Best Chicken Rub Ever

photo(25)I am a huge fan of cooking whole chickens in the crock pot. Plop some veggies in the bottom, throw some citrus in the chicken and slather it liberally with the right rub and (obviously) tons of minced garlic…heaven. This recipe continues to be a hit in our home and given how easy it is, I see it being a staple on our dinner menu for the foreseeable future. Of course, the most critical part of this is the rub. I make my own rub and haven’t found one from the store I like better…like, ever. The proportions I give here make enough for several birds so you won’t have to mix a new batch every time. So here is the super simple recipe that will have your whole family licking their fingers after every bite. Continue reading

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Bacon-Apple Chicken Burgers

bacon apple chicken burgerI’ve returned from my hiatus! Husband and I took a couple of weeks to travel and so I took some time away from blogging (and cooking for that matter). Now I’m back and ready for ever more creative culinary adventures! We’re attempting to cut out some of the gluten and dairy from our diet (though not entirely…because we also love those things) and so you may notice that reflected in the upcoming posts. The original Bacon-Apple Chicken Burger recipe from The Paleo Mom is ridiculously good. I tweaked it when I made it to just make two burgers. Although it does take a little prep work, the first words out of Husband’s mouth after his first bite were, “this is delicious”, so I consider it worth the work. We served this with a mixed greens salad topped with almonds, sunflower seeds and strawberries and they were wonderful together.

Ingredients (Maple-Cranberry Sauce)

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Grade B maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  1. Combine cranberries, maple syrup and water in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce heat to maintain a simmer.
  2. Simmer uncovered for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the berries have popped and the sauce has thickened.
  3. Transfer to a serving bowl and refrigerate until ready to eat (or at least 1 hour).

Ingredients (Bacon-Apple Chicken Burgers)

  • 2-2 1/2 pounds ground chicken or ground turkey
  • 8 oz bacon (if using 2 1/2 pounds ground turkey, you can use 10oz of bacon)
  • 1 large apple (good cooking varieties are Granny Smith, Fuji, and Rome Beauty)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Place bacon in a cold frying pan and then turn on the heat to medium-high.  Cook, flipping once or twice, until bacon is crispy.
  2. Meanwhile, very finely dice onion and apple (you could also grate the apple if dicing is too much work).  Chop the rosemary.
  3. When the bacon is crispy, remove it from the pan and add the onion to the bacon fat in the pan.  Saute 5 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is starting to soften.  Add the apple and rosemary and continue sauteing until onion is browned and both onion and apple are soft (about 5-8 more minutes, depending on how finely diced your onion and apple are).
  4. Once bacon has cooled enough to handle, chop into small pieces (think bacon bit size).
  5. Combine ground chicken, bacon, apple and onion mix, and salt in a bowl.  Mix well with your hands.  Form into patties.  If your pan cooled down, heat it back up over medium  heat (if it’s still hot, just turn the element down to medium).  You may want to add a tablespoon of cooking fat (more bacon grease would be great, but you can use whatever cooking fat you have on hand).  Add the patties to the pan (you might want to cook in batches).
  6. Cook patties, flipping once half way, until full cooked (internal temperature should be 160F and I definitely recommend checking with a meat thermometer).  This will take 15-25 minute total, depending on the size of your patties.
  7. Serve with chilled maple-cranberry sauce!