Monday, June 27, 2011

Slow Cooker Lemon Herb Chicken ~ A Recipe

This is the simplest dish ever.  It almost shouldn't be listed as a recipe.  It was so delicious, though, that it didn't seem right to keep such a dish to myself, so here it is.  This is perfect for any season, really, but I love to save it for the summertime when the oven and I take a break from each other *sniff*.  If you'd like to make it GAPS-legal, use your favorite squash instead of potatoes.  This is the incredible five minute meal.  That's all it takes to assemble, then you let it slow cook for about 7 hours.  It fills the home with a fragrance that puts those chemically air fresheners to shame.  This is all it takes:

Slow Cooker Herbed Lemon Chicken
Serves 6-8

1 pastured chicken
2 organic lemons, halved (be sure they're organic as the peel will be in contact with the bird.
about 4 red or Yukon gold potatoes, quartered
olive oil
Your favorite seasoning (Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning worked wonderfully)
4-6 cloves garlic, seeded & halved
  • Wash chicken.  Stuff chicken with lemons, slightly squeezing them in the cavity to release the juice.
  • Place chicken in the crock pot and surround it with potatoes (or squash).  Brush chicken with olive oil & drizzle just a little bit over potatoes.
  • Sprinkle seasoning over chicken and potatoes.  Don't be afraid to use a lot.  Sprinkle garlic halves around chicken.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours if your crock pot tends to be on the hotter side of things (like mine), or 8-10 if it's, well, slow like a slow cooker should be.
*TIP: Don't allow chicken to get super brown on top or it will take on that "crock pot taste."  Just check that the thickest part of the meat isn't at all pink and it reaches 165º.  This is a wonderfully moist chicken dish, and the potatoes get nicely light brown and crispy along the edges.

Enjoy!

16 comments:

  1. We made this on Friday and it turned out awesome. So easy, thanks for sharing :)

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  2. i have made chicken similar to this in the oven but with carrots and onions all around it. the lemon inside the bird is amazing! great to see how to do it in the crock pot!

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  3. This looks delicious! I need to make this tomorrow. I used my slow cooker today but it was to experiment with making a peach cobbler. It came out pretty good! You can see the recipe here: http://lookoutstomach.blogspot.com/2011/06/crockpot-peach-cobbler.html Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Kathryn McDonaldJuly 12, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    I make a lot of crock pot chicken's but I haven't stuffed mine with lemons. I will be doing this on Sunday!

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  5. I am looking for a crock pot made in the U.S. Any ideas? Sounds yummy, BTW.

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  6. I just made this today! My husband and myself just ate it! it was really tasty with the flavor of the lemon! will definatley use this one again! thank you so much!

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  7. I found this today while reading one of your other posts and I just got finished putting it all in the crockpot.

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  8. just made this chicken and am eating it right now. absolutely delicious and so so moist. It is falling off the bone. might have used a little too much oil and didnt use the garlic halves but used a garlic tarragon chicken rub. Thank you.

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  9. I'm so glad you liked it! That rub sounds divine.

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  12. I made a version of this last week. I used chicken thighs. It was amazing! We eat a lot of chicken and this is our new favorite. The lemon is wonderful especially with the garlic. Thank you for sharing.

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