Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken by The Fat Foodie

The last time I went shopping I bought a reduced whole chicken, but when I got home I realised that I’d forgotten that I was working the following day and wouldn’t have time to cook it. Now, I’ve read before that you can cook a whole chicken in a slow cooker, but I’ve never tried it because I wasn’t sure what the results would be like. So, I figured it’d be as good a time as any to try it!

I decided to make a base layer trivet of new potatoes and carrots so that the bottom of the chicken would be protected from the heat of the slow cooker and this worked out well because the cooked potatoes and carrots went really nicely with the cooked chicken. In terms of size, my slow cooker is a 3.5 litre one and it fitted the chicken perfectly, but it wouldn’t be a problem if you had a larger slow cooker. I was a bit of a scaredy cat and added a bit of hot water into the slow cooker in case it ran dry, but to be honest I don’t think it was necessary because the chicken naturally released enough liquid and oil throughout the cooking process that it would not have been in danger of drying out at all.

The slow cooker whole chicken was a triumph and is an experiment that I’ll happily remake soon in the future. Although it didn’t have that flavour that is unique to a roast chicken, when I went to take the chicken out of the slow cooker the meat was so tender that it simply fell off the bone and it was complemented by the lovely soft new potatoes and sweet carrots. I had intended on serving it with gravy, but we ended up just having it with sharp, vinegary pickles, salty capers and sinus-burningly hot creamed horseradish. All in all, it was a delicious dinner to greet me after a long day at work and I’ll definitely be making this slow cooker whole chicken again.

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken

New potatoes (enough for however many people you’re feeding)

Carrots (enough for however many people you’re feeding and peeled & cut into large pieces)

Method:

Put your slow cooker on low and put your carrots and potatoes in the bottom.

The Base Vegetables For Slow Cooker Whole Chicken by The Fat Foodie

Place the whole chicken on top and let the slow cooker cook throughout the day.

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Ready to be Baked by The Fat Foodie

Remove from the slow cooker and serve.

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken by The Fat Foodie

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