Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Best Crock Pot Chicken -- Ever!

No, that title is not hyperbolic. This is really the best chicken you can make in the slow cooker-- and there are two versions!
Best Crockpot Chicken

Most crock pot recipes I find usually creep me out. Cans of soup, dressing, and other processed foods are used way too often, the results resembling a Great Aunt's mushroom soup casserole you have to choke down while trying to guess what mecca of unholy ingredients your mouth has stumbled upon.

I played around a little bit with some spices, and created two recipes that make fall-off-the-bone, tender and flavourful chicken every single time. One is spicy, and the other is more mild, so there's something for everyone's tastes.

By the time dinner rolls around and the chicken is done, my family is way too hungry and impatient to let me take pictures of the final product!

The Best Crock Pot Chicken Recipe

Ingredients 1 - Spicy

1/2 tsp garlic powder (feel free to substitute fresh)
1/2 tsp onion powder (again, you can use fresh)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp thyme
2 tsp chipotle chili pepper (you can substitute another spice, or whatever else you have on hand)
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp cumin
1.5 tbsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Ingredients 2 - Regular

1 tbsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder (sub regular if you wish!)
1/4 tsp onion powder (again, non-powdered onions are cool here, too)
1.5 tsp rosemary
1.5 tsp thyme
(you can also use 2 tsp of Italian seasoning)
optional: 1/2 cup white wine.


Mix spices and rub on both sides of the chicken. Or, if you're me and hate touching chicken, sprinkle it over the chicken and rub it in with some spoons.

Place the chicken breast side down in the crock pot, (if using wine, add now) and cook on high for 4-4.5 hours, or on low for 6-7 hours.

That's it!


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