You guys. A tree literally fell on my house two nights ago.
Okay. To be fair it was half a tree. And it was on my garage. But you know . . . still not awesome. Everyone is fine, most importantly. And there is no damage to the garage that can’t be repaired easily. Obviously it could have been far worse.
$%*&^#@ <——– That’s as comfortable as I am swearing on the blog. In real life I have a potty mouth.
Needless to say . . . . it’s been a stressful day or so. So we are just going to jump right in to this post and all the awesome dinners it has to offer.
Say whaaaaatttt?? I thought I was only getting one dinner with this post!
You would be wrong, friend.
My friend, Samantha Skaggs, amazing blogger over at Five Heart Home, has this awesome new cookbook out, Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers. You guys, I was one of the bloggers who volunteered to test some of her recipes for her while she was writing it, and every.single.one. was a winner. I seriously tested like five? All winners. Which honestly is saying something, because it’s not like you can throw anything in the crock pot and have it turn out awesome. Crock pots vary in temperatures and not everyone likes the same flavor combos, and all of them were so good.
I had two favorites. One was this Slow Cooker Whole Chicken (duh), and the other was this Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup.
You guys. It TOTALLY knocked my socks off. It was so good that I can vividly remember what I was doing the day I made it. It was that good. So today you get a sampling of the cook book with this awesome whole chicken recipe, that HELLO! you can make in the slow cooker, but then you have to promise me that you are going to buy her book and then the very first thing you do when you get it is make ^^^that^^^ soup.
My family loves this whole chicken recipe. I love that it is so easy to prep and there is no worry about it. I feel like whole chickens are not that easy to make, and this one is easy peesy. You seriously don’t need to stress about it at all. And it comes out perfect and moist and absolutely delicious. Annnnnnd, it comes out with these amazing veggies! A whole dinner that preps in like 20 minutes.
You guys. Quinn had four servings. She is the pickiest eater that ever lived. FOUR SERVINGS. She ate some of mine.
- 2 tsps kosher salt
- 2 tsps garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 pound (about 5 medium) red potatoes cut into one inch pieces
- 1 1/2 cups baby carrots
- 1 medium yellow onion, cut into one inch pieces
- 6 cloves of garlic, divided
- 4 TBSPs unsalted butter, room temperature
- 4 to 5 pound roasting chicken, bag and giblets removed
- Mix together the salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper in a small bowl.
- Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray. Combine the veggies in the base of your slow cooker and sprinkle with 1/2 a TBSP of the mixed spices. Add 3 of the garlic cloves, minced.
- In a small bowl, combine the room temperature butter, the remainder of the spices, and the remaining 3 cloves of minced garlic.
- Spread the butter mixture underneath the chicken's skin.
- Place the prepared chicken over the vegetables and sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or until an insta read thermometer registers 165 degrees and the juices don't run pink.
- Prepare a baking sheet with tin foil, and turn your broiler on low. Put the chicken on the baking sheet and broil until the skin browns, watching carefully, about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the chicken, tent it with tin foil, and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
- If your chicken is done closer to four hours, the vegetables might not be done yet. When you remove the chicken from the slow cooker, turn it up to high, cover it and continue cooking the veggies until the chicken is done broiling and resting.
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