Whole Slow Cooked Chicken

Take a chicken out of the fridge in the morning, quick spice up, drop in a slow cooker, and come home to chicken heaven for dinner! The veg mash is pretty incredible and the chicken meat is so juicy cooked low and slow this way. Great alternative to a roast chicken if you don’t have the time.

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Whole Slow Cooked Chicken
Adapted from 100 Days of Real Food

Ingredients:
1 onion, finely sliced
2 carrots, finely sliced
4 stalks celery, finely sliced
1 chicken
Spice Rub
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp salt
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp sage
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

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Instructions:
Combine the spice rub ingredients in a small bowl. Put the onion, carrot, and celery in the bottom of the slow cooker.
Remove any giblets from the chicken, rinse the chicken, and pat it dry with paper towels. Rub the spice mixture all over. You can even put some of the spices inside the cavity and under the skin covering the breasts. Quarter the lemon and put inside the chicken cavity. Put prepared chicken on top of the vegetables in the slow cooker, cover it, and turn it on to low. There is no need to add any liquid. Cook for about 6 hours (for a 3 or 4 pound chicken) or until the chicken is falling off the bone. Don’t forget to make homemade bone broth with the carcass!

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