Cheap, Easy, Delicious Crock-pot Chicken

A few days ago, I responded to a friend’s tweet for an easy recipe for chicken in the Crock-pot.

Another follower and fellow blogger made it last night and sent me this rousing affirmation:

Seriously, the chicken was delicious. DELICIOUS! Have you posted the recipe on your blog? You should. Super-easy, super-cheap, and so tasty — the meat was tender and flavorful.

So, I offer it here for you now:

Easy Crock-pot Chicken
Place one whole chicken in the Crock-pot. Drizzle with olive oil. Liberally (be as heavy-handed as possible) sprinkle with seasoned salt, garlic powder, pepper, and dried rosemary. Pour about one cup of dry white wine* in the bottom of the Crock-pot (you may use water if you don’t have any wine on hand). Cook on low for eight hours.

*I buy the small four-pack of wine bottles to keep in the pantry. They each hold about 1 cup. Those little bottles are perfect for recipes. There’s no waste.


More about cooking with alcohol:

I buy chardonnay (dry white wine) to use in my chicken recipes. I buy merlot or cabernet sauvignon (dry red wine) to use in beef recipes.

Cognac is also delicious in chicken recipes. I have a chicken pot pie recipe where about 1/4 cup of cognac is added to the base sauteed veggie mixture and the alcohol cooks off before the chicken is added.

I add beer to chili and red wine to beef stew. In these recipes, I usually begin with a saute mixture of onion/garlic/pepper/celery, etc. I add the alcohol once those veggies are tender and cook for about 10-15 minutes. I then add liquid to the recipe (broth, tomato sauce, etc.).

Alcohol gives a great complex base flavor to my recipes.