Creamy Chicken

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Creamy chicen - an easy, delicious and nourishing crock pot meal.

This recipe – more like a technique, really – has really been a lifesaver these past few months! It is one of the simplest dishes I know how to make, and for those who like making the most of the food they purchase, this dish is a winner – the only parts left are the bones – and those can be easily dumped into a pot for bone broth! I’ll write more about bone broth later, but for now, here’s our family’s creamy chicken.

Creamy Chicken

by: Danielle @ lovelovething.com

Ingredients

  • one whole uncooked chicken (can be frozen or not – and if it comes with the giblets, don’t toss ’em! They’re super nourishing and the way this recipe is made, you won’t ever taste them) –or– various assorted chicken (with skin). I usually purchase the drumsticks and thighs in 8-packs, because they’re always inexpensive and I prefer them, anyway.
  • sprig fresh rosemary – optional
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or butter – optional if dairy-free or for Paleo
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • seasoning salt like this one – optional, but gives great flavor

Equipment

Instructions

This is a very simple dish!

  1. Place the chicken (either whole, breast side up, or pieces) into the crock pot. Rinsing is not necessary. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper, and seasoning salt, if using. Place rosemary on top, if using. Cook for 5 hours on high or 8 hours on low. You can also do this overnight on low.
  2. When finished, grab your large bowl, plate, and quart sized container and arrange them all near the crock pot. Now remove the chicken from the crock pot, separating three ways: place the meat into the large bowl, the bones onto the plate, and all the skin, soft tissue/cartilage, and organs into the quart jar. This usually takes me about 5-10 minutes. Make sure absolutely no bones end up in the jar!!! I can’t stress this enough. πŸ™‚
  3. Now that everything is separated, it’s time to make your gravy. (I wrote another post about nourishing gravy here.) Add the ghee or butter (if using), 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or more to taste), 1/2 teaspoon pepper (or more to taste), 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt (you get the idea), and about 1 cup of the chicken broth that’s left in the crock pot. Now, blend, baby! About 30 seconds on high with your immersion blender should do the trick. You can thin your gravy out more by adding more broth, if desired. (If you don’t have an immersion blender, a regular blender, high-speed blender, or food processor could also work.)
  4. Pour the gravy over the chicken and mix well, shredding the larger pieces with a fork as you go.
  5. Ta-da! Easy creamy chicken. And did I mention it was good for you? Easy crock pot dinner.

Notes

This tastes great hot or right out of the refrigerator. It makes a fantastic, nourishing base for chicken salad. Add it to soups; just get creative!

Don’t toss those bones – you can still use them for bone broth. πŸ™‚

This can also be done with beef, turkey, and duck!

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I'm never buying another can of cream of chicken soup! This stuff is so much better and delicious!

Tuck this one away – it can really come in handy!

Love,

Danielle

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12 thoughts on “Creamy Chicken”

    • Hi Jacque! Yes, you will add the soft tissues/organs with the ghee, broth, and seasonings (to your taste) in a mason jar and blend, and then pour over the chicken and mix. I hope that helps!

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  1. Can you give us an idea of how you would serve this, or what you would serve it with? Your picture makes it look like chicken salad, but I don’t want to just eat a bowl of hot chicken. How do you make this a meal? Thanks for the great recipe!

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    • Sure, Jen! Thanks for asking such a great question. I think what I love most about this meal, and what keeps me coming back to it, is its versatility. My family actually did enjoy eating a serving of hot, creamy chicken along with other sides. I also love adding other veggies such as carrots, celery, and onion, and some broth, to make a creamy chicken soup. After refrigerating it, I would mix it with mashed avocado to make a yummy avocado chicken salad, and also we did add seasonings to the cold chicken and serve as sandwiches later on, when we were off the GAPS diet. The sky’s the limit! πŸ™‚ <3

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      • Hello! I don’t know if you can edit this recipe or not, but it doesn’t say anything about how you are blending the butter and such into the cartilage. I had to come down to the comments to where you put it there. It looks delicious!

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