Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Easiest Dinner Ever

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. Things have been uber hectic around here. We were out of town visiting family last weekend and since returning home, I have been trying to get us ready and packed for a weeklong vacation in Orlando that we leave for on Friday night. I'm dreading the drive already. Yes, we have opted to drive 14 hours with an infant. We need help. And, I need to be medicated before we leave.

But, before we leave, I have been wanting to share a recipe that we tried last week for a rotisserie crockpot chicken. The full recipe is below. Variations for this recipe are floating around the web right now, but the method is essentially the same for all of them. You prepare a chicken to cook, season it, and then place the chicken on top of loosely rolled balls of aluminum foil that you have placed in the bottom of your crockpot. The aluminum balls keep the chicken from resting in its juices and allow the heat to circulate around the chicken, much like it would if you roasted the chicken in the oven.

I cooked a 3.3-pound chicken and it was tender, falling apart, and delicious. I don't know if the chicken actually tasted like a rotisserie chicken since I don't buy those, but the meat was great. We made shredded chicken tacos, barbecue chicken pizza, and buffalo chicken sandwiches with our chicken and still had enough meat to freeze some for later. And, seriously, this was the easiest and fastest dinner I have made in a long time. I spent ten minutes prepping the chicken and had cooked chicken for dinners throughout the week. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from one I found here on Big Oven:

3 -4 lb. whole chicken rinsed, patted dry (remove bag from cavity)
1 Tbsp. olive oil

Seasoning salt, black pepper, cayenne, onion powder, and garlic powder (season your chicken to taste)
aluminum foil

Make 4-5 loose balls from the aluminum foil. Mix seasoning salt, black pepper, cayenne, onion powder, and garlic powder in a bowl. Rub inside and outside of chicken with olive oil and then rub with seasonings to taste. Spray the inside of the crockpot with non-stick cooking spray. Put foil balls (4-5) in the bottom of the crockpot. Place the chicken on top of the foil balls, breast side up. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4-6 hours. Do not add water or other liquid to crockpot. Do not remove the lid from the crockpot until the chicken has finished cooking.


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