Making a crock pot whole chicken is an easy way to prep for paleo lunches and dinners throughout the week.
It’s the beginning of another hectic week. One of the best ways to prepare for the week ahead is to cook a whole chicken to use for different meals. Roasting a chicken in the oven is great if you’re home — and something I do a lot on the weekends. But if you’re running around all day, crock pot whole chicken is a great alternative. It’s an easy, healthy chicken recipe. And a great way to prep for paleo lunches and dinners throughout the week.
Cooking a whole chicken in the crock pot is simple. I use the same ingredients as my herb lemon garlic roast chicken, with the addition of some vegetables to create a rack in the bottom of the slow cooker. This is my go-to flavor combination for poultry. It works well as a base for any sauces added later. And I always have the ingredients in my pantry.
- 2 carrots, cut in chunks
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 small onion
- 1 large whole chicken
- 1 lemon, halved
- 3 - 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence
- kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Cut carrots, celery and onion into large chunks and line bottom of slow cooker.
- Rinse chicken, pat dry, and stuff with garlic cloves and lemon halves. Season all over with salt, pepper, and herbes de Provence.
- Place chicken on top of vegetables in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 - 8 hours, or until chicken is 160 degrees.