This is the beauty of the slow cooker. Of course there's also the added bonus of stumbling in the door after it's been cooking all day and smelling your dinner, cooked. It fills the house with a warm and welcoming perfume that beckons: 'come in, relax... dinner is done'. I just love that.
When I make whole chicken in the slow cooker I'm usually up for drunken chicken - but I found myself mysteriously out of Chinese rice wine (OK it might have been me dousing homemade dumplings in them...ahem) early one morning when I had a full day planned out of the house... so I had to think on my feet.
Roast chicken? hmmm. I read somewhere that some people put cream of chicken soup over the top of their whole chicken in the slow cooker.. and let it cook.. but I didn't have any and I was running out of time so I just made this up.... added my favourite stuffing and then put it on a bed of veges like my slow cooker pork roast.
Results are amazing! So doing it again!!
1.6-1.8kg chicken (I love free-range they taste so much better, promise!)
1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
1 small or 1/2 large brown onion, finely chopped
1 tsp dried or 2 fresh sprigs sage
1 tb french onion soup mix
1 tsp olive oil
500g chat potatoes, sliced in half
2 large carrots, peeled, and chopped into large chunks
1 litre chicken stock
Make your stuffing, process (or mix in a bowl if you finely chop your onions)
Stuff your chicken and run your fingers under the skin of the breast to loosen it.
Mix the soup mix and oil together and rub underneath the skin.
Place your potatoes and carrots on the bottom of your slow cooker (add other root vegetables like parsnip or turnips too if you like!) and place the chicken on top.
Pour over your stock and put the lid on - place on low for 8 hours, medium/auto for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.
Come back to this. The chicken will be moist all over and very flavourful. remove it and the vegetables from the pot, and add a little more stock and cornflour and quickly make up a gravy....! Serve with greens and devour!
Psst: don't forget - Breville is giving away two fast/slowcookers (a slow cooker which can also do pressure cooking - which is cooking in 1/4 of the amount of time of slow cooking!) this month at Frills!
Enter to win one through Frills facebook here AND win the other here on the blog!
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