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Old 09-03-2012, 08:45 AM   #1
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Question Brown Chicken before putting into a crock-pot

I am doing a chicken thigh recipe in a crock pot tonight. Should I brown the pieces (skin on and bone in) ? The recipe specifically calls for no water or other liquid.. Do you think the juices from the onions and chicken will do the trick?

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Old 09-03-2012, 08:58 AM   #2
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Not if you aren't adding any liquid....cuz pre-browning will stop the chicken from oozing its own liquids into the pot.

Good luck! let us know how it turns out.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:30 AM   #3
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You have to brown the chicken separately in a hot pan before putting it in the CP. You can't brown in a CP.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:39 AM   #4
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Andy, I knew that. I just wondered if it would be okay to do the browning and then cook it in the crock pot to finish for about 6 hours. There is not supposed to be any liquid added, according to the recipe.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:41 AM   #5
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Andy, I knew that. I just wondered if it would be okay to do the browning and then cook it in the crock pot to finish for about 6 hours. There is not supposed to be any liquid added, according to the recipe.

Sorry, misread the question. I think it'll be fine. Brown the chicken. The crockpot will cause the chicken and veggies to give up their liquids to cook the dish.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:16 AM   #6
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Browning meat creates flavor.

It does not seal in juices.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:49 AM   #7
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I would brown it.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:14 PM   #8
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With the skin on, I too would brown them. If they were skinless, probably not.
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I am doing a chicken thigh recipe in a crock pot tonight. Should I brown the pieces (skin on and bone in) ? The recipe specifically calls for no water or other liquid.. Do you think the juices from the onions and chicken will do the trick?
Since you are using skin-on & no liquid, I would not brown first. The skin/fat will increase the temp/heat, & may give some browning. (I would spray the pot w/ nonstick cooking spray.) If you want a crispy dark skin, I would go with another cooking method.
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:12 PM   #10
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I browned them a little. They are in the Crock pot cooking away.

Thanks for the input.
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