Basil Garlic Whole Chicken

I cooked up this recipe last night and took it out of the crockpot this morning.¬† The chicken fell off the bone!¬† It was incredibly moist and easy!!!¬† Here’s my pics….

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A whole chicken in the crock pot is a simple main dish that can be served with anything. This recipe isn’t fancy, but it is tasty!

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Ingredients:

3 raw carrots, thickly sliced
3 raw celery stalks with leaves
2 medium onions, chopped
One whole chicken, 3 to 4 pounds
1 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 Tablespoons dried basil

Directions:

1. Spread carrots, celery and onions evenly into the bottom of the crock pot. Place the whole chicken on top.

2. Slowly pour the chicken broth over everything. Season with garlic powder, salt and black pepper.

3. Sprinkle basil on top, crushing the dried herbs between your fingers as you do (this releases more flavor).

3. Cover and cook on low 7 to 9 hours, until chicken is no longer pink inside.

Steamed Musseles with White wine butter sauce

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So, I am having a craving!¬† Yes, mussels, butter, wine….¬† so, why not find a recipe that combines them all??

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I want to cook this sometime this weekend!

Steamed Mussels with Wine, Garlic & Parsley

by Joanne Smart

Serves six to eight.

Steamed Mussels with Wine, Garlic & Parsley Recipe
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3-1/2 to 4 lb. mussels
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbs. unsalted butter
6 medium cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 shallots, thinly sliced
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1-1/2 cups dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or any other crisp, herbal white wine
3/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Good-quality crusty bread, sliced or torn into pieces, for serving

Rinse the mussels well under cold water. Pick them over, pulling off any beards and discarding any mussels that are broken or gaping open.

In a large pot with a lid, heat the oil and butter over medium heat. Add the garlic, shallots, and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant and soft but not colored, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add the mussels, wine, and half of the parsley. Increase the heat to high, and cover the pan. After 2 minutes, remove the lid and toss the mussels well with a large spoon. Cover the pot again and cook until the mussels have opened wide, another 3 to 4 minutes. Add the remaining parsley, give the mussels a final toss, and divide the mussels and the broth among bowls. Serve the bread alongside.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on eight servings; Calories (kcal): 260; Fat (g): 9; Fat Calories (kcal): 80; Saturated Fat (g): 2; Protein (g): 24; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4; Carbohydrates (g): 10; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5; Sodium (mg): 570; Cholesterol (mg): 60; Fiber (g): 0;
photo: Scott Phillips
From Fine Cooking 76 , pp. 54