What to do with that $0.67/lb Chicken?

9 Jan

So I grabbed this whole chicken at the grocery store a few weeks ago and put it into the freezer for a rainy day. I wanted to make something super gourmet or unique. But in the end, what sounded the best, was a juicy whole roasted chicken. Nothing really too special, other than one of the easiest things to throw in your crock pot. Talk about no prep time! First, grab half a bag of peeled baby carrots, give a quick chop to an onion, and throw in some diced celery (in my case, from the freezer). Throw them all down in the crock pot.

Next, take the whole chicken out the package and give it a good rinse. Pat dry and then cover the outer skin with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. I also put some onion and a couple of cloves of garlic inside the bird too. Don’t forget to take the giblets out!

And seriously, that’s all there is to it. If you can, turn the slow cooker on high for one hour, then down to low for the next 5-6 hours. I put the bird in around 11:30 and took it out at 7pm. Later than I anticipated, but you all know how those days go! Here is what the final product looked like in the pot.

You can see how much broth was created by the skin on the chicken. I don’t have a pretty picture of the chicken out of the pot since it literally fell right off the bones. I decided to serve this with one of my most favorite foods, gnocchi. Normally I would make gnocchi myself, but this was supposed to be an easy recipe, remember?

Gnocchi is a potato dumpling that is really easy to make. You can find it in the pasta aisle. Just heat up a pot of salted boiling water, add the gnocchi for about 2-3 minutes (until they float to the top).  Immediately strain and serve, so make sure everything else is ready when you add them to the water.

Gnocchi is most delicious in a rich, creamy sauce. Like perhaps a lobster sherry cream sauce? But in this case of ease and health conscious mentality, it’s a jarred (gasp, I know, I’m lazy sometimes) sauce, but at least it was Wolfgang Puck Four Cheese (so a little more gourmet, right? haha). So I sautéed some diced onion and minced garlic in a bit of EVOO (a la Rachel Ray) and added the sauce and some additional Italian seasonings, like my favorite, basil!

On the plate went the beautiful juicy chicken, next to the tender and flavorful veggies. And lastly, the tender gnocchi adorned with my lazy day red sauce and a dash of basil.

This was a super easy dinner that definitely looked like I spent way more time on it – I love those type of nights. Hubby ate it all up, and we still only ate half the bird. I made another easy meal with the leftovers – any guesses to what that might be?

Recipe Lovers

Chicken:
1 Whole Chicken (small enough to fit in your slow cooker)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 cup peeled baby carrots
1/2 cup onion, quartered
1/2 cup celery, diced
2 cloves garlic (optional)

Other ingredients:
1 Package Gnocchi
2 cups of favorite red sauce (or jarred sauce, livened up with onion and garlic)
Pinch of Basil

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