Slow Cooker Moist Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

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I had a lot of yard work to get done so I needed to free up some time. This slow cooker recipe from Taste of Home cookbook looked pretty good so I decided to give it a try. It requires only a few ingredients with almost no prep time.

Slow Cooker Moist Chicken Drumsticks Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds’ chicken drumsticks
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves (sliced thin)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
Instructions
  1. Place drumsticks in a slow cooker lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the tomato sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar and garlic and pour the sauce mixture over the chicken. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken juices run clear. (internal temp. of 185F)
  3. Remove the chicken to a serving platter and pour the juices into a small sauce pan.
  4. In a small glass mix together the cornstarch and water.
  5. Skim any fat from the surface of the sauce, bring the mixture to a boil, and then stir in the cornstarch mixture. Stir and cook until mixture thickens.
  6. Serve sauce with the chicken.

 

 

Slow Cooker Honey Barbecued Chicken

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This Honey Barbecued Chicken is simple to put together and delicious. It only takes about 4 hours in the slow cooker with just a little prep time. There is a good chance you will have everything on hand to put this recipe together.

Slow Cooker Honey Barbecued Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 – 6 bone in chicken thighs (skin removed)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion (sliced)
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. • In a nonstick skillet over medium high heat, using the oil, cook chicken on both sides until nicely browned; arrange chicken on bottom of slow cooker. Arrange the sliced onion around the chicken thighs.
  2. • In a medium size bowl mix together the remaining ingredients.
  3. • Pour the barbecue mixture over the chicken, cover, and cook for 4 – 5 hours on low or until chicken is almost fall off bone tender.
  4. • Layer a boiler pan with aluminum foil. Place the chicken on the foil and spoon some additional barbecue over the top. Place chicken about 8 inches below the element and broil on high until chicken starts to brown.
  5. (Note: this recipe is very good even if you skip the broiler step)

 

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs in Wine Sauce

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Quick and delicious; This Instant Pot Chicken Thighs in Wine Sauce recipe requires very little prep time and cooks quickly in the pressure cooker. If you need to put a quick supper together give this one a try.

(I used an Instant Pot for this recipe but I’m sure any other brand of electric pressure cooker would work well)

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs in Wine Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Pressure Cooker
Serves: 4 - 6
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 can baby portabella mushrooms (4 ounces)
  • 4 -6 bone-in chicken thighs (depending on number you are serving – skin removed) I served 4 and it was just right for 2 adults.
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoons pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 3 green onions (thinly sliced)
Instructions
  1. In a shallow dish whisk together the flour, Italian seasoning, paprika, salt, and pepper; set aside.
  2. Preheat Instant Pot by pressing the sauté button and setting for normal heat. Roll chicken in the flour mixture until well coated; shaking off any excess flour. Add the butter to Instant Pot and cook chicken until nicely browned on both sides. (if cooking six do 3 at a time) Remove from Instant Pot and set aside.
  3. Add the wine and broth stirring to scrape any dripping off the bottom. Let mixture boil for about 3 minutes. (raise the temperature if needed) Press cancel – place the chicken back in the pot and add the mushrooms and green onions. Lock the lid and close the vent, pressure cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Naturally release pressure for 10 minutes and then carefully quick release the rest of the pressure.
  5. Serve chicken with sauce – I served this over hash brown patties – it was delicious.

 

Carrot Honey Loaf Recipe

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Homemade carrot cake-How good can it get. This cake is, heavy, rich and moist with a delicious combination of spices. There is very little prep time involved, but it does take about an hour in the oven so allow yourself enough time.

Carrot Honey Loaf Recipe
 
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Serves: 1 loaf
Ingredients
  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups grated carrots
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a large bowl mix together the eggs, oil, honey, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. In another bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients until well combined.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined and then mix in the grated carrots.
  5. Pour batter into a 9 x 5 loaf pan lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 1 hour or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Let cool for a bout 10 minutes, remove from pan, and cool on a wire rack before serving.

Adapted from Taste of Home magazine 

Instant Pot Pork Chops with Gravy

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If you are new to Instant Pot this is a great recipe to start with. It doesn’t require many ingredients and cooks quickly.

I used 1 inch thick boneless chops in this recipe so adjust you cooking time a little bit if they are thicker or thinner. I’m sure bone-in chops would work out just as well.

Instant Pot Pork Chops with Gravy
 
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Recipe type: Instant Pot
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 – 6 pork chops
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 package of ranch dressing mix
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Using the sauté setting on the Instant Pot brown the pork chops on both sides using the oil. Remove chops to a serving platter, pour in the wine, and cook scraping and stirring to deglaze the bottom.
  2. Place the chops back into the Instant Pot and sprinkle on the ranch seasoning. Set the butter on top and then pour in the broth.
  3. Seal the lid on and press the pressure cook button, then set the time for 10 minutes.
  4. Leave the Instant Pot lid on to naturally release pressure for 5 minutes; turn to quick release to release the rest of the pressure.
  5. Remove the chops to a serving platter. Mix the water with the cornstarch, set the Instant Pot on sauté and mix the cornstarch mixture into the broth cooking until thickened to form gravy.
  6. Pour some of the gravy over the chops and serve the rest over mashed potatoes or hash browns.

