Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Crock Pot Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs

This fall apart tender chicken, has delicious crispy skin and an amazing citrus taste.

Crock Pot Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs

Is it me, or have any of you also noticed the price of groceries increasing by the day. It makes it really hard to cook wholesome healthy meals for my family. I now see why people are so tempted to buy premade foods; it's much cheaper than fresh! Chicken here goes for about $5.99/lb. We sometimes get lucky and find some chicken legs or thigh for $1.99/lb. I'm thankful that the kids prefer dark meat cuts of chicken. Anytime it's on sale, I pick up several packages. 

That was the case a few weeks ago. I was grocery shopping and noticed the chicken legs and thighs on sale. So I bought a few packages of each. Hubby usually uses the thighs to make his chicken and dumplings, but he was away on business, so I needed to find a way to cook these chicken thighs. 

Wanting to cook them in the crock pot, while I spent the day at school, I went to Pinterest for ideas. I saw these gorgeous looking chicken thighs from The Magical Slow Cooker, so I decided to go over and give Sarah's recipe a peek. I'm glad I did, because it was perfect. It used ingredients I always have on hand, so I decided to go ahead and try it. I also loved the fact that Sarah broiled the chicken at the end, to crisp up the skin. Brilliant!!

Crock Pot Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs

Crock Pot Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs
adapted from The Magical Slow Cooker

2-2.5 lbs chicken thighs (bone-in and skin on)
juice of 2 lemons
1/4 C olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbs lemon pepper
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 lemon, sliced

In a 6 qt crock pot, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, lemon pepper, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper; whisk to combine.

Add the chicken thighs to the crock pot, one at a time, making sure to coat it in the sauce. Make sure thighs are skin side up, when you finish dipping them in the sauce. Top with lemon slices if desired.

Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hrs. Once chicken is done cooking, preheat your oven to BROIL. 

Place chicken, skin side up, on a foil lined baking sheet. Place chicken in the oven, on the top rack which has been place in the center of the oven. Broil chicken thighs for 5-10 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and serve.


Dan from Platter Talk said...

Fantastic recipe for chicken here, we love The Magical Slowcooker and this recipe will be going on our menu!

Sarah Olson said...

This recipe is amazing! Thank you for sharing with your readers. It was one of those recipes that I created on a whim, and when we sat down to eat it I knew it was a winner!

foody schmoody said...

I also love chicken thighs - so much more flavor! This sounds easy AND delicious!

Old Fat Guy said...

What a terrific looking crockpot chicken. It is going on my to do list.

Old Fat Guy

thelady8home.com said...

Looks amazing. Very mouthwatering. Makes you feel hungry.

Catherine Holt said...

Lemon and chicken just go hand in hand together don't you think? Awesome dish :-)

Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

Swathi Iyer said...

Lemony chicken is always delicious, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning, tweeting and sharing in google plus.

Kimberly Lewis said...

This looks incredible! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls