Pinterest Challenge 2016 – Crockpot Baked Chicken

Pinterest is a wonderful concept.  It’s virtual bulletin board where you can search and subsequently “pin” ideas on everything from fashion to meal ideas.

I have personally used it to plan and design the Scrapbook Room in my home and more recently to help my husband and I organize ideas as we begin the process of creating an outdoor patio and fire pit

The problem I have run into, however, is that while it is great to create and pin to these boards, many times I forget what I have pinned and ultimately many potential great ideas fall by the wayside.  This is particularly a problem with all the recipes that I have pinned over the years.

I have grand ideas of making the side dishes, sweet treats, and crockpot creations that I have pinned, but when it comes down to meal planning, many times I am at a loss and have come to rely on some simple weeknight staples.

I have no problem with quick weeknight meals BUT on the weekends, when I have more time,  I would love to break out of this rut and experiment with new flavors and ultimately new recipes.

So two years ago I created my own Pinterest Challenge – the rules were simple – each week I would scour one of my many food boards and recreate one of those recipes.  The great thing about it was that it did not have to be a component for a meal per se – I made several desserts and snacks.  After creating the recipe I would re-pin it to my 2014 Pinterest Challenge Board adding notes consisting of changes I made to the recipe and more importantly would I ever make that recipe again.

The Challenge definitely got me out of my comfort zone and assisted in allowing me to add some more “go to” recipes to my repertoire.

I attempted this Challenge again last year but was not very consistent. Boo!

So for 2016 I am bringing the Challenge back! 

The first recipe of the Challenge was Crockpot Chicken – a pretty easy set it and forget it meal.  It actually turned out beautifully but word to the wise.  Make sure you read the directions carefully – the Low and High settings are there for a reason.


Chicken seasoned and ready for the Crockpot!

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Cover on – Now we wait for the Crockpot to do it’s magic!

I made the unfortunate mistake of cooking the chicken on 4 hours Low – and when I took it out to prepare to cut it – it was still raw. Womp! Womp!  Back to the crockpot it went for another 2 hours on High while I scrambled to make a quick replacement dinner.

The chicken tasted great when we finally ate it on Monday – flavorful, juicy and great with a simple side of rice pilaf and corn.   Cooking the chicken in the crockpot for several hours allowed the rosemary and lemon flavors to fully incorporate itself throughout the entire chicken.

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I love crock pot meals because they make enough for the husband and I to have left overs for the rest of the week, which was the case with this meal.

A successful first recipe for the Challenge if I do say so myself – make sure to check back next week to see what other recipes I have up my sleeve!


  1. Mark

    I am trying to also do better with cooking meals and recently found a crockpot chili recipe on pinterest. i made and it was a hit; i am looking forward to my next pinterest recipe!


    1. Agreed – I had a fresh rosemary plant over the summer and it was great. Can’t wait to have another one this summer!


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