At our house, low-and-slow recipes have to have kid and husband appeal, plus good marks for nutrition. This chipotle chicken wins in both categories. Use leftovers for zippy barbecue pizzas or burritos. —Tamra Parker, Manlius, NY
This is a different, fresher-tasting meal than some of the heartier ones that are usually slow cooked. It goes perfectly with a side of noodles or a mixed green salad. —Lori Lockrey, Pickering, Ontario
"I couldn't bear the thought of going to the supermarket one day and was determined to come up with something for dinner," writes Susan Dalrymple of Marathon, Florida. "I created this comforting chicken mix, and my husband loved it!"
"MY MOTHER-IN-LAW said she devised this recipe when her children were growing up and schedules were hectic. It was a favorite Sunday dish because it could be cooking while the family was at church. When they came home, it didn't take long to finish the preparations and put dinner on the table."
“Here’s a great make-ahead recipe! I cut up fresh chicken, put in a bag with the remaining slow-cooker ingredients and freeze.” To cook her frozen Indonesian Peanut Chicken, Sarah simply removes the bag a day ahead to thaw in the fridge, then pours all the contents into her slow cooker. Sarah Newman - Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
Our Test Kitchen created this satisfying stew that’s colorful, full-flavored and family-friendly. Chicken thighs are slowly simmered with stewed tomatoes, butternut squash, green peppers and onion for meal-in-one convenience.
“I came up with this recipe for my sister who just got her first slow cooker and cooks mostly by throwing canned goods into a pot. It’s a delicious go-to recipe for busy days.” —Elizabeth Dumont, Boulder, Colorado