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Things to Consider While Cooking Frozen Chicken in a Crock-Pot

Things to Consider While Cooking Frozen Chicken in a Crock-Pot
A Crock-Pot is an incredible kitchen appliance that helps you save time by cooking your dinner in your absence. However, is it safe to cook frozen chicken, or other meats, in it? Here are the answers to all your queries.
Sheetal Mandora
Last Updated: Aug 6, 2017
It is essential to cook poultry, and other meats and seafood, to a perfect temperature so as to reduce the risk of bacteria spreading through it. According to the USDA recommendations, the internal temperature for chicken is 165°F, to ensure food safety.
Crock-Pot, one of the popular brand names of a slow cooker, is commonly used for cooking a variety of meats, poultry, seafood, and vegetables. This electrical cooking appliance can not only be used as a cooking container, but it can also sustain heat to keep the food at a specific temperature. With a huge list of pros in its corner, it's tough to imagine that this appliance has any cons.

So, what's this whole deal about cooking frozen chicken in it? There are hundreds of cooking sites and blogs that advocate the use of a slow cooker for cooking frozen foods. But just because the information exists on the Internet, it doesn't automatically mean it is true or reliable. To help clear all your misconceptions about the topic at hand and provide you safe methods on how to cook frozen chicken, we have provided a complete explanation below.
Cooking With a Crock-Pot
Chicken crock pot
Using this countertop appliance on a regular basis is safe as it cooks different types of foods between 170 - 200°F temperature. Due to the low temperature, you can ensure that leaner cuts of meat won't dry out, but will remain tender and juicy. So, when we talk about adding frozen food items―in this case, chicken―how do we get to a conclusion? Let us go over two simple questions that will explain to you which side we're leaning towards.
Can you cook frozen chicken in a Crock-Pot?
The answer is quite simple. Yes, a Crock-Pot can cook any kind of frozen foods in it. And, when you follow a recipe that includes different spices, herbs, and ingredients, it'll taste brilliant too. But technically speaking, that's not the point we're trying to make. And with this, we head to our second question.
Should you use a Crock-Pot in this manner?
Even though prestigious cooking blogs and sites agree that using the appliance to cook frozen chicken and other meats is safe, we urge our readers not to do so. Unlike fresh ingredients, the frozen chicken will take a longer time to come to a safe temperature―above 140°F temperature―once placed inside the appliance. Bacteria grow between 40 - 140°F range, and because you are cooking frozen poultry over a long period of time, the appliance won't have enough heat to kill them. Which is why, it is recommended that you thaw chicken, and other meats and seafood, before cooking it in a Crock-Pot. Don't believe us? Well, even the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agree with us.
What do the instruction manuals say that come with the appliance?
If you own a Crock-Pot, perhaps you can check the manual as you read this section. It says that before you place smaller pieces of frozen meats inside, you should first add a cup of warm liquid, i.e. water, stock, broth, or other liquid a recipe demands. In addition, you will have to keep the appliance on for a longer time. If the setting is on low, then the time will be increased by 4 hours; and when the setting is on high, keep it on for an additional 2 hours. On the contrary, if you are planning to cook larger cuts, then the total time may increase furthermore.

When it comes to cooking for our families, friends, and ourselves, it is best not to take health-related risks. It is best to either thaw the chicken in 1 - 2 days in your refrigerator, or place it inside the microwave to defrost. Yes, this will require you to go that extra mile and spend more time than you wanted to invest. However, if such things can help keep our family members out of harm's way, then we believe it is worth it.