Sunday, March 3, 2013

Garlic & Lemon Pepper Chicken

So I had this chicken sitting in the freezer.  The thing I love about buying whole chickens is that they're usually SOOOOO cheap.  I believe this one was $0.99/lb, and since it was around 4 pounds, it was about $4. 

However, I make these decisions because it's so inexpensive, and then I don't know what to make.  I knew that I wanted to make it in my Bean Pot.  I got online and searched for a recipe.  I wanted to make something that included ingredients that I had on hand.  I find that so many recipes always have SOME ingredient that I don't have, and I was running into that problem.  I did see some promising ideas, and so.....

I got brave.

I took the inspiration, and made it up on my own.

You don't have to have a Bean Pot.  You could make this in a slow cooker or however you normally cook a whole chicken. 

Garlic & Lemon Pepper Chicken

Ingredients
  • 1 whole frying chicken (about 4 lbs)
  • 1 14.5 oz. can chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 c. water
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • Lemon Pepper seasoning
  • Salt, to taste
1. Pour chicken broth and water into the Bean Pot.
2. Peel and toss in 5 cloves of garlic
3. Remove innards of chicken and rinse thoroughly.  Then sprinkle liberally with lemon pepper seasoning.
4. Place chicken into Bean Pot, and sprinkle in a little salt.  (Do not add too much salt because of the chicken broth.)

5. Bake at 200* for 5 hours.

You CAN cook this at a higher temperature for less time, or lower for longer.  I ended up making this on Wednesday when I was home for a snow day.  I had gotten everything ready the night before. (Go figure.  I'd actually be prepared a day early and wouldn't need to be.)  I just popped it in the oven at noon, and let it cook until 5:00.  When I went to cut into it, I didn't even need the knife.  The meat just fell off of the bone.  Quite literally.  We did have to be careful not to bite into a small bone because it just fell to pieces.  It was so tender and juicy, and honestly, it was the best chicken I'VE ever made.  I do like chicken, but whenever I make my own chicken, it just doesn't taste as flavorful, and it's usually a bit dry.

You should totally make this.  It's so easy and delicious!




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3 comments:

Sara said...

Mmmm... that does look quite tasty!

kara schwieterman said...

That looks so good!! Thanks for the idea!

Kristin said...

I've never actually made a chicken. Someday...

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