do you have a crockpot yet?! do you????
no? stop reading. go buy one. now!! then come back.
if you have one, carry on!
the crock pot is my best friend forever and especially in the winter time. it affords me to be lazy but still have dinner on the table! whatever's simmering in it for hours on end makes the house so cozy-smelling as it wafts around its stewy chicken or chili aromas! i should probably name mine. stella! stella, you are divine! a dream come true!
now perhaps my favorite thing these days to do in my crock pot is a simple one really. but it's so incredible and was a serious lightbulb moment when i did it for the first time. and then i did it a second, third, fourth, and fifth time and now i've lost track but it's been many, many, many times. i hope this is a lightbulb moment for you too. if not, well you're savvier than i am and can you please tell me more of your secret kitchen tips?
drumroll! cooking chicken in it. (gosh that was not as climactic as i intended it to be.)
i don't mean making a whole chicken stew in it. i just mean cooking your chicken in it. chicken breasts, chicken thighs, an entire chicken. using it simply as a means to go from raw to cooked! bing, bang, boom!
i hate handling raw chicken. i hate cutting it up, dealing with that gross tendon thing, etc. you like handling it? are you a murderer? anyway... i just take some chicken out of the freezer in the morning. i let it thaw a bit in some lukewarm water, then i put it in the crockpot, cover it with water, and put it on low for a few hours. it cooks fast, stays juicy, and bonus--you can save the water to add to a stock later on. you can get fancy here too and add salt, pepper, parsley, celery, you name it, but the quickest and easiest way is just the chicken and water.
i never touch raw chicken anymore. i love you, stella.
once the chicken is cooked... shred, dice, do whatever you would normally do with it for dinner.
some of my recents:
1// diced it up to for chicken divan
2// shredded it for chicken and veggie quesadillas
3// diced it for chicken salad sandwiches
4// shredded it for chicken noodle soup
5// shredded it for sweet potato and black bean burritos
there you have it.
oh! and with a whole chicken--the bones + the crockpot makes for about the best + healthiest bone broth ever. (and the article that first made me fall in love with the whole concept)
i've got one going right now! over 24 hours strong! and the house smells divine!
and that is it.