|Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken and Rice|
Yesterday was one of those days that I found myself in the car more than in the house. Between my appointments and errands, and the boys' sports and lessons, I think I drove over 100 miles between 8am and 8pm! It is on these kinds of days that I thank the heavens for my slow cooker -- without it, we'd be eating instant oatmeal for dinner (and don't think I haven't resorted to that!).
Today's recipe is as simple as humanly possible. Just add your chicken and flavorings to the crock pot in the morning, then add some rice 30 - 60 minutes before you want to eat (this depends on whether you are using white or brown rice). Throw some arugula in a bowl with olive oil and salt (the busy mom's "salad") and you're sitting down to dinner just minutes after you walk in the door (or limp in the door, if all that driving gave you sciatica). It's possible to add your rice in the morning, if you don't mind extremely mushy rice for dinner, but it's not an ideal plan.
Slow Cooker Lemon and Garlic Chicken and Rice
2 1-lb packages boneless chicken breasts
4 cups chicken broth or veggie broth
4 cloves garlic
1 whole lemon
2 Tbsp dried parsley, or 1/2 cup fresh
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups rice
Place chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper. Add broth, garlic and parsley. Cut lemon in half, squeeze juice onto chicken, then drop the rest of the lemon into the broth. Cook on low for 4 - 6 hours (adjust as necessary based on the amount of chicken you have). Add rice during the last 60 minutes if you are using brown rice, or during the last 30 minutes if you are using white. Discard lemon peels before serving.
Shared with Pennywise Platter at The Nourishing Gourmet and Allergy Friendly Friday with Cybele Pascal and Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist and the Homestead Barn Hop at the Prairie Homestead and Slightly Indulgent Tuesday at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free and Traditional Tuesday at Cooking Traditional Foods and Cowgirl Up! at The Farmhouse Porch and Allergy Free Wednesday at Whole New Mom and Kids in the Kitchen at Young Living Oil Lady.