Slow Cook Chicken

roasted chicken and vegetables paleo primal recipe

One of my favorite ways to prepare chicken is to to slow cook a chicken in the crock pot. If you haven’t roasted a chicken in your crock-pot yet… try it!

Not only is slow cook chicken the easiest and least expensive way I’ve found to prepare it, but you get a couple quarts of chicken broth from it too! It is great on a busy day (every day) and an easy dinner meal.

Ingredients and Tools

  • A whole chicken (Usually available for under a reasonable price for even organic)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Favorite herbs and spices (I add 1 tsp garlic granules or powder, 1 tsp sea salt, and about 1/2 tsp each of basil, oregano, thyme, and rosemary.)
  • Crock Pot (here’s the one I have)
roasted chicken and vegetables paleo primal recipe

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Slow Cook a Whole Chicken

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Ingredients

  • A whole chicken (Usually available for under a reasonable price for even organic)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Favorite herbs and spices (I add 1 tsp garlic granules or powder, 1 tsp sea salt, and about 1/2 tsp each of basil, oregano, thyme, and rosemary.)

Instructions

  1. Rinse chicken and make sure innards are removed.
  2. Put butter in bottom or crock pot and turn on low (butter is to prevent sticking, can use coconut oil).
  3. Once butter melts, put chicken in crock pot (putting breast-down will make it cook faster).
  4. Sprinkle with desired spices. (I've also heard of stuffing the chicken with an onion, apple or orange for more moistness and great flavor).
  5. Put lid on and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until well cooked.

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The chicken goes great with roasted brussel sprouts!

How to Make Broth

  1. Remove chicken and pull meat off the bones but leave all the juices in the crock pot.
  2. Put the bones back in the crock pot and add 1 small chopped onion, 2 ribs of celery, 1 chopped carrot and a little more sea salt.
  3. Add 2-3 quarts of water (depending on what your’s will hold).
  4. Cook on low overnight.
  5. Strain bones and vegetables out.
  6. Use within 3 days or freeze for later use.

Note: This makes a thick broth which can be frozen in ice cube trays for “instant” chicken broth when needed in recipes. Also, view my in-depth broth tutorial here.

Some other ideas for using your whole roasted chicken:

  • Put a small colander on top of the chicken when almost done cooking and fill with veggies. It will steam them so you have the whole meal ready to serve.
  • For the last few hours, put some medium sized sweet potatoes on top of the chicken and put the lid back on. Both will be ready for dinner.
  • After making the broth, remove the bones, add some chicken back in along with a few cups of favorite veggies and you have an easy chicken soup (with tons of nutrients)

How do you cook a chicken? Do you make broth too? What’s your secret? Share below!

Slow cook chicken and make broth with this easy and nutrient-dense recipe. Cook the chicken with butter and herbs and then slow-cook the broth.

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