Real Life Recipes: Crock Pot Chicken & Chicken Bone Broth

I never know if something like this even counts as a recipe, but I’ve had several people recently ask me about how to cook a whole chicken in the crock pot and how to make broth. So, with the new school year starting off and people needing to spend less time in the kitchen I thought it was a good time to share one of my kitchen time saving tricks. I’m not a big chicken eater, so usually every other week I’ll buy a good quality whole chicken and plop it in the crock pot and then use the meat for 2-3 recipes during the week. It only takes 5 minutes to prep and a few hours later you’ve got perfectly cooked juicy chicken to enjoy in multiple ways. This particular chicken has already become “Cream of Chicken & Veggie Soup” and will become “Tropical Chicken Salad.”
Crock Pot Chicken (with Orange & Rosemary)
Serves: 1 whole chicken
Time: 5 minutes prep + 3-8 hours cooking
1 whole chicken
1 orange
1 large white onion
1 T rosemary
1 t sea salt
1 T dried garlic
1 t cinnamon
1 T olive oil
– wash chicken & pat dry
– cut onion into large chunks & place on the bottom of the crock pot
– place chicken on top of onion
– sprinkle spices & herbs on chicken and rub in
– rub olive oil on the chicken
– squeeze juice from orange over the chicken and drop orange halves into the crock pot
– put the lid on and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low
– you’ll know chicken is done when juices run clear and legs easily separate from the bird

Crock Pot Chicken Bone Broth
– Once the chicken is removed from the crock pot, allow it to cool.
– Then, remove the meat from the bones and place the bones, back into the crock pot with the broth that it already made, the onion & orange.
– Pour 1-2 T Apple Cider Vinegar over the bones
– Add enough filtered water to cover the bones
– cook on low for 24-48 hours
– strain out the broth and enjoy
***Note: you can use the bones for a second round of broth. I’ve done two 48-hour batches of broth with the same bones before. You can also freeze the bones until you have more bones to put in the crock pot. 

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