Slow Cooked Chicken - Amazingly tender Fall off the bone Slow Cooked Chicken with a delicious blend of seasoning!!
Whole Chicken in the Crockpot
Have you ever cooked a whole chicken in your slow cooker? No? then you really need to try it. I won't cook my chicken any other way now.
I know, I know, I can hear you say "but what about the crispy skin?" - well if you want to avoid the temptation of eating all the skin which is not syn free on Slimming World, then this is just the perfect way to cook a whole chicken.
The meat is incredibly tender when cooked this way and literally falls off the bone as you lift it out of the slow cooker.
If however, you have other family members that just can't resist the skin. Once the chicken is cooked, add it to a pan and place under the broil/grill for a few mins to crisp up that skin.
Seasoning Blend for Slow Cooker Chicken
I like to keep the seasoning pretty simple and my favourite blend is just Paprika (not smoked varieties), salt and Thyme (fresh is best but dry is perfectly okay too.)
Just mix together the seasoning in the bowl and rub it all into the chicken until it is well coated. Nice and simple and easy.
If you want some more flavour, don't be scared to experiment with different spice mixes. There really is no right and wrong. The only really important ingredient is, of course, that sea salt.
How do you cook a Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker
That's actually a pretty valued question. You have added your seasoning mix, and now you are ready to cook it.
But which way round should you add the chicken to the slow cooker?
Whole chickens should always go into the slow cooker breast side down. Why? Simple - as it cooks all the juices go to the bottom of the slow cooker and keep the chicken breasts moist. Perfect!!
Which Slow Cooker is Best?
Pretty much any slow cooker will do the perfect job of cooking your whole chicken. Although some older models tended to be more circular in shape and may have difficulty fitting a whole chicken.
The newer oval-shaped slow cookers are the best. However if you own one of the all bells and whistles Electric Pressure Cookers like the Instant Pot, those come with a slow cooker function too. So you really don't need both.
However if you are looking for a new slow cooker - I recommend picking one that has a removable bowl that is safe to use on the stove, as it is perfect for searing ingredients beforehand and saves you have to wash up separate pans. This Andrew James Slow Cooker has a stove safe removable bowl. There are lots of other brands though too, so do your research and check reviews.
When the slow cooker does that little beep to let you know it is done, your house will be filled with an aroma of deliciousness and as you lift it out of the slow cooker, the meat literally falls off the bone.
Syn Free Gravy
No roast chicken-style meat is complete without a delicious gravy to drizzle all over it and this Syn Free Gravy is my families favorite.
It has the perfect flavours and is great for doubling or tripling up ingredients into a larger batch for freezing. You can guarantee I will always have a tub of this on hand in my freezer if I am putting a whole chicken in the slow cooker and if I don't, a batch of the gravy just has to be put on the go.
Perfect Sides for Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
Need some side suggestions to accompany your slow cooker chicken? Check out these:
- Yorkshire Puddings
- Roast Potatoes
- Maple Glazed Carrots
- Quinoa Stuffing
- Roasted Parsnips, Carrots and Onion
- Sauted Shredded Garlic Brussel Sprouts
or head on over to my Full Recipe Index with over 850 delicious Slimming World and Weight Watchers recipes all fully searchable by meal type, ingredients, syn value and smart points etc
The leftovers of the chicken are great for adding in salads, pasta, sandwiches etc. Don't go buying those little processed packets of cooked dried out chicken, this is the bomb, seriously!
If you save the carcass once you shred off all the meat, you can make my delicious Chicken Noodle Soup - my kids favorite soup of all time.
- 1 whole chicken (approx 4lb/1.8kg)
- 2 teaspoons of fine sea salt
- 1 tbs of fresh thyme or 2 tsp of dried
- 2 teaspoons of paprika
- ½ tsp of black pepper
- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
- juice of a lemon
- In a bowl mix together paprika, crushed garlic, salt, black pepper and thyme
- Remove giblets if there are any and pat chicken dry.
- Place on a board and rub the seasoning mix all over the chicken (top and bottom)
- Place the chicken in the slow cooker breast side down (this is important, as it keeps the chicken breasts nice and tender)
- Squeeze the juice of a lemon all over the top.
- Set the slow cooker to low for 6 hours
- Once chicken is cooked, allow to cool slightly and then carefully remove from the slow cooker. Be careful as the meat is so moist, it literally falls apart.
- Then you can remove any skin and visible fat and shred the remaining chicken meat onto a large plate.
- If the rest of your family want to eat the skin, place on a tray and place the whole chicken (with skin) under the broil/grill for until crisp.
- Serve with choice of sides and enjoy!!
This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, paleo, Whole30, Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly
- Slimming World - syn free per serving
- WW Flex/Free Style Smart Points - 4
*suitable for freezing
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Alessi 1110308X2 La Bella Tavola Large Porcelain Serving or Antipasti Platter, 36 cm, Off-White, Set of 2 | Dishwasher Safe | For Domestic & Commercial Use
Andrew James Slow Cooker Sizzle to Simmer | Sear and Stew 3.5L Digital Slow Cooker | Digital Display & Timer | Tempered Glass Lid & Removable Bowl | Silver
Nutrition InformationServing Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 272Total Fat 6.6gSaturated Fat 1.6gCholesterol 155mgSodium 954.9mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0.5.gSugar 0.3gProtein 48.8g