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.
- 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
- Put freshly washed kale on the bottom of the crockpot.
- Prepare chicken as you would normally for baking. (Remove skin if desired)
- Rub oil around chicken.
- Mix dry seasonings and rub around chicken.
- Place chicken breast-side down in the crockpot on top of the kale.
- 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.
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?
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