Do you love to make a whole chicken but refuse to heat up the house in the summer? Well, believe it or not, a slow cooker or crock pot will give you that delicious whole chicken you crave in the summer without making your house unbearably hot. I know, I know – you think of a crock pot and the foods made in it as a winter or cold weather appliance, but it doesn’t have to be! You’d be surprised how much you will enjoy slicing your whole chicken on a warm summer’s night. Give this recipe a try. Your whole chicken will be great served hot, room temperature and cold.
One of my favorite ways to make a whole chicken is in my slow cooker. Slow Cooker Chicken is so easy to throw together, and at dinner time you have a lovely whole chicken to eat or shred and use in another recipe. BBQ Chicken Tacos and Chicken Pot Pie Soup are two of my favorites!
Start by placing foil balls in the bottom of the slow cooker. This step is not absolutely necessary. I have thrown the chicken in many times without. The benefit is that it is easier to remove from the slow cooker in one piece if the bottom of the chicken hasn’t been simmering away in the juices all day. It’s really delicious either way, but creating a foil ball rack in the slow cooker makes it more like a traditional roasted chicken you can carve.
Remove any insides and place chicken on foil balls and pat dry with paper towels. Season the entire chicken, inside and out. I use salt, pepper, paprika and all-purpose steak seasoning.
Cook chicken on high for 4 to 4 1/2 hours depending on size of chicken and strength of your slow cooker. Times will vary, so use a food thermometer to ensure the chicken has reached 165 degrees. Let your chicken rest on a cutting board for about 20 minutes before carving.
I like to use the juices at the bottom of the slow cooker to baste the chicken while it is resting, just to add even more flavor.
Though the skin is flavorful, it doesn’t really get super crispy with this cooking method.
I use a 5 quart slow cooker, and my chicken fits perfectly.
Resist opening the lid to check progress, slow cookers take a long time to come back up to temperature and cooking time will need to be extended.
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