 

Rich and Creamy Polenta Recipe

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I have only eaten polenta a couple of times and I will have to say I was not very impressed. I was planning on preparing an Instant Pot recipe and it recommended serving the dish with polenta, so I decided to give it a try. My wife and I both were pretty impressed with this Polenta; it was outstanding. It does take a little time, but it is well worth the effort; we will be sure to make it again.

Rich and Creamy Polenta Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Place the water and salt into a medium size sauce pan and bring to a boil. Gradually add the cornmeal while constantly stirring with a whisk to avoid creating any lumps.
  2. Reduce heat to low and continue stirring until polenta starts to thicken. Cover and continue cooking for 30 minutes, stirring every 5 to 6 minutes with a wooden spoon.
  3. Polenta is done when it is creamy and all individual grains are tender. (should not be gritty at all)
  4. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of butter – when butter is half melted mix in the cheese stirring until butter and cheese are completely melted; cover and let rest of 5 minutes.
  5. Top polenta with remaining butter and garnish with more cheese if desired,

Adapted from Allrecipes

Grilled Pepper and Onion Hot Dogs

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This recipe is super simple with amazing taste. 10 minutes of prep time and 15 minutes on the grill, and your hot dogs are ready to serve.

Grilled Pepper and Onion Hot Dogs
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 medium green bell pepper (cut into strips)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (cut into strips)
  • 1 small sweet onion (sliced)
  • ¼ cup Zesty Italian dressing
  • 1 package of hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
Instructions
  1. Prepare and preheat grill to medium heat
  2. Place peppers and onion on a large sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil and drizzle the dressing over the top. Fold the foil over the vegetables to form a packet.
  3. Grill vegetables for 15 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  4. After 6 minutes start grilling the hot dogs, grilling them until heated through. (Turn packet and hot dogs occasionally while grilling) this is also a good time to toast the buns if you wish to do so.
  5. Remove the foil packet from the grill and cut a few slits in the top to release the steam, and then open carefully. Serve the hot dogs topped with the vegetable mixture

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Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Casserole Recipe

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Using the slow cooker made this recipe real simple to put together. There is a little prep time involved, but nowhere near as much as when you actually have to stuff the cabbage.

All the flavors are there, they are just taking on a different form, and because it is cooked in the slow cooker it frees up a lot of time to get some other things done.

Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Casserole Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ⅓ cup chopped onion
  • 4 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 medium green pepper (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 cup uncooked instant rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can tomato paste (6 ounces)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar – optional
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet cook burger and onion until burger is no longer pink inside; drain if needed. Place the burger mixture in the bottom of the slow cooker and mix in the cabbage, green pepper, and rice.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the water and tomato paste, and the mix in the rest of the ingredients. Add the mixture to the slow cooker and mix until well combined.
  3. Cook on low for 4-5 hours or until rice and vegetables are tender.
  4. Serve hot.

 

Sweet and Tangy Country-Style Pork Ribs

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I love doing barbecued pork ribs on the grill. I can safely say next to beef steak they are my favorite.

This Country-Style Pork Ribs recipe is very simple to prepare, and they are delicious.

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Sweet and Tangy Country-Style Pork Ribs
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 pounds country style bone-in ribs
  • ½ cup barbeque sauce (plus extra for serving)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar, salt, chili powder, and cayenne pepper.
  2. Rub the spice mixture into the ribs on all sides. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 – 24 hours.
  3. Prepare grill and preheat grill for 15 minutes or until grill is hot. Leave main burner on and shut off all other burners; trying to maintain a temperature of 350F. Grill ribs on hot side of grill until nicely browned, move ribs to cooler side of the grill, and coat with ¼ cup of the barbeque sauce. Cook for 6 minutes and flip ribs; coat with the remaining sauce.
  4. Grill to an internal temperature of 350F, remove to serving platter and let rest 10 minutes before serving.
  5. Note: if using a small grill you may need to leave both burners on low to maintain the temperature.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Chicken Leg Quarters for Two Recipe

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This is a super simple recipe that’s just the right amount to serve two people. There is very little prep time, and the barbequed like glaze is delicious.

If you need to serve more people just double the recipe.

Chicken Leg Quarters for Two Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 chicken leg quarters
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon stead sauce (I used A-1)
  • Dash of hot sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and lightly spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, steak sauce, and hot sauce until well combined.
  3. Using the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat brown chicken on both sides and arrange them on the bottom of the baking dish.
  4. Spoon the sauce over the top of the chicken.
  5. Bake uncovered for 50 – 60 minutes to an internal temperature of 180F.

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Adapted from Allrecipes Cook Book