More Crock Pot Lovein’: Crock Pot Whole Chicken

Source: Recipes.sparkpeople.com

Source: Recipes.sparkpeople.com

If you read my blog back in January, you will remember that my roommate and I heavily relied on our crock pot.  It was the lifesaver, to our busy days, and long nights. As the cold crisp air is slowly creeps into the northeast, I want more and more crock pot meals.

Considering that I don’t eat red meat I have had to get creative in finding recipes, as it seems as though there are always pork, and beef recipes for the crock pot. However, with the little extra time on my hands I don’t mind doing a bit of research.  One recipe which I had been dying to try was cooking a whole chicken in the crock pot.  I always love roasting a chicken in the oven, however, it always seems to take FOREVER.  Cooking a chicken in the crock pot seemed perfect because I could do the prep work in the morning before work and it would be ready by the time I got home.  All I would have to do is make my sides.

The dietitian I am seeing shared the website 100 days of Real Food with me, and I absolutely love it.  While not all the recipes suit my needs, I can easily make modifications. So here it is.  The best whole chicken recipe {with some modifications}.  Not only does this recipe make dinner a little easier, but it also makes the perfect leftover lunch. Just toss-up a salad and throw some chicken on – yummy.

This chicken is full of flavor and will literally fall apart when it is done cooking. Hence why there is no photo accompanying this post. This dish tasted better than it looked on the plate. Enjoy!

The Best Whole Chicken
gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, nut-free
Ingredients
  1. 1 teaspoon salt
  2. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  3. 1 teaspoon thyme
  4. ½ teaspoon rosemary
  5. ¼ teaspoon cayenne (red) pepper
  6. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  7. 1 onion
  8. 2 stalks of celery
  9. 1/2 lemon
  10. handful of baby carrots
  11. 1 large chicken

 

Instructions
  1. Combine the dried spices in a small bowl. Loosely chop the onion and place it in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Remove any giblets from the chicken and then rub the spice mixture all over. You can even put some of the spices inside the cavity and under the skin covering the breasts. Sqeeze lemon juice onto chicken. Place lemon remains in the cavity with a few carrots. Put prepared chicken on top of the onions, celery, and carrots in the slow cooker, cover it, and turn it on to high. There is no need to add any liquid.
  3. Cook for 6-8 on low or until the chicken is falling off the bone.

 

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After being diagnosed with non-celiac gluten sensitivity Candice started Embrace G-free. On this honest account you will find posts which empower you to live your happiest and healthiest gluten free life, in addition to recipes, product reviews, and resources.
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