Crockpot Hot Sauce Chicken

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Seriously, it does not get more simple than this.

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Rinse a whole chicken and stick it in the crockpot.

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Pour the entire jar of salsa on top, set your crockpot on low and walk away for 6 hours.

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I made some jasmine rice, brazillian cheese rolls and cut up some pineapple with ours. We also make chicken tacos with this meat, and cooking two at the same time and being to freeze the meat so you are ready for dinner any day any time is the bomb diggity (that’s what my youngest punk says anyways.)

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Give it a try! The meat is SO tender! You will love it!

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Homemade Chicken Broth

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So with all of the yummy goodness your chicken left behind, you will be able to make some really wonderful homemade chicken broth and it’s really simple.

Simply debone your chicken.

Throw all the bones back into your crockpot with the liquid that is left over.

IMG_0822Add some salt and pepper, and throw those innards in. Throw in any ends of onions, carrots or celery. (I keep an ongoing bag of these frozen.) Add 5-6 cups of water. Place the lid back on your crockpot, turn it on the low setting and let it go all night long. In the morning, strain the broth. I like to use a slice of cheese cloth. It makes the job easier.

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IMG_0825Place your container in the refrigerator. The fat will refrigerate on top making it easy to skim off. Some like to save this… I really don’t, but do what makes you happy.

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Crockpot Chicken

Crockpot chicken can have so many varieties, so I thought I’d share a few of mine with you.

Lemon, Rosemary & Garlic Crockpot Chicken

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In a crockpot, slice onion in half and then in slices and place half of them in the bottom of your crockpot.  Also add some unpeeled garlic and one cup of water.

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Rinse chicken and clean out cavity. Set innards aside. Pat chicken dry.

Place chicken, breast side up, on top of onion and garlic in crockpot.

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Rub down chicken with 3 tsp. room temperature butter.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wash rosemary and place sprigs inside cavity with the other half of your onion slices and a few more cloves of garlic.

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I also added thyme since I had it on hand and topped the chicken with slices of one lemon.

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Set your crockpot to low, put the lid on and walk away for 6-7 hours.

You will have chicken so tender and falling off the bone and utterly delicious!

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The spices and citrus are unlimited, so here’s a few more options to let your taste buds think about…

  • onion, garlic and a packet of onion soup mix sprinkled on top.
  • lemon pepper
  • garlic and paprika
  • cajun seasonings
  • orange and clove

Now, don’t throw out that broth and yummy goodness still left in your crockpot. My next post will tell you just what to do with those as well as those innards you set aside. Sounds gross, but they make some goodness. I promise!

Chicken pasta with bacon and mushrooms

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The table was silent.  Ol’ Blue Eyes and my punks LOVED this dinner tonight.  I have to say, it was pretty yummy, so I thought I better share it with all of you.  I adapted this from two of The Pioneer Woman’s recipes.  If you make it, let me know what you think.

Since I fly by the seat of my pants around here, I didn’t take a beginning picture of all the ingredients.  So we’re gonna jump right in and start cookin.

To begin,  flatten chicken breasts to uniform thickness. Salt and pepper both sides, then dredge in flour. Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry chicken breasts until golden brown on both sides. Remove to a plate and set aside.

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Cook pasta according to package directions.  Don’t forget to add a few chicken broth granules to your water.

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Throw bacon, green onion and garlic into pan with just enough broth to begin to deglaze the pan. Cook until bacon is done.

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Add mushrooms and parsley.

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Cook until tender.

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Reduce heat and pour in 1 c. chicken broth, heavy cream, half and half and parmesan cheese. Stir and allow to bubble and thicken for a few minutes.

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Toss into the cooked and drained pasta.

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Serve with chicken breasts and sprinkle the top with grated parmesan.

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Seriously, you’ve got to make this.  It was really, really good!!!

