Let me introduce you to one of the easiest and most satisfying recipes ever! Slow Cooker Chicken! Five minutes of prep and the slow cooker does the rest! You get tender, juicy chicken that falls right off the bone. AND you get a few meals out of one chicken plus you can use the bones to make chicken stock! Yes, whole chickens can be pricey sometimes but if you look at what you can actually do with it, the price is completely justifiable in my book.
Start with a whole chicken, 3-4 lbs to be exact (innards removed). I used a Harvestland Organic Chicken. Yours does not have to be organic, that was just my preference. First thing you are going to do is rinse the chicken off. Once you have rinsed it, take paper towels and pat the chicken completely dry. Now, if you are anything like me, after placing the dry chicken on a baking sheet you are going to immediately wash your hands and bleach your sink. Raw meat is skivvy to me so I must immediately clean right after it’s finished touching what it is touching. Blah.
Next comes the rub. You’ll need onion powder, garlic, paprika, black pepper, thyme, oregano and sea salt. Or not. You can use a rub you already have, or make your own. just mix all the rub ingredients in a small bowl and rub the mixture all over the chicken. Don’t take the skin off. It helps hold in the yumminess. If you don’t want to eat the skin later, you can just peel it off when the chicken is done. Coat the bottom too. Leave no breast behind! Hee, hee! Sorry I didn’t get a picture with the rub on the chicken. My hands were covered in rub and by time I washed them I completely forgot!
Break out some foil/parchment paper and make two small balls out of it for the chicken to sit on top of in the slow cooker. Flatten the balls out a bit and pour some water down in the bottom of the crock pot for steam….just don’t cover the foil balls. I think I had about ½ inch of water in total.
Place your chicken on top of the foil balls and wash your hands for the third time in this process.
Put on the lid and cook on high for 2 hours. Set a timer or if you have a programmable slow cooker, use that. After two hours, turn it to low and cook for another 5 hours. Your house is going to smell awesome! Get your thermometer and test to make sure it’s done. It should read at least 160°. As you can see, mine was WAY hotter than that.
Slice it up and serve it for dinner. We ate once of this meal and I had 4 cups of chicken left and the bones for stock. So easy, so delicious! Fall comfort at it’s best!