Making a whole bird to cook is perhaps my least favorite chore at home. There is something about it that makes me feel like I’m moaning and groaning as well as … you know what, it’s just easier to get someone else to do it!
Before I discovered this method. It’s SO EASY. I first found this recipe at the Slow Cooker from the Scratch website, and since then, I’ve seen it all on Pinterest. Of course, I wanted to test it out.
It’s easy to make it as spicy or savory as you’d like, and it’s an excellent alternative to store-bought chickens that are rotisserie. The meat is tender once cooked, and with only a few minutes in the oven, its skin will be equally crispy and golden. Serve this entire dish as a main meal or cut the meat to put on sandwich sandwiches (say goodbye to the deli meat with salt! ), tacos, burritos and salads, enchiladas, and a myriad of other dishes.
I have a large slow cooker, and today, I am not aware of its official size – somewhere between 5-7 quarts. I picked a 5-pound chicken that, by the appearance of it, will fit well inside my cooker. It just barely did not fit. My suggestion is to locate the chicken that appears as if it could work, then choose an animal that’s larger than the one you have 😉 My chicken yielded approximately 6 cups of cooked food.
4-5 lb. entire chicken ($5.97)
One medium-sized lemon ($0.69)
Half-bulb clove garlic ($0.29)
1/4 bunch of parsley ($0.21)
The chicken should be removed from the container by placing it in the sink. Allow the juices to flow out. The giblets must be removed from the cavity and disposed of. Then fold a length of foil in lengthwise to create a strong sling, then put the chicken in it (see pictures below).
Slice the lemon into half, then slice one half into quarters. Place the quarters in the chicken’s cavity. Cut the cloves of garlic, then put them in the hole with the entire sprig of parsley.
Remove the second part from the lemon. Put it in the middle of your slow cooker. This will allow the chicken to stand up from its bottom. Utilizing the foil sling, raise the chicken into the slow cooking and then place it on the top of the lemon. Place the ends of the sling in the cooker, seal the lid, and cook at high heat for about four hours.
After cooking at high for 4 hours after cooking for four hours, carefully remove the chicken from the slow cooker with the foil sling. Place on a baking pan. The broiler should be set to its lowest setting, and cook the chicken in the broiler (5-6 inches away from its flame) to cook until its skin turns golden brown and crisp (5-10 5-10 minutes). Allow the chicken to cool for 10 minutes prior to eating or cutting it up.