Category Archives: Crock Pot Recipes

Slow Cooker Honey Chicken is easy

Looking for something simple to put together and put in a slow cooker while you’re busy with other things, like work or playing golf or swimming? You can come home to a delicious meal with only a little effort to get it going in the morning. This recipe for Honey Cooked Chicken came in my news feed and I thought it sounded great and only needs a couple of adjustments to make it a low carb delight.

I use sugar-free Honey that I order from because I can’t find a brand in my local stores, but you may find one at your market or a health food store. Let your fingers do the walking and check via phone or an online web site before running around town. In a pinch, I think sugar-free Pancake syrup can substitute, but it will give it a slight maple flavor rather than honey. You can also order a honey substitute from

Honey Chicken and Vegetables

8 skinless large Chicken Thighs or Breasts
1 pound Cauliflower flowerets
1 pound Broccoli flowerets
1/2 lb Baby Carrots
1 pound Green Beans

1/2 cup sugar-free Honey,
1/2 cup Reduced-Sodium Soy Sauce,
4 cloves Garlic (minced),
1 teaspoon Basil,
1 teaspoon Oregano,
1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 teaspoon of Black Pepper

Mix the sauce ingredients in a bowl.

In a regular-sized slow cooker, put four chicken thighs to make the bottom layer. Pour 1/2 of the sauce over the chicken.

On top of this add the cauliflower, broccoli and carrots. Top with the other four chicken thighs. Pour the remaining sauce over the top. Put on the lid and cook on low for 8 hours or cook on high for 4 hours.

Add the green beans for the last 30 minutes of cooking, put the lid back on and continue to cook on high.

To add a little crispiness to the chicken, you can remove it from the pot and broil for about 3 minutes on each side.  Serve with the vegetables from the cooker.

Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Information per serving:
Calories: 154 Fat: 3 g Net Carbs: 8.8 g Protein: 18.2 g

Super Ground Beef Chile

This time of year just calls out “make chile” to me because nothing warms you up quite like a nice, spicy bowl of chile. Adding beans to it adds more carbs than I sometimes can allow in my daily menu, so I make an all meat chile. This version uses lean ground beef, which makes it quicker to make and bacon to add a little more flavor. The result is delicious. I’ve left the beans as optional if you want to use them.

6 slices Bacon
3 pounds lean Ground Beef
1 package Chili Seasoning
2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) Diced Tomatoes, undrained
1/2 cup diced Onions
2 teaspoons Garlic, minced
4 oz. can chopped Green Chiles
1 Bell Pepper, chopped
1 cup Medium Hot Salsa
1/2 cup Red Beans (optional)
1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Fry bacon strips in a large, deep skillet until almost crisp. Remove to paper towel to drain. Drain off fat, leaving about 1 tablespoon in the pan. Add garlic and onion and cook until the onion is almost tender. Add to the crock pot.

In the same skillet, brown the ground beef, but don’t cook all the way through. Drain fat. Add to the crock pot. Break the bacon into pieces and add to the crock pot. Add the diced tomatoes, salsa, chopped chiles, chile seasoning and cayenne pepper. Stir together to mix it well.

Cook on high for one hour, then reduce to low heat for 2 hours. Check seasonings and adjust if necessary, then cook for another 30 minutes with the lid off to thicken.

Serve with crumbled Queso Fresco and sour cream.

Makes 10 servings

Nutrition Info: (No beans) per serving
Calories: 240 Fat: 16.0 g Net Carbs: 5 g Protein: 14.4 g

Nutrition Info: (With beans) per serving
Calories: 251.4 Fat: 16.0 g Net Carbs: 6.3 g Protein: 15.1 g

Slow Cooker East Texas Jambalaya

Hey, y’all!  This here recipe is a variation of one PK’s mother, Toni Kelly, used to make and we’ve adapted it a little to make it low carb and add more meat to it. The changes are in the choices of vegetables and tomatoes that go into it.  Always, a southern recipe includes the “holy trinity” of Cajun-cooking, which is celery, bell peppers, and onions.  This is a delicious and slightly spicy dish that warms you up on a cold day and just bursts with flavor as you eat it.

And it is pretty easy to make.  If you want to put it on before you leave for work, then do the prep work, including lightly cooking the chicken and bell pepper, onions, and celery the night before and refrigerating until morning when you put it all in the slow cooker.  Then just add the rest of the ingredients, except the shrimp and mushrooms, put it on low to cook all day.  When you come home, check the seasoning mix, adjust, then add the shrimp and mushrooms and cook for another 30 minutes to cook the shrimp.

