March 16, 2010
Every Sunday at our local farmer's market, I buy a whole chicken from the great folks at Healthy Family Farms (we also get our eggs from them). I like to make a Simple Roast Chicken every Sunday, but several weeks ago the farmer that sells the me chickens asked if I had ever tried cooking a whole chicken in a slow cooker. I had not. I listened as she told me just how easy it was to prepare, but I was still in disbelief at how simple her description was. No oil? No butter? No broth? Just a few herbs, lemon and salt? Really?! I immediately went home that afternoon and with practically no effort, prepared a chicken that was about as good as any I had ever tasted. My whole family was wide-eyed as we took our first bites -- the chicken was moist, tender and juicy and the consistency is almost like pulled pork because the meat literally falls off the bone.
This recipe is embarrassingly simple and incredibly healthy, but the best part is that it essentially cooks itself. There's almost no work involved, and I love that I can cook a whole chicken and then keep the meat in the fridge to make Weelicious Mac, Chicken and Cheese Bites, Chicken, Bean and Cheese Quesadillas or Chicken and Rice Burritos throughout the week!
Not only did Kenya, our friends, my hubby and I fall in love, but guess who ate more then her fair share of chicken? That's right, baby Chloe. She was like a little chicken eatin' machine, putting piece after piece into her mouth.
If cooking a whole chicken has always seemed daunting to you, try this version. It's so simple, you'll have a hard time finding reasons not to. Check out this video if you want to see how we did it.