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January 31, 2014

Layered Slow-Cooker Dinner

Layered Hong-Kong Chicken, Basil Beans, Honey Carrots AND Baked Potatoes in one, cooked together but keeping the flavors separate !

How about a complete meal cooked in your slow-cooker?  Not mixed, each on it's own, with no flavors mixed - including "baked potatoes" !

This is the first time I've tried anything close to this Layered Slow-Cooker Dinner and I had no idea what to expect. Disappointed I was not - definitely not!

I think this might even be my new method of cooking when I do not feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen, which does happen quite a lot especially during Summer.

On the menu we had :Hong Kong Chicken {recipe I found in one of my favorite recipe books and have adapted to our preference}
Baked Potatoes with Sour Cream & Spring Onions
Sweet Honey Carrots
Basil Green Beans

Delicious combination ! Only one thing, the **Green Beans** were cooked too long, next time I will add them halfway through and not at the beginning.

Layered Slow-Cooker Dinner

serves 4 - 5 adults



1 kg Chicken Fillets, cut in half if large
1 cup Coca-Cola
1 TB Soy Sauce
1 TB Golden Syrup {or Honey}
1 t Salt


1.) Place the Chicken Fillets on the bottom of a large slow-cooker.
2.) Mix the remaining ingredients and pour over the Chicken.



2 TB Butter
1 Onion, chopped or sliced
2 t Garlic, crushed
2 cups Green Beans
1 TB Basil, chopped finely
Salt & Black Pepper, to taste


1.) Saute the Onion and Garlic in the Butter until soft, add the Green Beans and Basil - stir-fry 1 minute.
2.) Remove from heat and season to taste.
3.) Triple fold a large enough piece of aluminum foil - place the Beans in the center and fold all sides upwards {to form a bowl} and then close the tops tightly, so that no juices will leak out - keep aside.



1 1/2 cups Carrots {I used small cubes}
2 TB Butter, melted
2 TB Honey
1 TB Caster Sugar
1 TB Red Wine Vinegar
Salt & Pepper, to taste


1.) Place the Carrots on a triple folded piece of aluminum foil {as per the beans} - fold slightly to resemble a bowl.
2.) Mix together the remaining ingredients and pour over the Carrots - close the aluminum foil - keep aside.



6 Medium Potatoes, scrubbed clean and pierced several times
Olive Oil
Coarse Sea Salt
Sour Cream, to serve
Spring Onions, chopped, to serve


1.) Rub the Potatoes with Olive Oil and sprinkle generously with coarse Sea Salt.
2.) Triple fold a large piece of aluminum foil again - place the Potatoes in the center and fold close.

Gently but tightly folded

Place the Potato package on top of the Chicken

Followed by the packet of Beans {see note above**} and the packet of Carrots

All fits nicely

Cover with the lid and cook on HIGH for 4 -5 hours or 7 - 8 hours on LOW

I opened the top packages a little halfway through and gave the veggies a little stir using a spoon - so as not to tear the aluminum foil

Both vegetables had only enough liquids etc to flavor, other than that it cooked in it's own juices

The Potatoes were cooked soft, but still firm

And there we had our full dinner cooked simultaneously - each keeping their own unique flavor !


  1. I'm so onto this what a freaking fantastic idea love love love it!

  2. I'm with Mel! I love this idea and it all looks so good! Please do some more of these layered dinners!! Pinned it and definitely trying it!

  3. I'm SO glad I found this, Linda! Cooking the whole meal in the crock pot is a great time saver! Pinning and definitely trying soon!

  4. Hello Linda, dropping in from Michelle's See Ya in the Gumbo. Fantastic put together meal.

  5. I use my slow cooker a lot but I had no idea I could cook all these things together in it at once. I''m loooking forward to a bit of experimenting!

  6. Thank you for sharing! I'm definitely going to try this. I can see all kinds of variations, too. I love crockpot cooking and the more ideas, the better.

  7. Thanks again for sharing this at Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop! I'll be featuring it at our next party on Sunday night at 8 Central time!

  8. This looks so good! My crockpot isn't oval, I hope this will all fit. Just so happens I didn't get my thawed chicken cooked today. Good thing, I hadn't read this yet. I came by from Think Tank.

  9. You are so smart, I can't even believe this is possible. This is a great idea!

  10. Wow, this great. I’d love it if you’d share this at my link party, going on now!

  11. Great idea, Linda. Clean up is what bugs me when it comes to working in the kitchen. Layering everything in the crock pot would certainly make clean up easy. I also like that each component is just that--its own component. Usually crock pot meals consist of everything mixed.
    Thank you for sharing!

  12. I love this idea! Our daughter-in-law puts ribs on the crock pot and then later adds corn on the cob wrapped in foil and it turns out great.

  13. What an incredible idea, love this! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat Link Party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

  14. I LOVE this idea! So trying it! Pinned!!

  15. Great idea to separate them with foil! Thanks for posting on The Four Seasons Blog Hop! Sandra from Scrumptilicious 4 You!

  16. Linda, you're bloody amazing. What a fantastic idea. I'm going to do this all the time now. Way to go. I'm featuring this one tomorrow.

    Anne xx


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