Until last night I had never cooked a whole chicken. Sure I’ve cooked chicken tenders and breasts but never the whole bird. I used to joke with my Mom that if I ever took over hosting Thanksgiving I would serve turkey breast. It seemed such an intimidating task. Enter my slow cooker….I had never considered cooking a whole chicken in a slow cooker, but after coming across a few recipes online I decided to give it a try. I am SO glad I did!! Technically this isn’t a special “allergen free” recipe, but it’s got so few ingredients that it fits the bill for JT and maybe it will for you as well. If you have allergies to any of the veggies or spices you could easily make this without them. Oh…and it’s super healthy!
Slow cooker Whole chicken
1 whole chicken (mine was 4 lbs.)
1 Large potato, cut into chunks (I would have used red potatoes halved, if I had them. Also my kids refuse to eat potatoes so you might want to add a little more)
Baby carrots, about 2 handfuls
1 garlic clove diced or minced jarred garlic equivalent
1 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper
aluminum foil or 1 onion cut into large chunks
Wash your chicken and pat dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle with paprika, garlic, salt and pepper. Make 3 balls with aluminum foil and place into the crock pot, you will place your chicken on top of these (You could also place onion chunks on the bottom of your slow cooker if you prefer). Place potatoes and carrots around chicken. Cook on high for about 4-5 hours. No need to add liquid and no need to stir, although I did pull the carrots and potatoes away from the sides of the crock a few times.
The chicken will fall apart after cooking so I’m not sure you could pull the whole thing out, I just pulled the meat out and served on plates. I read that you could keep the bones in the slow cooker and make a stock with them, one step at a time for me though!