They say you can choose two out of three things in many life situations: quality, speed, and affordability. For example, the auto shop may promise to have your brakes fixed by tomorrow following strict quality measures, but then they charge an arm and a leg. The contractor who promises a floor installed with quality and affordability cannot complete the project on time.
I proudly wish to present a recipe which breaks this two out of three rule: Crockpot Roasted Chicken! Every Sunday, I prepare a whole, organic chicken in my slow cooker. I end up with moist and tender meat, about 2 quarts of nutrient-rich broth, and fresh organ meats to use throughout the week. And all for only $12 and less than 10 minutes of hands-on time.
Whole Chicken + Broth in a Slow Cooker
1. Get a whole organic chicken. It must be certified organic–no exceptions (“natural” and “free-range” do not mean organic). Non-organic chicken bones contain to much toxins to make broth. I buy my organic chicken at Trader Joe’s, and it costs about $12.
2. Remove the little bag containing the neck and organs from inside the body cavity, and set aside. Rinse the chicken and place it into your slow cooker. Cook the chicken in the crockpot on Low for about 4 1/2 hours. Flip the chicken over occasionally, so the meat self-bastes in the pool of fat which will form at the bottom of the slow cooker. Try not to pierce the skin–it will bubble with liquid, which traps moisture in the meat.
3. Place the organs in plastic zip-top baggies, label with a date, and freeze. When you are making meatloaf, hamburgers, or meat sauce, pureé the selected organ in a food processor and add it to the raw ground beef. No one will be the wiser–just keep your kids (and spouse) out of the kitchen when you stealthily stir the ground organ meat into the meal. Keep the neck in the fridge to add to the broth.
4. Make sure the chicken reaches 160 degrees. Let the chicken sit for 5 minutes to let the juices settle. Then, pick the meat and skin off the chicken. The skin will be soggy and not pleasant to eat. You now have a full plate of moist chicken to add to casseroles, sandwiches, egg dishes, and more!
Make Crockpot Chicken Broth
- I prefer discarding the skin from the carcass to avoid a greasy broth. Place the chicken carcass, loose bones, and the neck into the slow cooker with the leftover juices and fat.
- Cover with filtered water and a tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar. The vinegar helps to leach important minerals from the bones. Cook on low heat for at least 24 hours, adding water as necessary. I cook my broth from Sunday night to Wednesday afternoon, ladling out hot broth to on Monday and Tuesday. I just add more water as I take out broth. Strain broth, pressing juice from the bones. Refrigerate for up to 4 days, or freeze for a few months.
Organ meats TOTALLY freak me out. I never thought about adding them to ground meat! That’s pretty brilliant.
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Yeah, I love the MEC (Miriams Earthen Cookware) pots, I use them for regular cooking & slow cooking. The chicken turns out so much moist and juicer with all the spices incorporated. These pots are lead, cadmium, chemicals & metal Free.
USWellness Meats for the best meats out there. Also, I saw you were using Standard Process as your source for Zinc- have you checked it for gluten content?
I was told recently that it’s important to let the apple cider vinegar sit in the water with the bones for an hour before starting to heat it up because heat will make the bones harden and not let as much of the nutrients out. Have you heard anything about this? Sometimes I stay up late to start my broth and I really don’t want to stay up an extra hour if I don’t have to.
Hi, I am wondering if you can do this with a frozen chicken to start with? Or how would that change things?
Does the result of this have the nutritional value of bone broth or is more like chicken stock?
My Chicken is cooking and I just have one question. How many times a day are we supposed to drink the broth and how much?
Thank you so much for all you are sharing. I have had Chronic Acid Reflux for years and the medications make me worse. I am excited about trying all of your suggestions.
You are a Blessing!!!
I’m just curious, your readers have a lot of good questions. Why don’t you answer them? We would really appreciate if you would!