A Chicken in Every Crockpot

Do you ever buy a deli chicken from the grocery store? I used to…. then I discovered I had food sensitivities to corn and soy, both of which appear in many deli chicken seasoning mixtures. And since it is a prepared food, often the ingredients aren’t listed on the package, so I can’t always be sure which ones are safe for me.

If you just want the meat and you’re not going to eat the skin, I highly recommend cooking a whole chicken in the crockpot.  I tried it for the first time years ago, and it was ridiculously easy to remove the skin and bones and end up with a large pile of tender, juicy, delicately flavoured chicken.

The one mistake I made was using some of the leftover meat in a recipe the next day.  It was so tender that the meat just shredded when I stirred it into the sauce.  It tasted good, but looked less than appetizing.  Next time I’m going to just eat it plain with some veggie and grain side dishes…. It doesn’t even need a sauce!

So here’s what I did…

I put a couple of stalks of celery in the bottom of the crock, to add flavor and to keep the chicken from sticking.

I added a couple of sprigs of fresh rosemary, a few cloves of garlic and a sliced onion.  I put about an inch of water in the bottom, just to cover the veggies.

I sliced a lemon and stuck it inside the chicken

Then I put the chicken into the crock.  That’s it.

I cooked it on high for about 4 hours, but I started it late in the day.  You could do the same thing on low for 8 or more hours. Then you can head straight home and not stop at the grocery or deli at all!


  1. I do this often. It does have a tendency to overcook. I also roll up balls of aluminum foil and put them at the bottom and place the chicken on top of them.
    I will try the lemon next.

  2. Hm. This sounds really yummy – yummier than the deli version (or the restaurant take-out version). I wonder what it would take to make something *like* Swiss Chalet? That’s one of our comfort foods around here…

  3. This is really what I need to start doing – all the time. At least once every two weeks something comes up and thwarts my best laid plans for our weekly menu.

    I am going to add *this* to this week’s menu and then I’ll pop back over and let you know how awesome it tuned out! 😉

    Thanks for sharing these great ideas!

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