REALLY simple Everyday Slow Cooker Chicken! Plus I’m sharing two easy chicken salad recipes that barely take any effort. Whole30, paleo.
Have you ever lost a vegetable? …It’s a very odd thing to lose, you know? I wanted to prep some spaghetti squash the other day and I could not find the squash for the life of me. Here’s what I remember…
I got home from the grocery store last weekend and as I was juggling all of my bags–as one does because no one wants to make two trips to the car and back to the house, duh–I dropped my squash on the ground. That was probably a sign I should have considered making two trips but no, I’m stubborn. So I proceeded to pick the squash back up and rearrange items on my shoulders and forearms… but this is where I am lost. Did I put the squash in another bag? Did I put it on top of my car and leave it there? I looked in my car all over the place, looked in my house in the cupboards, under the sink <– seriously I would probably put it there. But STILL NO SQUASH. How does one looks a giant yellow squash? It is the weirdest thing. I will probably never know what I did with it. Ugh, hopefully it’s not hiding somewhere really random and then we find it when we move out this spring. That could be very bad…
Anyways, this whole story about losing squash has absolutely nothing to do with today’s recipe. It’s just been bugging me terrible… So let’s move on.
Everyday Easy Slow Cooker Chicken
I was debating whether or not to share this slow cooker chicken (raw chicken takes the ugliest photos, ugh) but I keep coming back to it myself while on the Whole30. It’s stupid simple and takes very little effort. And while I always have known how helpful meal prep is, these past couple weeks have made the importance of meal prep very, very clear.
I made this slow cooker chicken during the first week of Whole30 and all of my lunches were on point. I never had to think about what I was going to have for lunch. And the best thing about this slow cooker chicken recipe is you can divide it into portions and make it into various chicken salad recipes, leave plain, etc. Changing up the way you enjoy the chicken helps you not tire of it so quickly. The first week of my Whole30 I just made a huge batch and added some lime juice and spices. It was great and fairly versatile, but by day six I was kind of over it. So not only do we have a slow cooker chicken recipe but I am also sharing two different easy chicken salad ideas with you.
First things first
Season about two pounds of raw chicken breasts, place in slow cooker, cover with stock or broth and cook on high for about two and a half hours.
Next we shred
Transfer the cooked chicken breast to a bowl or cutting board and shred with forks. Roughly two pounds (I think I actually had 1 3/4 lbs) of chicken breast should get you about 4 cups of shredded chicken, lightly packed.
Divide and flavor
To add more variety to your prepared chicken, I recommend dividing the chicken breast into two separate bowls, 2 cups shredded chicken in each bowl.
Option 1 – Whole30 Compliant Mayo
Option 2- Curried Avocado
Also delicious, easy and only 3 ingredients. Avocado, curry powder, pink salt.
- Slow Cooker Chicken:
- 1¾ lbs - 2 lbs chicken breast
- 1 TBS minced garlic
- ½ tsp paprika
- ¼ tsp chili powder
- 1½ cups chicken broth or stock (no sugar added for Whole30)
- Chipotle Lime Chicken Salad:
- 2 cups shredded chicken
- ⅓ cup Whole30 Mayo
- handful cilantro
- Avocado Curry Chicken Salad:
- 2 cups shredded chicken
- ½ medium avocado, pitted and fleshed
- 1-2 tsp curry powder
- ¼ tsp pink salt
- Cut away excess fat from chicken. Place chicken breasts in bottom of large slow cooker. Cover with minced garlic sprinkle with seasonings.
- Gently pour in broth, cover with lid and cook on high for about 2 hours, or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink.
- Transfer chicken breasts to bowl or cutting board and allow to cool before shredding with forks.
- If desired, divide shredded chicken into separate bowls and mix together above ingredients for different flavored chicken salads.
- Enjoy chicken salads on bed of greens, in lettuce wraps, stuffed potatoes, and more!
Do you know who else this is great for? The SO’s that need to take a lunch to work.
I’ll tell you what… I can’t tell you how many times we have thrown away lunch meat because someone (*ahem Mr. FMK) doesn’t end up eating it all. Not to mention most traditional lunch meat is really not that great for you… But truly I can’t stand wasting food so I declared I was no longer buying lunch meat. Problem solved –> prep this slow cooker chicken and your “lunch meat” dilemma is now taken care of.
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