I love my Crockpot. To be able to put fresh ingredients into a slow cooker first thing in the morning, and come home at the end of the day to a delicious, home -cooked meal that cooked itself…priceless.
One of the many budget and kid-friendly meals at my house is a whole Roast Chicken. It’s versatile, easy and with a little extra effort provides chicken stock for another day. But as easy as roast chicken is to prepare, it does take time, and many days I simply don’t have the extra hour at the end of the day it requires to put a roast chicken on my family’s dinner table.
This Crockpot Whole Chicken recipe, gives us all the flavor and versatility of a roast chicken, with the ease of a crockpot meal. We can also use up the leftovers to make a Crockpot Chicken Stock — with only one slow cooker, one chicken and a few veggies, we can make at least two meals without even 2 minutes standing over a stove.
Crockpot Whole “Roast” Chicken
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low
Special Equipment: Crockpot (Slow Cooker)
- 1 tsp fennel seed, crushed (or seasoning of choice)
- 1 Tbsp Kosher salt
- 2 lemons
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 whole chicken (preferable organic, free-range)
- 1 onion, cut into wedges
- 15-20 baby potatoes, whole
- 3-4 medium carrots, roughly chopped
- Rinse chicken and pat very dry.
- Zest lemons, to provide 1 Tbsp. lemon zest.
- Mix together lemon zest, crushed fennel seed, Kosher salt and minced garlic.
- Rub the lemon zest mixture all over the chicken, including under the skin by gently lifting skin from breast.
- Cut one zested lemon in half and place both halves inside the cavity of the chicken.
- Slice remaining (zested) lemon into thick slices and place slices on bottom of crockpot.
- Lay onion wedges on bottom of crockpot.
- Place whole chicken on top of lemon slices and onion wedges in the crockpot.
- Scatter chopped carrots and whole potatoes around chicken.
- Place lid on crockpot and set to cook 6 hours on high or 8-10 on low.
- Optional: When chicken is done, heat oven broiler and place the ceramic crockpot liner (if applicable) under the broiler to brown the top of the chicken. If your crockpot does not have a removable ceramic liner, this step is optional.
- Drain juices and reserve chicken bones and leftover meat for Crockpot Chicken Stock (if desired)
**Note – A few of our readers have expressed a dislike for the flavor of fennel. The beauty of this dish is it’s versatility and ease for weeknight cooking. Feel free to alter the seasoning to fit your families tastes or skip it altogether.
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