Crockpot chicken thighs + kale salad


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homemade dressing

Chicken thighs are my go-to lately when it’s time to try a crockpot chicken recipe and really only for the fact that they tend to be cheaper than chicken breasts. With only a few ingredients, 5-6 hours and your crock pot this dish is an awesome quick dinner you can put together.

crockpot chicken thighs and kale salad

crock pot chicken served with kale salad and lo mein noodles

I served the chicken thighs with an easy kale salad and homemade dressing (recipe below) and some lo mein noodles but this would be equally great with brown rice, potatoes or your favorite side dish. Serves 2

What you’ll need:

  • 1 package of organic chicken thighs (I got a package that had 4-5 smaller thighs)
  • olive oil
  • fresh lemon juice
  • oregano
  • garlic powder
  • sea salt
  • red pepper flakes
  • organic baby kale (if you’re not a fan of kale, try the baby version if you can find it – its flavor is amazing and goes well with anything)
  1. Clean the chicken by removing any extra fat, etc. from the thighs.
  2. Season them with salt and pepper and your favorite seasonings such as oregano, red pepper flakes, garlic powder etc. to fit your taste.
  3. In the bottom of your crock pot, pour ¼ cup of water.
  4. Place the seasoned thighs in next. If you have a smaller crock like mine, don’t worry, you’ll have to overlap the chicken a bit.
  5. Drizzle the chicken with some olive oil and top with fresh lemon juice.
  6. Put the lid on the crockpot and set to low. Let cook for 5-6 hours.

For the kale salad + dressing:

kale salad and dressing

organic baby kale + a lemon/olive oil dressing

In a small bowl, mix together a few tablespoons of olive oil and squeeze some fresh lemon juice (1 tablespoon approx). Add in seasonings like salt, red pepper flakes, oregano, dill, etc. Beat well with a fork and set aside.

When the chicken thighs are ready to serve (the meat should fall apart), toss the baby kale with your dressing (use your clean hands people – it’s more fun and you can make sure all the kale gets coated with the dressing)

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