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A Chicken In Every Pot

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN

What's better on a crisp fall day than the smell of a chicken cooking?

Okay, yeah, maybe pumpkin or pecan pie, but we'll get there eventually. For now, let's focus on something comforting and yummy.

Slow Cooker Chicken

Ingredients

4-8 pieces of chicken OR 1 whole chicken

Enough water to cover chicken by an inch

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

Line your slow cooker with Reynold's Slow Cooker Liners, then dump everything in it and cook for 4 hours on high, 8 hours on low.

Easy Peasy!

Now, what are you going to do with this chicken? You can eat it as is with your choice of sides. OR, you can use it in a myriad of ways. Some suggestions:

Chicken Chipotle

Ingredients

Crock pot chicken, cooked but still in crock pot

1 can Garbanzos (chickpeas)

2 cups cooked rice

1 pepper + 1 teaspoon sauce from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauc

Directions

1) After the chicken in the crock pot is tender, add a can of garbanzos (aka chickpeas) and 2 cups of cooked rice (I use the Uncle Ben's Roasted Chicken Ready Rice.)

2) Then, and here's the tricky part: Open a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. DO NOT dump the entire can in unless you just love, love, love fire. I usually add about a teaspoon of the sauce and 1 pepper to the pot. Stir. Wait about 10 minutes until the pepper has time to blend into the mixture. Taste. If you want more spice, start by adding more adobo sauce and maybe another pepper. This is also a good time to add more salt and pepper, if desired. Once you think you've got the spices to your taste, allow another 20-30 minutes of cooking time.

Simple Barbecue Chicken

Depending on how you like your barbecue, you can. . .

1) Pour some bottled barbecue sauce into a dish, heat it up for about a minute in the microwave and either pour over your chicken or dip it.

2) If you prefer a thicker sauce slathered all over your chicken, take your sauce, brush it over your chicken and put it in the oven on broil for just a couple of minutes. Do not take your eyes off it! It only

takes a minute or two, and once it starts to burn, it burns quickly! (Been there, done that.) But it does crisp up the chicken a little and is delicious this way.

Caren's Barbecue Chicken Spaghetti

Barbecue chicken and spaghetti??? Can that possibly be good?

I know it may not sound very apetizing, but you gotta try it to believe it!

This is a recipe I adapted for the slow cooker from my mother's baked barbecue chicken and spaghetti. Her original recipe, and how she came to invent it, follows this one.

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar

1 cup chopped yellow onion

1 cup ketchup

1/3 cup canola oil

1/2 cup chicken broth from slow cooker

1/2 cup lemon juice (real lemons from a tree)