He clearly didn’t know my slow cooker was on the other side! With the unseasonably hot weather, roasting a chicken in the oven was not happening! We scored a great price on a roasting chicken, so into the slow cooker it went. We pretty much followed this recipe from food.com, but to be honest, next time I will follow their cooking time (hubby cooked it on high for 3 hours and low for 1 hour), I would definitely cook on low! The flavor was great, but it seemed a bit dry to me. No one else complained, but I’m certain I can get it right!
4 tsp salt (per recipe reviews, 2 tsp is better) – I went with 2 tsp.
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper - I used chili powder, because it’s what I had.
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp thyme – This invoked an entire “whose on 1st” scenario in my house.
1 tsp white pepper – Didn’t have it, didn’t use it.
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp black pepper
1 large roasting chicken
1 cup chopped onion (optional) I opted to use it.
- In a small bowl, combine the spices.
- Remove any giblets from chicken and clean chicken. (I didn’t dry the chicken enough prior to putting on the rub.)
- Rub spice mixture onto the chicken.
- Place in resealable plastic bag and refrigerate overnight. I skipped this step.
- When ready to cook, put chopped onion in bottom of crock pot. I used the onion.
- Add chicken. No liquid is needed, the chicken will make it’s own juices.
- Cook on low 4-8 hours.
The original recipe recommends a pop-up timer. I didn’t use a pop-up timer, but will cook on low next time.
This easily fed all five of us and we had leftovers for the next night.
I boiled pasta and chopped the leftover chicken.
In a pan with about a ½ cup of olive oil, heat the following until warm:
1 lb of pasta (prepared)
A handful or two of toasted pine nuts
Juice from 1 lemon
A handful of seasoned breadcrumbs – I use garlic powder, salt, oregano, basil and parsley in mine. No one ever likes the heels of the loaves of bread, so I save them in a Ziploc in the freezer until I’m ready to make breadcrumbs.
Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
Add more olive oil if necessary