Jun 05 2013

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Easy Roasted Crockpot Chicken and Kale


Easy Roasted Crockpot Chicken and Kale

The idea for roasted chicken comes from Stephanie O’Dea. She is one of the main reasons I use a crockpot. I am more of a pressure cooker girl, but she helped me understand the wonders of using a crockpot. I love her creativity and humor. To see her directions to the rotisserie style chicken, click here.


So I took her idea of the rotisserie style crockpot chicken and ran with it. I used the seasonings I normally use for an oven roasted chicken and rested the chicken on the kale. I normally put it on top of scrubbed baked potatoes and baby carrots (which is wonderful too and is pictured above), but I wanted to use up the kale. I didn’t take a picture of the cooked kale. It didn’t seem picture worthy, but the chicken looked yummy.

Easy Roasted Crockpot Chicken and Kale


  • Whole Chicken
  • 1 Tbl oil
  • 1 Tbl corn meal
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp basil (or other favorite seasonings)
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper (optional)
  • clean, fresh kale


  1. Put freshly washed kale on the bottom of the crockpot.
  2. Prepare chicken as you would normally for baking. (Remove skin if desired)
  3. Rub oil around chicken.
  4. Mix dry seasonings and rub around chicken.
  5. Place chicken breast-side down in the crockpot on top of the kale.
  6. Cook on low for 8 hours or until chicken is cooked.


Why kale? I had not used kale in cooking before reading The Plan. It is a powerhouse of nutrition. Read more about it here. It can be eaten raw (I’ve heard it’s good in smoothies), baked (as in kale chips), and steamed too.

The results

I loved it. The kale picked up the seasoning from the chicken. Almost everyone else loved it too. (BabyCakes (3) is suspicious of most things green.) I required her to eat 2 bites. She held off until breakfast the next morning. Instead of eating 2 bites, she ate it all and said she liked it. The other dissenter, Bear (8), gave the “this tastes like poison” look and ate the required two bites. So, he’s not a fan. My teenager ate the rest of Bear’s and was disappointed there wasn’t more. (Since this was an experiment, I didn’t invest all the kale that could have fit into the pot. I was surprised how it cooked down. We all had small portions.) To alleviate his pain, I used the leftover juices from the chicken and added the rest of the fresh kale to the crockpot. I cooked it on high for a few hours. My teenager chose to have some of that kale for breakfast the next morning. He is a fan.

How do you like your kale?

If you enjoy kale, what is your favorite way to prepare it? Leave a link or write a description.


Note: Find out more healthy ideas

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