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Your Slow Cooker will become your favourite kitchen gadget! Slow Cooker recipes don’t all take hours to cook but are always delicious. 

The beauty of using your slow cooker is that more often than not it requires very little hands on time. With a little bit of prep work at the start, you can leave your slow cooker to do all of the hard work and come back to a tasty meal. 

Popular Slow Cooker recipes:
Slow Cooker Chicken & Chorizo Stew 
Slow Cooker Beef & Ale Stew 
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken 
Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken 

Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken

This Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken will quickly become your new favourite. It is simple to make and packed full of delicious flavours. 

           

The joy of slow cooking 

I was incredibly late to slow cooking. My sister had been trying to convince me for ages to get one but I was reluctant. She then took matters into her own hand and bought me my own slow cooker for my birthday. 

This Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken was the first recipe I played around with and made. It was the recipe that made me realise how amazing slow cookers are! Minimal effort with such delicious flavours that come from a long cooking time. 

Make this Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken your own

This recipe is really flexible. Add more of what you want, less or none of what you don’t and make it your own. I prefer to use chicken thighs because they stay moist even after longer cooking times. You can definitely use breasts if you prefer.  

I like to use a combination of chilli powders when I make Mexican food. Each chilli powder adds a slightly different taste to the final dish which I really like. I like to use chipotle chilli powder for its smoky spiciness and ancho chilli powder and flakes for its sweet smokiness. These are now a lot more readily available and you should be able to buy them in most large supermarkets. However if you can’t find, or don’t want to use these, you can use standard chilli powder too. If you are using standard chilli powder, I would recommend adding one teaspoon of smoked paprika to two teaspoons of chilli powder.

If you are making this Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken for the first time I would always veer on the side of caution with the chilli power.  When you take the chicken out to shred it, give the sauce a taste. You can always add some more chilli at this stage if it needs a bit more of a kick.

How to thicken your Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken

I am now a full slow cooker covert. One thing I have found is that because the lid stays on for the duration of the cook, the liquid doesn’t evaporate. If you add the same amount of liquid as you would to a dish you were cooking on the hob, you will probably find it isn’t as thick as you would like. I don’t like to reduce the liquid too much because I don’t want the meal to get too dry. This is especially important if you are leaving the slow cooker unattended. 

Instead, I would rather add a little bit more liquid and then reduce it at the end. I tend to do this by making a slurry by mixing cornflour together with water and stirring this through. It quickly thickens the sauce and you can make it as thick or saucy as you like. Another way to thicken without using cornflour would be to take the lid off the slow cooker for the last 30 minutes or so. 

Can you freeze this recipe?

Absolutely, it freezes really well. I freeze some every time I make it for quick and easy weeknight dinners. Make sure you put the Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken in the freezer within two hours of it finishing cooking. When you take it out of the freezer, leave it to defrost thoroughly in the fridge either overnight or for around 8 hours. 

I like to reheat frozen dishes in a pan on the hob rather than in the microwave. This is because I can see whether I need to add more water or increase the heat to reduce the liquid. I also like to taste as I go to see if it needs anything else. I find it benefits from a squirt of tomato puree to help richen the sauce again. 

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Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken

This Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken will quickly become your new favourite. It is simple to make and packed full of delicious flavours. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Slow Cooker, Chicken, Crock pot
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings 6
Calories 293 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 500 g chicken thighs boneless & skinless
  • 1 tsp ancho chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ancho chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp chipotle chilli powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp  Mexican oregano
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 400 g tin of tomatoes
  • 400 g tin of black beans drained and rinsed
  • 340 g tin sweetcorn drained
  • 2 peppers sliced
  • 300 ml chicken stock
  • 3 spring onions sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tbsp cornflour mixed with water if needed to thicken

Instructions

  1. Make sure all skin and bones are removed from the chicken. Sprinkle the chicken with the chilli powders

  2. Add the tomatoes, black beans, sweetcorn, pepper, stock, spring onions, garlic, salt, Mexican oregano and tomato puree to the slow cooker and stir to mix

