I love chicken. It is clearly the yummiest protein out there. Everything is better with chicken. I also love my slow cooker. It makes everything THAT much easier. I could baby chicken on the stovetop, OR I can chuck it in my slow cooker while I’m at work. I’ve never burned anything in my slow cooker, and I can’t say that about anything else.
I’ve had a hankering for roasted chicken in the slow cooker. I don’t normally make it because my grocery store sells roasted chickens for $7, and who can say no to that? I don’t even need to plan ahead, since I drive past my grocery store twice a day.
However, not-my-usual-store had chicken leg quarters for 89 cents a pound this week. Clearly a good price for what I wanted. I’m going to throw the chicken in my slow cooker, and get yummy roasted chicken I can shred for tacos, pot pie, or just a meal. I bought 7 lbs for under $7, I’ll probably get 4 meals (for my family of 4, which includes my younger brother who can eat for 3) out of it, at less than $2 a pound.
THEN (this is the best part): I’ll throw the bones back into the slow cooker with some celery, carrots, onions, and some vinegar, and make a delicious and nutritious bone broth with it. I can buy (gross) stock for $2 for a carton, which is filled with sodium and has no nutritional content, but my own will have plenty of good things.
My stock will have all of the important minerals found in your bones, plus gelatin, collagen, and protein. Most importantly, it will have things I know are in it, and not junk from a factory.