Bariatric Recipes of the Week:
Easy Crockpot Chicken

These easy crockpot chicken recipes are a time-saving way to have a hot meal waiting for you when you walk in the door.

Use these basic crockpot instructions and simple recipes to get you started.

  • Always fill crockpot at least half full, but no more than 2/3 full, or the cooking time will be affected.
  • Always cook with the lid on.
  • Most crockpots have two temperature settings: low is recommended for slow, all-day cooking. High can be used to prepare foods more quickly. An hour on high is equal to 2 - 2 1/2 hours on low.

Easy Crockpot Chicken Recipes:

Chicken Marinara

  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 small jar (26-28 ounces) reduced sodium marinara sauce
  • Fresh tomatoes, onions, mushrooms (optional)

  1. Combine all ingredients in crockpot.
  2. Cook on low heat for 6-7 hours.
  3. Add fresh vegetables, if desired, and cook for 30 minutes more.

Makes 6 servings.
Per serving:
270 calories, 35 grams protein, 3 grams fat, 25 grams carbohydrate, 440 mg sodium, 2 grams fiber

BBQ Chicken (or Beef)

  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless chicken breasts or lean beef
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 sliced onion

  1. Combine all ingredients in crock pot.
  2. Cook on low heat all day.
  3. Before serving, shred the chicken or meat by using two forks in opposing fashion across the grain of the meat.

Makes 6 servings.
Per serving: 180 calories, 23 grams protein, 5 grams fat, 10 grams carbohydrate, 205 mg sodium, trace fiber

Chicken (or Beef) Machaca

  • 1 pound skinless chicken breasts or flank steak
  • 1 cup prepared salsa

  1. Combine all ingredients in crockpot.
  2. (If using flank steak, score it by cutting it lightly across the grain.)
  3. Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 4-6 hours.
  4. Before serving, shred by using two forks in opposing fashion across the grain of the meat.
  5. Return the meat to the crock pot and add more salsa if desired.
  6. Continue to heat until ready to serve.

Makes 4 servings.
Per serving:
185 calories, 25 grams protein, 7 grams fat, 4 grams carbohydrate, 100 mg sodium, 1 gram fiber

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Recipes courtesy of Canyon Ranch