Breaking in my new
Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker

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Breaking in my new Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker.

I just received a new Hamilton Beach slow cooker for 10 years of service with my company. A gift I’ve been looking forward to getting. This 6 Qt programmable slow cooker comes with 3 choices for easy, automatic cooking. The Hamilton Beach slow cooker works perfect for my busy work schedule. I love coming home after 12 hours to a slow cooked meal.

I just received a new Hamilton Beach slow cooker for 10 years of service with my company. A gift I’ve been looking forward to getting. This 6 Qt programmable slow cooker comes with 3 choices for easy, automatic cooking. The Hamilton Beach slow cooker works perfect for my busy work schedule. I love coming home after 12 hours to a slow cooked meal.

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Being a slow cooker virgin for the most part, I started going through the best slow cooker recipes. After seeing a lot of recipes, I decided to go with chicken recipe and see where it takes me. I started with the basic ingredient suggestions but soon had to add my own touch to it. I figure I will call it kitchen cabinet spiced Chicken Fajita’s. I think the best slow cooker recipes; or any recipes are the ones we create.

In the spice cabinet was a selection of spices that led me to a Chicken Fajita recipe. To name a few were cumin, hot chili powder, red pepper, curry, celery salt and poultry seasoning to name a few. No doubt it was going to be a Chicken Fajita recipe.

I seasoned the bird both under the skin and on top. I also placed a little butter under skin.  I through some onions in the bottom of the Hamilton Beach slow cooker and place the chicken on top. No liquid was added.

Using the probe cooking method, I set it for 180 degrees and let it do its thing.  Glad I used the probe. The book said 4 – 5 hours. In reality it took 6 hours. Making stock was mentioned in a slow cooker recipe I came across. When done, I de-boned the bird, saved some of the drippings and through the scrapes back in slow cooker. I added carrots, onions, celery, 2 chicken bouillon cubes, and more spice cabinet ingredients. I covered with water and placed in frig for cooking stock the next day.

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Back to the Chicken Fajita’s; in a skillet, I sautéed some onions and peppers; added sliced chicken, dripping from the bird and more kitchen cabinet spices then placed in a tortilla shell with salsa and sour cream. OMG, I had no idea it would come out so good.

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The next morning I started the stock before leaving for work. With the leftover stock and chicken, I planned (what I call) a Naked Chicken Fajita Burrito. I cooked some minute rice using chicken stock and a tbls of butter, throwing in some diced chicken also.

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Next I tried a spicy Italian sausage tortellini and chicken Alfredo with the rest of the leftovers. This came out better than expected. Not very good with the exact measurements . I started with some tortellini I had in the freezer, opened the refrigerator and spice cabinet and this is what I came up with. I started with the home made chicken stock. Added some cream that was in the frig along with some tomato paste. I went with the spices I used in the Chicken Fajita recipe.

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I apologize for my poor photography skills. It tasted better than it looks. I was able to get 3 awesome meals from one bird, not to mention the chicken and home made chicken stock I froze.

 


The Hamilton beach slow cooker is perfect for my busy work schedule. I can set it before I head to work at 4 Am and be done by the time I get home at 4 PM. It’s also perfect for my days off when I want to take a motorcycle ride and not have to worry about what’s for dinner. For a busy foodie, it is perfect. Just set it, forget it and get a few meals out of it. I’m looking forward to my 15th year gift.

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