I was planning to post this tonight but when the babes takes a nap, it’s always smart to make the most of it! So here goes. This is my famous crock pot whole chicken recipe. Here’s a picture as we’re ready to start:
Start with a whole chicken (may I suggest organic or free-range?)
Mix the following spices together in a small bowl:
1t cayenne pepper
1t onion powder
1t white pepper
1/2t garlic powder
1/2t black pepper
(if you don’t keep white pepper on hand, just leave it out or add a little extra black pepper). Mix and set aside.
Now it’s time to open the chicken (i like to use a small sharp knife to open the bag and use the same for ‘cleaning’ the chicken). Remove as much skin and fat (and whatever ‘goodies’ are hanging out inside the chicken). This is the ‘little bit gross’ part, that can be a little reminiscent of 8th grade Biology Class. But trust me, it will be worth it! A little tip: set an empty plastic shopping bag open on the counter so you can easily drop the trimmings into said bag… then when you’re done with the cleaning just tie it up and into the garbage it goes – all sealed up nicely. Once your chicken is skinless and relatively trimmed of fat, get your bowl of spices and give her a good rub (all sides). Here’s what you’ll have:
Then, if you are feeling particularly gourmet you can stuff it with some diced onions and or a bay leaf or two (optional). Then, pop it into the crock pot (breast side down is best), but however you can squeeze it in. Note, this works best in a medium (not too small or large pot). You want to fill the crock pot but you also want the lid to close!
Now throw on the lid, set the temperature to high and go take a nap for a few hours! Okay, just kidding on the nap, but you could! Well, if you had a nanny and a housekeeper. (sigh)
Double check that you’re plugged in and turned on, and soon your kitchen will be wafting with the delicious aroma only a slow cooking chicken can create. MMMMMMMMM! Your family will thank you!
Note: if you’re ready to eat/serve 4 hours later, check the chicken for an internal temp of 165*F. Once you reach that you are free to serve! This chicken goes great with mashed potatoes (out of a box is fine – the chicken will be the show-stopper anyway!) and some steamed veggies.
A few tips: I like to serve up plates right from the crock pot at dinner time. The chicken will be ‘falling off the bone’ so it works best to use kitchen tongs for dishing. Now if there was just a way to bottle the fabulous aroma to share with y’all. Well, you’ll just have to try it yourself! Enjoy!
NEW! Here’s a picture I took when it was all ready (this was at 4 hours):