I cooked a whole chicken in the slow cooker this week. It was my first time cooking a whole chicken this way....I reviewed a bunch of recipes first and I combined them and made up my own recipe and method. I cut up an onion and laid it in the bottom of the slow cooker. I placed the chicken on top of the onion and then covered it with another onion, sliced garlic, dried rosemary, salt and pepper. Right before turning on the slow cooker I added about a cup of water.
The chicken barely fit in the slow cooker - I had to rearrange the bits of onion on top a few times so that the lid would fit. I left the chicken to cook on low about 6 hours and when I came back to it the chicken and onions had browned and the slow cooker was nearly full of broth. I used silicone-tipped tongs (2 sets) to lift the chicken carefully out of the pot, and, despite my care, it came apart when I lifted it. I put it into a dish and then placed it under the broiler for about 4 minutes to crisp up the skin. I preserved the lovely broth.
We had a nice supper, but overall I was not pleased with how this chicken came out. It had that slow cooker meat issue - it fell off the bone but was still dry in texture. The skin was crispy and flavourful. Also the broth was perfect - tasty and rich.
The best part of the slow cooker chicken was the chicken corn chowder I made a couple of days later - it was wonderful with fresh cheddar biscuits.
|The raw chicken.|
|Oh no - broken chicken!|
|A nice supper overall even if the chicken wasn't perfect.|
|This chicken corn chowder was perfect - it made the whole exercise worthwhile!|