Did you know you can actually use your crockpot without adding a bunch of liquid to it?!
Maybe that’s not news to you, but it was mind-blowing to me!
I had always thought you needed at least 1 cup of liquid in your crockpot to prevent it from cracking or causing things to burn. But a dear friend shared with me that you can actually use just a few tablespoons of oil to coat the bottom and cook things up!
Just a TBS or so- that’s really all you need! This makes things all “roasty” and delicious!
So now my new favorite thing to use my crockpot for is this–
“Roasted” Crockpot Drumsticks.
I do this at least 2xs/month. (I alternate between a whole chicken one week and drumsticks the next week.)
Using drumsticks is so easy on the budget. I buy 2 packages of organic free-range chicken drumsticks Trader Joes (at only $1.99/lb!) to use for this crockpot recipe. You could do this with any cut of chicken, but I love using bone-in pieces, and especially drumsticks since they are SO affordable.
No big recipe (YAY for easy!!)- Here’s all you do:
1. Add a TBS of oil to your crockpot.
2. Layer the drumsticks to fit.
3. Season with salt, pepper and garlic.
4. Cook until meat is about to fall off the bone. Low for 4-6 hours is usually just perfect! 🙂
Don’t forget to save all the bones for some homemade bone broth! I generally keep the bones in a freezer bag until I’m ready to make a batch. But often times, I’ll shred the meat right off the bone immediately and get some broth going right away. Then I don’t have to wash my crockpot- it’s totally prepped and ready with all those reserved juices at the bottom from cooking the chicken! The juice makes an excellent base of flavor for your broth. So just add more water, all the bones, some veggie scraps, season it and turn back on to make your bone broth. (More details for bone broth in a crockpot found here.)
Do you have any kitchen routines that you do every month?