Marinated Crockpot Chicken

I’ve been reading through “In the Kitchen” by Modern Alternative Mama and enjoying it. Not a super-innovative set of recipes, but some great options for people new to the idea of cooking with “real food.” I was looking for a book that I could recommend to people wanting a basic “help me find healthy-but-familiar recipes” cookbook, and she delivers. She has a great basic chicken marinade in the book, and I tweaked it and invented my own version and opted for a crockpot option. The crockpot is *always* a good option :-).

I’d already eaten a couple of the chicken legs by the time I snapped this picture!)

Crockpot Marinated Chicken 

(enough for approximately 4 lbs. of meat – I did 9 chicken legs)


4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or juice of 1-2 lemons)
2-4 cups of water (start with 2 cups)
½ medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon black pepper
dash of cayenne pepper (or ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon thyme
½ teaspoon basil
½ teaspoon sage

Mix all ingredients in a large container (I used a 9×13 glass pyrex dish with a lid); then add chicken pieces (marinates 3-4 lbs of chicken, or about 9 legs). Add additional water if needed, to cover meat. Cover and marinate for several hours or overnight.

The next day transfer the meat to the crockpot with ½-1 cup of the marinating liquid, and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.

(all ready to be covered and refrigerated overnight to marinate)

(in the crockpot ready to cook!)


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. hannahpi
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 09:19:20

    Is this what you made when we were there?
    Ah, crockpots are wonderful. 🙂

    Incidentally, do you know what the difference between a crockpot and a slow cooker is? I do! (now 😉 )


  2. susanegk
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 09:22:58

    There’s a difference? Because I know they’re often used interchangably. . . but is there a true difference, like with yams and sweet potatoes :-).


  3. hannahpi
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 09:55:31

    Think difference as in “chapstick and lipbalm” or “kleenex and tissues”.

    You didn’t answer my first question.


  4. susanegk
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 10:25:43

    Oh, didn’t see that question. Nope. This is a new one I made last week. Ah, so crockpot is a name brand?


  5. hannahpi
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 11:02:46

    Yep! Who’da thunk?


  6. jessicatelian
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 12:58:53

    Mmmm…looks yummy! Will have to try this one once I get a bigger slow cooker/crockpot. 🙂


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