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RECIPE: Super Easy Crockpot Chicken

The other day, when I was buying a whole chicken to make this recipe, my roommate mentioned she something she’d recently seen at Fry’s.  As she walked past the rotisserie chickens, she noticed there were normal, flavored, and colossal.  Yes, colossal chickens, like twice the size of regular chickens.  I immediately voiced my disdain of this idea, “Don’t they realize that is everything that’s wrong with America?  That those chickens are clearly injected with hormones and scary stuff?  You can’t fool me, Fry’s!”  I may have thrown a few swear words in there too.

I try not to get all soapboxy about natural or local foods.  First of all, I still eat processed foods, hello Kraft mac and cheese, so I’d be sort of a hypocrite if I championed the cause all the time.  And secondly, it’s just so damn expensive.  If I had my druthers, I would eat all natural and local, but I make $2 a day, so that expense isn’t really an option for me.

That being said, there are some ways I like to keep my food natural.  Fresh and Easy sells whole chickens that don’t have hormones and are generally cheaper than most grocery stores around here.  It also helps if you have a good friend who has an amazing garden.  Meet my friend Lis’s (you should know her well by now from here and here) garden.  This was a photo I took in late April.  Now, in early June, the cherry tomato plant is taking over the walkway and is still producing more tomatoes than they can eat in a day.  18 month old Caleb just wanders over to the tomato plant, picks them off one by one, and eat them.  When he’s had enough, he starts handing them to people.

Lis started with a little garden box and it has grown into this beauty.  She currently has several types of tomatoes, carrots, squash, green and white onions, strawberries, basil, cilantro, parsley, and probably some other stuff I’ve forgotten.

A few weeks ago I was over there for dinner and Lis had made chicken in a crockpot.  It’s her favorite recipe because it’s easy and really really good.  Step one: throw a chicken in a crockpot.  Step two: Eat chicken from the crockpot.  Once it was done, we brainstormed about what to eat with it.  We decided on making easy chicken tacos with tomatoes and cilantro from the garden.  It may have been the freshest, most delicious chicken taco ever.  I told her that night I would eventually post all this on here, but I had to wait for another round of tomatoes to grow, because she demanded I use her veggies to make it.

So here I am, several Sundays later, enjoy the fruits of her labor.  And what delicious fruits they are!  I cooked this chicken for 8 hours on low and it went from this…

…to this.

It made delicious tacos with garden fresh tomatoes and cilantro.  I’m not sure why my chicken feel completely to pieces, whereas Lis’s chicken wasn’t nearly so shreddy.  Yeah, I just made up a word.  The worst part of making this was skinning the chicken, which was really disgusting.  I feel like Elizabeth will back me up on this, as she hates touching raw chicken.  I don’t hate it, it was just gross and took way longer than I expected.

Rating: This is a perfect 5 out of 5 glasses of wine.  A super easy dinner with lots of leftovers.

Super Easy Crockpot Chicken
Author: Manda
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 8 hours
Total time: 8 hours 20 mins
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • A few shakes of the following: basil, thyme, oregano, marjoram
  • 1/8 tsp chili pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
  1. Remove the giblets and skin the chicken.
  2. Mix the the spiced and rub all over chicken.
  3. Place breast down in crockpot.
  4. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Longer cooked means more tender meat.
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