I thought I'd take a break from the awesome sweets I've been posting lately - it is swimsuit season and all....
So for today: crockpot chicken. I know when you think "crockpot" you think winter. But really it's a great cooking tool for the summer - not much prep time is involved, so you can run around doing all your summer activities, plus it doesn't heat your house up like an oven would. I LOVE my crockpot.
Did you know that you can cook chicken in your crockpot? I just discovered this several months ago - and oh, what a discovery. Oftentimes there are sales on chicken, but it's the bone-in kind and I always debate if picking around all the bones is worth the savings. Well, now I stock up with the sales come because I cook mine and debone it without even touching the meat. Let me show you (although meat pictures are kind of gross - sorry about that!). You just dump the chicken in straight from the package (see, it still kind of has that square shape from coming directly off the styrofoam):
Then let it cook - in general, 1/2 a day on high or all day on low. Occasionally stir it around. It will cook itself down and the stirring will break it up in to pieces. Then I just grab my tongs and take out all the bones, skin, etc, and this is what I'm left with:
Then you can use it for such things as:
--inners for enchiladas
--chicken on summer salads
--chicken over rice
--BBQ chicken sandwiches
--chicken and noodles
--the list goes on....