This super simple recipe for Savory Slow Cooker Chicken is a perfect weeknight meal! Watch the video to discover just how easy this recipe is.
I’m always surprised by how many people are intimated by cooking a whole chicken. It’s one of my favorite things to make and to eat and when I discovered how easy it is to make a whole chicken in the slow cooker I was thrilled. I love the idea of using my slow cooker but most recipes are filled with weird processed ingredients (ahem, cream of mushroom soup) and I prefer to use natural and fresh ingredients most of the time. I also like slow cooker recipes that also include some veggies so there’s less work to make a meal. This particular recipe for savory slow cooker chicken certainly fits the bill, I think you will really enjoy it. I love to serve it with a crusty baguette and you’ve got dinner on the table!
Do you use your slow cooker often? What are your favorite things to cook in it?
This is all you need to make this recipe! Check out my other favorite way to make a whole chicken in the slow cooker: Lemon, Rosemary, and Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken.
Taste: Chicken is kind of bland on its own so I love all these savory spices together. You can use whatever your family prefers!
Texture: The chicken is juicy and tender and the vegetables are soft without being mushy.
Ease: Super easy yet impressive. Pop everything into the slow cooker earlier in the day and have it all ready by dinner time!
Appearance: Roast chicken is always a wonderful sight for hungry eyes.
Pros: I much prefer slow cooker recipes that use fresh natural ingredients. This is such a simple and fool-proof way to cook a whole chicken.
Would I make this again? Absolutely.
How to make Video: Savory Slow Cooker Chicken
If you prefer crispy chicken skin, place the whole chicken in a baking dish and broil for 5 minutes, or until the skin is crisp.
4 carrots, peeled and cut into thirds
2 small onions, peeled and cut into wedges
4 medium red potatoes, cut into chunks
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending on spice preference
4 pound whole chicken, rinsed and patted dry with giblets removed
Place the carrots, onions, potatoes, and peeled garlic cloves in the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker.
Place the chicken on top of the vegetables. Rub the melted butter all over the chicken. In a small bowl combine the salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, and cayenne. Sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over the entire chicken.
Cook the slow chicken on low for 4 to 6 hours, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160-165°F. The cooking time will depend on the size of the chicken and the slow cooker.
Recipe by Tessa of Handle the Heat
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