Slow Cooker Lemon Basil Whole Chicken

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Prepare an easy family dinner by making this Slow Cooker Lemon Basil Whole Chicken. The chicken can be eaten as a main dish or used in other recipes.

Prepare an easy family dinner by making this Slow Cooker Lemon Basil Whole Chicken. The chicken can be eaten as a main dish or used in other recipes.

Do you know what happens when you throw a whole chicken into your crockpot with ingredients like lemon, basil, onion, garlic, and olive oil?  You wait all day and then end up with the softest, most tender and flavorful chicken. Super easy. I always struggle to take photos of things like a whole chicken that’s cooked in a slow cooker because it basically falls apart when you try to lift it out. How is it possible to stage something like that to look pretty?  I was able to keep a few pieces from entirely sliding off the bone in order to get the one shot.

This is a super easy and healthy way to make chicken. You can definitely cook it this way and serve it up with some salad and mashed potatoes for an easy dinner. Go for it. I personally prefer to cook my chicken like this, though, when I want to shred it and eat it on salads or in other recipes that call for shredded chicken like these killer chipotle quesadillas. The best reason for cooking your chicken in the slow cooker, other than the fact that you throw a few things in a pot and get to walk in from a stressful day at work to the wonderful aroma of a home cooked meal, is that you can take all the meat off and then throw the skin and bones right back in with some carrot, celery, a bay leaf and water to make some insanely good homemade chicken broth.

Slow Cooker Lemon Basil Whole Chicken
 
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Prepare an easy family dinner by making this Slow Cooker Lemon Basil Whole Chicken. The chicken can be eaten as a main dish or used in other recipes.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 1 chicken
Ingredients
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 whole chicken, rinsed with any insides removed
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup of fresh basil leaves
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Place sliced onions in your slow cooker and set chicken on top. Zest the lemon and add the zest to the slow cooker. Then slice it in half, squeeze all the juice over the chicken, and throw the lemon halves in. Add the basil leaves and garlic. Pour the olive oil over the chicken and then add the salt. Cook on high 4-5 hours or low for 6-8 hours. After its done cooking, remove the meat and be sure to put all the skin and bones back in along with some other ingredients to make slow cooker chicken broth.

 

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Warm Buffalo Chicken Dip

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This Warm Buffalo Chicken Dip is super easy to make and is so tasty that it will be the hit at any tailgating or game day get together.

This Warm Buffalo Chicken Dip is super easy to make and is so tasty that it will be the hit at any tailgating or game day get together.

I’ve made a ton of game day food lately. Our family has probably consumed 2x the amount of cheese we normally do over that past month, and that’s no small amount. But the Superbowl is almost here, and I had to share one last recipe with you all. If you’re looking for a super easy to make, pour the ingredients in the pot and stir kind of warm cheesy tip, look no further. Now, this recipe calls for shredded chicken. You can go get a rotisserie chicken and use some of the meat from that. You can cook up some raw chicken and then shred it, but that takes some of the “easy” out of this recipe. I suppose you can use canned chicken but you’d better not tell me, otherwise I’d have to block you from ever viewing my blog again because that is downright disgusting.

“What kind of chicken did you use, Krissy?” Well, I made the most tender, fall off the bone, juicy and mouthwatering chicken I have ever made. “Tell us how, Krissy!” Well, I’m terribly sorry, my friends. You’ll have to wait to hear about this new incredible chicken cooking method until I put it in its own blog post, and sadly I don’t think that will happen until after Superbowl. I will give you the short and skinny, however, as bonus points for actually reading the content of this post. All I did was make up my one spoon dry rub mix, give the 3.63 pound bird a nice rub, line the bottom of my crock pot with sliced onion, set that rubbed bird on top (breast side down), cooked on high 4.5 hours (flipping half way through), and that was it. the chicken was so insanely moist and soft that it incorporated insanely well into this dip. This dip is mighty darn tasty, if I do say so myself. The boursin cheese adds saltiness and a lot of flavor. The cream cheese makes it, well, creamy. The blue cheese gives it that buffalo chicken tang. And the cayenne pepper sauce doesn’t make it spicy, but gives it that bite you look for with buffalo chicken. Be sure your celery pieces are no longer than 3 inches long otherwise you’ll get people double dipping, and it is cold and flu season after all!This Warm Buffalo Chicken Dip is super easy to make and is so tasty that it will be the hit at any tailgating or game day get together.

Warm Buffalo Chicken Dip
 
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This Warm Buffalo Chicken Dip is super easy to make and is so tasty that it will be the hit at any tailgating or game day get together.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Yields: 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (5.2 ounce) package boursin cheese (I used shallot & chive flavor)
  • 1 cup blue cheese dressing
  • 3/4 cup cayenne pepper sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to pot and stir over medium heat until completely melted and smooth, about 10-15 minutes. Transfer to a small slow cooker set to warm setting to keep dip warm while serving. Serve with fresh cut celery and crackers.

 

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