10 Slow Cooker Recipes That Taste Even Better than Takeout

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Takeout feels like a real savior for getting dinner on the table on those nights you really don’t want to cook. But make any one of your favorite orders at home — be it tikka masala, a steak burrito burrito bowl, or General Tso’s chicken — and you’ll usually find that it’s both cheaper and more delicious. And when your slow cooker’s involved, you can bet that it’s also a breeze to pull together.

With a little planning, you can ditch the takeout menu and reach for one of these 10 recipes instead.

The best tikka masala benefits from a low, slow simmer, which makes it the perfect candidate for your slow cooker.

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Chipotle has nothing on this burrito bowl. Enjoy as is or stuff the filling into a soft flour tortilla. And, of course, guac isn’t extra at home.

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What I really love about this recipe is that it leans hard on the veggies and you can pull it off with any produce you have handy.

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No deep frying here! Instead, chunks of chicken are first coated with a thin layer of cornstarch and seared on the stovetop for a crunchy coating, which is perfect for picking up as much of the spicy-sweet sauce as possible.

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Noodle soup used to be one of my most-ordered takeout items, but time and again, this version proves cheaper and so much more satisfying. The broth is infused with spicy fresh ginger, lemon peel, and savory shiitake stems, and gets an all-day simmer for a deep, soothing flavor.

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This at-home version delivers all the best parts of this takeout classic (I’m looking at you, sticky orange sauce!), but opts for searing instead of deep-frying the chicken.

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No need to order takeout tonight! Pop everything into the slow cooker first thing in the morning and by the time you come home from work, you’ve got a savory, spiced dinner waiting for you.

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Teriyaki chicken is a classic. This at-home version ditches the jarred sauce in favor of a DIY sauce that comes together with just a handful of pantry ingredients. Just wait until you see how easy it is!

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This is the warmly spiced comfort food you need to get you through fall and winter. Not only is it a breeze to pull off with the slow cooker, but this at-home version also goes a lot easier on your food budget.

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If you love a good chicken Parm sub, this is the easy, hands-off twist you’ve got to try.

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