Sunday, August 16, 2015

Real Life Recipes: Crock Pot Chicken & Chicken Bone Broth

I never know if something like this even counts as a recipe, but I've had several people recently ask me about how to cook a whole chicken in the crock pot and how to make broth. So, with the new school year starting off and people needing to spend less time in the kitchen I thought it was a good time to share one of my kitchen time saving tricks. I'm not a big chicken eater, so usually every other week I'll buy a good quality whole chicken and plop it in the crock pot and then use the meat for 2-3 recipes during the week. It only takes 5 minutes to prep and a few hours later you've got perfectly cooked juicy chicken to enjoy in multiple ways. This particular chicken has already become "Cream of Chicken & Veggie Soup" and will become "Tropical Chicken Salad."

Crock Pot Chicken (with Orange & Rosemary)

Serves: 1 whole chicken
Time: 5 minutes prep + 3-8 hours cooking

Ingredients:
1 whole chicken
1 orange
1 large white onion
1 T rosemary 
1 t sea salt
1 T dried garlic
1 t cinnamon 
1 T olive oil 

Method:
- wash chicken & pat dry 
- cut onion into large chunks & place on the bottom of the crock pot
- place chicken on top of onion
- sprinkle spices & herbs on chicken and rub in
- rub olive oil on the chicken
- squeeze juice from orange over the chicken and drop orange halves into the crock pot
- put the lid on and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low
- you'll know chicken is done when juices run clear and legs easily separate from the bird

Crock Pot Chicken Bone Broth
- Once the chicken is removed from the crock pot, allow it to cool. 
- Then, remove the meat from the bones and place the bones, back into the crock pot with the broth that it already made, the onion & orange.
- Pour 1-2 T Apple Cider Vinegar over the bones
- Add enough filtered water to cover the bones
- cook on low for 24-48 hours
- strain out the broth and enjoy

***Note: you can use the bones for a second round of broth. I've done two 48-hour batches of broth with the same bones before. You can also freeze the bones until you have more bones to put in the crock pot.