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Frugal Frog Friday: Cheap and Delicious Crockpot Chicken

HAPPY FRUGAL FROG FRIDAY

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you are familiar with my adoration for my crock pot.  It is my kitchen BFF.

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There is something simply magical about putting a bunch of things in a pot, turning it on low, and having dinner ready 6-8 hours later.  Also, it can be a very healthy way to cook meat because you don’t need to add oils or butter.  While I often use my crockpot for soups and chili, today I used it cook a whole chicken.

To be honest, cooking meat and poultry always makes me a smidgen paranoid. I am ALWAYS worried that I will either overcook it and be left with a dry, tasteless dinner OR I will undercook it and come down with salmonella.

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However, with the crockpot cooking, I do not have to worry about either situation! YAY!

Also, aside from being easy and healthy, cooking in a crockpot can be SUPER cheap as it helps render the most tough and difficult cuts of meat tasty and wonderful creations.

Whole chickens are far cheaper than boneless, skinless chicken breasts–we pay for convenience.

I bought this 7lb chicken (hormone-free etc) for $7. 29:

(Yes, my chicken is triple-wrapped–I TOLD you I am terrified of salmonella!)

Here are the ingredients you need:

Onions (I use a lot because I LOVE onions)

Celery

Sally Anne’s Roasted Crockpot Chicken

1 whole chicken

2 tsps minced onions

2-4 quartered onions

2 ribs of celery

1 tsp dried rosemary

1/2 tsp pepper

Several dashes of kosher salt

1)Spray the pot with olive oil cooking spray

2) Cut up the onions and celery and place in the bottom of the pot.

3) Rinse the chicken and take the creepy gizzard thingy out of the cavity.

4) Place chicken in the pot.

5) Sprinkle the herbs on top of the chicken.

6) Cook the chicken 7-8 hours on low heat or 4-6 hours on high. Different crockpots cook at higher temps so keep an eye on things!

Your house will seriously smell AMAZING!

You can serve the chicken for dinner with some sweet potatoes and broccoli (our faves!).

I love to eat the leftovers plain or in lettuce wraps, but you can save the stock and chop up any leftover chicken to make INCREDIBLE chicken soup.

The total cost of this meal was less than $14 (including frozen broccoli and yams as side dishes) and it created 4 dinners for both Chase and me. That is a grand total of $1.75 per person, per meal.  Now THAT is a frugal meal! 🙂

What is your favorite crockpot meal? 

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About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

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  1. Yum! I will have to try this chicken recipe. I keep saying how I want to use my crockpot more! I agree with you – I love onions, so I would add a lot of them, too! My mom and I are actually going to try a meatball recipe for the crockpot on Sunday! 🙂

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    • I love that you are a fellow onion lover. I seriously cannot get enough roasted onions. They totally make this chicken–they season it perfectly with the rosemary. I hope you share your meatball recipe–YUM!

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  2. that looks good! i love cooking meat in the crockpot. less hands-on. i hate touching raw meat!!! i’ve been wanting to try crockpot chicken tikka masala. i bet you could eat that paleo! 🙂

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  3. Oh yay! That does look good!!
    I have actually never done roasted chicken in the crockpot and found a cornish gamehen recipe recently but was intimidated by it, I may certainly have to try this!!
    I love good old fashioned pot roast and veggies in the crockpot, or soups! yum!

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  4. That looks SO delicious! I might have to make that when the in-laws come in town; it looks like it could feed a small army 🙂

    My favorite crock pot dishes are typically super simple with chicken breast, BBQ sauce, and some chx broth; I cook it on low for about 5 hours and then shred the chicken (you will know when it is ready to shred because it will typically do it on it’s own) and then throw it back in for another hour. SUPER delicious on salads and sandwiches!

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  5. I was so scared to buy and entire chicken but never thought just to put it in my crockpot!! Thank you mam, for this!! So simple! Love it!

    And I love the price 😉

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  6. I have a crock pot but have NEVER used it! However, I have been so short on time lately and we’ve eaten eggs for dinner way too often lately, so perhaps the crock pot needs to make its grand entrance. This sounds like a perfect meal!

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    • Bust that baby out, Kathryn! Mine was sitting in my cabinet for a year and then one day I decided to dust it off and I have not been the same since–it’s a life-changer, my dear! 🙂

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  7. aww – I love your practical nature!! I’m also going to post my fave crockpot recipe next Monday which is – will miracles never cease! – PALEO!! Ive never put a whole chicken in it – but its clearly something I need to experiment with. Crock pots are AMAZING!

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  8. Seriously, the crockpot may be one of the best inventions, ever! I recently bought four, yes FOUR whole organic FR chickens because they were 50% off but when I got home I had no clue what I was going to do with them. I felt intimated, stupid right? Crockpot to the rescue! It’s like your own rotisserie chicken but without all the added crap! I could do without having to handle the whole chicken, it made me pretty sad! 😦

    I think one of my fav crockpot recipes is my Mom inspired turkey – all the flavors come together so well!

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    • To be honest, I think I would be tempted to marry my crockpot if I could. 🙂 🙂 It sounds like you got a DEAL! You frugal frog!
      I hate having to handle the whole chicken too, but I try to do it really fast and not look down.

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  9. That is sounding like an awesome way to get some chicken done for the week so that I can use it in everything else. Yummmmm! Soup, roll ups, main dish- what a way to knock a whole bunch of work out of the park!

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    • I know! I am usually really bad at creating “new” recipes from leftovers, but this makes it so easy! This week we made BBQ sandwiches and soup out of the leftover. So yummy and easy!

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  10. I love this idea! I never realized that you could cook one of these in the crock pot. Adding this to my dinner list for the upcoming week for sure!

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  11. Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog

    I don’t own a crockpot but I really need to look into it. It sounds great because I hate it when I overcook my meats too.

    Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

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  12. Yum this looks wonderful! I haven’t thought of something like this before… you are a smahhtyyy pants 🙂 A great way to prep for the week too

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    • Tessa, I would be lying if I did not reveal that one of the major reasons I love this is for the cold chicken and ketchup leftovers–YUM! Come visit and I will make this JUST for us! 🙂

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  13. This is great! I tend to buy rotisserie chickens, but I’m pretty sure they are chocked full of hormones and are not free range. This would be a great alternative!

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  14. Love the crock pot! Sounds delish! My favorite crock pot recipe is pot roast..everything in…cook…everything out and in my belly! So simple 🙂

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