I promised my recipe on whole crockpot chicken forever ago, and I’m finally paying up! But first…my day.
I definitely snoozed this morning, straight through til 6am. It feels like such a treat to not have to leave til 6:50 🙂 Before heading out the door I had a french toast bagel, whipped cream cheese, a banana and a glass of Naked OJ+ Benefiber.
Mid-morning I snacked on cherry tomatoes and a sea salt & caramel granola bite from Target. These things are sooooo good and a perfect 3 bite size.
At 11 I headed out for a run and realized I forgot my Garmin at home. I used MapMyRun.com to guesstimate how far I went. I was pretty conservative time wise as I don’t want to over do it after 2 weeks off, but still managed to knock out 2.33 miles! It was another beautiful day and I really relish the fact that Colorado has 350 some sunny days a year 🙂
Lunch was a cheese sandwich and a can of Amy’s Organic Minestrone. This was really filling and I ended up eating my whole sandwich and about 3/4 of my soup. This soup is really yummy and has great veggie chunks. It needs something though and I’ve yet to figure out what it is.
I also had some kumquats and a cup of pineapple.
And then, I realized I think I’m allergic to kumquats. Um, my lips were burning/tingling/itching and it was just unpleasant. Ick. I think I may take a little break from these sour friends.
This afternoon got crazy at work and nothing really blog-worthy happened aside from my afternoon snacks, hehe.
I had about 5 olives from this mixed bag I took to work:
Then, I had a small bag of popcorn and a mini-Musketeers bar before coming home.
Afternoon snacks are pretty voluminous this time of year because I’m working til 6 or 7pm…
When I got home Chris had dinner prepared. It was a semi-homemade with Chris meal 😉 He took a cheese Tombstone pizza and added some turkey pepperoni, canadian bacon and pineapple that we had at home. Yum-o! We also had salads on the side – mine had lettuce, Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette, a little parmesan, tomatoes and kalamata olives.
And then, I NEEDED something chocolatey and chewy. It’s a horrible craving that hits me a few times a month and seriously, nothing else will suffice. I ended up settling on a chooolate cupcake + whipped cream. Eaten while watching The Biggest Loser, obviously. Isn’t someone going to quit tonight??
And now…let the randomness commence! Here is a photo of the afghan I was working on since we moved in with Chris’ parents. I couldn’t figure out a good way to take a picture of it – so here it is all folded up. Unfolded it’s long enough to go end to end on a couch and wide enough to lay under.
And now…from the past. The far, far past. Just a quick warning – if you’re a vegetarian, you may want to skip over this section as it features graphic photos of raw chicken 🙂
I started with a Coleman organic young chicken:
I will spare you the cleaning details – but take the chicken out of the bag, rinse it and remove the neck and giblet bag. (This may be obvious, but before Chris and I started going organic, I had never prepared a whole chicken…and now that we’re with the in-laws I admit to going back to pre-cut chicken because we’re choosing convenience over messing up my in-laws chicken). Just a mini-plug for Coleman’s – they produce very delish chicken and for a very reasonable price, and in a humane manner!
After preparing the chicken, I made a mixture of spices. Again, for convenience I made a mix of pre-made mixes – Stubb’s, Famous Dave’s, 2 kinds of Emeril’s and Chicken Seasoning:
I made a paste with these spices with a little olive oil and water:
Leaving the skin on the chicken, gently separate the skin from the breasts/legs with your fingers:
And then – slather in spices! I like to apply the rub under the skin AND over the skin for full flavor saturation.
This would be a great time to place the bird in the fridge for a few hours or over night, but I’m generally running late and pop it straight in the crockpot. No water or broth is needed – this bird will make it’s own bath 😉 I like to use Reynold’s crock pot bags – they make cleanup a breeze 🙂 I set the crockpot for about 7 hours on low heat and forget it. Definitely watch your chicken the first few times to get a feel for how quickly/slowly your crockpot cooks. I’m sure ours is done in closer to 5-6 hours, but 7 yields an amazing, fall off the bone chicken.
And the final product –
I can’t show you a final picture of the chicken outside of the crockpot because ti seriously disintegrates as soon as you lift it out. This is a perfect preparation for BBQ chicken sandwiches or wraps, use leftovesr for a BBQ chicken pizza, to top a salad, etc!
Also, get creative. I love the BBQ flavor these spice mixes provide – but have also prepared chicken this same way with a simple rub of garlic powder, onion powder, salt/pepper and filling the cavity with sliced onions. I’ve also seen an idea for a citrus chicken stuffed with oranges/lemons and rubbed with a simple olive oil/salt/pepper rub. Super versatile and easy!