Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Rotisserie-Style Chicken

 Sometimes when life got really busy and I was short on time or just didn't feel like cooking (like everyday), I would justify running down to the store and bringing back a rotisserie chicken.
It's chicken, it's healthy, and one chicken will feed my large family.
Then one day, I decided to actually take the time to read the ingredients list.

This is what it said:
Ingredients: Whole chicken, water, seasonings (salt, sodium phosphate, modified food starch, potato dextrin, carrageenan, sugar, dextrose, spice extractives)

Sugar, dextrin, carrageenan, dextrose and dextrin!  GROSS! That is anything from healthy, and definitely not what I want to be feeding my family.

Fast Forward to today.  I now use my electric pressure cooker to make my own rotisserie chicken. It seriously takes me the same amount of time it would for me to run down to the store and back, and it's healthy. You can also use a slow cooker.

I call it rotisserie-style because I prefer to use chicken breasts or tenderloins instead of a whole chicken, but you can use what ever tickles your fancy.

Rotisserie Chicken
serves 8

5 lbs chicken (whole rinsed and cleaned, breasts, thighs, tenderloins,)
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/3 cup coconut aminos
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp lemon juice
3 cloves of garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste

Salt and pepper the chicken.  Place inside the cooker. In a bowl, mix together the chicken stock, coconut aminos, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and garlic. Pour over the chicken.  If using a electric pressure cooker, cook on HIGH pressure for 40 minutes allowing the pressure to self- release.  If using a slow-cooker, cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours, basting every hour or so.
Once the chicken is finished cooking, remove from the cooker and shred with a fork.

*Sometimes if I'm in a hurry, I manually release the pressure and it's fine)

I love to make a lot of this chicken so I have leftovers to make club sandwiches like this, to use in casseroles and soups, or to make chicken salad! The possibilities are endless.

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