Once again, feel free to make this new recipe even if you failed to thaw chicken ahead of time. (See also: Simple Crock Pot Chicken Soup with a Kick, Simple Overnight Saucy Crock Pot Chicken, Simple Overnight Melt-in-Your-Mouth Beef Roast, and Simple Garlic Butter Shrimp – all recipes that do not require thawing meat ahead of time.)
You might be thinking, “Do you ever plan ahead? Don’t you ever thaw your meat? This is what lists are for, Laura. Get yourself a planner!”
I do have a planner. And a calendar. And several phone reminder alarms that go off all week to remind me of important things to do and places to be.
But my planner, calendar, and phone can’t walk to the freezer to get out the chicken, now can they? So basically, frozen meat is what I have learned to deal with in this life, and there’s nothing that can be done about it. My crock pot gently says, “I’m here for you. I’ll thaw and cook your meat – all at the same time. So you just quickly throw it in here and go about your day.”
Hmm. I think I like my crock pot better than my planner. My crock pot saves my neck, makes my house smell amazing so as to make people think I’m actually working at today’s food, then kindly provides my family with dinner. Meanwhile my planner just bosses me around and tells me what to do all day. Rude.
Planner? You could learn a thing or two from Crock Pot. And Phone Alarms? You need to just sssshhhhhhhhhussshhh once in a while. I heard you the first four times you went off. I know I have a deadline. Can you not see that I’m down on the floor trying to sort through these tax forms? Seeing as you are way over there in the other room, one cannot expect me to just bounce off the floor and spring into the kitchen to swipe your sound off. I can’t afford to be inflicted with a strained muscle if I want to try and keep up with everything Planner is making me do.
And Calendar? I’d much appreciate it if you stop staring at me, mocking me with all your words and appointments. Why don’t you just say, “Stay home. Relax.” once in a while? But no. You’re all, “Take your kid to this, head over to that, so-and-so and such-and-such, be sure to, and don’t forget.”
It’s possible that I may need anger management classes as I learn to deal with the organizational tools that help me handle all my responsibilities. In the meantime, I will happily forget to thaw my meat and let my BFF, the Crock Pot, save me once again with another Simple Recipe.
Simple Shredded Ranch Chicken (for tacos or salad)
- 2-3 pounds boneless chicken thighs or breasts
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 3 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning*
- 3 Tablespoons dry Ranch Seasoning**
- Place chicken in the bottom of a crock pot.
- Drizzle on olive oil.
- Sprinkle on seasoning mixes.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Shred chicken and serve with favorite taco toppings on hard or soft shells.
*Here’s my Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe.
**Here’s my Homemade Ranch Seasoning recipe.
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- 20-Minute Taco Soup
- Simple Cheesy Baked Chicken
- Simple Creamy Chicken Stew in the Crock Pot
- Simple Italian Beef and Broccoli Skillet
- Simple Bacon Ranch Chicken
- Simple Hawaiian Crock Pot Chicken
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- Simple 15-Minute Meal
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- Simple 3-Cheese Crock Pot Pasta
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Thank you for making it easy, short and simple. I am sure after trying this recipe it’ll be tasty as well. Thanks for sharing.
Cute post, lol:! Just wondered what approximate cook time would be if meat isn’t frozen (i.e. due to just getting at store, not to defrosting ahead….working on figuring out what’s IN my freezer, so you’re way ahead of me, Laura!).
If your meat is already thawed, I’d still go 5-6 hours on low I think . :)
Thank you, Laura!
Charlotte Moore says
I thought you couldn’t put frozen meat in a crockpot. WOW!!