Roast chicken has been my nemesis for a long time. I’ve always liked the idea of it but no matter how hard I try I can’t ever seem to get the baking time right. Even with a thermometer I always feel like I underbake it and we end up throwing out all the brown meat because I get so nervous about eating raw chicken, and I hate wasting food! One day I will conquer the traditional roasted chicken, but for now I am very happy I found this recipe that uses the slow cooker, it is awesome!
I love this recipe for many reasons. 1) It takes away the guesswork of knowing the perfect time to take out the bird. 2) It frees up oven space for any sides you may want to bake. 3) It makes your house smell delicious for hours and hours. 4) The drippings left in the crock pot make for some pretty delicious gravy. 5) It seals all the juices in, making the chicken juicy and moist. 6) The rub ensures a deliciously flavourful bird. 7) Just like any roast chicken the leftovers can be used throughout the week and the carcass can be used for chicken broth. It is a win all around!
I know what you’re probably thinking – that the skin must be soggy and gross since there’s so much moisture in the slow cooker. But it’s not at all! The skin turns out crispy and flavourful, thanks to the spice rub. There’s no liquid added to the slow cooker so that keeps it from being overly moist. The only issue I found was that I couldn’t pick up the whole bird and transfer it to the serving platter. It was so tender it fell apart while I was trying to take it out. It really wasn’t a big deal because we were cutting it all up anyways, but if you’re worried about appearances you may need to leave it in the slow cooker or perhaps line your slow cooker with foil for easier removal. Either way it doesn’t affect the delicious flavour of the tenderness.
This is a great recipe to have cooking while you’re away at Christmas festivities and would also be a great main for a small Christmas dinner. It’s stress-free, comforting and no-fuss – a definite must this time of year.
Slow Cooker Roast Chicken
The cooking time depends on the heat of your slow-cooker. Mine runs hot so it only takes 5 hours. Once you get to know your slow cooker it will be easier to gauge if you need the lesser or longer time.
- 1 whole chicken
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
Rinse chicken under cold water; pat dry. Mix together all ingredients for spice rub. Rub the spices on the outside and inside of the chicken. Refrigerate until ready to cook or place in the slow cooker immediately. Stuff cavity with sliced onion. Cook on low 5-7 hours, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken to serving platter and let rest for 15 minutes, before serving.