Sometimes I just throw things in the crock pot to see if they turn out. This was one of those recipes – and it turned out just fine. Except for one thing…it’s ugly. U-G-L-Y, it ain’t got no alibi, it’s ugly.
Have you ever noticed that some crock pot meals are just nasty looking? Yeah sure, they taste utterly delicious, but they look like something your dog dragged in. This is one of those recipes. So, don’t let the ugly pictures turn you off.
Of course, it might also have something to do with the fact that I’m not a professional photographer like my friend Tia – I just don’t have that talent…but I do really enjoy cooking and eating. Is eating a talent?
I just threw the veggies I had on hand into the crock. The good thing with this recipe is, most of these are things you’d keep on hand – they’re normal things. Not something like eggplant, tomatillos, or asparagus. Not that I don’t love all of those…I just don’t keep them around all the time.
Not pictured in photo – Stacy hacking her hand to bits because she was in a hurry. Uhhh, oops. Yeah, that wouldn’t be a pretty picture either. Am I the only one who gets injuries when she’s in a hurry?
So, here’s something I learned about this dish – don’t put the chicken on top. I know the normal person would know that…because chicken on top means tough chicken. Did I mention I was in a hurry that day? When I’m in a hurry, I lose my mind.
So, put the chicken down under one of the layers so it can get lots of moisture and stay…wait for it…moist. Learn from me, children…I make mistakes so you don’t have to. FYI – Don’t grab the handle of the iron skillet on the stove. Amen.
I really, really enjoyed this dish. It was nice to have everything ready in one crock – it didn’t even need a side, but I threw in some green beans because…well, because I like green beans. I served mine with extra butter because…well, because I like butter. I confess.
It’s so ugly only a mother could love it – bless its heart.
Crock Pot Ugly Chicken Dinner
3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and thickly sliced (I sliced mine about ½ inch thick)
1 medium onion, sliced
1 pound chicken, diced into chunks
1 cup baby carrots
1 green pepper, seeded and sliced
½ teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter
Grease crock (I used a 5 quart). Lay potatoes in bottom. Place chicken on top. Cover with onions, carrots, and pepper. Sprinkle each layer with salt and pepper. Slice butter into pieces and lay on top of everything. Sprinkle with garlic powder. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until potatoes are tender.
Serve with slotted spoon.
Yield: 4 servings