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Whole Chicken in the Crockpot

This Whole Chicken in the Crockpot has become a family favorite. I have served this for dinner, but I usually make one of these and keep the chicken for using in other dishes. This is perfect for when you’re busy and don’t want to take the time to make anything complicated – which is a lot of the time, for me. Put a chicken in the crockpot with your favorite seasoning, go on with your day, and when you’re ready for dinner, the it’s ready. Serve this with a nice salad and a loaf of take-n-bake bread and you’re good! This is a delicious rub that I use on chicken in the crockpot, but I also use this rub when we make a chicken in the smoker. You can make it as spicy as you like. My family likes it a bit spicy, and that’s saying something for Scandinavians. This is ridiculously easy to do, it’s quick to pull together, and it’s darn good.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Whole Chicken in the Crockpot

1 whole chicken, drained and patted dry

Spice Rub:

1 Tablespoon paprika

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, depending on how spicy you like it

Rub the chicken, inside and out, with the chicken rub.

Put chicken on top of 4 foil balls (or anything that will keep the chicken up off of the bottom of the crockpot, like onion slices, or lemon halves) in crockpot.

Cook on low for 6-7 hours.

There are such simple ingredients in this rub, but it makes a very flavorful chicken.

You can use an organic chicken, or fresh, but I just keep an eye out for bargains on bagged whole chicken at my store, and sometimes you can find a very good deal. This one was $3.68!!!

I normally wouldn’t use the foil balls, but I was totally out of anything else I could use to keep the chicken up off of the bottom. You don’t have to do this, but it keeps the chicken from stewing in its own juice. There will be a lot of liquid left when the chicken is done cooking – I just put it in a freezer container and put it in the freezer for the next time I want to make soup.

You don’t have to put on a rub – good old salt and pepper is delicious, too. You can try all kinds of different seasonings, but if you ARE going to use a rub, make sure to get the it into all the nooks and crannies!

It fits snuggly in the crockpot. Put on the lid, turn it on low, and go about your business for about 6 hours.

At the end of the cooking, the chicken comes out tender and delicious! It will be falling off the bone, and I can’t believe I got this one out of the crockpot without it falling apart! You can serve it for dinner just as it is, or you can pull off the meat and use it for all of the things you would use a rotisserie chicken for: chicken salad, chicken hotdish, or chicken sandwiches. I used this one for putting in a batch of Chicken Salad. You’re going to love making a Whole Chicken in the Crockpot – it’s perfect for a busy weeknight or weekend.

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Creamy Vegetable Soup

It’s that time of winter. You’re starting to get a bad case of  “cabin fever” if you live (like me) in a cold climate like Minnesota, and the best thing to do is get outside and play in the cold and snow. It’s absolutely necessary this time of the winter, to get outside and blow off some steam, and get some much-needed fresh air. I had to share this photo of my mom and her cousin (my godmother), when they were about 3-4 years old, playing on a sled in the snow. I’m sure their mothers told hem to go outside and get some fresh air. They are definitely bundled up for the weather and ready to go!

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This is just so stinkin’ cute! I hope they found one of the dads or uncles to pull them around on that sled!

Today’s recipe is perfect for when you’ve been outside playing in the cold and snow and it’s time to come in, warm up, and have a nice warm bowl of soup. This Creamy Vegetable Soup recipe comes from an old neighbor of my mom’s from years ago. You can get this set up in the crock pot early in the morning and play outside all day!

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This makes a big batch!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Creamy Vegetable Soup

Put into crock pot:

1 1/2 quarts water

6 cubes of chicken bouillon (you could probably use chicken broth, but I think the bouillon cubes give it a bit of a more intense flavor)

1/2 of an onion, chopped

2 1/2 cups chopped potato

1 cup diced carrot

16 ounce package of frozen vegetables

Cook on low 7-8 hours.

1 1/2 hours before it’s finished cooking add:

3 cans cream of chicken soup

1/2 to 1 pound Velveeta Cheese, diced

When cheese is melted, soup is ready.

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It doesn’t take long to chop all the veggies and get the soup ready to go.

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When it’s time to add the Cream of Chicken Soup and the Velveeta Cheese, it does need time to melt.

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Oh boy, this is so good!

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All you need is some crackers or bread or maybe a nice green salad to go with this soup.

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This soup is delicious and warming and easy and ready right when you need it. Now get your crock pot ready, make up a batch of this soup, then go outside and blow off some steam. Build a snowman, go skiing, do some ice skating, play hockey, or get some snowshoes on. The possibilities are endless. Go ahead – get outside and get some fresh air before real bad “cabin fever” sets in! Then come on inside and dive in to that bowl of warm, delicious soup.

 

 

 

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