When we go to Sam’s I often find farm raised whole chicken on sale 2 for $10.00. So I will grab some and toss them in the deep freezer down stairs. Six months ago was literally the first time I have ever cooked a whole raw chicken. Before that it was always chicken breast or wings etc… So the sales on these chickens inspired me to learn different ways to cook them. As always, my hunt began on Google and the recipe below is a combination of what I found.
Not everyone is picky about their meat, but we are in our house so I am posting a picture below of the kind we buy and why. We try to stick with farm raised meat and organic vegetables as much as possible, but sometimes it is hard to find. Although any chicken will work for this recipe.
- 4 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp white pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 med- large yellow onion, quartered
- 5-6 carrots, scrubbed and chopped in halves or thirds. (or you can use baby carrots), optional
- 5-6celery stalks, optional
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed (or 3 tsp of minced garlic)
- 2 whole lemons, One quartered for under the chicken and one quartered to stuff inside the chicken. (Of course you can slice some and place it on top like in the picture if you want. I like to make food pretty )
- 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 pound young chicken
1. Combine rub ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
2. Prep vegetables and place in bottom of crock pot, setting aside a quartered lemon and some onion to place inside the bird.
3. Wash and pat dry your chicken with a paper towel. (If there are necks or organs inside the chicken please remove them.)
4.Rub smashed garlic all over chicken and then place inside chicken along with lemon and onion.
5. Place chicken on top of vegetables inside slow cooker. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. You know your slow cooker better than i do. Internal temp should be 160 degrees F in the leg.
6. Remove chicken from slow cooker once it is done and place in a cooking dish. Put in oven under the broiler for 4-5 minutes. This will give the skin a little crispness to it.
This took me approx 10 minutes to prepare, put in the crock pot and forget about until its done. You can’t get much easier than that for a heart warming, home cooked meal to serve your family at the end of the day.
Other ideas: You can also add some potatoes to the crock pot in the last hour of cooking to serve a long side your chicken. The possibilities are endless! Use your imagination and have fun!!
Source: Recipe found at http://www.thelittlekitchen.net and altered to fit my families taste buds.