I didn't expect this to be so good, so I didn't plan on taking pictures or posting about it. Not only was it good, but it couldn't be simpler. So I took a few pictures and I'm posting about it.
We've been getting a whole chicken from Crooked Creek Farms in our CSA basket every three or four weeks this year. Normally I grill it or smoke it, but we were looking for something a little quicker and easier this time. And the Crock-Pot was still sitting on the counter waiting to be put back in the closet for awhile. It seemed easier to use it again than carry it all the way down the steps to the basement, so...
The hardest part of making this recipe is whipping up the Simon & Garfunkel rub from Amazing Ribs, if you don't already have some on hand. I've always kept some ready since making our first Ultimate Smoked Turkey. But it really just takes a couple minutes and you probably already have the spices on hand. When you do make some, make plenty and keep it in a mason jar or something. It's great on poultry no matter how you cook it.
Here's what we did:
- Layer one sliced onion, one sliced tomato, and two or three crushed garlic cloves on the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Mix one tablespoon of melted butter, one tablespoon olive oil, and 2 teaspoons of Meathead's Simon & Garfunkel Rub. Brush on chicken.
- Place chicken in slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-5 hours. Just use a good thermometer to determine when it's done.
This time of year our chickens are pretty small. This one was small enough that I was able to spatchcock it and lay it flat in the Crock-Pot. For the sake of brevity, I didn't bother to brown the bird first. I also didn't add any liquid this time and it was fine without it. If I have some wine or bourbon on hand I'll probably throw in a splash or two next time just for fun.
If you're looking for simple, this is about as easy as it gets. The fact that it's delicious is a sweet sweet bonus. This little chicken cooked faster than I thought it would and after sitting in the Crock-Pot for a little while on the "warm" setting, the meat was truly falling of the bone. Or vice versa. I always love it when you can pull the drumstick bone right out.
|Simon & Garfunkel Crock-Pot Chicken w/ Sweet Potato Fries.|
|The obligatory motorcycle or Corvette pic that has nothing to do with nothing.|
Mammoth Cave National Park.
In keeping with the theme of this meal, the sweet potato fries are also super simple. Just toss some peeled & sliced sweet potatoes in olive oil, salt, and pepper and bake them on parchment paper at 450 for about 30 minutes, flipping them over at some point along the way.
If there any leftovers, chicken tacos are always easy to make the next day. We just fried the chicken up with some chopped onion, tomato, and fajita seasoning before topping with salsa, cilantro, and avocado...
|Leftover Chicken Tacos.|