I love my crockpot.
I cook often, almost all of our meals, and I don't know how I could have ever survived before my crockpot came into my life.
I throw a bunch of seemingly random ingredients into the pot. Close the lid. Turn on the switch. A few hours later I have delicious stews, broths, or roasts that I would otherwise have not been able to render.
It's like MAGIC.
It makes the most simple home cooks look good.
My other secret ingredient along with my crockpot? (You'll like this one, I promise).
I love drinking wine (yes, I admit, unashamedly), and I also love cooking with them. If I purchased a bottle of wine that doesn't quite hit the spot, or if the wine had been opened and unfinished for awhile, I'd use those in my cooking.
White wine for chicken and fish. Red wine for pork and beef.
With wine, you don't really need any other ingredients to flavor the meal. Best yet, as the wine cooks, the juices from the chicken will also flow out, creating a perfect mingling of chicken juices, wine, and broth!
boozy one-pot chicken soup
WHAT YOU NEED:
1 cup white wine
1 cup broth (homemade if possible) or water
1 cup chopped celery (in the image above, I used savoy cabbage instead)
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped carrots
1 whole chicken
2-3 whole bay leaves
Salt to taste
Put all ingredients in the crockpot/slow-cooker. Cover and turn the heat on to High.
Wait impatiently for 4-6 hours (depending on the size of the chicken) as the smell of the chicken starts to invade every corner of your house.
When it's ready, the chicken will just fall apart with an easy slice-through of the knife. Serve the chicken, vegetable, and the soup in bowls. Enjoy!