You will adore this super simple and incredibly flavorful recipe. My slow cooker roast chicken recipe is so versatile. Use it in soups or as a main course.
Roasted Chicken in the Slow Cooker
I finally found an easy way to make a whole roasted chicken that I don’t have to worry about overcooking, undercooking or it drying out. Slow cook it! Ahhhh.
A Slow Cooker Makes Roasting A Chicken So Easy
The love I have for my slow cooker is a bit unnatural to some. It lives on my kitchen counter because I use it so much. I laugh when people say they are not willing to drag out their slow cooker for a recipe, yet they are fine with making a huge mess in the kitchen having to use then wash multiple pots/pans to make dinner. Dragging that slow cooker out is worse? Anything that keeps me from doing more dishes or having to slave over the stove gets my vote. One pot to wash! Just one!
How to Roast Chicken in the Slow Cooker
What is the secret to roasting a chicken in the slow cooker? Normally, chicken overcooks in the slow cooker. It falls off the bone and become super soft.
This is wonderful if you want shredded chicken for enchiladas or chicken soup. But this time I wanted the chicken to have a crispy outside and juicy inside.
I put this bird on a bed of tiny new potatoes to keep it up out of the liquid so it didn’t boil. I wanted it roasted.
That’s the secret. Just keep it out of the liquid.
Trying to get her on a plate to look pretty for you guys was a challenge. The meat is fall off the bone tender. She may not look the most lady like but I got ‘er on there.
So yes, it still becomes a super tender meat. But that’s what I love about slow-cooked chicken!
I even make these overnight so I can just shred the meat and freezer for the recipes. I like to use organic chicken and the whole ones are much cheaper and seem to go on sale more.
Even your picky eaters will love this. Oh and you can even mash those potatoes. Just add a touch of milk, salt & pepper and they will mash right in the slow cooker because they will be so tender from cooking all day.
What to Serve With Roasted Chicken
This is almost an entire meal in the slow cooker. The only thing it is missing is a vegetable. You can serve it with any of these easy veggie sides:
- Roasted Vegetables
- Sauteed Zucchini and Sqaush
- Steamed Broccoli
- Green side salad
- 1 T paprika
- 2 t chili powder
- 1 t onion powder
- 1 t thyme
- 1/2 t garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 whole chicken
- 1 1/2 lbs baby new potatoes
- 6 C salad greens
- Mix all ingredients in a small bowl with lid.
- Add new potatoes to bottom of slow cooker.
- Place chicken on top of potatoes and sprinkle with seasoning.
- Cook on low for 8 - 10 hours.
- Serve with green salad.
On Cooking Day
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