Thursday, June 23, 2011

Roast Chicken - Slow Cooker Style

As some of you know, I am a huge fan of my slow cooker. I even have two - a small 3 quart size and a bigger 6 quart size. I use my slow cookers year round. Besides being more energy efficient than cooking in the oven all day, slow cookers should not heat up your home in the summer. I love coming home to a meal already prepared besides just fussing with some easy side dishes. This is the perfect recipe!



Roast Chicken - Slow Cooker Style

1 - 3-4 lb. whole chicken, raw and thawed if frozen
salt and pepper to taste
any other seasonings that suit your fancy
aluminum foil

Rinse and pat your chicken dry. You can remove the neck and giblets if you would like. You may want to put some seasonings inside or some garlic, onions, apples, oranges and/or lemons inside.

Tear off four large pieces of aluminum foil and crumple each piece into a somewhat loose ball roughly about three inches across. Put the foil balls into the crockpot in a square formation.

Set the chicken on top of the foil balls breast side up so none of the chicken is touching the bottom of the slow cooker. Season the chicken with whatever suits your fancy. I usually use Morton's Natures Seasoning Salt and paprika.

Put the lid on the slow cooker and set the slow cooker to low. If you have a timer on your slow cooker, set to eight to ten hours depending on when you would like dinner. My big slow cooker will only go to eight hours, but has a eight hour warmer that kicks on after the eight hour cooking time is up.

Voila! Dinner is ready! Lift the chicken off the foil balls. The skin will be crisp as if you cooked it in the oven for several hours and should be juicy inside. Put the chicken on the platter and serve!

I also save the chicken juices in the bottom of the slow cooker. I just use them in whatever I do with the leftovers - chicken & noodles, chicken noodle soup, cooking rice, etc.

Give this recipe a try and tell me what you think! I will be MIA until Monday so no blog posts unless a miracle happens and I find a computer with an internet connection.

Have a great day! Thanks for reading!

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