You can cook chicken in a variety of ways in a slow cooker by adding the desired seasonings and cooking it for 6 to 8 hours on the low setting. To reduce the cooking time by about one-third, you can use the high setting.
To make shredded chicken in a slow cooker, simply place about 1 1/2 pounds of bone-in chicken in the slow cooker with 1/2 cup water or chicken broth and any seasonings you choose. Once the chicken has cooked for 6 to 8 hours on the low setting, it is easy to remove it from the bone. You can also leave it on the bone or use boneless chicken in place of bone-in chicken.
You can also make sauces by adding a thickening agent to the water or broth, such as flour or cornstarch, along with spices, fruits or vegetables. Dozens of recipes for sauces and ethnic chicken dishes in a slow cooker are available.
Chicken is a popular slow cooker ingredient because it is a mild-tasting meat that is typically less expensive than beef and is healthier. Because chicken cooks very slowly in a slow cooker, it tends to retain more moisture, which optimizes the experience of eating it.