If I haven't mentioned it before I will now....raw chicken grosses me out! I don't know why, but I have always had issues with chicken. I rarely order chicken entrees when dining in restaurants. If I eat chicken I usually cook it at home. I will eat a chicken sandwich from Chic Fil A and I love a good chicken parmigiana dish from an Italian food restaurant. I guess because the chicken is fried I feel as if it is cooked fully.
Gary and I have always split kitchen duties. He usually cooks all the meat, while I do all the veggies/side dishes. Here lately, we are both branching out and learning more and more about each others cooking techniques. Pretty soon I'll have him baking up a casserole. I don't think I'll be firing up the ole smoker anytime soon...haha! Can you see me grilling/smoking meat?
I'm saying all this to tell you....
I cooked a whole entire raw chicken yesterday!!!!
This is big for me!
I touched it. I washed it. I seasoned it. I put it in the slow cooker and cooked it!
Here is what I did:
I laid celery stalks and baby carrots on the bottom of the slow cooker. I used my favorite chicken seasoning (remember my pantry necessities post ?) all over the chicken. I left the skin on because the skin will keep the chicken moist while cooking. I placed the seasoned chicken into the slow cooker. I then cut up one whole onion and laid the slices all around the chicken. I then shut the lid!
All done. Silly, but I was nervous.
The waiting began.
How long do I cook it? Will it be raw in the center?
At 11:30 am I left the chicken alone in the slow cooker on high heat. It started smelling so delicious! I was so excited, but worried too. After about 6 1/2 hours at 5:15 pm we were ready to dive in.
Gary skinned and de-boned the chicken and it tasted just like a rotisserie chicken from the deli! Actually we could barely get the thing out of the slow cooker it was so tender. It fell right off the bone.
We ate the chicken with stir fry veggies and rice. It was a great meal and now I have left over chicken for another recipe. Maybe I'll make chicken salad.
I think I am a big girl now and I will not stress out about chicken any more. I am bigger than any chicken. My slow cooker and I can conquer any meat. I know I am a goof, but y'all love that about me.
Have a great Wednesday!