Chipotle Lime Thyme Crock Pot Chicken

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Chipotle Lime Thyme Chicken made in a Crock Pot. Super easy, juicy and delicious!

There are two things I can pretty much assume about parents of children who are still at home. (a) They’re always busy, and (b) They’d give anything for a personal chef. Coming home after a long day to a piping hot meal, and just having the peace of mind that dinner is taken care of, is a wonderful thing! The bad news is that most of us can’t afford a personal chef. The good news is that most of us can afford a Crock-Pot. Which, if you wear rose colored glasses, is almost as good. Right?

I love chicken and lemon, chicken and chipotle, chicken and thyme, and chicken and garlic. So one morning I threw it all in the Crock Pot and voila, Chipotle Lime Thyme Crock Pot Chicken was born!

The Chipotle Lime Thyme Crock Pot Chicken turned out tender and juicy with a lovely light flavor. Since I hadn’t thrown in any veggies, we had it with a side salad and called it good. I left the bones and skin in the Crock Pot, removed the lime, filled the crock pot with water, added a bay leaf and left it to cook on low overnight. The broth that emerged was delicious! The next night, I used the broth and leftover chicken to make soup, and if I’d had more, I would have made some street tacos or enchiladas the next night. So many ideas, too little chicken!

Here’s a video of me making it in case you’re like me, and love to peer into other people’s kitchens and see how they make stuff!



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Chipotle Lime Thyme Chicken
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Tender and juicy chicken that is the perfect weeknight meal, hot and ready when you come home from work!
Recipe type: slow cooker
Cuisine: American
  • 1 whole chicken, preferably organic, about 2 lbs
  • 1 lime, cut in half**
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, no need to peel
  • 1-2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 Tbs. Kosher salt
  • pepper
  1. Put the lime, thyme and garlic into the cavity of the chicken.
  2. Place the chicken in a crockpot/ slow cooker and sprinkle with Chipotle chili powder.
  3. Sprinkle generously with Kosher salt and pepper, turning to cover all sides.
  4. Let cook on low in slow cooker for 6 hours* or until instant read thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Use the meat, and leave the bones and juices in the crock pot.
  6. Fill crock pot with water, add 1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar.
  7. Turn crock pot back onto low for 12-48 hours to make a stunning chicken broth!
* Cooking time will vary depending on size of chicken used.
**Sometimes I cut the peel off of the lime, and just put the fruit into the chicken. I think it flavors the chicken a bit better this way, but it is one extra step.

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  1. I just made this recipe today. It did not smell very good when we got home. I was worried about how it would taste. This is delicious! My husband and 2 boys (14&13) loved it. I’ve got the broth cooking now. Looking forward to tasting it. Thank you for sharing.

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