The Slow Cooker Roast Chicken is an incredibly juicy, forgiving, and simple whole chicken recipe. It offers a fantastic way to prepare a whole chicken in the slow cooker, delivering delightful flavors reminiscent of Greek cuisine. Moreover, this recipe allows for both slow cooking and pressure cooking options. For that extra crispy skin, you can also pop it under the grill or broiler for 5 minutes. With this versatile and mouthwatering dish, you can enjoy a delicious Sunday Roast Chicken dinner any day you desire!
Slow Cooker Roast Chicken – A Gold Nugget Recipe
Prepare to have your culinary world transformed if you’ve never made a whole chicken in a slow cooker before. This crockpot whole chicken recipe is a true gem among my collection, delivering the perfect blend of speed, simplicity, and a classic Roast Chicken experience without any compromise. Here’s why it stands out:
- The chicken’s flesh, including the breast, turns out remarkably juicy, as if it has been expertly brined;
- Remarkably forgiving – Even if you accidentally extend the cook time by 2 hours, the chicken remains succulent, all thanks to the magic of slow cookers!
- The end result looks and tastes just like a traditionally oven-roasted chicken, with the added surprise that the breast meat is even more tender and juicier;
- You have the flexibility of choosing various cooking options with the same outstanding outcome. Opt for slow cooking on low (5 hours) or high (3 hours), or speed things up with pressure cooking for 24 minutes.
- You’ll be thrilled to know that it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare the chicken before it goes into the slow cooker, and you can even prep ahead. Additionally, the Lemon Sauce is a breeze to make – just add cornflour/cornstarch to the slow cooker juices.
Crock pot whole chicken recipe ingredients
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How to Cook a Whole Chicken in a Slow Cooker
This delectable Lemon Garlic slow cooker whole chicken starts with a flavorful olive oil paste, crafted with zesty lemon, garlic, salt, pepper, and your preferred dried herbs (like thyme, oregano, and parsley).
To infuse the chicken with maximum taste, most of the paste is gently spread under the skin. Don’t worry about perfection; it’s an easy process! You can follow along with the video to see how it’s done. Simply use a dessert spoon to loosen the skin, carefully spoon the paste underneath, and then spread it roughly using your hands or the spoon from the outside. As the chicken cooks, the paste will naturally spread and slide.
For added aroma and moisture, tuck a used lemon inside the chicken before placing it on a rack in the slow cooker. If you don’t have a rack, you can use balls or create a ring of scrunched up foil to lift the chicken off the bottom.
Let it slow cook for 5 hours on low, and when it’s ready to come out of the slow cooker, you’ll be greeted by an enticing aroma. However, the chicken’s appearance might seem unappealing at first – pale and colorless. No worries, though! A quick 5 to 10 minutes under the broiler/grill will work wonders. You’ll be amazed at how rapidly the skin transforms from bland to crispy golden brown, adding the perfect finishing touch to this delightful dish!
How long does a whole chicken take in the slow cooker?
For a 2kg/4lb whole chicken, you have two cooking options to achieve different results:
- For a juicy and carvable chicken similar to a traditional oven Roast Chicken:
- Cook on low for 5 hours, or
- Cook on high for 3 hours.
- For exceptionally tender meat that easily pulls off the bone:
- Slow cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.
Choose the cooking time that best suits your preference, and enjoy a deliciously cooked whole chicken with either option!
Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Option!
Absolutely! This versatile Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken can be prepared using a pressure cooker as well, and the result is just as delightful as the slow cooker version, but with the added bonus of being much quicker. Here’s how to do it:
- Add 1/2 cup of water to the pressure cooker.
- Place the prepared whole chicken into the pressure cooker.
- Pressure cook for 24 minutes on high.
- After cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes.
- Finally, release the pressure valve to complete the cooking process.
In no time, you’ll have a succulent and flavorful Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken that’s perfectly cooked and ready to be enjoyed!
Initially, I referred to this sauce as a gravy, but the idea of a lemon-flavored gravy felt a bit unusual. So, I decided to simply call it Lemon Sauce!
You’ll appreciate how remarkably simple this sauce is compared to traditional gravies. No need to deal with greasy pans, cooking flour, or straining. All you have to do is add cornstarch / cornflour and let it simmer until it thickens. That’s all there is to it! It’s a hassle-free way to achieve a delightful Lemon Sauce that perfectly complements your dish.
Oh the possibilities!!!
The beauty of recipes like this Slow Cooker Roast Chicken lies in their adaptability, allowing you to put your personal touch on the dish. While I’ve kept it straightforward as an everyday roast chicken recipe, there are plenty of ways you can customize it to suit your preferences. Here are some ideas for variations:
- Experiment with different dried herbs or use fresh herbs instead of dried ones for a burst of flavor.
- Add your favorite spices or opt for a rub instead of using herbs.
- Enhance the flavors by placing a quartered onion and halved head of garlic (or smashed garlic cloves) under the chicken. This will add extra richness to the sauce, which can be strained out later.
- Infuse the chicken with more flavor by stuffing it with fresh herbs and a halved head of garlic. To ensure a strong garlic taste, use a generous amount of garlic.
- Substitute oil with butter for an even richer taste (use a larger quantity of butter).
Feel free to get creative and make this recipe uniquely yours! The possibilities are endless. I’m excited to hear your feedback and learn about the creative ways you make this Slow Cooker Roast Chicken your own. Enjoy experimenting and happy cooking!