Brilliant take-out meals offer us more than just convenience—they are exciting, and tend to demonstrate dishes that are beyond the realm of our kitchen escapades. Whether it be your favourite Italian, Chinese, Thai, or Indian; take-out meals have a habit of feeling just that bit out of reach for the home cook.
Why not, then, try your hand at these 6 fantastic take-out recipes for the slow cooker. Easier than you could have ever dreamed of, and even better than their restaurant counterparts, these exciting dishes are not to be missed!
1. BEEF AND BROCCOLI
1. BEEF AND BROCCOLI
One of the shining stars of any Chinese take-out menu, this simple Beef and Broccoli recipe from Damn Delicious is everything that we hope for in a slow cooker recipe. It’s easy, fast, and renders a meal that can’t be beaten with any other method. Perfect to serve alongside white or brown rice—this recipe is at the top of our stay-in list.
Chungah, of Damn Delicious, adds, “The best part about this [recipe] is that there is absolutely no sautéing, no stirring, no frying or oil splatter of any kind. Just throw it all in the slow cooker and that’s it! How easy is that?”
Get Chungah’s full recipe here
2. TIKKA MASALA
First created as a milder curry option for Westerners to order—chicken tikka masala has long been celebrated as a wonderfully approachable curry that’s both full of flavor and tame enough for the kids to enjoy. This fantastic Tikka Masala recipe from Budget Bytes is packed with punch—not to mention that each serving averages out to cost a mere $1.50! Now, that is cause for celebration!
How many nights have we succumbed to our cravings for the always-spectacular take-out favorite: the pizza? Too many to count. Why not leave the menu to one side for the evening and try your take on this amazing recipe for Slow Cooker Pizza from Crockin Girls. This recipe is as simple as a pizza recipe should be; pizza dough, sauce and mozzarella. Throw on your favorite toppings (or use their suggestions), and you have yourself the best ‘take-out’ pizza freshly made in your own kitchen!
4. GENERAL TSO’S CHICKEN
For a spicier option on the Chinese take-out menu, we would opt for this ridiculously good recipe for General Tso’s Chicken from The Endless Meal. This recipe requires a bit more attention than others, but (as usual) that added effort manifests itself as spectacular flavor, and is well worth it.
Kristen from The Endless Meal says of the recipe “This Crock Pot General Tso’s Chicken is sticky and sweet with just the right amount of heat. After spending 4 hours in the crock pot, the chicken becomes quite tender and the sauce thickens and coats each piece in a delicious, edible blanket. You will love it!”
5. MEXICAN CARNITAS TACOS
Mexican nights are always a winning choice when you’re looking for delicious, budget-friendly, interactive feasts for the family. This wonderful recipe for Mexican Carnitas Tacos from Yellow Bliss Road is the perfect contender for the starring role in your Mexican meal.
Kristin, from Yellow Bliss Road, actually found her inspiration for this dish when her favorite local Mexican take-out restaurant closed down. “It was sad to see a small business closed, but it also meant no more carnitas!”
As a result, Kristin has devised a wonderful recipe to produce her own carnitas. To serve, she advises, “Slow cooker carnitas are delicious on their own served with traditional sides like rice and beans, wrapped in a tortilla with onions and cilantro, or even on nachos.”
6. THAI BASIL CHICKEN COCONUT CURRY
When you’re craving that savory coconut curry fix that can only be found in your favorite Thai restaurant, look no further than this unbelievably scrumptious recipe for Thai Basil Chicken Coconut Curry from The Food Charlatan. While we recommend following Karen’s extra steps to brown the chicken first over the stove, if you’re strapped for time you can skip these directions and begin with step #7.
Of her brilliant recipe, Karen says, “It’s a huge crowd pleaser. The sweetness from the coconut and the earthy tones from the yellow curry balance each other perfectly.”
Enjoy restaurant quality food without creasing your wallet—try these 6 spectacular recipes and be sure to SHARE them with your friends!