You can never go wrong with a slow cooker whole chicken. This easy recipe is perfect for any night of the week regardless of the occasion.
When I received my organic whole chicken from Pasturebird I immediately knew how I wanted to cook it. Their chickens are pasture-raised, free range, cage-free, local, beyond organic, humane, biodynamic, sustainable, regenerative, and more. I wanted to keep this recipe simple. Their chicken sounds perfect, why ruin that?
The veggies – I used two different sets. I’ll explain. The first set of vegetables I used with cooking the actual chicken. These went into the bottom of the slow cooker. I recently got a 5 pound bag of Japanese Murasaki Sweet Potatoes from Melissa’s Produce so obviously I was going to use those along with carrots and celery.
Veggies #2 – plain old roasted veggies (sliced sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts and cherry tomatoes) on a pan. I knew that the veggies underneath the chicken in the crock-pot wouldn’t be enough. I seasoned the veggies with salt, pepper and tossed them with a little bit of extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Want crispy skin on the bird? You’ll need to broil it after it’s done cooking in the slow cooker. Just a few minutes under the broiler until the skin is crisp to your liking. Optional step of course.
- Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
- 3-5 lb organic chicken from Pasturebird
- 1 lb Japanese purple sweet potatoes
- 1 tbsp ghee
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 1-2 tbsp poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Add sweet potatoes, celery and carrots to the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Season chicken with poultry seasoning, ghee, salt & pepper.
- Add to slow cooker on top of veggies.
- Cook HIGH 2-4 hours or LOW 4-8.
The verdict – WOW. Seriously one of the best tasting chickens I have ever had. This is not a joke – my husband took one bite, turned to me and said, “This is maybe the best chicken I have ever had.” I agree, it was damn good. This meal is whole-30 compliant, paleo, healthy and flat-out delicious! At least I think so. If you make this, let me know what you think in the comments below.