Slow Cooker Chicken

This recipe requires that an entire small chicken be put in the crockpot….I have to admit, this sounded pretty scary to me.  So as I was doing some recipe-research, the very first recipe I found told me to put balls of foil on the bottom of the crockpot and then place the chicken on top and allow to cook for 8 hours on low…that sounds dangerous right?  Or maybe it’s just me. I just pictured myself coming home to a house in flames, due to balls of foil…

So I made up my own recipe.  It’s actually pretty similar to the pot roast I made one day last week.  The meat will FALL off the bones and will be so so juicy.  It’s such an easy recipe and it’s so healthy for you because all the fat just melts off as it cooks all day long.  Not to mention you can do so many different things with all the left overs!

Ok, recipe time! Enjoy!

Main ingredient: 1 whole chicken (2 – 3 pounds)

Now getting the chicken ready, is the worst part (for me at least).. you have to remove all the skin off the chicken and you must remove everything from the inside. Some chickens come still stuffed with their “insides,” and others come already cleaned.  Once skinned and cleaned out, rinse with water.  I hate this part… Kind of grosses me out if I actually process what I’m doing.

Before

 

After

Next, place any vegetables you’d like in the bottom of the slow cooker (I used small red potatoes, carrots, and a large chopped onion).  Sprinkle vegetables with salt and pepper.

Now it’s time to season the chicken. I have to be honest and say that I took the lazy way out this time… I have a couple of different seasonings that I have used in the past.  This time I used the montreal steak seasoning (it’s a nice blend of salt, pepper, garlic salt..etc), it has great flavor! Once seasoned, place chicken over the vegetables at the bottom of the crockpot. Add two cups of chicken broth.   

 

Cook for a 8 hours on low….

8 hours later you will have a delicious meal!

 

Pot Roast

Unfortunately, school is officially in full swing and my days are getting longer and busier! Once things get more hectic, I start making more and more meals in my crockpot.  I love love love crockpot meals.  I’s so nice to come home to warm cooked meal after a long day.

One day this week I made a pot roast in the crockpot and it turned out perfect.  It’s so quick and easy to put together and it’s a tasty meal – especially when it’s a little chilly outside.  I’m not sure why I associate pot roast with cold weather, maybe because it reminds of of beef stew.  Either way, this is a great meal to plan on making whenever you know you’re not going to have time to make a yummy dinner!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 lb pot roast
  • 6 small red potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cups baby carrots (I usually use large carrots, but didn’t have any)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 packet of lipton onion soup mix
  • 2 cups of water
Instructions:
1.  Place small potatoes, carrots, 1/2 large onion sliced in large chunks, 1 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of pepper, and 1 tbsp olive oil all in crackpot.
2. Trim excess fat of pot roast and place in crockpot on top of vegetables.
3. Slice other 1/2 of onion and place on top of pot roast.  Add 1 packet of lipton onion soup mix and 2 cups of water.
4.  Cook on low for 8 -9 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

 

Fall Off the Bone Ribs

My husband Mina is a huge meat and potatoes kind of guy .  So I decided to try to impress him with some juicy ribs! I got a two thumbs up on this recipe and he told me it was blog-worthy, so I thought I’d share!

I love making meals in my crockpot.  There’s just something so great and so simple about getting home and already having a meal prepared. This recipe turned out so delicious, I hope it turns out as good for you as it did for me!

Ingredients:

  • 1 rack of ribs
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp crushed red pepper (for spice, optional)
  • 1 tbsp of minced garlic
  • 1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
Instructions:
  1. Cut off excess fat from rack of ribs. Generously season both sides with salt, pepper, red pepper and garlic. Cut rack of ribs in to slices that would fit in to your crockpot.
  2. Layer ribs with generous amounts of barbecue sauce in between, in to crockpot.  Once all ribs are in,  pour remaining barbecue sauce in to pot.
  3. Cook on low setting for 8-10 hours (Try to avoid opening the lid, they say for every time you open the lid, you loose one hour of cook time!)
  4. Set oven to broil.  Take ribs out of crockpot and place on baking sheet. Broil for 5 minutes.
  5. Dig in and enjoy!!