Last week Ali and Tom from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen posted a Balsamic Roasted Chicken with Figs and Sweet Onions. I immediately knew I was going to give this a try. It looked amazing. I don’t have a lot of time in the kitchen with soccer season and driving for hours on end. Also, when I’m trying to do more than one thing at a time to catch up, I tend to leave the kitchen and forget I’m cooking. Not a good combination. I know in the fall it better be a quick meal or cooked in the crockpot during the week or we’re not eating.
I love to roast chicken in the crockpot. Earlier this year I made a Roasted Whole Chicken with Dates and Caperberries. That one was inspired by Elana Amsterdam from Elana’s Kitchen.
I finally got to cook this meal. I however cooked mine in the crockpot instead of roasting it in the oven. I’m not much on measuring but I can tell you I only used 2 onions and for me I would have wanted more. I like a bite of onion and fig with chicken. I also used 1 package of fresh mission figs. I didn’t know if anyone would actually eat the figs in addition to them giving the chicken a great sweetness so I didn’t want too many. Had just enough.
I also added just a little water so I could have a sauce to serve with the meal. I only had about 5 minutes to prepare this for the crockpot so things were flying fast. I cut up the onions into quarters, cut some rosemary from the garden, washed the figs and the chicken and then stuffed a few onions and rosemary sprigs into the bird. Tossed it into the crockpot on top of a couple of sprigs of rosemary. Then I added the rest of the onions and figs. I doused it with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and snuck in a bay leaf. Without hitting the chicken I added about 1/2 cup of water. Then I put the lid on and set it on low for 4-6 hours.
For a recipe with actual measurements, check out Ali’s.
When I got home I put some fingerling potatoes on the stove and haricot verts. The best part was after pulling this bird and it’s pool buddies out of the crockpot, I had an amazing sauce that I spooned over the plate. The taste was amazing. Oh and it was ready in a snap with no burning pans.
Thank you Ali for this great recipe and yes, it works great in the crockpot!
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Oh yum. Seems we are both Elana's fans today. Thanks for inspiring me to give her cookbook a try.
Wendy- I'm enjoying Elana's cookbook so much. I even got to taste her chocolate chip cookies that she made. She brought a box to BlogHer Food. They were great. Time to get busy making them too!
This looks amazing! I will definitely be trying it! We love figs!
Kim- So glad you love figs. I hope you'll share some recipes on Friday Foodie Fix.
Do you have some of this leftover for me? 😉 Oh, my, it makes my mouth water. I love that you did it in the crockpot. It looks and sounds every bit as wonderful as Ali's original!
Shirley- Hope the meatloaf was ok instead of this. Scott actually took a break from eating out while I was gone to eat more of this. Time for me to buy more figs!
Man, I still haven't tried fresh figs! Lately, I can't get enough of balsamic anything, so this sounds great 🙂
Alisa- I love balsamic vinegar too. They even had an Iron Chef competition for young chefs with that as the secret ingredient. I'll have to use that one week for Friday Foodie Fix.
I'm learning basalmic is a great way to season non-dairy foods!
Jessie- I agree but often forget that. Have you ever cooked it down to use as a dessert syrup? It's amazing.
balsamic-whatever- yes I does learn my chillins'
Sounds delicious. I never cook with figs, but I might have to try this. Thanks for sharing it.
Linda- The figs just melt in your mouth. It was wonderful. I hope you will try it and let us know.
Great looking chicken. The balsamic flavor sounds like a nice addition.
Brian- I can see you making this at the firehouse. What would the guys think of figs? I bet you have them spoiled so they would dig in.
This does sound good!
Alta- It taste better than it sounds too!
Oh my gosh Diane that looks so scrumptious. I love figs and I love making chicken in a crock pot. I'm going to try it and check out Ali's recipe as well. Thanks!
Angie- Thank you. I'm glad you like the looks. The taste is even better. Let me know if you make it and if you use the oven like Ali or the crockpot like me.
Here is my post about trying this recipe. Thanks again! http://thefoodallergycoach.blogspot.com/2009/10/o…
Kim- Thank you for sharing.