Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot

When I went grocery shopping last week, I had an urge to cook a whole chicken. I don't know where this came from - I've only cooked a whole chicken one other time. It was 40 Clove Chicken cooked in the crock pot. I didn't want to bother with 40 cloves of garlic this time, but I wanted to cook it in the crock pot. I found a recipe in my Slow Cooker recipe book that was basic: whole chicken, lemon juice, butter, thyme, onions, etc... so I set out to preparing it this morning. Neither the recipe nor the bag the chicken came in said what I should do with the insides of the chicken. Then I noticed this on the packaging:

Some parts may be missing??? How can they not know whether they gutted the chicken or not? So, with my limited culinary knowledge, I peeked inside the chicken cavity. There was a long thick piece tumbling around in there, which I assume was the neck. That went in the trash. Then, it seemed as if there was a heart - no wait, there were two of them, so I'm guessing they were the lungs - GROSS!! This was almost enough to make me go vegetarian. I was wondering why I didn't just buy the rotisserie chicken already made at the grocery store, but like I said, I had an urge to cook a whole chicken. At this point I didn't know what to do. I called hubby at work, because he always has some sort of advice to hand out. No answer. I was on my own. Then I had the brilliant idea that I didn't need to touch the lungs (or whatever they were) with my hand, but that I could use a spoon. Great! So, I scooped out the lungs into the trash, rinsed the chicken at least 5 times, and proceeded with the recipe. I'm hoping that since I didn't find a heart in there that that was one of Foster Farms' missing giblet pieces...I'll never know.
The end result was very good - very tender. I wanted to hurry up and eat my meal, so this is the best picture I got of the final product.


Anonymous said...

Yum......looks delish...The "part" of chicken in question could have been the "gizzards" or the liver..I doubt it was the lungs.....I've never seen lungs in a "collection" of chicken innards in my many years of cooking whole chickens...ha ha :-) Your recipe sounds very good. SMA

Kelley Taylor said...

Maybe one of them was the liver and the other was the heart? ...