Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Cooking a Chicken in the Crock-Pot

After reading this post, a reader asked me to describe how I cook a whole chicken in my crock-pot. Here is my recipe:

Crock-Pot Whole Chicken
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp salt
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp onion powder

Additional Items
½ cup water
Tinfoil (optional)
  1. Sprinkle the spices on the chicken. [I am quite liberal with them, and I probably use more of each ingredient than this recipe officially calls for. I peel back some of the skin so that the spices get underneath it, then I fold the skin back into place.]
  2. Pour ½ cup water into the bottom of the crock-pot.
  3. Place the chicken in the crock-pot, making sure it is slightly elevated. [The chicken needs to be elevated on something inside the crock-pot, or else it becomes too greasy. I have a small, metal cooking rack that fits inside my crock-pot. So I place the rack on the bottom of the crock-pot and place the chicken on top of it. An alternate option is to create three balls (2-3 inches in diameter) from tinfoil. You can put these balls on the bottom of the crock-pot and place the chicken upon them.]
  4. Cook the chicken on low for 8-9 hours, depending on the size of the chicken.
  5. Serve the chicken as is, or make a gravy from the juices in the crock-pot.


Julie VW said...

Thank you! I got a chicken last night and look forward to trying it this week!!!!

Katie @ 3 Blondes and a Redhead said...

Thanks for this post - I've never attempted to cook a whole chicken and today's the day. The tips about the tin foil balls is a great one!


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