August 29, 2009

Seriously Garlicky Crockpot Chicken

Seriously Garlicky Crockpot Chicken

2 whole chickens (each 3-4 lb)
3 heads garlic
italian seasoning
1 bunch cilantro
5 stalks celery
1 cup softened butter
1-2 loaf thickly sliced Italian bread or French bread
grated mozzarella cheese (optional)

wash celery, and cut into 3 inch pieces, lay on bottom of 6 quart crockpot. Separate the garlic into unpeeled cloves, layer in the bottom of a crockpot. wash and dry chickens inside and out; discard or reserve innards and necks.
Rub chickens thoroughly with italian seasoning, inside and out. Place 3 stalks of cilantro inside each chicken.
Tie or net the chickens, and place into the crockpot.
Top with 3-5 stalks of cilantro.
Cook 7-10 hours on low,or 6-8 hours on high, removing some juice half way through to prevent overflow.
Remove chickens to a platter.
Squeeze roasted garlic out of peel, and combine with softened butter; Spread on thickly sliced french or italian bread, and broil until melted and slightly toasted.
Top with grated cheese if desired.

Thickened with milk and flour, the juice makes wonderful gravy for mashed potatoes.

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