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A Confession and Ina Garten’s Lemon Chicken Breasts

Since the holidays I feel as if I have just been coasting along and not really thinking about the meals I have been  preparing.  When the weather was so cold for a couple of weeks, I really think my only goal was to stay warm and comfortable.  To do that I made a lot of soup, stews and hot chocolate.  Over the weekend we have returned to a more normal temperature with the highs each day being in the 50’s.  I started to think of Ina Garten’s Lemon Chicken Breasts recipe that is in her Barefoot Contessa – How Easy Is That Cookbook.  I have made the recipe before and as always with her recipes, I was not disappointed.  The combination of the herbs of oregano and thyme with the garlic and lemon makes the chicken so tasty and it is moist on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Here is a picture of Ina’s Lemon Chicken Breasts:

Ina's lemon chicken_0001The recipe is fairly easy to make and the hardest part is probably chopping the garlic and juicing the lemons.  I decided I wanted to make the chicken for our Sunday meal but I had some time constraints that kept me from having the time to bake the chicken in the oven.

Here is Ina’s recipe:

Ina's Lemon Chicken


So here is the confession. I made the sauce, put it in my slow cooker and added the chicken.  I have a two quart slow cooker and I cooked the chicken on high and it was ready when we came home from our Sunday services.  Honestly, I admire Ina so much, I felt a little creepy changing her recipe.  You know it was sort of as if I was trying to rewrite the Bible.  I never remember Ina using a slow cooker for anything even though I have seen her use the large roaster pans or dutch ovens.  So how did it turn out?

Actually it was pretty tasty and I could taste all of the wonderful flavors of the lemon chicken that I love so much.  The chicken only cooked for about four hours so it wasn’t at the fall apart stage.  I do have to say the flavors seemed a little more intense from cooking the chicken in the crockpot but we did enjoy it.

This is a picture of my lemon chicken.  I used bone in chicken breast and chicken thighs.


I will always admire Ina Garten and one of my favorite things about her is the fact that I can follow her recipes exactly and get great results.  After doing this, I do not plan to put all of Ina’s recipes in my crockpot. She tests her recipes so thoroughly that I am sure she knows the very best way to prepare them. I do plan to experiment with different herbs and seasonings to enhance the dishes I prepare in my crockpot.

Thanks to Ina Garten for being such an inspiration and thanks to you for stopping by.

One response »

  1. I gave this recipe a try tonight in my slow cooker and your idea is right on! Ina Garten would be proud. Thanks for sharing this experimental discovery!


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