Easy Slow Cooker Chicken in Three Simple Steps

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken in Three Simple Steps

There is something just so grand about throwing something in the crock pot, coming back later and it being done!

I love to cook a whole chicken in there. It's so easy and tasty. And ECONOMICAL! 

I wanted to break it down to for you in THREE simple steps that will MAXIMIZE flavor, juice and tenderness. 

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Cowboy Chicken

Cowboy Chicken

SO I don't know about you, but school has started down here. It seems way too early and way too hot for these kids to be back in school.

I see the school bus roll by in the morning and I think how busy the school year gets. Even for those of us without school-aged children.

The fall will be packed with activities. So that's why I have been doing more crock pot cooking. Plus it's way too hot to turn on the oven. That kitchen gets like a sauna!

Last night I whopped up some Cowboy Chicken. It's got corn and black beans and garlic and lots of tomato-y goodness. Plus it's super simple. Crazy simple.

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Slow Cooker Lemon Herb Leg Quarters

Slow Cooker Lemon Herb Leg Quarters

As you probably notice I have become momentarily obsessed with my crock pot. I don't have a lot of time to stand in the kitchen.

Plus, it's hot. Hot, hot, hot. The weather lady said to run the AC full blast today. But since I'm frugal, it's on 79. (We had a $330 electric bill! Can you believe that???)

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Homemade yogurt- easier than it sounds

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I love yogurt. My baby loves yogurt. We all scream for yogurt! Okay, we don't scream. It's not like it's Ben and Jerry's but whatever.

We have been eating so much yogurt that it gets expensive. Also, it has a lot of sugar in it. So I decided to make my own, plain yogurt.

It turned out pretty good and I was able to make a gallon for around $4.50! That saves me $.07 an ounce, or 50 percent off. Yes. I did the math. I love saving money that much. Of course, if I hadn't used organic milk and starter yogurt it would have been cheaper.

What you'll need:

A crock pot

1 gallon 2 percent or whole milk 

1 cup plain yogurt (you need it for the cultures)

Jars, etc. for freezing

Turn your crock pot on HIGH and pour all the milk into it. (I lost my crock pot, so my mother gave me her old one. The lid broke so now I use aluminum foil. It's a bootleg crock pot.)


Let it sit for 2 hours, until it reaches a boil. Then take that weird membrane off the top and throw it out.


Once it has boiled and killed off all the germs, let it cool down until it is about 115 degrees. Add your cup of yogurt. (Note: If you are using whole milk you do not need the powdered milk.)

Then cover your crock pot with a towel and stick it in a place where it won't be deserved. Some people stick it in their oven. I just put it on the counter and left it alone.

About 8 hours later I had yogurt!! If you want a thicker yogurt you can strain it through a cheese cloth or coffee filter.

I poured mine into Ball jars and stuck what I didn't need now into the freezer.

Save a cup of your homemade yogurt and freeze it so you have the cultures later. 


If you liked this recipe and you want more DIY ideas, then you really should check out Romance on a Dime. Betsy hosts a great Tuesday link up with lots of projects.