Rather, you can use the bird to make your own using water, herbs, and vegetables. Whole legs from large birds, specifically turkey’s, are also great for pot roasting or braising. These joints are generally large enough to feed several people and you can save the rest of the bird for other dishes.

 

Slow Cooker Tip

  • Don't lift the lid to stir, especially if you are cooking on the low setting. Each time you lift the lid, enough heat will escape that the cooking time should be extended by 20 minutes to half an hour. To check progress without lifting the lid, spin the cover until the condensation falls off. Then it's easy to see inside.

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