Blogmas Day 1: Easy Whole Chicken In A Crock-pot

Happy Blogmas Day 1!

I’m always looking for quick and easy Crock-pot meals with minimal ingredients. While getting groceries I came across some whole chickens on sale. I believe I paid $5 or less for a 4lbs Tyson chicken. I looked up a few recipes for chicken in a crock-pot (slow cooker) and came up with my own version based on what I had at home.

chicken

What you’ll need:

  • Whole Chicken (Mine is 4lbs)
  • Chicken Broth
  • Fresh Garlic, 2 cloves
  • Fresh Parsley, about 1/4 cup
  • Dried Red Pepper Flakes (a few shakes)
  • Green Onion, 5-6 stalks
  • Salt, 2 teaspoon
  • Pepper, 2 teaspoon
  • Olive Oil, 1/4 Cup
  • 2 Lemons, Juiced
  • Butter, 1/2 Stick

Directions or my best attempt at explaining:

  1. Thaw Chicken overnight and remove all the giblets and extra goodies.
  2. Dice/finely chop the Green Onion, Fresh Parsley, and Garlic Cloves.
  3. In a bowl combine the Diced/finely chopped Green Onion, Parsley, Garlic, Red Pepper Flakes, Pepper, Salt, Olive Oil, and Lemon Juice. Mix to make the Chicken Rub.
  4. Pour 1-2 Cups chicken broth into Crock-pot (enough to cover the bottom)
  5. Place thawed chicken in Crock Pot,Cover the chicken in the rub. I used my hands and a spatula to get some into the chicken.
  6. Cook on high for 4-4.5 hours or Low for 7-8 Hours. I did High for 4.5 Hours.
  7. Around the 4 hour mark, slice the half stick of butter into 4-5 pieces and place it on top of the chicken and return lid.
  8. Check to make sure chicken is cooked through. The safe internal temperature for cooked chicken is 165° Fahrenheit (75° Celsius). Another way to tell is if you remove the chicken and the juices run clear you should be good.
  9. *This step is option* If you like Crispy Skin, Remove chicken from Crock-pot, Place in baking dish along with some of the left over broth. BROIL in the oven on high for 5-10 minuets depending on how crispy you want.

Chicken had a great taste, wasn’t dry, and was really good the 2nd day for shredded chicken sandwiches! Unfortunately I go into posting these recipes with intentions of beautiful food pics during and after, but the after gets forgotten LOL. Enjoy!

-Lindsay

 

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