The more I use my slow cooker, the more I love it! Would you believe that the slow cooker can actually roast a whole chicken to tenderness and perfection, and with no oil? I almost couldn’t believe it! My husband thought it was just going to burn in there with no liquid at all. Just as well that we were both wrong!
I first saw the recipe Whole Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe on Allrecipes. I then bought a fresh whole chicken one Sunday morning and decided it to give it a try. I didn’t exactly follow the combination of spices for the rub as I’m not a fan thyme, garlic, onion powder or cayenne pepper. This is the combination of spices I used instead: Aromat, paprika, salt, black pepper and chicken spice. I added a teaspoon of each into a bowl, mixed them all up and used that mixture as my chicken rub.
I then placed the chicken in a plastic bag, as the recipe instructed, and left it in the fridge pretty much the whole day. In the evening, I peeled several large potatoes, quartered them and layered them at the bottom of the slow cooker dish. I removed the chicken from the plastic bag and placed it on top of the potatoes. This cooked for about 8 hours on low.
The result? Awesome! The chicken was actually roasted – not broiled – and amazingly tender. The taste? Absolutely delicious! And you wouldn’t believe how tasty the gravy was, with no oil whatsoever. Needless to say, I was sold on this recipe and I’ve been making it ever since! It’s healthy, it never fails and it’s super easy to make. I also don’t have to watch the oven and worry whether or not the roast will burn or roast to perfection.
What I also love about this recipe is that it really stretches those Rands even further for us. Buying a whole, fresh chicken at the butchery or the supermarket is definitely cheaper than buying a rotisserie chicken. We get several meals out of the roast and the few potatoes that I throw in. I also use the potato skins to make a healthy, frugal snack which we love (see the recipe here for Baked Potato Skins). And once I remove all the meat, I use the bones to cook a super, super, super healthy and tasty chicken broth (see the recipe here) – perfect for those cold winter nights.
If you and your family are absolute fans of roast chicken, I really recommend giving this recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed with the taste! And of course, please do leave me a comment below, and let me know how it works out.
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