This morning I put a whole chicken in the crock pot. I’m so proud of myself for using the crock pot three nights this week. It truly is a time saver.
It’s a simple recipe. Again, it’s easily adaptable. As you can see, I’m using a whole chicken, some olive oil, an orange, an onion and a seasoning mix.
I found the seasoning shaker at a yard sale for 25 cents. It was the best quarter investment ever! I am able to premix my seasonings with ingredients I have on hand. No pre-made seasoning mixes for me. Best part is I get even distribution of the seasoning. This particular blend consists of salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika.
The orange and the onions are quartered and will be in the cavity of the chicken. I cut and set them aside prior to preparing the chicken. I also use another container to hold a small amount of olive oil. This way, there is no cross-contamination risk with touching the chicken then the oil bottle.
I rinse and pat the bird dry with some papertowels. I sprinkle a little seasoning in the cavity, add the produce and tie up the legs. Then I flip it over, breast side down. Drizzle a bit of oil. In the crock pot, it’s not really necessary, but it helps the seasoning adhere better. Lightly sprinkle with the seasoning mixture and then flip it over.
If you lift the skin over the breast, your hand can go under the skin and loosening the skin will allow you to season the breast. After you loosen the skin, shake some seasoning in your hand and then wipe on the chicken breast. Which, while I am typing this, I remember that I loosened the skin from the breast and didn’t add the seasoning. Oh well….next time.
Now, drizzle a bit more oil. Shake seasoning over the entire bird. That’s it. Simple, right?
Place chicken in the crock pot. I add about a half of a cup of water. You don’t need much. Cover and cook. I set mine on High for 5 hours and the crock will revert to “warm” until I get home. You get to pick which side dish(es) you’d like to add.