Wednesday, August 8, 2012
lemony crock-pot chicken
Okay, folks, check this out. It's one of the easiest ways to get lemon chicken without breaking your budget or heating up your whole house. And it's just plain fun! (If you like chicken, that is.)
Grab a whole bird and make the man of your house rinse it off. After all, dainty fingers don't need to be touching slippery raw chicken...gross!
Make sure all of that junk they stuff in the middle is out and then pat the chicken off with a paper towel.
Then...here's the cool part...place a whole lemon inside the chicken! No need to poke holes in it, cut it into slices, or do anything fancy. Just plop the whole sucker in there. (I would remove the sticker and wash it, obviously...never know where those things have been.)
Drop it in your slow cooker and rub seasonings over the top. Here, I used minced garlic, fresh parsley, and salt and pepper. I think basil, rosemary, or thyme would also be delicious. Be creative!
At the point, put the lid on it. That's right! You don't need to add any water or soup or anything else. Just put the lid on. Cook it on high for 1 hour and then on low for an additional 6-7.
What happens? The lemon cooks inside the chicken and releases juice. Between the lemon juice and the chicken juices, you've got a delicious marinade by the time you are finished. Check it out!
This is a great meal served with brown rice and steamed veggies (if you want to go healthy), or you can just chop up the chicken to use in other recipes. I livened up my chicken salad with this chicken, and it was excellent.
Lemony Crock-Pot Chicken
3-4 lb. roasting chicken
2 T. olive oil
1 whole lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 t. parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Pat chicken dry with a paper towel; rub with oil. Put whole lemon inside chicken; place in slow cooker. Sprinkle with garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on high setting for one hour. Turn to low setting and cook an additional 6-7 hours.