When do I add bell peppers to the crock pot?

I'm dumping some chicken breasts and a jar of Trader Joe's Thai green curry sauce (YUM) along with some carrots into the crock pot, and putting it on low for 10 hours. I'd like to add some bell peppers but I'm worried about them turning into mush after cooking that long. Is it ok to add them now, or should I wait until a few hours (how long?) before the end of the cooking cycle?

  • Posted by: pnoeric
  • September 10, 2011


Elyce G. March 4, 2019
If you cook chicken breasts for 10 hours in a crockpit, you will have inedible, balsa wood chicken! Cook breasts for 5-5 1/2 hours on low. Thighs, even boneless/skinless, can go at least 7-7 1/2 hours or a bit more & be falling apart delicious! Add fresh bell peppers at last half hour of cooking time.
Sam1148 September 10, 2011
I'd also look at the indgrediants of the trader joes simmering sauce---that might have coconut milk it (we don't have a TJ here). But some lime zest and juice is always good with the thai curries. I'm with ghost tropic here I like my thai curry with crunchy veggie (carrots onions bell peppers).
Ghost T. September 10, 2011
I would slice them up and add them raw during the last hour of cooking. They will soften, but should still have a little bite to them. Sautéing them first *might* cause them to be too soft after an hour in the crock pot, but that's up to you!
Sam1148 September 10, 2011
If you want them intact..I'd sautee them first and add at the last hour to warm and flavor.

Edit: I'd also add some lime zest now...and in the final hour some more lime juice and can of coconut milk and fresh basil at the last 10 mins if you have it.
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