I made our favorite crockpot chicken recipe: a nice fat chicken, slathered with olive oil, stuffed with onion, parsley, thyme, drizzled with lemon juice, sprinkled with S&P, paprika, and then more thyme and lemon slices on top. Cook 8-10 hours on low. It has never failed and has always been delicious.
Until today. Around the 10 hour mark, I tested the chicken and was surprised that the leg/thigh didn't easily fall away. And the breast seemed a little tough when cutting into it. Since my husband was still working outside, I figured I'd let it continue to cook--but at 11 hours, I figured this has got to be enough. I turned off the crockpot and let the chicken sit in it for about another half hour.
Long story short, we ate the thighs and they were okay, but seemed a little dry--I've never had a dry chicken thigh in my life. Then moving onto the leg, I couldn't cut or even bite into it. It was like it was plastic. I had my husband cut me a little breast meat and it was on the tough/dry side.
We think our mistake was in buying an unknown brand of chicken last night. Went to a trusted grocery store but all they had were tiny Perdue chickens (less than 5 lbs) or these strange brand larger chickens. I never buy a strange brand but I really wanted to make my lemon chicken this morning and so took a chance since I figured this grocery store wouldn't carry something lousy.
Before I write and complain to the grocery store, just wondering if any of you have a clue as to what it would be that would be wrong with this chicken. I've never had anything like this happen before--so glad I wasn't making this for guests: I would have been mortified.
BTW, the highlight of the meal were the "crash-hot potatoes" which I tried for the first time. They kept the meal from being a total loss.