This is probably the most useful recipe for the crock-pot that I have. I love finding a whole chicken that is on sale for about $0.79/lb. (my target price 3/12), and buying two and crock-potting them for a week of good recipes. **Update 1/31/13: I am now spending $2.50/lb. for organic chickens at Costco.
The first day we usually have chicken with barbeque sauce and a big salad, and then the second day there are an infinity of choices because chicken is SOOO versatile. I shred the chicken after that first meal so it is ready to go. This is SUCH a time saver. Last night I needed a quick meal and was able to prepare and bake something in less than a half hour (my taquitos only took 15 minutes to bake). Sometimes I’ll freeze meal-size portions of chicken and pull it out the morning or afternoon I need it to thaw.
The Recipe: Crock-Pot Chicken Recipe
- 1 whole chicken (giblets, excess fat removed), chicken breasts, or chicken tenders
- just enough water to cover the bottom of a crock pot (you actually can skip this, and you’ll still be amazed with how much water comes out of the chicken!!)
- optional, 1/4 cup olive oil
- optional, 2 T minced garlic
- optional dash Cayenne pepper
- optional, 2 T Italian seasonings, or seasonings of your choice
- Place your chicken in the slow cooker, legs up for the whole chicken. I never rinse mine, as the bacteria is killed upon cooking.
- Combine olive oil, garlic and seasoning in a small bowl.
- Rub or spoon on oil mixture.
- Cook on low 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours.
- Enjoy with a salad, and shred the rest of the chicken for chicken noodle soup, enchiladas, lasagna, chili, nachos, taquitos, or other yummy recipes.
- Strain and use dripping as a broth.
Here are frozen chicken breasts:
The first day I slow cook a chicken, I usually serve chicken and a salad. After that I have very flavorful chicken to add to a whole host of dishes like enchiladas, lasagna, chili, nachos, or other yummy recipes. Then I crock-pot the bones with my vegetable scraps to make chicken broth. It’s practically free, and it’s so, so easy!!
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