Monday, October 19, 2009
9:40 AM | Posted by Kelly | Edit Post
I have been hearing good things about making a whole chicken in the crockpot, so I decided to give it a try today. I use my crockpot a lot, but this is something I have never done before.
First, I sprayed the crockpot with cooking spray. Then I made 4 small balls of aluminum foil. This is a tip I got on the Nest. Apparently it is best to sit the chicken on top of these foil balls so it isn't sitting directly in the crockpot. I don't argue with Nestie experts!
I removed the giblets from the inside of the chicken and washed it. I stuffed the chicken with a few sprigs of fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, 1/2 of a lemon, and onion and a few cloves of garlic. After placing the chicken in the crockpot, I squeezed the other 1/2 of lemon on the chicken and then sprinkled it with salt and pepper. Then the spices - I used paprika and Mrs Dash Garlic and Herb. I use this combo when roasting chicken (suggested by my friend Leslie) and it is so delicious. Lastly I sprinkled some fresh chopped rosemary on top.
I added some carrots, celery and onion around the chicken, popped the top on and dinner will be ready in about 8 hours! I love slow cooking!
I decided to make a salad and some roasted potatoes on the side. I tossed the potatoes in olive oil, salt and pepper and some fresh chopped rosemary. 450 for about 45 minutes.
For the salad, I cut up one romaine heart, added some carrots and croutons. For the dressing, I decided to try to duplicate one that my husband gets at a lunch place by work. He brought some home and it was delicious. I am using sesame oil, the juice of an orange, the zest from the orange, soy sauce, sugar and ground ginger. Well, the dressing turned into a total FAIL, so I we'll be using bottled Asian Sesame dressing instead!
The chicken came out great in the crockpot. I will definitely be doing that again!