Crock pot chicken recipes are the traditional supper celebrations that consist of easy planing. This honey lemon chicken is great to serve to a large party or simply if you want an easy healthy dinner!
Each evening either before or after dinner the boys and I take an evening stroll to the park. The air is breezy and still warm enough to play and the birds are chippering about merry on their way. (Ha, that rhymed!) Although the park is only about half a block away it somehow takes us a good 15 minutes to get there. We stop to wave to neighbors, find fairy dust on the sidewalk, pick buds off the bushes, smack the leaves, point at the Tiki Man in our neighbors yard, find bees searching for honey, loose a shoe or two, and if we are lucky enough – get there without a tantrum. Now here comes my favorite part. We play and have fun and on the way home both my boys find the most beautiful flowers that they pick for me. Every time. I love it!
Recently my beautiful flowers had a yellow flaky center. You know, that kind that falls off and stains everything! It kind of reminds me of spices like cinnamon, dry mustard and turmeric combined. Only it doesn’t smell quite as pleasant. So now we are a little more cautious what kind of plants we bring home – meaning no more flaky ones. They finally caught on that roses are one of my favorite flowers. Now I try to convince them to get out of the neighbors bushes and just pick them from our garden when we get back home.
When we got home from the park our home was filled of sweet aromas of honey, turmeric, mustard, lemon, garlic and thyme! This fabulous honey lemon chicken was waiting for us in the slow cooker. What is so great about crock pot meals? Crockpot recipes save time from slaving over dinner to allow more play time with family! The slow cooker really should be used everyday it is so easy! The cleanup is just one pot. The honey lemon chicken still tasted so moist and delicious the longer it sat in the crockpot. It was not dried out at all! What more could a gal ask for?!
And the herbs in this crockpot honey lemon chicken? FLAAAAA-VORRR-FUL!
Actually I am not sure really what to call this recipe… honey chicken, turmeric chicken, lemon thyme chicken…honey mustard chicken? I stumbled upon this Honey Garlic Chicken recipe which got my creative-in-the-kitchen juices flowing. The chicken breast soaks in all the flavors creating a very tender chicken breast. Just like roasting vegetables such as tomatoes for a long time on low heat brings out their sweet nature, cooking chicken slowly in a sauce does the same.
I love to try to add turmeric into recipes due to its healing powers. Turmeric is an essential ingredient of Indian curries and sauces and it is what gives mustard its yellow color. It is a natural antibiotic used to treat inflammation and digestive disorders. Just a small amount of a spice can perk up even the most mundane foods. It only felt fitting to add a little turmeric to spice up the lemon and thyme. Lemon gives chicken a Punch! And thyme just gives it more Pizzaz! But what about taking it up just one notch further? And turn it into a slightly sweet crispy chicken? Drizzle a dash of honey after all the spices are added. Whalla! Flavorful on the outside, perfectly moist on the inside.
I highly suggest using organic chicken meat. Most meats are filled with hormones and additives. Organic also tastes better.
If you are wondering why my carrot picture looks so “dirty” it is because they are organic fresh off the farm. I do wash and scrub them but don’t peel them. Keeping their skins on puts a little bit of that dirt in our systems, boosting the immunity. I don’t recommend doing that with store-bought carrots. Anyways… thirty minutes before the slow cooker time is done add carrots or green beans. There it is – protein, healthy carbohydrates and vegetables made in one dish! This one pot honey lemon chicken is a family favorite of ours. Chase and Curren cleaned their plates in minutes, carrots and all! Easy-peasy.
- 2 large chicken breasts
- 4 small golden potatoes
- ½ lb. organic carrots
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon of turmeric
- ⅛ teaspoon dry mustard
- 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon dry thyme
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- Add chicken breasts to the slow cooker. Top the chicken with garlic powder, turmeric, dry mustard, lemon juice, thyme, olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the honey on top. Add potatoes around the side. Add the carrots 30 minutes before done cooking
- Slowly cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
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