3 of the best slow cooker basics you need to learn

If you’ve just started learning to cook or recently purchased a slow cooker, you’ll want to start with the simpler, more basic dishes. Once you have mastered these recipes, you can try to cook more complicated ones and add your own personal touch. The good news is that preparing meals using a slow cooker makes cooking even easier, especially for beginners. Having this kitchen gem will surely prove to be a convenience in the kitchen, whether you are a home cook or a professional.

Here are 3 of the best basic slow cooker recipes you can get started with:

Sweet sesame simmered chicken

What do you need:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped

  • 1 cup of honey

  • 1/2 cup diced onion

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce

  • 1/4 cup ketchup

  • 3 tablespoons of water

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch

  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • Salt and pepper

  • Sesame seeds

Rub the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place them in a slow cooker. Combine the garlic, honey, onion, soy sauce, ketchup, olive oil and red pepper flakes in a bowl and pour the mixture over the chicken. Cover and cook for 4 hours over low heat. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker. Dissolve the cornstarch in the water and add the sauce mixture to the pot. Shred the chicken and return to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high power for 10 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving.

Delicious Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

What do you need:

  • 1 pork tenderloin (1 kilogram)

  • 1 bottle of barbecue sauce

  • 1 bottle or can of root beer

  • 8 hamburger buns, split and lightly toasted

Place the pork tenderloin in a slow cooker and pour some root beer over it. Cover and cook 6 to 8 hours over low heat. When you’re ready, remove the pork from the pan and discard the excess liquid. Shred the pork and return to the slow cooker. Stir in barbecue sauce. Cook 10 to 15 minutes longer or until heated through. Serve pulled pork with hamburger buns.

Slow cooker simple barbecue chicken

What do you need:

  • 6 frozen boneless skinless chicken breast halves

  • 1 bottle of barbecue sauce

  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce

Combine barbecue sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. Arrange the chicken breast halves in a slow cooker and pour the barbecue sauce mixture over them. Cover and cook for 6 to 8 hours on low heat or 4 to 6 hours on high power. Best served as a sandwich topping or with mashed potatoes.

Learning to cook delicious meals takes time, but it will be faster with the use of a slow cooker. These hearty slow cooker basics will help you learn how to become a cooking pro in no time and are sure to wow your family and friends!

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