Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

MG will tell you that this lemon chicken falls right off the bone and melts in your mouth.  If you were in a slow cooker for eight hours surrounded by potatoes, carrots, garlic cloves and slices of lemon, the same thing would happen to you and you’d never have to go to the gym again.

Grown up crock potMy new Cuisinart slow cooker is getting a real workout.  After 8 years with the Barbie Dream House Crock Pot, I decided it was time to step it up a bit.  After all, I’m not a lonely single guy cooking for one anymore.  I’ve got a partner who counts on me to keep his belly full.  And there’s no skimping on the ingredients or flavor or portion sizes.  He’s from Georgia.
Recipe for Slow Cooker Garlic Lemon ChickenBefore inclusion of the bone-in chicken thighs.

Recipe for Slow Cooker Garlic Lemon ChickenWith thighs nestled gently into the bottom of the crock pot.  I didn’t include the word “nestled” to be all kitchen showy.  That’s exactly what the recipe says to do – nestle the chicken thighs.  So, as I slowly rocked each thigh into place, I asked it if it wanted to hold its wubby, and then gently serenaded it with twenty minutes of “Hush Thee My Rowan.”

Recipe for Slow Cooker Garlic Lemon Chicken

You can check out the recipe below or go to Neighbor Food and meet Courtney. She’s in the right hand corner, near the top, next to the words, “Hi there, friends!  I’m Courtney…”  She goes on to tell you that her kitchen is also your kitchen, and invites you to “make things worth sharing.”  She also shares some other fun facts about herself:  “I love to sing, but can’t whistle to save my life.” and “I’m a terrible dancer (but I do it anyway).”  Does she sound like a contestant on The Bachelor to you?

Hold the phone: “I like to be serenaded by Frank Sinatra while I’m baking.” Maybe I judged her too soon.  Someone who worships at the altar of the crock with their hymn books opened to “I Cover the Waterfront” can’t be all bad. Way to save it, Courtney.

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken from Neighbor Food

  • 2 lbs. red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, quartered
  • 1 lb. carrots, sliced into 2-3 inch pieces
  • 6 bone in, skin on chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 3 sprigs rosemary, stems removed, chopped
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

Place the potatoes, onions, and carrots in the bottom of a large slow cooker. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Stir in two cloves of garlic and half of the fresh herbs.

Sprinkle the chicken thighs generously with salt and pepper then nestle them in with the potatoes and carrots. Pour the olive oil evenly over top, followed by the lemon juice and herbs. Place the lemon slices over top.

Cook on high for four hours or on low for 8 hours. When the chicken is finished, remove the sliced lemon, squeezing it out a bit if you want extra lemony flavor. Preheat the broiled and place the chicken thighs on a pan under the broiler for 3-4 minutes or until browned and crisp.

Serve immediately with the vegetables.

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