I am addicted to making whole roast chicken in the Crock Pot! We have it weekly. Not only does the chicken get so tender that it just falls off the bone, there are always leftovers for sandwiches or salads for the next couple of days. It’s also one of the easiest dinners I make. Chunk up an onion, make a little spice rub, turn on the Crock Pot and dinner is done in 4 hours. The spice rub is rubbed on the skin, but also UNDER the skin. That is what makes this SO good. A must try. Of course you could do this in the oven, but I love the fact that you barely have to carve this. I can literally pull the chicken breast off the bone with a pair of tongs, that’s how tender it is.Side note – I buy my chickens in a 2-pack from Sam’s Club. They are hormone and antibiotic free and so much cheaper than the organic ones at my regular grocery store. Be sure to check out your wholesale club next time! And I use a very basic 6-quart Crock-Pot that you can purchase from Amazon. Mine is about 10 years old and still kickin’!Serves 4-6
1 whole roast chicken, 4-5 pounds
1 medium onion
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt, plus extra for the cavity
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cut the onion in chunks and place in the bottom of the Crock Pot. Reserve about 1/4 of the onion to place in the cavity of the chicken. Combine the dried spices in a small bowl and set aside.
Remove the giblets from the chicken and season the inside with salt. Place the reserved onion chunks in the cavity. Using your fingers, gently loosen the skin connected to the breast and rub a small amount of the spice mixture directly on the meat. Rub the remaining spices on the outside of the entire chicken.
Place the prepared chicken on top of the onions in the Crock Pot and turn to high. Cook for 4-5 hours.
(Source: adapted from 100 Days of Real Food)
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