Monday, June 2, 2014

Monday Morning in the Kitchen: Slow Cooker Chicken

I use a crock pot all the time.  In fall and winter, I love having the smell of a warm dinner cooking during the day.  In spring and summer, I love how the kitchen stays cool.  All year round, I love the fact that I can just throw something in the crock pot in the morning, and by evening, dinner is magically ready. 
 
Recently, I cooked a turkey breast in the crock pot using this recipe, and it was really yummy.  I used an 8-1/2 pound turkey breast (as opposed to the 6-7 pound one the recipe calls for), and cooked it for 2 hours on high, then 2-1/2 hours on low.  This would be a great recipe to use if you were cooking Thanksgiving dinner for just a few people. 

Inspired by the success of the turkey, I decided to try a similar recipe with a whole chicken.  I had run out of paprika, so I switched up the spices a bit.  I think I prefer the original recipe above, but this worked well, too:


Slow Cooker Chicken

1/2 c. water
1 whole chicken
1/2 T or so of olive oil
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. seasoned salt
1/4 t. chipotle chili powder (I actually used 1/2 t. but found it too spicy)
1/2 t. pepper

Pour water into crock pot.  Put chicken in crock pot.  Brush olive oil over bird.  Combine spices and rub over chicken.  Cook on low for 4 hours.  

 
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Thanks for modern chicken conveniences.

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7 comments:

  1. I love the convenience of the slow cooker, too. The chicken looks yummy!

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  2. Oh and I bet that was yummy,
    I love using the crock pot too I, just forget recipes..
    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I read a lot about those crock pots or slow cookers, but have no idea how it works. I'm not much of a cook (yet?) but just may look into this slow-cook-wonder-thing. Not even sure if they are sold here in the Netherlands....

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  4. Crock pot cooking is the best - I have a few up my sleeves.... your chicken looks amazing!!!

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  5. That looks yummy! I, too, use my crockpot & Dutch oven a lot. The crockpot is great for our summertime heat.

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  6. I tried cooking a chicken in the crock pot during the kitchen renovation. It didn't go so well. Of course, I didn't use a single spice, so we might have a reason as to why. :)

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  7. I am like you -- I love using my crock pot all the time! In fact I have 3 of them in different sizes! Your chicken looks delicious and with the price of beef -- we will be eating even MORE chicken!

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