Whole Chicken – Crock Pot Style!

I’ve never tried cooking a whole chicken in my life.  Parts are easier and faster.  However, both the boys are fans of the whole chicken, so I decided to try one.  I was thrilled to find a slow cooker recipe, and gave it a shot.  Bottom line, the chicken was delicious.  However, a few caveats are in order.  If you are familiar with the “meat falling off the bone” effect of the crockpot on roasts and the like, be assured it applies with chicken also.  I went about 8 hours cook time, and the chicken broke apart as I attempted to lift it out of the pot.  I’ll go to six hours, or devise a lifting mechanism next time.  I may also half the amount of water and butter used in the stuffing prep cycle, as the chicken juices will more than suffice in keeping the stuffing moist and expanded.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken (4-5 lbs)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 tbs minced garlic
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 4 medium red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 box stovetup stuffing
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup butter

Directions

  1. Prepare stuffing mix per package directions and set aside
  2. Remove all parts from chicken cavity.  Rinse chicken and pat dry.
  3. Combine all dry spices in bowl and mix thoroughly.
  4. Rub spices all over chicken
  5. Stuff cavity with stuffing mix
  6. Spray inside of crock pot with cooking spray
  7. Toss garlic on bottom of pot
  8. Set chicken over garlic
  9. Place carrots and potatoes around chicken
  10. Cook for 6-8 hours on low.
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