Thursday, March 29, 2012

Kathy's Delicious Whole Slow Cooker Chicken

Ok, so I don't know Kathy, but I am very familiar with her crock pot whole chicken recipe- I make it ALL THE TIME. It is AWESOME.
I came across this recipe on All Recipes a while back click HERE to check it out in it's O.G. form- this blog post will also cover the basics, with my own modifications, some of which came from the helpful reviewers of this crock pot creation on the All Recipes post.

This is great because you get a delicious, whole, roasted chicken that takes minutes to prep and that you can leave the house and do all that needs doing while dinner is making itself on your counter at home! LOVE THAT.
Added bonus, if you keep an eye on the sale prices at your local market you can sometimes make this meal so cheap it's ridiculous! I got a whole chicken for $2.99 once and the only other thing I had to buy was a lemon!

This is the Beth version of Kathy's masterpiece:

1 Whole Chicken (generally when I buy them at Trader Joe's they're around 5lbs)- you are welcome to remove the skin if you prefer- I kept it on this time, and then we remove it after it was cooked. This was purely to save prep time- I have made it with the skin removed before and recommend that option when ever you have the time!
2/3 cup chicken broth (I recommend organic, low sodium if you can find one that is one or both of those things)
1/2 cup soy sauce (low sodium)
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup honey (local, if you can, get it at a farmers market!)
1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 tsp balsamic vinegar
the juice of 1 1/2 to 2 lemons
2 tsp sesame oil
4-6 cloves minced garlic
(optional- cracked black pepper, pinch of cayenne pepper OR a dash of red chili flakes)
(optional-stuff chicken cavity with chopped onion & garlic- yummmmm)

Rinse the chicken & pat dry- remove skin if you wish/have time.
In a large measuring cup (a 4 cup'er will do) whisk together all the other ingredients until completely incorporated.
Add chicken to crock pot, BREAST DOWN (this will keep the best part of the chicken moist and delicious)- pour measuring cup full of goodness over chicken.
8 hours on low
4 hours on high

Serve with/over rice or any other yummy grain (cous cous, quinoa, etc) and a big giant salad or huge serving of steamed veggies!

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