How-to Make Roast Chicken in the Slow Cooker

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Tutorial Tuesdays // Tasty Yummies How-to Make Roast Chicken in the Slow Cooker

This tutorial falls under the category of simple, yet sweet. Or should I say, simple, yet savory! This is the perfect weeknight meal solution and as of recent, it is a near weekly occurrence in our house. I grab a fresh 3-4 lb whole pasture-raised chicken at the farmers market or Whole Foods, I rub it down, season it up, pile it atop some root veggies in the Crock Pot and voila, 4 hours later, dinner is ready.

The best part of a weekly whole chicken is how many meals we get from it. The meal from the whole roasted chicken is good for at least 2-3 meals, we enjoy it with the potatoes, as chicken salad, on top of big green salads, etc. Then I make a big pot of stock from the leftover bones and we get another 2-3 meals from that. This is truly a must for any busy family.

The seasonings on your chicken can vary with your preference and your mood. Generally I use this all-purpose herb and seasoning blend, that I love, occasionally I will opt for a spicy, chile pepper rub, it’s also great with lemon zest, garlic and freshly ground black pepper. The possibilities are endless. Seriously, you will never buy that rotisserie chicken from the store, again.

How-to Make Roast Chicken in the Slow Cooker

How-to Make Roast Chicken in the Slow Cooker

1) Place your potatoes and onions, or other root vegetables into the lightly greased crock pot. Stuff the chicken with onion, garlic cloves, fresh herbs and whatever else you’d like. Rub your chicken with a little olive oil and your favorite seasoning blend.

How-to Make Roast Chicken in the Slow Cooker

2) Place the chicken, breast side down into the crock pot, on top of the potatoes and onions. Cook for 4 hours on high, 6 hours on low (cook times can vary depending on your slow cooker).

How-to Make Roast Chicken in the Slow Cooker

3) Enjoy right from the crock pot or place the chicken under a hot broiler for 4-5 minutes to get the skin a little extra browned and crisp.

How-to Make Roast Chicken in the Slow Cooker

How-to Make Roast Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Recipe Notes:

This is vary important: slow cooker temperatures and strengths can and do vary, so watch your chicken carefully the very first time you cook it. You may want to try one of those pop-up timer things and keep an eye on it. Some may take longer, but you also definitely don’t want to overcook the chicken.

You can use other root vegetables in place of the potatoes, if you’d like. Sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, parsnips, etc

Try adding lemon to the chicken cavity for even more flavor

If you wish to get the skin extra crispy, after you remove the chicken from the slow cooker, place the whole chicken on a cookie sheet under your broiler for about 4-5 minutes, until the skin is golden brown, being careful to check it and not let it burn or dry out.

 

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1 Dan November 3, 2015 at 10:29 am

Won’t your vegetables get soggy from all the greasy coming from your chicken?

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2 Beth @ Tasty Yummies November 3, 2015 at 11:21 am

Dan, I have never ended up with soggy vegetables, no. But this will certainly depend on your slow cooker, the vegetables you choose, etc. There isn’t too much grease from the chicken and usually there is more water/broth, so together it brings a nice flavor to the veggies. On the contrary, occasionally the veggies will be slightly undercooked, if it’s a small bird that doesn’t take a long time to roast. On those occasions, I will finish the veggies on the stove top or in the oven. Hope this helps.

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3 Ali November 3, 2015 at 11:13 am

I’m confused by your cooking times. First you said “Cook for 4 hours on low, 6 hours on high” and later you said “cook for 4 hours on high, 6 hours on high.” Neither of these seem to make sense. Can you elaborate? Thanks!

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4 Beth @ Tasty Yummies November 3, 2015 at 11:19 am

Oh Ali, this is what I get for writing up a post after a long day. You are right none of this makes sense. ha. Thank you so much for your keen eye. Embarrassingly it was just a silly typo. I just edited it. Should read 4 hours on high, or 6 hours on low.

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5 Ali November 3, 2015 at 11:26 am

Thanks so much! Love your blog. :)

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6 Beth @ Tasty Yummies November 3, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Thanks Ali, you are the sweetest. xoxo

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