January 11, 2014

Crock Pot Whole Baked Chicken

Whole chickens used to turn me off. The whole pulling out their insides and plucking any stray feathers thing really grossed me out. My mama handled the cooking in our household growing up and I became spoiled. When I moved out and a craving for baked chicken hit I would grab a rotisserie chicken at the checkout line at the grocery store. But something was missing... the aroma that fills the house while the chicken bakes. It's part of what makes it taste so good.

This blog actually pushed me out of my comfort zone and I made my first baked whole chicken. Pulling the guts out and all. It wasn't until I started shopping at Whole Foods that I discovered whole chickens with the dirty work already done. Granted, there is still the rinsing of the bird and a few stray feathers to pluck but I don't have to stick my hand up in the cavity of the bird.

Santa brought me a 6 qt Crock Pot for Christmas, my first!, and the first recipe I came across was for this Crock Pot Whole Baked Chicken. The stars had aligned. Whole chickens were on sale at Whole Foods, this Crock Pot came into my life, and then I stumble on this recipe. Let me tell you... This recipe is EASY! The meat was falling off the bone. As of now, this is my go to method for cooking a whole chicken. I'm not intimidated anymore and I get what I want... a house filled with the aroma of baked chicken and it tastes so much better homemade. I paired the chicken with broccoli and brown rice. Yummy!!!

Stars of the Show:
  • 1 whole chicken (2-4 lbs)
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika 
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
And Action:

Wad up two pieces of foil and make them flat on top.

Place in 5 qt crock pot and pour 1/4 inch of water in the bottom. 

Rinse and dry the whole chicken. Make sure to clean the kitchen really well!

In a small bow combine the spices.

Rub onto the chicken.

Place chicken on top of foil balls.

Cook on high for 2 hours.

After 2 hours, switch to low and cook for 5 hours. Temperature should read 160 degrees then it's time to enjoy!


Heather King said...

I've never made a whole chicken in the crock-pot but I definitely need to try it!

Pretend Chef said...

Heather - It was so simple. I wish I would have done this sooner.

Jeanette said...

I've yet to try cooking an entire chicken in my crockpot. Although I think I'd need a bigger crockpot than the one I have now - great idea!

Cathleen said...

I have never cooked a whole chicken before. They turn me off too for some reason. But I just discovered that I have a crockpot (a gift from a while back). I should try this, it looks so simple!!

Amy said...

Love your easy and yummy recipe. I think it's time for me to dig out my crockpot from the storage again. :P

Pretend Chef said...

Jeanette - Maybe try using cornish game hens instead.

Cathleen - I am so grateful for my Crock Pot. It was such a great buy. Let me know if it works out for you.

Amy - I'm hooked on the ease of using a Crock Pot. Can't believe I've gone this long without it.

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