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Old 04-05-2009, 06:10 PM   #1
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Can I put 1/2 frozen chicken into crock pot?

Hi all,

I'm gonna slowcook me some chicken cacciatore, and don't feel like waiting for the chicken to finish thawing. Can I safely toss it (and all the other ingreds) in the cooker and let 'er rip for 7 hours?

Or does it truly need to be fully thawed before going in the cooker?

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Old 04-05-2009, 06:31 PM   #2
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If it is a big block of solid chicken. I wouldn't do it. If the pieces are pretty small, than go for it. But it would be best if the chicken were thawed.
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How about thawing the chicken in the microwave? Our microwave has a special "custom" thaw feature that does a perfect job.
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Old 04-05-2009, 07:04 PM   #4
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or thaw it in cold water..
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Old 04-05-2009, 07:04 PM   #5
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I don't think its safe to do that. I would either microwave or par boil the chicken before I put it in the crockpot. Good luck!
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Old 04-05-2009, 07:53 PM   #6
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I do an entire chicken straight from the freezer (make sure no loose stuff inside). Also great for Cornish Game Hens because I always forget to defrost them in advance. The slow cooker seems to bring it up to temperature fast enough to defrost and cook without any problems.
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Old 04-05-2009, 08:49 PM   #7
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I don't think its safe to do that. I would either microwave or par boil the chicken before I put it in the crockpot. Good luck!
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Old 04-05-2009, 08:54 PM   #8
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LMAO! Good solution!
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LOL - a lot depends on your slow cooker! Some will say you can use frozen chicken (if you use the high setting) - some say no way José. Read the instructions that came with your cooker - they will tell you what is safe, and how to do it if possible, in your particular "pot". If your instructions specify only using "thawed" chicken - then no, it would not be safe.
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I do an entire chicken straight from the freezer (make sure no loose stuff inside). Also great for Cornish Game Hens because I always forget to defrost them in advance. The slow cooker seems to bring it up to temperature fast enough to defrost and cook without any problems.
That's what I do all the time. I recently read that it is perfectly acceptable to put frozen chicken in the crockpot and allow it to defrost there. I've never had a problem so I say go for it.
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