Everything was frozen or needed a ton of prep, and I was not having it.
So, instead, I plopped some frozen chicken in the crockpot and went about my day. It turned out pretty good - so next time you are just at the limit of thinking about dinner, here's a good plan.
World's Laziest Chicken
- ~ 3lbs. Boneless, skinless chicken pieces [I used a package of breasts and a package of thighs. You know, to mix it up.]
- 1 can Cream of Whatever soup [I happened to have mushroom, so I used that. I think chicken or celery or onion would be delicious.]
- 1/2 can broth or water
- Spinach [I had a ton of baby spinach I needed to use up, but I'm sure frozen or regular would be fine.]
- Find your crock pot. Make sure it works.
- Take the chicken out of the package & rinse it off. Sure, you can not rinse it, but that's disgusting. Also, you may want to use thawed chicken, so you aren't running a frozen blob of meat counter chicken under warm water, hacking at it with a very, very sharp knife, trying to get the last bit of paper/wax paper out from the crevice it's frozen into, spewing watery chicken bits all over the sink, your clothes, the crockpot, and the formerly clean wok in the dishdrainer, before giving it up as a bad job, calling your kid over to find a big bowl to dump the frozen chicken blob into before moving on to the nicely packaged Amish chicken parts that are placed lovingly and evenly on the chicken maxi-pad that is still frozen to the chicken, meaning you're going to have to fish out that really, really sharp knife from underneath the random dirty dishes in the sink and then pry off the maxi-pad, before rinsing everything off. Again.
- Lay the chicken pieces in the crock pot.
- Wash your hands and disinfect every part of your kitchen. You may want to change your shirt and wash your face, too. I'm just saying.
- Now, at this point, you can be fancy and mix the condensed soup, broth and seasonings together in another bowl. Or you can do what I did, which was to dump all of them on the frozen pieces of chicken and kind of stir them around a bit before shaking my head in disgust and irritation and tossing the spoon in the sink.
- Put the lid on the crock pot, turn it on. I started kind of late, and didn't want to eat raw chicken, so I cranked the crock pot up to high for about 2 hours before putting it on low and cooking it for another 3 hours. If you're starting this early with frozen chicken, I'd say cook on low for about 6 hours or so. If you're using thawed chicken, probably 4 - 4 1/2 hours on low is good.
- About 10 minutes before the end of cooking time, I added all the spinach and let it wilt, stirring it a bit.
Makes dinner for 3 + lunch for 3 - and it's even better the second day.
|No flash on my iPhone, so the photo is a bit dark. Also, it doesn't look like vomit, at all. I swear.|
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