Rose’s Slow Cooked Chicken

Bargain hunting – finding a bargain can be great, but when it comes to food you usually need to buy other ingredients too. Not so, says my Aunt who recently came across bargain chicken drumsticks and decided to challenge herself to produce a dish using only the drumsticks and ingredients already in her kitchen.

Whether it was to challenge herself or because she couldn’t be bothered heading to the shops again is debateable, but really doesn’t matter. The situation was set – 10 drumsticks and whatever other ingredients she could find.

So what did she find? A tin of tomato soup, tomato paste, onions, carrots, chicken stock, green chillies and garlic. The picture also includes a sachet of lamb casserole base, but she didn’t end up using it.


Rose started by browning the chicken in a fry pan. She then put the chicken and other ingredients into a slow cooker on medium for seven hours.

She had intended to cook it for less time, but forgot about it! The result was a very rich sauce and the meat falling off the bone.

The sauce was a bit thin so Rose removed the chicken and put the liquid into a saucepan and simmered it for 30minutes until it thickened up.


Outcome: “The sauce ended up being amazingly beautiful, so perhaps the old tomato soup will be back as a pantry staple.”
Rose noted she could have added other veggies such as celery, mushrooms, potatoes and peas, but that would’ve involved another trip to the supermarket.

Ingredient: A tin of tomato soup, tomato paste, 2 diced onions, 4 chopped carrots, 500ml chicken stock, 4 cloves garlic, three green chillies, 10 chicken drumsticks.

Equipment: Chopping board, knife, frypan, slow cooker


  1. Brown the chicken the fry pan, then put in the slow cooker
  2. Chop the garlic, onion and carrot and add to the clow cooker
  3. Add all remaining ingredients to the slow cooker. Cook on medium until the chicken is cooked, but not falling off the bone!




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