We made it to Friday, phew! I’m so ready for the weekend. I have some Super Bowl cooking to do!
Speaking of cooking, yep, I’m actually posting a RECIPE today. It feels like it’s been weeks since I’ve posted one!
This week I made a whole chicken in my slow cooker. I know, I know, BORING chicken. But it doesn’t have to be. Do have a slow cooker (aka Crock Pot)? I love my Crock Pot, I’m just in awe of all the different recipes a Crock Pot can slow cook.
In the blog world, my favorite site for slow cooker ideas is A Year of Slow Cooking. The blogger, Stephanie, used her slow cooker EVERY DAY in 2008 and blogged about it. She still posts new recipes quite often and I enjoy reading about her adventures in slow cooking. I’m a dork.
Anyway, recipe time. This Simple Slow Cooker Chicken is really, well, simple. It’s quick to prepare and then you can set it and forget it. Now I sound like a Ronco infomercial! Does anyone actually have one of those rotisseries? Why would you need one when you have a Crock Pot?! 😉
What I like about this recipe is the fact that it takes 10 minutes to prepare and you can return after a full day’s work to a moist chicken waiting for you. And, a whole chicken means a lot of meat. Not to sound like a line from Forrest Gump, but think of all the things you can make with chicken. Chicken salad, chicken noodle soup, chicken broth! The list goes on and on.
This time, I bought a whole organic chicken from Whole Foods. It was 4.5 lbs. and cost $11. I know it was a bit pricey but for me, it’s worth it to buy quality, humanely raised chicken.
What I don’t like about this recipe is the fact that I had to touch the raw whole chicken. It really grosses me out but I won’t go into details. Let’s just say I wash the chicken as quickly thoroughly as possible! Hopefully I’ll get used to it over time but right now, I could do without touching the raw chicken body. Did I scare you away yet? No need to be scared, really.
For this recipe, I layered the bottom of the crock pot with chopped up carrots and celery as well as pearl onions. How I love pearl onions! Once the chickie was bathed, I showered him/her/it with a little salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning. I also added a little fresh thyme under the skin and in its…um…cavity. Oh my, I’m reliving this! Really, the results are worth it. I’m just a wimp.
Once the chicken is ready, plop it on top of the veggies. Cover the slow cooker, set it to low, and cook it for 7-8 hours. You will return to a lovely home cooked dinner!
Simple Slow Cooker Chicken
1 whole chicken (4-5 lbs.)
½ c. carrots, chopped
½ c. celery, chopped
10 pearl onions (mine were from a jar)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Poultry seasoning, to taste
- Place chopped vegetables at the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Remove the bag from the chicken cavity and thoroughly clean the chicken. Pat dry.
- Sprinkle salt, pepper and poultry seasoning on chicken and in cavity.
- Stuff a few sprigs of fresh thyme in cavity and under the skin (by cutting a slit in the skin first).
- Put the chicken in the crock pot and cover.
- Set the crock pot to low and cook for 7-8 hours.
- Put chicken on a cutting board and cut accordingly.
The night I made this chicken, I enjoyed a nice chicken dinner with Whipped Sweet Potatoes (the White House’s recipe!). Delish! You’ve gotta try this recipe.
But, with so much leftover chicken, I need to decide what else to make. Since I love sandwiches, I decided to make chicken salad for lunch the next day. In the mix:
- Shredded chicken
- Light mayo (a tablespoon or so)
- Chopped walnuts (a tablespoon or so)
- Dried cranberries (two tablespoons?)
- Black pepper (a pinch)
Mix it all up and put between two slices of bread. So tasty! There’s nothing better than moist chicken mixed with a sweet and crunchy texture of cranberries and nuts!
For the rest of the week, I’ve topped salad with chicken (a lean protein – the perfect topping to a healthy meal) and even added on a homemade pizza. The opportunities are endless. Chicken isn’t so boring after all.
But, the big question is…what are you making for Super Bowl?
Enjoy the weekend!