My easy paleo crock pot recipes tried and tested.
As a busy over worked, and underpaid single executive (!), it’s SO hard to resist the temptations of take out and stay on the paleo when hungry and tired. I invested in a crockpot when I was on a strict paleo diet and it was a bit of a game changer in the battle against the sugars. I can throw stuff in my crock pot in the morning, and when I get home, there’s a low carb, grain and dairy free paleo meal waiting for me.
In this series, I’ll share my tried and tested faves with you
1 Honey Dijon Crock Pot Chicken - tried and tested twice from CivilizedCavemanCooking.com, a real Gent.
I swear this chicken is so juicy, I mean, the meat is just so moist but because it literally falls off the bone, it’s tricky to get out of the crockpot so I added a step below which you’ll love. Finally, if you’re serving for dinner and want a crispy skin, I added some tips on how to get that really satisfying crunch on the skin.
- 1 whole chicken, grass fed, hormone free- the most expensive kinds are the most paleo friendly
- salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1 lemon, zested, halved, and juiced
- 1/4 cup organic honey **
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1/2 white onion, quartered or 1/2 cup of pre-chopped TJ’s onions.
- 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
- Rinse your chicken under cold water and then pat dry with a paper towel. If you have a chicken that is roughly prepared, just remove the giblets, etc and then clean and pat dry.
- Season the outside and inside of your chicken generously with salt and pepper and then line the crockpot with one large strip of cooking foil. The foil should come up the sides and kinda cradle the chicken when you place it in (see above). It does not matter how you place the chicken in there.
- Chop up 2 sprigs of rosemary and combine with lemon zest.
- Place the rosemary, lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, and dijon mustard in a bowl and mix well. If your honey is thick you can microwave it for 15 seconds or so to soften it up and help it mix.
- Place your remaining sprig of rosemary, the onions, the garlic, and the lemon halves inside the cavity of the chicken.
- Pour the honey lemon combo all over the chicken, you can brush it over too.
- Now cook on low in the crockpot for 6 hours on low (mine seems to be hot, so 5 hours worked for me)
- If your serving this for a fancy dinner, read on. If not, just let it cool and you’re all set. Remove the chicken by grabbing either side of the large piece of foil, and place in a heavy baking tray. You’ll totally see why when you lift it up – it kinda crumbles away in a yummy way.
- 20 mins before serving crank up your regular oven to the hottest setting.(500 degrees)
- Blast your chicken for 15 mins in the hot oven to get the skin crispy, you can rotate the chicken as needed.
** Don’t start on me for using honey! It’s a flavoring mainly, and it ends up in the sauce, and not IN the chicken, so I’m pretty sure this is paleo friendly. Obviously if you drink the sauce, or make gravy out of it, you’re getting your sugars on.
Us Brits love a good roast dinner, it’s really not the same without roast potatoes and a Yorkshire Pudding, but it does the job.