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.
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.
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)
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?