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.