You want to look for the lowest net carbs for the tomatoes that you can find. Check the nutrition information on the back of the can, which is per serving, and find the carbohydrate count, then subtract the fiber. This is the net carb count of one serving. I used canned tomatoes that were 8 net carbs per cup for the calculation. You can add more chicken without increasing the carb count, but the calorie count will go up accordingly. If you are making chicken only, then use two whole breasts (4 of the half breasts).

1 whole Chicken Breast, skin removed
1 link Andouille Sausage
1 oz. can whole or diced, peeled Tomatoes
1 cup Butternut Squash, cubes (optional)
1 cup Green Bell Peppers cut into strips
1 cup Zucchini, (Green and Yellow), sliced
3 stalks Celery, trimmed and chopped
1 cup Chicken Broth
1/3 cup Mushrooms, sliced
6 oz. Shrimp, peeled and cleaned
1/2 cup Ham, diced
1 teaspoon Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 tablespoon Garlic
1/2 tablespoon Creole Seasoning
1/2 cup Onions, Chopped
2 tablespoons Pumpkin Puree

Cut chicken into cubes or small bite-sized pieces. Cut the sausage into small pieces and dice the ham. In a large skillet, add 1 teaspoon olive oil and over medium heat, sauté the garlic, celery, and onion until the onion sweats and softens a little, then add to the slow cooker. Add green peppers to the skillet, then the chicken. Add a little more olive oil if needed. Cook for a couple of minutes to just get the chicken to start to firm up. This is mostly to add flavor to it before adding to the cooker. Put the chicken and peppers in the cooker.

Add the tomatoes, zucchini, butternut squash, chicken broth, Creole seasoning, salt and pepper. Turn the cooker on High and cook for 1 hour, then reduce it to low setting. Let cook for two hours. Check the seasonings in the sauce and adjust if needed, then add the ham and the pumpkin puree. The pumpkin will work to thicken the sauce and adds a little flavor. Cook another 30 minutes, then add the shrimp and the mushrooms. Cook another 30 minutes or until the shrimp are cooked through, but not overcooked.

Serve with cauli-rice or stir-fried angel hair cabbage to keep the carbohydrates low. The butternut squash adds an interesting flavor to the Jambalaya, but can be omitted, which will also reduce the number of carbs per serving. Makes 8 servings, about 3/4 cup each.

Nutrition info with Butternut Squash per serving:
(doesn’t include the cauli-rice or cabbage)
Calories: 150 Fat: 5.1 g Net Carbs: 7.6 g Protein: 16.3 g

Nutrition info without Butternut Squash per serving:
(doesn’t include the cauli-rice or cabbage)
Calories: 140 Fat: 5.0 g Net Carbs: 5.6 g Protein: 16.1 g

Notes: Jambalaya is a flexible stew, but almost always includes chicken and the “holy trinity” of southern cooking, but the vegetable and meat choices vary with personal taste. You can add other vegetables such as okra, green beans, cauliflower, carrots or broccoli. The carbs will vary a little based on what you add, but it will be close.

Typical net carb (nc) values of the possible add-ins per half cup diced or chopped:
Okra – 1.6 g nc; Green Beans (fresh) – 2.0 g nc; Cauliflower – 1.3 g nc; Carrots – 4.3 g nc; Broccoli – 1.0 nc; Butternut Squash – 7.8 g nc; Turnip Greens – 1.1 g nc; Turnips – 3.0 g nc; Kohlrabi – 1.5 g nc; White Potato – 10 g nc


Slow Cooking Coc au Vin

I don’t know about your part of the world, but here in Reno, Nevada, the season just turned to the crisp, darn near freezing nights, of FALL!  At our house, we try to hold out until November 1 before turning on the heater, but I broke down this week when I woke up in the morning from sleeping with my robe wrapped around my head and surrounded by cats seeking warmth.  So mid-October and the heat is on.

But it’s also a great time for stew and soups.  One terrific way to make a delicious meal is your slow cooker.  With a little preparation, you can toss all the ingredients into the pot before you head off to work or whatever else you have planned and come home to a fully cooked meal.

This isn’t the recipe for that.  Yes, it’s a slow cooked meal and it is a delicious French version of a chicken stew with wine, but the preparation takes about thirty to forty minutes with the chopping and cooking.  But, if you do all the work the night before, then put it in the cooker in the morning, then it is simple.  Just prepare  the ingredients, do the skillet cooking, then bag the chicken and the vegetables separately and refrigerate overnight.  Layer them into the pot with the vegetables first, then the chicken, set the cooker on low, then get on with your day.

