Slow Cooker Chicken

One of our new favorites – originally found here at Recipezaar, but we like it with a few changes.

Crock Pot Chicken 

I'd debated on sharing a picture…really, I don't find it terribly appetizing, but then Caleb noticed the heart shaped piece of onion between the chickens legs.  For that reason alone, I'm sharing the terrible photo =)

Ingredients:

  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  •  1.5  teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  •  2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large roasting chicken (with pop-up timer if possible)
  • 1 cup onion, chopped (optional)

Directions:

  • Combine spices in a small bowl.
  • Remove giblets and clean chicken.
  • Rub spice mixture on chicken.  You may or may not want to make the chicken dance to Singin' in the Rain prior to this step.  I find it amusing…my children do not.
  • Optional step for those who are planning ahead: place in a Ziploc bag and refrigerate over night.  I've yet to get this done and the chicken is always great.
  • When ready to cook, place the chopped onion in the bottom of the crockpot.
  • Add chicken, breast side down (which would be the opposite side of the photo).
  • No liquid is needed – the chicken will make it's own juices.
  • Cook on low 4-8 hours (depends on your slow cooker and the size of your chicken).

Notes:

  • This is great with mashed potatoes.  The chicken makes a ton of "chicken juice" to make gravy, and honestly it's some of the best gravy I've ever made.  I just mix together a little flour and milk, and then cook it with the juice in a pan on the stove while the chicken rests.
  • For our family of 4, the chicken provides a plentiful dinner and enough leftover chicken for enchiladas or soup. 
  • I did try putting the carcass back in the crockpot with some of the juices, a few carrots and celery and some more water to see what sort of broth I came up with.   It's definitely different than the stock I'm used to making! 
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    I ended up with about 10 cups of broth but because of the spices on the chicken, it's not quite as "general use" as the stock I make on the stove.  I'm planning to try cooking my brown rice with it and see if I like it for that.

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14 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Chicken

  1. Just last night I was thinking, “I wonder how you cook a whole chicken in the Crockpot?” And today I have my answer! Thanks for sharing this on The Grocery Cart Challenge. I’ll be using this recipe next week.

  2. Sometimes pictures are underrated:) Thanks for sharing your slow cooker recipe with us. I would love for you to join me in my weekly blog event called Crock Pot Wednesdays.

  3. Rub spice mixture on chicken. You may or may not want to make the chicken dance to Singin’ in the Rain prior to this step. I find it amusing…my children do not.
    That made me laugh out loud. I have to buy a crock pot first, and I actually may try this.

  4. Rub spice mixture on chicken. You may or may not want to make the chicken dance to Singin’ in the Rain prior to this step. I find it amusing…my children do not.
    That made me laugh out loud. I have to buy a crock pot first, and I actually may try this.

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