Have you ever wondered how to cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker?
To be honest, I probably don’t need a whole post to tell you how to cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker, I could probably fit everything you need to know in a tweet. 😉
But seeing as we’ve just polished off our Sunday dinner made up of slow cooker chicken, Yorkshire puds and veg I thought I’d tell you how I cooked our chicken today.
Before I do though, I will say that this isn’t my favourite way to cook chicken because it literally cooks it so melt in your mouth soft that it tends to fall apart when you get it out of the slow cooker, hence the photo you’ll see below where I’ve literally had to put it back together for the sake of a photo! I like to be able to slice my meat rather than have it just fall away but I think that’s probably just me.
I still do it this way sometimes because (a) the kids love it because the chicken is so moist and soft, (b) you can get so much more chicken off the bones that you could probably stretch the chicken to one more meal than you normally could because you could use all the picky bits in a risotto or something lime that and finally (c) I use the cooking liquid for homemade chicken stock which is amazing!
So are you ready for the instructions….
How to cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker
- Place your whole chicken in the slow cooker.
- Add about half a pint of water.
- Cook on low for between 6-8 hours.
That’s it, I told you it was easy didn’t I?
Some people like to cook it on a bed of veg like onion or carrots so it’s slightly raised from the base of the slow cooker as it cooks but I’ve never seen a difference when I’ve done it this was so I don’t bother.
I then remove all the chicken from the bones that I’m going to use and add the carcass and all the skin etc back into the slow cooker with some more water to make homemade chicken stock.
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