Crock pots are friggin’ amazing.
They’re quick, cheap and make cooking super easy. I can’t say enough how much I love my crock pot. One of the best cooking investments I’ve bought. And you know what? I should actually make a blog about why crock pots are so amazing. Yeah. Yeah! I’m gonna do that.
Ok, but until then though, here’s another crock pot recipe for you, especially for all those LBC’ers asking for more recipes. Its a sinch.
You’ll thank me later.
Super Easy Crock pot Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew
- 1 whole organic, pasture-raised chicken (meaning it gets to roam around and do its thing)
- 3-4 sweet potatoes
- 3-4 celery stalks
- 1 whole medium white onion
- 5-6 carrots
- Fresh rosemary, thyme, oregano and sage (This combo is so aromatic. You’ll walk into your house and apartment and just smell the yummy goodness.)
- Fresh water (I like to use my fresh spring water that I get from New Hampshire…but regular ol’ filtered water will do the trick.)
- 2 caps full of Apple Cider Vinegar (I like Dr. Bragg’s. According to the Weston A. Price foundation, this helps draw out even more nutrients from the bones. And we all know how good gelatin and collagen is for looking and feeling good.)
- Wash and pat dry the chicken. Take your time, show it some love. Don’t forget to take out the giblet bag inside the chicken. I forgot to do this once and it wasn’t pretty. It is your choice, you can put the giblets (which is organ meat and very very good for you) into the stew and eat it. Or if the thought of eating organ meat turns you off, just don’t add it.
- Place the chicken in the crock pot. Smile at it and tell yourself this stew is going to be fucking amazing.
- Cut the sweet potato into big chunks. Like really big. I’d cut a medium sweet potato into 4 big wedges. This way they don’t disintegrate into nothing.
- Cut carrots, onions, and celery too.
- Surround the chicken with your vegetables. Take your time, place them gently around the bird. Show it some more love.
- Take your fresh herbs, tie them with some cooking string (in the picture I did not tie mine. This isn’t completely necessary, but it you don’t tie them, you’ll just have to fish around for the stalks when its cooked. Nothing wrong with that, just a pain in the ass.)
- Add enough water to fill up about 60-70% of the crockpot and add 2 capfuls of the apple cider vinegar. Again, this is to draw out the goodness from the bones.
- Smile at the chicken again, pat yourself on your back and say, “Oh my god, this is going to be amazing”.
- Set on low for 8-10 hours. I recommend doing this at night, around 8 or 9 pm. So when you wake up in the morning, you will have it ready, and can have the inaugural cup of broth right when you wake up. It will make your day 72% more awesome.
- Oh, one final bit about this. When its done, you’ll have to de-bone the chicken. At this point the meat will literally fall off the bone. Take 2 big ladles and take the chicken out of the crock pot and onto a cutting board. Remove all the meat and put back into the crock pot, and then make a wish with the wishbone. It will come true.
If you notice in the picture below, I’ve added some greens to the mix. This is an option. With 1-2 hours left on the crockpot, you can add in some kale. Or you can just add it in when you go to re-heat on the stove top. Either works.
What what. So there ya’ have it. Another super easy, yummy and good for you crock pot recipe.