Delicious Buttermilk Chicken is a simple and quick weeknight family dinner that can be made in the slow cooker or Instant Pot!! Thank you to AE Dairy for sponsoring this post!
I am loving this time of year, when the days are getting just a little longer and the sun is shining just a little more. Makes me really start to crave those family dinners where we share some tasty food on the back patio while relaxing and enjoying the weather. I'm always working on ideas for super simple recipes that will reduce stress and get me out of the kitchen and on to enjoying dinner and time with my family. That's where this buttermilk chicken comes in. By using the slow cooker (or Instant Pot!) and just a few ingredients, you will have a practically hands-off meal that still manages to be totally delicious and kid friendly. But just because it's easy doesn't mean it's not packed with quality ingredients like the buttermilk that makes this chicken so juicy you won't want to go back to making it any other way.
While it would be pretty hard to track every ingredient that goes into every meal, I do like to know that I'm using quality ingredients when I cook, so when I find a brand that I can trust I tend to stick with them. I love my job as a food blogger and one of the reasons is that I occasionally get the opportunity to get behind the scenes tours of where my food is coming from. I jumped at the chance to head up to Des Moines, Iowa, to learn more about AE Dairy, a brand I was already familiar with and using in many of my recipes and let's just say, I was so impressed I couldn't wait to get back and share what I learned with you guys.
The tour of the facility was amazing and I loved hearing about how all of the milk comes from local Iowa farmers and is of the very best quality, but I've got to say, my favorite part was the people. I had the opportunity to spend the day with the CEO (and granddaughter of the founder), Miriam Erickson Brown as well as the marketing director, Kim Peter and so many other members of their team. And I couldn't have been any more impressed with their passion for creating high quality and amazing dairy products.
And I can't lie to you guys, just about one of my very favorite parts of the tour was the fact that I got to participate in the weekly taste testing! Not only am I totally impressed that they do this every single week with so many members of their team including the CEO, but actually trying each and every product was such an amazing experience. Everything was delicious and it was so fun I made note of a few of my very favorites so that I could find them later and make sure to stock my fridge!
I could totally go on about all that I learned (and I LOVE learning new things each and every day) but I also want to make sure to share my newest recipe with you today that uses AE Buttermilk because I just know you are going to love it too! This buttermilk chicken is going to be a new go-to in our house for an easy weeknight dinner and for prep ahead meals when I need some seriously delicious, seriously easy chicken that will set the world on fire 🙂
So excited to tell you all that I will be working with AE Dairy all year to create several new recipes, so please keep your eyes open for the next one!
Buttermilk Chicken (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot}
- 3-4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
- 3-4 bone-in, skin-on chicken drumsticks
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- fresh herbs (I used 2 sprigs each rosemary, thyme, sage)
- Add chicken to large freezer bag
- Whisk together buttermilk, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper and pour over chicken
- Add herbs and seal bag
- Marinate at least 2 hours but preferably overnight
- Add contents of bag to slow cooker (or Instant Pot)
- Cover and cook on high in slow cooker for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 (or set pressure cooker to manual for 15 minute and do a natural pressure release)
- Optional: Line a baking sheet with foil and place chicken on baking sheet under broiler for 3-4 minute or until skin is browned and crispy
- Serve garnished with additional fresh herbs or as desired
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of AE Dairy. The opinions and text are all mine.