29 May 2012

California Chicken - a Slowcooker Recipe

This is an emergency slowcooker recipe. That may seem a little odd - emergencies usually require speedy action, not something the slowcooker is renowned for.  I've classed it as an emergency recipe because it uses a processed ingredient. While most of the ingredients are fresh (as they should be when you cook from scratch) there is one that is bottled for convenience. That convenience adds $2.29 to the cost - convenience does come at a price!  Use this recipe when you know you have a busy day and need a spectacular dish for dinner and don't want to have to go and spend $30 on extra food. It is good, colourful and tasty. And not $30 - around $11, a saving of $19.

California Chicken
Cost: $11.29
Serves: 6  ($1.88 per serve)

1.5kg chicken fillets (breast or thigh), cut into chunks - $7.50
1 large onion, halved and sliced - 25c
1 large carrot, cut into 2cm chunks -10c
1 large zucchini, cut into 2cm chunks - 35c
1 red capsicum, cut into strips - 50c
Quarter head of cauliflower, cut into florets - 50c
1 bottle Italian salad dressing - $2.29

Spray the crock with cooking spray. Add the chicken and vegetables. Pour over the salad dressing and gently toss to make sure all the food is coated in the dressing. Cook on low for 6 hours or until the chicken is cooked through.

Serve over steamed rice with a salad on the side.

You can get the cost of this dish down by using frozen mixed vegetables, and lower it even more by using home grown produce.


  1. Wow Cath, that sounds really good, however, I should mention that here in WA
    we pay at least $9.90 a kilo for chicken fillets/breasts so the fact that
    you get it for $7.50 for 1.5kg is fantastic.

    Maybe I should move, might be cheaper LOL.

  2. barbara HughesFriday, June 01, 2012

    Cath,where will your new book be available?regards

    1. Hi Barbara,

      You will be able to order it from my website of course, at www.cheapskates.com.au, or from here (there's link to the order form at the top of the page, on the lefthand side).

      Of course it's also available at ABC Shops and Centres, Collins bookstores and all other good book shops :)


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