I don’t know about you, but when my husband is gone and I’m just cooking for myself (as has been the case for the past month) I don’t want to be in the kitchen every night after work making some fancy meal that only I will enjoy. Sure maybe I’ll do that on the weekend or something but it is definitely not a regular thing. Who has time for that? So to avoid nightly cooking sprees, I typically do one large cooking spree on Saturday or Sunday and prepare a bunch of food that will last me through the week. This way I just have to throw food together from the fridge, heat it up and dinner is served, leaving me with tons of extra time to
clean my house, do laundry, and mow the lawn walk the dogs, watch Modern Family, and write this blog (let’s be honest).
This recipe is perfect for those weekend cooking sprees. Just throw a whole chicken in the crock pot (I purchased a pasture raised chicken from the farmer’s market, but use what you can get), rub some spices on it and set the timer. Your house will smell amazing all day, and when it’s done just shred the meat and either eat it right away or save it for other meals throughout the week (I used it on salads for lunch and to top my pesto zucchini noodle pasta). And make sure to save the carcass because we are making broth too (I’ll get to that in my next post)!
- Whole chicken (3-4 lb)
- ½ tsp basil
- ½ tsp oregano
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper (omit for AIP)
- Rub spice mixture all over chicken, making sure to get it in all the nooks and crannies
- Place chicken in slow cooker breast side up and cook on low for 6-8 hours
You can change the spices up to fit whatever dish you are planning on using the chicken in. Replace the basil and oregano with some chili powder, cumin, and paprika for a Mexican flair. Or fancy it up by adding some fresh thyme, rosemary, and lemon into the cavity if you’re into that. Even just plain salt and pepper works if you’re feeling extra lazy (I’ve been there). Leave a comment and let me know how you enjoy your Crock Pot Chicken!
In vibrant health,