How to Save Money Cooking Chicken in the Slow Cooker

A year or so I stumbled upon something simple, frugal and – for me – absolutely life changing. You see, I had always been one of those gals who bought boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I used them for every one of my recipes with chickens. I always thought eating chicken off the bone was too messy. My husband tried to convince me that it was moister and I did have to concede that fact. Plus, I continued to notice that the price was substantially cheaper for chicken on the bone.

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Finally, one day, I decided to take the chicken plunge. I bought chicken breasts split on the bone on sale for $0.97 a pound. It was a dollar cheaper than any of the sales I got on boneless, skinless chicken breasts, as the best sale I could find on those was $1.97 a pound.

I brought my chicken breasts home and decided to cook them in my slow cooker. I filled my slow cooker with chicken. It is a good sized slow cooker than holds 8 to 10 pounds. (This crockpot on Amazon is very similar to mine, which I love! It holds 8 pounds easily, and 10 pounds makes it very full.

It doesn’t have to be fancy. Simply layer your chicken in, as best as you are able. Then, pour a 1/2 cup of water over the chicken. Here’s a picture of my chicken waiting to be cooked.

Chicken waiting to be cooked in the slow cooker.

Then, cover up your chicken and set it on low to cook. I cook it around 8 hours. If I fill my slow cooker, I cook it closer to 10 hours because I want my chicken cooked all the way through.

When the time is up, remove your chicken from the slow cooker. You will find that it will literally fall off the bone. Let your chicken cool slightly on a plate before shredding or dicing your chicken. I have found that chicken from the slow cooker is so tender, it tears easily in my fingers.

At this point, I decide what I am going to do with my chicken. Sometimes, I dice the chicken. It is so tender that this can be a challenge at times. Most times, I shred the chicken. I shred the chicken directly into my Pampered Chef measuring cup, so I can bag the chicken appropriately.

I like to sort the chicken into 2 cup bags, as well as 4 cup bags. I use a sharpie to write on my bags so I can remember how much chicken is in each bag. Once I have several bags of chicken, I put them in a large gallon bag (to protect against freezer burn) and store the chicken in my upright freezer. Then, when I want to make a recipe with chicken, my chicken is ready for countless recipes. I’m saving time down the road, too!

Now, let me summarize the advantages of this chicken method.

  1. I put the chicken in the slow cooker in the morning and it cooks while I’m at school. I can then shred pounds of chicken in minutes. I am saving time.
  2. I am buying my chicken for a dollar cheaper a pound. Say that I buy 100 pounds of chicken over the course of the year (which I probably do), that means a savings of $100 for chicken that is just as tasty – and more moist. I am saving money.
  3. It is a simple way to save time and money.

As you can see, I highly recommend this chicken cooking method. Since I’ve started cooking my chicken in the slow cooker, I haven’t once looked back. Give it a try, and let me know if you agree. I think you will!

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10 Comments

  1. I use my crock pot for everything. I get pork roasts and cook them in it with green enchilda sauce. Yum. Use that same sauce for chicken sometimes too. Very tasty and if you get mild it is not so spicy.

    1. I just made pork roast in my slow cooker tonight…but used Lipton soup as my seasoning. I’ll have to try that with the enchilada sauce sometime. It sounds simple and delicious. Yay for crock pots!

    1. No silly questions here, Irma! I generally use some of the cooked chicken within the week, and freeze the rest of it. In the freezer, it easily lasts 6 to 12 months! I hope that helps. Cooking chicken in the slow cooker really has been a game-changer for me, saving me time and money!

  2. I do the same thing to my chicken also but instead of shredding by hand i use a hand mixer with one wisk attached and put on low just enough to shred it. So fast!!!

    1. I’ve heard of that trick but never tried it since I use chicken on the bone. One of these days, I’m going to use boneless skinless chicken breasts and give it a try! Yay for time saving kitchen tricks!

  3. I do this too, although I use boneless, skinless breasts, and cover with foil after adding some salt and onion powder. (I stock up when it’s on sale for $1.69/lb at Aldi’s). It just falls apart. Love it!

    1. That’s a great price for boneless, skinless! I’ll have to watch for that sale at Aldi. Aren’t slow cookers wonderful?

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