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Using a slow cooker or a crock pot is a great way to save time in the kitchen. Our family just like many of yours can get a little hectic with school, sports, work, friend and family commitments. It’s great knowing when I’m busy at work or at home that dinner is just cooking away doing it’s thing. Once you make the chicken there are so many recipes you can create. I included the chicken stock recipe with this post because if I’m cooking a whole chicken I tend to make stock also. This little planning and really saves me time over the rest of the week’s meals.
In addition to making a whole tender chicken in 4 hours you also have the start of your own homemade chicken stock. Making your own chicken stock is a great way to use up vegetable scraps and save you a little extra cash. You can make your stock as flavorful as you want and know exactly what your family is eating when you create your own.
The seasonings you use on your chicken are for your taste. If you like yours with a little more kick add some chili powder or curry, it’s totally up to you. That’s what I love about cooking you can add to any recipe and make it your own. If it was summer I would have some fresh rosemary and thyme to add but alas I must use the dried seasonings.
I like to use 2 sets of tongs to remove the chicken from the slow cooker, it tends to fall apart less. This chicken will be fall off the bones tender, so I do advise getting it out of the slow cooker before you start to take chunks of meat off of it.
To get the chunks of simmered meat and vegetables out of the pot I like to use a large slotted spoon and then pour the rest through a strainer.
This recipe makes a good deal of chicken stock. I store mine in variety of ways. First I fill up a couple mason jars to use and pop them in the refrigerator. They will keep for about 2 weeks in the fridge. I like to freeze the rest in ice cube trays and then pop the cubes into a freezer bag. The stock with keep at least a year in the freezer. Make sure to clean those ice cube trays thoroughly. Soda, water and cocktails DO NOT taste good with a taste of chicken in them….yep there’s a reason why I know this.
Thanks for joining me on this Tasty Tuesday. Let me know what you do with your left over chicken carcass and vegetable scraps in the comments below. Join us every Tuesday for a new recipe that my family enjoys.