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Slow Cooker Citrus Chicken (Pollo Asado)

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Slow Cooker Citrus Chicken (Pollo Asado) yields bright citrus flavors and tender, juicy, fall-off-the-bone chicken. A super easy recipe with delicious results!

You guys. It’s August. How did this happen?

Every year I think summer is going to be this amazing, relaxing time to slow down and enjoy the long days and warm weather.

Instead it turns into a whirlwind of entertaining and guests and projects and trips and work and driving an energetic four year-old around to a million different camps.

It’s fun. I love it. I do. But it’s a lot.

One thing that is saving us this summer is the slow cooker. I know people often think of the slow cooker for hearty fall and winter soups and stews, but it’s also a game changer for the warmer months when routines get wonky and there’s less time to cook.

This recipe is really perfect any time of year, but the bright citrus flavors just feel like summer. I’ll definitely be making this one in the cold months to lighten up the dark days.

My inspiration for this recipe came from The Pioneer Woman’s Pollo Asado, which she marinates and grills. I wanted a slow cooker shortcut, and I think it works really well with the low, slow cooking time. Especially with a blast under the broiler to crisp up the skin. So yummy!

Ree (aka The Pioneer Woman) serves hers with warm tortillas, beans, and pico de gallo. The woman just gets me.

You can, of course, serve the chicken with rice or cauliflower rice, a big salad and maybe some roasted veggies. The flavors are so versatile they work well with just about anything.

The ingredient list is short, too, making it the perfect standby for late in the week when you’re low on ingredients and on time. I hope you all enjoy. Now, let’s make some Slow Cooker Citrus Chicken!


RECIPE & KID-FRIENDLY ADAPTATIONS


1 | If you don’t have lemons and limes, just use 4 lemons or 4 limes.

2 | Serve the chicken on the bone, or shred the meat and serve in rice bowls or in tacos with beans, pico de gallo, guacamole or sliced avocado, and plenty of hot sauce.


THIS RECIPE IS . . .


Naturally Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Grain-Free, Nut-Free, Paleo and Whole30 Friendly


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Slow Cooker Citrus Chicken (Pollo Asado)


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Description

Slow Cooker Citrus Chicken (Pollo Asado) yields bright citrus flavors and tender, juicy, fall-off-the-bone chicken. A super easy recipe with delicious results!



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Ingredients

1/3 cup fresh orange juice

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 teaspoons honey (omit for whole30)

4 whole garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

1 medium yellow onion, peeled and quartered

1 pound bone-in chicken thighs

1 pound bone-in chicken legs

½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided


Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the orange, lemon, lime juice, and honey along with ¼ teaspoon salt. Set aside ¼ cup of the citrus mixture.
  2. Place the chicken thighs and legs into the base of a 6-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt, then pour over the remaining citrus mixture. Nestle in the onion pieces and garlic cloves.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6, or until the chicken is tender and falling off the bone.
  4. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker. Place the legs and thighs onto a metal baking sheet, drizzle with 2 tablespoons citrus mixture, then broil on high 5-10 minutes or until the skin is crispy.
  5. Serve the remaining citrus mixture for dipping and serve the chicken immediately. Alternatively, if you prefer to skip the broiler, simply remove the skin and serve the chicken shredded off the bone with the citrus mixture on the side for dipping.

Notes

If you don’t have lemons and limes, just use 4 lemons or 4 limes.

Serve the chicken on the bone, or shred the meat and serve in rice bowls or in tacos with beans, pico de gallo, guacamole or sliced avocado, and plenty of hot sauce.

If you are sensitive to the bitter side of citrus, you can skip the lime juice, and leave the juiced pieces of citrus out of the slow cooker while cooking. Also, discard the juice remaining in the slow cooker.

Recipe inspired by The Pioneer Woman’s Pollo Asado

 

0 comments to " Slow Cooker Citrus Chicken (Pollo Asado) "

  • This looks amazing! Citrus and chicken sound amazing together 😀

  • Nastacia

    Eek! I just made this and it turned out PERFECT! I can’t wait to eat the rest this week, and make it for years to come!

  • KATIE

    Can I use boneless/skinless chicken breasts?

    • Robyn Downs

      Katie, I haven’t tried this recipe with boneless/skinless chicken breasts, but I imagine the flavors would still be good. I usually cook 1-2 pounds of chicken breasts for 4 hours on low or 6 on high. Skip the broiling step, since the chicken breasts won’t really brown without skin. Let us know how it turns out!

  • Karen

    I have all the ingredients in the fridge, but it looks like I have more than enough leftovers for a meal. Do you think I could put all the ingredients into a Ziploc and freeze for use next week when we have family visiting?

  • Stephanie

    This looks great! Would a whole chicken work instead of thighs and legs? I get a whole chicken from our local organic farm each month and I’m picking it up today! I would love to try this recipe on Sunday! 🙂

  • Aniss

    I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for a few weeks and just made it tonight. It looks amazing but it was incredibly bitter, I’m assuming from the lime. It was cloyingly bitter to the point where it got tossed out. Did anyone else experience this issue?

    • Robyn Downs

      Aniss, so far there have been nothing but good reviews for this recipe, so I’m not sure what happened. You could definitely omit the lime and just use orange in the future.

    • Else

      Mine came out really bitter too!

      • Robyn Downs

        Else, hmm, not sure what’s going on with that. Mine still comes out well. I can go back and retest to see if I can figure out what’s going on.

      • Robyn Downs

        I did test this recipe again and it came out just fine. I did add a note regarding the lime juice (with some options to reduce any potential bitterness).

  • Laura Meyerhoff

    Mine also came out really bitter the first time I made this, but I tried it again and didn’t cook it with any of the citrus rinds and it turned out wonderful! There was none of the bitterness and I’ve made it a bunch of times since then. Thanks for the recipe it’s a family favorite!

    • Robyn Downs

      Laura, thanks so much for sharing, this is a great tip for people. So glad you’re enjoying this one!

    • tina carlone

      It’s definitely the rinds. Mine is horribly bitter. I remembered too late I had this same experience with rinds in another recipe. The chicken is inedible. Such a bummer.

      • Robyn Downs

        Sorry this one didn’t work out for you, Tina. I’ve had people make it with the rinds and have no problem. I will go back and add a note regarding the rinds for folks.

  • Janice

    I’m making this for the first time today. I’m confused. Picture shows citrus rinds in slow cooker but directions don’t mention rinds.

    • Robyn Downs

      Hey Janice, photos are always an inspiration. Please refer to the recipe for specific instructions. Hope you enjoy!

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