Slow Cooker Coc au Vin

8 boneless, skinless Chicken Thighs
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons Low Carb Flour
4 slices Bacon , roughly chopped
3 tablespoons unsalted Butter or Olive Oil , divided
1 package white or Baby Bella Mushrooms , sliced
2 large Carrots , cleaned and sliced
2 stalks Celery, cleaned and sliced
1 medium Yellow Onion , chopped
2 cloves Garlic , chopped
1/2 cup Chicken Broth
1 cup Red Wine
2 large sprigs fresh Thyme

Begin by prepping the vegetables. Cut the carrots into about 1 inch slices. If they are thick, you can cut each slice in half so they cook quicker. Clean and slice the celery stalks into the same size pieces. Chop or slice the onion, depending on your preference. If the mushrooms need to be cut, do that also. Chop or mince the garlic into tiny pieces.

Put a piece of waxed paper on a baking sheet, then place the skinned and boned chicken on it. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to your preference, then sprinkle and pat low carb flour over the chicken. Turn the chicken over and repeat. Set aside.

Cook bacon in a large skillet or use my method and cook it between two pieces of paper towel on a plate in the microwave until it is crisp. Discard any bacon grease and wipe the pan clean with a paper towel. Add 2 tablespoons butter to the pan and cook the chicken until browned on each side, then remove to a paper towel.

Add the rest of the butter along with the mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms begin to brown along the edges, then add the onions, garlic, celery and carrots. Add a little salt to your preference. Cook until the carrots begin to soften, then transfer all the vegetables to the bottom of the slow cooker. Add chicken broth. Layer the chicken over the top, then pour the wine over the top and add the thyme. I prefer to remove the leaves and just use those as to putting the whole sprig in.

Turn the slow cooker to the low setting. For those who have a warmer setting, medium and high on their cookers, this would be the medium setting. The stew will be cooked in about six hours. In a hurry, use the high setting for two hours, then lower it to low or medium.

Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Information per serving:
Calories: 268.5 Fat: 12.3 g Net Carbs: 5.3 g Protein: 21.3 g

Crock Pot Guinness Chicken Stew

September 17 is half-St. Patrick’s Day. Not exactly a national holiday, but among Celtic-oriented folk, it’s another excuse to celebrate.  At the very least, you can sit down with a nice bowl of stew and a loaf of Irish soda bread.  Actually, I am checking this out as a main dish for an Alban Elfed gathering this weekend to celebrate the Fall Equinox.  Being as this is a Celtic group of people, how can you go wrong with a Guinness stout enhanced recipe? And it makes the meat juicy and tender.

At this time of the year, you’re probably not too keen to heat up the kitchen with a stew in the oven, but this version is cooked in a crock pot and is made with chicken so it isn’t as heavy as a hearty beef stew, which is so welcome in winter. This version is pretty low in carbs, even with potatoes thrown in. I usually use turnips, but if you don’t like them, it’s only a couple of extra carbs per serving to use regular potatoes.

2 half Chicken Breasts, boned and skinned
2 Chicken Thighs, boned and skinned
1 tblsp Olive Oil
1 cup cubed Turnips or potatoes
1 cup Guinness Draught Stout Beer
1/4 cup Carbquick
2 medium slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 tsp minced Garlic
1 cup Green Beans, frozen or fresh, cut into pieces (optional)
2 stalks medium Celery, chopped
2 cups Chicken Broth
Salt, to taste
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
1 teaspoon ground Thyme
1/2 cup fresh Mushrooms, pieces or slices
1/2 cup chopped Onions

In a shallow bowl or tin pan, mix together the Carbquick, a pinch of salt and pepper. Wash and trim the chicken and pat dry. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour mixture and place in the skillet. Cook until lightly browned, about 2-4 minutes on each side. Put into crock pot.

Add chopped bacon to the pot, then pour beer and chicken broth into it. Stir well.

Add the garlic, thyme and the vegetables and stir well.

Cover and cook until the chicken falls apart, 4 hours on High or 7 to 8 hours on Low.

Add additional salt and pepper if needed.

Makes 6 servings

Calories: 124 Net Carbs: 5.1 g Protein: 14.3 g

Without green beans: Calories: 119 Net Carbs: 4.7 g Protein: 14.3

With 1 cup diced potatoes instead of turnips: 132 Net Carbs: 7.2 Protein: 14.6