Monday, April 9, 2012

Crock Pot Roasted Chicken

This recipe is perfect for the family who spends most of their day out of the house, such as a working couple with kids.  It's perfect because you can prep this dish, place it in the slow cooker, and go about the rest of your day, even if it's a long one.  When you get back, a perfectly roasted chicken will be waiting for you.  Of course, even if you spend the day in your home, you can make this dish...just no guarantees that the aroma as it cooks through the day won't drive you crazy!  ;)

When prepping this dish, be sure to place the roaster breast-side down.  That way the breast becomes immersed in its own juices as it cooks and doesn't dry out.  With such a lengthy cook time for the dish, this little detail is very important. ;)  You can also prep the chicken with the rub the night before and place the whole thing (crock pot and all) in the fridge. Take pot out at least 15 minutes before plugging it in and turning it on.  Because this recipe calls for a low heat, it should gently warm up the stoneware and not risk cracking it.

Hope you enjoy!

1 whole chicken
Chicken Rub spice mix
1 Tbsp finely minced garlic

Chicken Rub ingredients:
¼ C brown sugar
1 Tbsp Kosher salt
1 Tbsp garlic powder
½ Tbsp paprika
1 tsp tarragon
½ tsp coarse ground black pepper

Rinse & pat-dry a whole chicken.  (Don't forget to remove any giblets or innards from inside the cavity!)  Rub about a third of the spice mix on the inside of the chicken as thoroughly as possible.  Rub another third of the spices on the breast side, making sure to cover all crevices and surfaces, especially between the legs, thighs, wings and the body of the chicken. Place breast-side down in a crock pot.  Sprinkle remainder of spices on the back and over any un-touched surfaces. Spread minced garlic over top and massage it and the spices well into the skin of the chicken.

Cover tightly with crock pot lid.  DO NOT add any water or other liquid (such as chicken broth) to the pot.  Turn crock pot on low and let cook, undisturbed, for at least 10 hours.

Caution: chicken will be fall-off-the-bone tender when you're done!  ;)

Serve with roasted or pan-sauteed vegetables, such as honey-butter baby carrots or Cripsy Smashed Potatoes.




  1. good posting about Crock Pot Roasted Chicken

  2. Hey, do you have the recipe for the honey butter baby carrots? Or are they as simple as they sound?