Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Winter Comfort

The one thing that we can do during the winter to stay comfortable is have fabulous, warm dinners to take the chill away. One thing to make that possible, especially if you are in the workforce, is to use a crock pot. My last post was for soup made in one.

I have some select dinners that I really like using the crock pot for. The one I want to share today is your basic cooked chicken (GF of course). Super easy and super delicious.

Crock Pot Chicken
One whole roaster chicken, any size that fits in your crock pot
1 package McCormick seasoning of your choice (I like the Garlic & Herb one)
4-6 cups water

Take chicken, place in clean grocery bag. Add seasoning package and shake to coat bird. Place in crock pot. Pour enough water in crock to cover bird, but do not fill more than 2/3. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours. Remove from pot, saving the broth. Bird will fall apart from being so tender. Remove meat from bones. Strain the broth into another pot to make gravy with a water/cornstarch thickener.

Variations:
If you have whole potatos, you can place them in the bottom of the pot, and they will be ready to serve when it's done cooking. Just be sure the water level isn't too high. You may have to cut the chicken or use precut pieces if you want to add them in the bottom of the pot.

If you are not a GFer, you can spoon biscuit dough on top of the cooking chicken during the last 20 minutes of cooking to make dumplings. I'll have to figure out a GF way to do that. They are really wonderful!

The next day or so, you can use the leftover gravy and add the chicken to it, heat it through and serve it over rice. Broccoli goes really well with this.

Crock pot cooking is not only easy, but the meats made in one come out so amazing. If you put it in early, you can come home to a dinner ready to give you that feeling of comfort like cozying up under your best blanket for the night. Stay warm!

2 comments:

Libby said...

Hey Pammy, I'm making this tomorrow! Couldn't find the seasoning packet though, so I'm just going to throw in some seasonings...I'm sure that will do the trick. Any other tips?

Pamelyn said...

Hooray! You are gonna love how easy & delish it is. Use whatever spices you like and let me know how it comes out!