Whether you have a large family (or maybe just one teenager) or find yourself playing hostess on occasion, there are times when you need to make a large quantity of food. If you aren’t a skilled or experienced cook, this can be a little intimidating. Pair this with the fact that your Busy with a capital “B” and you’ve got a real problem. Well, let’s rephrase that; you “had” a real problem. Thanks to this how to cook a whole chicken in crock pot tutorial, your life just got a little easier.
Making a whole chicken in crock pot is easier than you probably think. You can prepare the chicken in just a few minutes and then you simply place it in the crock pot and set a timer. You don’t have to baste the chicken or add certain ingredients as it cooks. You simply go about your day and every once in a while check the bird’s temperature with a meat thermometer to see if it has achieved the proper temperature. Pretty simple right?
When you follow this how to cook a whole chicken in crock pot tutorial, you’ll get a well seasoned juicy chicken that will pair well with a variety of sides like roasted vegetables or this baby blue salad with fresh pears and sweet and spicy pecans.
This whole chicken in crock pot recipe is perfect for serving a family of picky eaters (who doesn’t like moist flavorful chicken?) or individuals with varied tastes. Plus, the leftovers make for great lunches the next day!
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2 tsp. olive oil
2 garlic cloves
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
½ tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
1. Remove any organs or pouches from inside chicken.
2. Rinse chicken well, pat dry with paper towel.
3. Rub chicken down with olive oil, wash your hands well.
5. Mix paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and salt in a small dish then sprinkle all over outside of chicken.
6. Roll a length of aluminum foil about 15” long, then create a circle with it, be sure that it is small enough that chicken sits up on it and does not touch the bottom of the pan. This will keep your chicken from sitting in the grease and getting soggy on bottom.
7. Place chicken breast side down on foil ring.
8. Replace lid.
9. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, until thermometer reads 160 degrees F.
Please note: If you want a crispy skin you can carefully remove chicken from Crock Pot, and place in a shallow pan under broiler until desired color is reached.