You want to have a nice, simple roasted chicken for dinner, but you have plans and don’t have time to roast it. The chicken is in the refrigerator, waiting patiently to be roasted to a nice, crispy delight.
So you decide to put it in the crock pot. And I am here to tell you I tried it, and it doesn’t work. Much like everything else in the crock pot, it just isn’t the same.
Biff and I wanted to go geocaching (more on that on a later post) and I had planned on roasting a chicken for dinner, which sounded so gooooooood! So I thought, well, I’ll just pop it in the crock pot, and it might turn out? I knew it was going to be steamed rather than roasted, but I didn’t expect ….. this.
I read a few articles on the web and all of them said the same thing: Don’t let it sit on the bottom of the crock pot, or it will be a stew rather than a roast. One person suggested putting foil on the bottom, but I decided to go with veggies instead.
Looks good, right? Then I made up a rub for the chicken: olive oil, rosemary, thyme, chili powder, salt and pepper.
I turned it on low for 7 1/2 hours. My crock pot is super fancy and once the time is up, then it keeps it nice and warm.
When we got home, the meat thermometer read 188.9. Now, I put the thermometer in, but I honestly have no idea what temp meat is supposed to be, so I squeezed it, hoping the juices would be clear! Buuuuuuut the juices were still pink and there was a bloody mess inside!
So after 9 hours of being in the crock pot, I had steamed, bloody chicken. Lovely. And I didn’t take a picture of it, because it was kinda gross.
I ended up having to fry the chicken just to make sure we weren’t going to get salmonella poisoning.
In other words, I tried it, and I am here to tell you not to do it. Next time we go geocaching, we’ll just get a pizza, and I suggest you do as well. Step back from the crock pot.
However, I did put the chicken back in the crock pot and put a bunch of water in, turned it on medium heat, and set it for over-night. And voila! Chicken broth in the morning.