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

I have not posted a recipe in a while because:

a.  I keep trying new things in the kitchen and forget my camera.

b.  I’ve been frustrated with the lighting in my kitchen to take pictures.

c.  I’ve been researching how to take better pictures in my kitchen.

d.  I’ve given up and have decided to go ahead and post another recipe.

Last week, I had a bad cold.  I crave, I crave, I crave homemade chicken noodle soup when I am sick.  The downside to this is that no one in my house makes it but me.  I could tell Ol’ Blue Eyes how to make it, but he was out-of-town.  So the moment he got back, I had him help me stir up some soup.

This is really simple, and is my standby recipe.  Here is what you will need.

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Typically, I use wide egg noodles, but I had these noodles in my pantry to use up.

First melt 3/4 stick of butter in a pan. 

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Finely chop onion and 2 cloves of garlic and saute in melted butter.  Mmmmm.

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Now, chop carrots and celery.  Add to pan and saute about 10 minutes, until tender.  I have a tendency to use more celery than carrots.  I don’t like my soup to be sweet from the carrots.

IMG_8051_edited-1 Now, if there’s one thing Ol’ Blue Eyes loves to do for me, it is debone a rotisserie chicken.  This is due to the fact that he snacks as he goes.Marriage is all about compromise, right?

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While he’s doing that, I put another pot of water on to boil for my noodles.  I always add a tablespoon or two of chicken bouillon to the water for extra flavor.  Trust me.  It’s just better this way.

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Once your vegetables are tender, add 4 cups of water and 2 tsp. of bouillon to your vegetables and let that come to a boil.

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Once your chicken is deboned, I dice the meat into bite size pieces and add to my vegetable mixture.

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Bring this up to a boil so that all the flavors can mix.

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Add some parsley… fresh if you have it!

About this time your noodles should be done.

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But we need to save that broth, so this is what I do.

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I know, it’s another pot, and we hate to do dishes, but we need to save the broth.  Ok?

Now, add your noodles to your soup.  Add broth as you need it.  (In my case, I used all but about a cup of the broth.)

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Serve with love.

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Chicken Pasta with Zucchini and Squash

Need an easy end of summer meal to use up the zucchini and squash from your garden?  Then I have just the meal for you.
Here is what you’ll need.

Any pasta will do, but Giada got me when I saw this one and I just had to give it a try.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add EVOO.

Hello butter… how did you get in there?

Saute onion and garlic, then add your chicken.  Add salt, pepper and parsley.  Cook well.

Add  zucchini and squash and cook until tender, then add tomatoes. 
(Don’t do as I did here and do it all at once.  You can, but you shouldn’t do as I do, you should do as I say.)

Cook until tender.

Serve over pasta and top with parmesan cheese.  Mmmm good!

A tip for great tasting pasta:  Add 2 T. of this to your water.

Nevermind that Nutella character in the background……  I will not explain.

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Hot Sauce Chicken

Frequently, our house is crazy, bustling, and there doesn’t seem enough hours in the day to “Get ‘Er Done!”  It is on those days that I break out my crock pot, so that dinner will be ready and waiting for us.  It’s one less thing to think about for me, and my punks always seem to like the grub that comes out of that trusty appliance.  This recipe is so easy, it’s re-donkulous.  Here we go:

Take some chicken (drumsticks, wings, bone-in breast, boneless) out of your freezer.  Honestly, I like this recipe with bone in cuts of chicken.  My punks fav is drumsticks and the meat will literally fall off the bone.

Put the chicken in your crock pot (still frozen).

Buy a jar of this stuff.

Drizzle the entire jar over the chicken.  Yes, the entire jar.

Put the lid on and forget about it for 6-8 hours.  Wonderful things happen below that lid, and when you are ready, it will be ready for you… and your punks… and your man…and they will love you forever and ever, Amen.

I like to serve this with some rice and a tossed salad.  Yum!  If you make this, let me know your thoughts in my comments.  I’d love to hear from y’all!