  3. Lie the chicken on top of the ingredients and put the lid on the slow cooker
  4. Cook for 8 hours on low or 5 hours on high

  5. 30 mins before serving, take the chicken out onto a board and shred using two forks. Return to the slow cooker and stir through

  6. If there is too much liquid, in a glass mix the cornflour with just enough water to make a liquid and add this to the slow cooker and continue cooking for 30 minutes

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only and my vary.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 293 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 914mg40%
Potassium 321mg9%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 285IU6%
Vitamin C 34mg41%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Incredibly tender and delicious, this Slow Cooker Pulled Pork can be used in so many ways. It’s really simple to make with minimum effort too! 

Everyone needs a good pulled pork recipe 

Pork is my favourite meat with pulled pork being one of my favourite ways to eat it. I think everyone should have a good pulled pork recipe because it is such a delicious meat to use in so many recipes. The flavourings I have used in this Slow Cooker Pulled Pork subtly flavour the pork. This is so you can use it in other recipes without the flavour being tailored to one specific cuisine. 

Slow Cookers are the perfect way of cooking pulled pork 

Slow cooking is the best way to cook pulled pork in my opinion. It really helps to make the pork as tender as possible. A slow cooker is the easiest way to do this because you can leave it to do all of the work. Because this Slow Cooker Pulled Pork has quite a long cooking time, I like to cook it overnight. The liquid you add is enough to make sure the pork doesn’t dry up whilst cooking. You can then forget about it until the morning. Easy!

What to serve with Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

The list is literally endless! The easiest way of serving this Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is in rolls. To serve it like this, I like the pork to not be too saucy. So after I have shredded the pork, I don’t add it back to the slow cooking liquid. If you don’t mind juice dripping down your hand when you eat, you can definitely add the pork back to the cooking liquid. My Baked Chipotle Wedges and Mexican Sweetcorn Salad go really well with this. 

Another way you could serve it is with rice. If you are serving it like this I would add the pork back to the slow cooker and let it absorb some of the sauce. One of my favourite ways to eat this pork is on my Quick Pulled Pork Pizza. This Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is really delicious in burritos too. There are just so many ways to use this delicious pork.

Don’t waste the onions! 

Don’t think that the onions have done their job during the cooking process and should be thrown away. They have absorbed all of the cooking juices and are full of flavour. They are great along with the Slow Cooker Pulled Pork in rolls. It is up to you if you prefer your onions soft, or crisped up. Mr Curly prefers his crisp so I cooked them in a little oil in a frying pan.  

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork makes the best leftovers

If you aren’t feeding a crowd, I would recommend cooking a large piece of pork. Once cooked, it will keep in the fridge for three days. From this one piece of pork you can make a number of delicious meals with the leftovers. It is delicious eaten hot or cold. 

If you didn’t want to eat all of the pork, you can freeze it. Make sure you freeze the pork within an hour of it being cooked. Then defrost it in the fridge for around 8 hours until thawed. Make sure the pork is piping hot before serving. Once reheated, you shouldn’t refreeze the meat. 

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Incredibly tender and delicious, this Slow Cooker Pulled Pork can be used in so many ways. It's really simple to make with minimum effort too! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, International
Keyword Slow Cooker, Pork, Crock pot
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Servings 8
Calories 248 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 2 kg pork shoulder
  • 1 large onions sliced
  • 350 ml cider
  • 60 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 1 tbsp chilli flakes or powder
  • 5 cloves garlic sliced
  • ½ tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Slice the onion and add it to the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the pork shoulder on top of the onions

  2. In a jug, whisk together the rest of the ingredients and pour over the pork

  3. Cook on low for 9-10 hours

  4. After cooking, lift out of the slow cooker and remove the rind and fat. Using two forks, shred the meat

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only and my vary.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 102mg34%
Sodium 722mg31%
Potassium 592mg17%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 9IU0%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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