Today I am sharing my favorite way to cook a whole chicken. You can also use this method for cooking a small turkey and it’s just as delicious. 🙂 It’ll make you feel like a pioneer woman! Except you’ll probably be inside your air conditioned house when you cook this. But I digress. You’ll notice I call it “roasted chicken,” but it’s actually cooked in a slow cooker and not by roasting it. However, thanks to a handy-dandy little trick I’ll share with you guys, it comes out tasting like roasted chicken! 🙂
This is so simple you guys. You chop up an onion or two and a couple of carrots and toss the pieces into your slow cooker. You then clean your 2-3 pound chicken that you bought from the store (this part makes me feel like a homesteader… except for the part where I didn’t have to do the actual killing). Then you salt and pepper it, squeeze the juice of a fresh lemon on it, toss some springs of rosemary on top of it and put the whole raw chicken into the slow cooker on top of the veggies.
Put the lid on your slow cooker and let it slowly cook on low for 8 hours. TA DA! If you want that roasted crispy skin taste (which is my fav!) then carefully put the whole chicken in a casserole dish and pop in the oven on broil for about 5 minutes (though watch it! You want it crispy, not burnt!)
After your chicken is nice and crispy on top, remove from oven and put on a fancier plate (unless you aren’t the fancy sort and decide to serve it right from your Pyrex like we did). Toss in the veggies from your slow cooker and VIOLA! A delicious roasted chicken dinner!
Please ignore the bad lighting… this is what happens when I cook after dark. 😉 But trust me, it’s delicious! And SO simple to make!