Delicious Slow Cooked Whole Chicken!
I've never been one to enjoy being in the kitchen-- that is, unless I was eating someone else's (mainly Nick's) good cooking. As a kid, I got good grades so my parents never said much.
Then Arria was born and my life changed.
Now I'm always looking to try new things in the kitchen. This time, "something new" came in the form of a whole chicken! I've never cooked a chicken whole before, but thank God for slow cookers and online recipes, I recently decided to give it a shot. The recipe I decided to try was inspired by this one that I found on Genius Kitchen, but I ended up tweaking it a lot.
I'm pleased to say that it didn't disappoint, and I was pleasurably surprised with myself! :)
1 whole chicken
any additional spices that are particular to your taste (see image below for the ones that I used)
lemon or lime (for cleaning the chicken)
cornstarch (optional: for thickening the sauce/gravy that results from the slow cooking process)
Prep time: 30 mins (including cleaning the chicken)
Actual cook time: 5-9 hours (depending on if slow cooker is set to low or high)
Gather your ingredients and organize them on your countertop as to avoid forgetting anything later on in the process.
Take all of your spices and mix them together to create the rub that you will use to season your chicken. I would suggest doing this first because it makes it easier and less messy to apply to your chicken once it has been cleaned, and then you can quickly move on to the next step of the process.
Take out the giblets and clean your chicken with water and your fresh lemon. Once you're done cleaning the chicken, pat down the chicken to dry the skin which will help the spice rub seep into the skin over the duration of the cooking time.
Take your freshly cleaned chicken and rub it down with your spiced seasoned goodness. Make sure you cover all areas of the chicken-- under the wings, the thighs, and don't forget to rub down the insides of the chicken as well!
Next up are the veggies! Finely chop your onions and garlic, then cut the potatoes and carrots in wide chunks. Mix the vegetables, together. I added a bit of the leftover spices to the vegetables so that they were also flavored.
Place your vegetables in the bottom of your slow cooker, this way your chicken is raised. This will help your juices collect at the bottom of the pot, and keep your chicken from sticking to the bottom of the pot as well. I opted to top the chicken with a little of butter, but afterwards I kind of wished I would have rubbed the chicken down with butter before I added the spices.
Five to nine hours later you should have a goldenly deliciously stewed chicken that's cooked to perfection with melt in your mouth goodness!
Smile, eat, and enjoy... Arria sure did!
What I'd Change:
Though I loved the recipe and the way the chicken came out, I must say I wish the chicken was a little crispier. Preparing the chicken in the slow cooker was perfect for cooking the chicken and creating a natural gravy (no broth necessary). But if I were to make this again, I'd probably take the chicken out of the slow cooker once it was done and pop it in the oven for a bit. Yummmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about it!
ps-to-the-s: This was fun and all, but once #BabyReidNo2 drops, I'll be making an attempt to go vegan. I miss the no-meat lifestyle. Pray for me ya'll! lol
Leave a comments below sharing some of your favorite slow cooker chicken recipes. And if you try something along the lines of what I did here, let me know how it turned out! :)
#LiveRi¢h, and Happy Dream Chasing!