Thursday, February 4, 2010

Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot

So I really enjoy how easy this was, but I definitely think that i am going to tweak the recipe a bit before I make it again.  That said I am typing it here as originally found, but that is only because my taste buds are not a fan of white pepper, and for me it was too potent in the recipe.  The boys liked it though.  I tend to steer towards using an entire bird rather than boneless chicken breasts.  A 5-6lb roaster bird cost us $4.00 where as 4 boneless and skinless breasts would be closer to $6.00.  This way i save money and get more meat.  I can always hack up the bird into pieces if need be, and even bone and skin them too.  The more "intact" the bird, the cheaper the price.

Be sure to read the recipe in its entirety cause it does call for the chicken to be rubbed down with the spices the night before and left to soak them in overnight.  I didn't do this and it turned out yummy, but I can easily see how left to soak all night long would draw the flavor all the way through the bird.



4 tsp salt
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 large roasting chicken (if it has a pop up timer, great!)
1 cup onion, chopped

Combine spices in a small bowl and mix well.  Remove giblets and wash and pat dry chicken.  Rub the spice mixture into the chicken, all over the top, bottom, under the skin, behind the wings, everywhere!  Place in a zip lock bag and refrigerate overnight.  (I'd also be sure to put the bag in a dish to catch any raw chicken juices that might seep out on accident)

Before cooking, dump chopped onion in the bottom of the crock pot, place the seasoned chicken (without the plastic bag) on top of the onion.  Replace lid. Do not worry about adding any liquid, NONE is needed, the chicken will make its own juices and baste itself.  My bird was half submerged in its juices when it was finished!

Cook on low 4-8 hours.  The time varies greatly because crock pots do.  I have a great crock pot, I started my bird at 1:30 and it was finished by 5:30 and the meat was falling off the bone! Chances are you know your crock pot.

I found this recipe on recipezaar.com

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