Don’t be hating on the Crock-Pot

Posted Nov 13 2012, 11:36 am in , , , , , , ,

Busy is the new normal, right?

It certainly is around here. And I don’t know very many people who aren’t crazy busy trying to juggle kids activities, jobs, personal lives and don’t even mention personal time…

Anyway, I don’t know about you, but we have a few nights a week where our family is going in a million different directions and we pass on the street as we try to juggle pick ups and drop offs. On those nights, a family dinner is absolutely out of the question. But just because we can’t eat together, doesn’t mean that I don’t want my family to eat a healthy meal. Especially since the kids need to spend hours dancing and swimming. I mean, they need the fuel to keep their bodies going. Filling them full of processed, straight out of a box and onto the plate food is not an option. So, for us, it’s the crock-pot.

Now, now, don’t be a crock-pot hater! Hear me out…

 I know the crock-pot gets a bad rap. And a good friend of mine insists that everything that comes out of her crock pot is grey or brown, tasteless mush. But I swear, it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, I’m always on the search for yummy, easy crock-pot recipes that aren’t full of processed ingredients. No ‘cream of something’ soup for me. No thanks. I still want to put in whole ingredients to get a wholesome meal in return. I sometimes use seasoning packets which I know, I know, aren’t always the best. But really, I try and keep it clean.

Don’t believe me that you can make yummy food in a crock-pot? I’ve had some friends ask for this recipe, so I thought I’d share it with all of you.

It’s so easy, you can’t not make it.

We call it Crock-Pot Chicken (Creative, right?)

*Begin this recipe the night before*

4 teaspoons of salt (I almost always use less)

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon cayenne powder

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon white pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 large roasting chicken

1 cup chopped onion

-Okay, this is all you do. Combine all the spices in a bowl and rub them all over the chicken. Be generous—really rub it in there. And pour some spice into the cavity of the bird too.

-When you’re done giving the chicken the spice massage, put it in a large ziploc bag and stick in the fridge overnight.

-The next morning, place four aluminum foil wads in the bottom of the crock-pot, toss some onion in the bottom and stick the chicken onto of the aluminum balls.  DO NOT ADD ANY LIQUID

-Cook on low for 8-10 hours and Voila! The chicken will be falling off the bone. Remove the skin before eating. YUM!

Seriously, try it. And then let me know…

So what do you think? Are you a crock-pot hater or lover? Better yet, do you have any yummy and healthy crock-pot recipes for me?

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15 responses to “Don’t be hating on the Crock-Pot”

  1. gingercalem says:

    It doesn’t get easier. I do love my crockpot and I’ve yet to do a whole chicken. I always do chicken breasts. So I’m going to try this. Great recipe, Elena.

    Speaking of chicken breasts, I’ll use the crock pot to make the chicken I’ll use in chicken tacos or for my amazing tortilla soup. I just cut up the breasts into 2-3 large chunks. Put in pot. Add in salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, garlic and paprika. I also love to add in the zest of a couple limes with the juice and I’ll toss in the lime-rinds after to give it even more kick. Cook all day.

    The chicken can be shredded with a fork with almost no effort. This chicken is great used in a chicken taco salad, or tacos. I love it in my tortilla soup. It has the best flavor.

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Ohhh, Ginger!
      That sounds so good. I’ll have to make that one. Putting that on salad sounds…super yum!

  2. Amber West says:

    I am a lover of the crockpot (I have several of my fave crockpot recipes on the blog). As a matter of fact, I have beans cooking in there as I type this.

    Long live El Crock Pot-o!

    • Elena Aitken says:

      YES, Amber! Long live El Crock Pot-o!
      I’m off to check your blog for recipes….

      • Amber West says:

        Awesome. I don’t have a convenient recipe section yet, so if you’d like the links, let me know and I’ll come back here and leave them. (I don’t like to “link bomb” your comments – there are about five of them)

  3. Trish Loye Elliott says:

    I’m totally trying this recipe! And Ginger’s too. Thanks!

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Totally try it. And tell me what you think. My chicken is in the pot right now! Yummy chicken salad tonight.

  4. Marianne says:

    I love the crock pot. I just need to get my act together to use it. Lately I’ve left at 8 am and not gotten back until 6pm…

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Marianne, you totally need the pot with a schedule like that!
      When I’m cleaning up from dinner (or even getting dinner ready) I will start prepping the crock pot stuff for the night before. Unless I forget (which is often) then it’s a scramble in the morning.

  5. Rebecca says:

    The crock pot sometimes doesn’t work for me because as easy and wonderful as it is when you come home to cooked food it requires so much pre-preparation! I’m so bad at that part. I do so much better making something on the fly. But that’s just me. I do have what I think is a fabulous Pulled Pork recipe, but it calls for a lot of ketchup. Let me know if you want it though!

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Just say no to lots of prep. I’m pretty much as low maintenance as you can get. AND you can also throw a bunch of random stuff in there on the fly in the morning and call it spaghetti sauce. I ‘may’ have done that once or twice. 🙂

  6. Tracy Sitzler says:

    Hey Elena, Love my crock pot! Just pulled beef barley soup out of it yesterday. the family loves it! I’m going to try your chicken recipe. Thanks!

    • Elena Aitken says:

      I wish I could make soup in the crock. My family is anti soup. Crazy, I know!
      Let me know what you think of the chicken. It’s cooking in my crock right now and smells SOOOO good. I’ll serve it over salad tonight for quick, easy and healthy. 🙂

  7. Holly says:

    I love roasting chicken in my crockpot. I’ve made something like this many times. For Rebecca, or anyone who doesn’t like all the prep necessary on a busy day, do what I do. When I find whole roasting chickens on a good sale, I buy 6. Then I take them home, prepare them, and place them in the freezer in an extra large ziplock bags. Then, you just need to remember to take it out early enough to thaw, chop an onion, roll up the tin foil balls and away you go! I also do the same with pork roasts.

  8. Elena Aitken says:

    Holy, you are a genius!!
    I don’t know why I didn’t think of this. Brilliant.

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