Spice up your weeknight! Cajun spiced chicken with green beans and buttery potatoes, is it done yet?
“Daddy likes it hot, + nice + spicy.”
4 teaspoons Himalayan pink salt, course ground
4 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons pepper
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons thyme
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 whole chicken (about 4½ pounds), skin-on
2 medium organic russet potatoes (about 1½ pounds), washed and cubed
1 pound organic green beans, ends trimmed
3 Tablespoons butter
Himalayan pink salt and pepper, to taste
fresh organic lime quarters and hot pepper sauce for serving (we use Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce)
Mix salt + all spices together in a bowl. Rinse chicken, pat dry, + place in a large bowl. Coat chicken with spice mixture, getting under the skin of the breasts + thighs. Place chicken breast-side down in a 4-quart slow cooker + cook on low heat 4 to 5 hours, or on high heat for 3 to 4 hours, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165˚. With about 20 minutes left on the cooking time for the chicken, set a steamer basket in a large pot filled with enough water to come just below the steamer basket. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add potatoes to the steamer basket, cover, reduce heat to a simmer. Steam for 8 to 10 minutes. Add green beans to steamer basket + steam for another 7 to 10 minutes, or until the green beans + potatoes are done to your liking. Place potatoes + beans in a large bowl, add butter, toss to coat. Season with salt + pepper to taste. When chicken is fully cooked, remove from slow cooker to a large cutting board. Remove meat from chicken and serve with the green beans + potatoes. For extra flavor + spice, squeeze fresh lime juice + serve with favorite hot pepper sauce or drippings from the slow cooker.
The green beans in this recipe can easily be switched out for asparagus, Brussels sprouts or anything else your heart desires. Also, new potatoes or others could be substituted for the the russet potatoes, however you want it.