Thursday, October 24, 2013

Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken (Baked Chicken)




This is another no-brainer recipe.  But, I decided to post it in case either of my kids (or someone else) wants to know how I do it. 

Baking a whole chicken in the crockpot is one of the easiest things to make.  It takes literally seconds to prepare in the morning.  The only thing you would need to remember is that you do need a THAWED chicken to do this.  You could not use a frozen chicken.  I usually make this as a Monday meal and take my chicken out of the freezer on Sunday, leaving it on a plate to thaw.  I place it in the fridge overnight and Monday morning, I'm ready to get dinner started.

Monday mornings are painful.  I want to stay in bed or stay home or do anything but go to work... but duty calls and so does the bank account.  I can make Rotisserie-Baked Chicken and have several meal options for the week.

We usually have it the first time with some sort of potato or fries. 

Since my family is a little small these days, I usually have leftovers.  You could make chicken salad for lunches, top green salads with chicken for a heartier option there, make quickie burritos or tacos.  Usually, for me after eating dinner with the chicken, I let it cool and remove the crockpot insert and place that the in the fridge.  Always store the leftovers in the fridge! Sometime in the next day or two, I remove any meat, cover the remaining carcass (sorry... I know that sounds gross but there's no other way to say it) with water, cook on low all day, and have a great, rich broth.  With that, I add the meat I removed and make Homemade Chicken & Dumplings, Chicken Noodle Soup, or even a Homemade Pot Pie.  Really, the options are endless and are a super frugal way to stretch a buck.  I usually spend less than $5 on a whole chicken and I can normally get four or 5 meals from that one chicken.  Don't forget to freeze any leftover broth/chicken stock if you don't use it all up.

Here's how I make Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken (Baked Chicken) AT HOME MY WAY:

Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken
(Baked Chicken)

  • 1 whole chicken (rinsed well)
  • 1 crockpot with a lid big enough for the whole chicken
  • Various spices.  (I use garlic powder, paprika, lemon pepper, salt, regular pepper.)

Instructions:

1.  Rinse the chicken well and place it in the crockpot.     
     (Remember to wash your hands well with soap.) 

2.  Sprinkle with spices of your choice. 

3.  Cover with the lid to the crockpot and turn the crockpot
     on LOW and cook 8-10 hours. 

 Sprinkled with spices and ready to go!



Don't forget the lid and to plug in - and turn on (LOW) the crockpot!
 


This chicken will be SUPER TENDER and you might have to use a big spatula to try to lift it out of the crockpot.  The meat will be juicy, tender, and just delicious!  Usually we serve ours straight out of the crockpot because it is so tender and falls apart.

Enjoy!
 
Gina


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