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Old 06-25-2011, 08:34 PM   #1
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Frozen whole chicken for the crock-pot - thaw or not?

I have a small whole frozen chicken about 4 pounds. Can I put it in the slow cooker as is or do I need to defrost it. I have placed other meat in the slow cooker when it was frozen, cooked it on low for 8 hours and had wonderfully cooked meat. I wasn't sure if a whole bird would work the same way. Anyone have any experience with this?


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Old 06-25-2011, 08:51 PM   #2
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Don't slow cooker instruction books usually tell you not to start with frozen meat/poultry?

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Old 06-25-2011, 11:15 PM   #3
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i would thaw it in the fridge first. it would take a long time to thaw and reach a safe tempture.
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Old 06-29-2011, 01:41 AM   #4
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safety first with chicken..... defrost, if you have to do it faster than in the fridge for a day plop it in a pot of cold water and cover, should be good to place in your slow cooker 6 hours later.
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:05 AM   #5
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Definitely defrost it first. I never put frozen meat of any kind in the slow cooker. Here are the recommendations from the USDA for Crock Pot Safety
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