Savory Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes that Feature Berries
Looking to add a bit of sweet flavoring to your favorite main dish? Seasoned chefs have been adding berries to their meals for centuries, noting that the bursts of sweetness add delicate and delicious flavor to certain savory meats.
If you've never cooked a main dish with berries before, using your slow cooker is a great way to ensure the flavors blend together well. Try one of these simple recipes to ease yourself into this culinary couple.
Slow Cooker Chicken with Cranberry Glaze
This meal is best paired with steamed plain or wild rice, as the simple flavor will enhance the sour bite of the cranberry glaze.
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 can cranberry sauce
- 1 tablespoon cranberry jam
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 stick butter, melted
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
Line the bottom of your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray or a slow cooker liner. In a large bowl, whisk together barbecue sauce, cranberry sauce, cranberry jam, honey, butter, onion and garlic. Put both breasts at the bottom of the slow cooker, then cover with the sauce and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cover the stoneware and cook for about 3 to 4 hours on high, or 5 to 6 hours on low. Serve over rice.
Variations for the More Adventurous
Got a serious sweet tooth? There are a few ways you can mix up this recipe for even fruitier chicken. Adapt as follows based on your preferences:
Love Blueberries? Instead of cranberry sauce and jam, mash 2 cups of blueberries with 1/3 cup sugar and substitute for cranberry sauce. Use blackberry jam instead of cranberry jam, and add a few fresh blueberries to garnish.
Wild About Raspberries? Keep the cranberry sauce, but use 2 tablespoons raspberry jam and add 1/2 cup fresh raspberries to the slow cooker while the chicken bakes.