Sixteen hours <–That’s all it took to get from “Mama, my tooth is wiggly!” to his first gap-toothed smile. I know they say this mama thing goes by fast, but y’all, that’s FAST. Somewhere between folding the laundry and washing dishes my kids are doing this thing called childhood, and I’m doing my best not to miss it. I’ve already shared with you my secret weapon for planning a weeks worth of meals in just a few minutes, but somehow I forgot to mention one of our easiest staples – this slow cooker whole chicken recipe.
And of course the frame can be used to make homemade bone broth. I don’t even clean my slow cooker – I just put the frame back in with water, veggies scraps and a splash of vinegar, then cook it overnight. Easy peasy!
Sprinkle with salt, pepper and any other herbs/spices desired.
Place chicken in slow cooker – no liquid needed – and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-7 hours. I like to place my breast-side-down so that it is as moist an juicy as possible, but either way works. The time will vary somewhat depending on the weight of the chicken, so insert a meat thermometer between the leg and the breast – it should read at least 165F.
Remove chicken from slow cooker and let it rest for about 10-15 minutes.
Optional extra step: To brown the skin, place the chicken under a broiler on high for about five minutes before serving.
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