Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Breaking in the Crockpot - Lemon Chicken

I exchanged a second fondue set I got for Christmas for a big ol' slow cooker this year. I was adament about not ever having a slow cooker- it just didn't seem like the thing for me. I'm a stove top cooker, I don't make roasts and chilis and stuff like that. Why do I need one of these things that everyone raves about? And where am I going to store it?!?

Ok, so I store it in the basement since it doesn't get used that often. But I'm impressed with what it's produced. I'll admit, my first attempt at chili- using my regular recipe with no changes- didn't go so well. But this, what I'm calling the real maiden voyage, was in fact quite delicious!

I love roast chicken, but it takes so long to cook and I don't have the energy at the end of my work days. But lo and behold, the crockpot takes all the work out of it. And it is even moister and tastier than from the oven.

I'm a convert!

Slow Cooker Whole Lemon Chicken

  • Whole Chicken, around 4 lbs.
  • Heavy Splash of White Wine/ Chicken Broth
  • 2 Lemons
  • 1-3 Garlic Cloves, partially smashed
  • 1-2 Green Onion Stalks, chopped
  • 1-2 Tbsp Butter, chopped
  • Dried Thyme
  • Salt & Pepper

  1. Place chicken in slow cooker. I believe I placed mine breast down, but I can't even figure out which way is up, let alone remember what I did a month ago!
  2. Pour wine/ broth in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Slice up one of the lemons and place the slices in the cavity. Add the crushed garlic to the cavity as well.
  4. Carefully lift up the skin of the roaster chicken and place pieces of butter under the skin. Try to push it down and all around. Any excess that you don't want to put under the skin should be placed on top.
  5. Zest some of the remaining lemon onto the chicken. Cut in half and squeeze the juice over the chicken and into the bottom of the pot.
  6. Sprinkle chicken with green onion, thyme, salt and pepper.
  7. Cook on low for 8-10 hours until good and moist. The chicken may dry out on top and split, but the meat will be tender and moist!

1 comment:

Kate said...

I love my slow cooker, but have yet to try a whole chicken in it...maybe soon!