Don't you just love simple, delicious food?! I definitely do. Today I'm going to share with you my favourite method of cooking a whole chicken - it's seriously easy and makes the most of your bird.
This is not the first time I've shared how I make slow cooker chicken, but it is the first time on findingthepennies.com and for many of my newer followers. Cooking a whole chicken in a slow cooker results in delicious, fall-off-the-bone chicken - which means you get every little bit of edible chicken of the chicken you've purchased as well as chicken stock to use in soups later on.
Start by placing small bowls or balled up aluminum foil on the bottom of the slow cooker - this will keep the chicken off the bottom of the slow cooker so the chicken doesn't sit in the juices. Then cut the string that's around the legs and remove it from around the chicken; it's helpful not to have the string in the way when you're trying to removing the pieces of chicken from the slow cooker when it's finished cooking. Simply turn the chicken "upside down" so that the back of the chicken is facing up, breasts facing down. Sprinkle on a little salt and pepper, place the lid on and allow to cook on low for 7 hours or on high for 4 hours. That's it.
Just a warning: the chicken doesn't turn out pretty AT ALL. It's not gorgeous and roasted... no, it's pale and shiny... but it's delicious and that's what matters. We simply had "roasted" chicken for supper this evening served with (store bought, frozen) sweet potato fries and sweet corn. We usually use the leftover chicken in wraps for supper the following evening, but you can also use the chicken in soup, pasta, tacos or sandwiches.
After I've pulled out all of the chicken... bones and all... I allow the slow cooker and stock to cool, then pour the stock through a sieve into a jug and refrigerate. If you're not planning on making soup within a few days, I'd recommend you freeze the stock until you're ready to use it. Yay for frugality! Yay for stretching your pennies!
I hope you enjoy making chicken this way, too! If you try this method of cooking chicken, please feel free to leave your comments below.