Crockpot Heirloom Chicken

Is it at all concerning to you to cook a chicken breast and it may or may not be bigger than yours?  Breast, that is.  Not trying to get personal here, but gees, chickens are small animals and their parts shouldn’t be bigger than mine.

So, I heard about Heirloom Chicken sold fresh at Trader Joe’s and decided to give it a try.  If you love YouTube like I do, you might have caught Bobby from Flavcity and his channel.  We have tried healthy recommendations from his Costco and Trader Joe’s shopping trips.  This chicken was one of them. And it’s a winner.

First off, these chickens are sold in the fresh meat section, not frozen.  Secondly, they are pretty small.  As in the size of an actual chicken.  There are no giblets inside, so nothing to clean out.  If you like those innards, sorry.  You won’t get them here.

There are no hormones or antibiotics and these chickens are raised in a pasture.  So the label says.  Yes, it’s pretty expensive, but if I can afford it, I’ll do it for the animals.

Since it was a pretty expensive piece of chicken, I wanted to give it a little extra attention.  Here’s what I did.

I rubbed the chicken with a mixture of garlic powder, thyme, paprika, salt and pepper.  It was placed it on top of a layer of potatoes, carrots, onion and celery.  I added no water or oil.  That’s it.  Honest. 

After about five hours on low, everything was cooked to perfection and the meat was super juicy.  For a crispy, brown crusty skin, broiling for a few minutes works, but we didn’t really care if it was browned because we don’t eat the skin.

For the two of us, we’ll probably eat on this bird for three days.  I used some for a chicken burrito on day 2.  Hub heated his up with the extra veggies for lunch.

Work has been busy so it was nice to get this on before my day started and sneak out for a quick “linner” when it was finished.

This week has been pretty uneventful – just work and exercise. That’s not a complaint, by the way. Downtime is much needed.

But. We (by which I mean mostly John) do have a little project going on and I can’t wait for it be be finished to show you. And for the mess to be cleaned up, of course.

I am still faithfully praying for you and yours and sending blessing like rain from the heavens. Have a good weekend.