This is possibly the easiest way to cook a roast chicken where you can simply pop everything into a slow cooker and leave it all day to do the hard work for you. This is a great choice if you are out for the day and want to come home to a beautifully cooked roast chicken.
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: All day in a slow cooker - approx 5 hours on low
Makes: 1 whole chicken - dependent on size this is suitable for a family of 5 or 6.
Ingredients 1 leek
8 baby carrots
4 cloves of garlic
1 whole chicken - approx 1.5-2kg sized
2 tbsp of olive oil. I use garlic olive oil
1 tbsp moroccan spices
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp chilli pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
Roughly chop the leeks and carrots and add to the slow cooker.
Mince the garlic cloves and add about 2/3rds to the vegetables in the slow cooker. Set the remaining third to one side.
To prepare the chicken, rinse and pat dry with a paper towel. Put the remaining garlic inside the cavity of the chicken and rub it around.
Slice the lemon into quarters and put 3 of the quarters into the cavity of the chicken.
Squeeze the remaining quarter of the lemon over the chicken. Then drizzle the olive oil all over the chicken.
Finally mix all of the herbs together and then rub liberally all over the chicken to give a good coating.
Simply cook on top of the vegggies
Pop the chicken on top of the vegetables and set the slow cooker on low. Leave for a whole day or at a minimum 5 hours on low. Cooking times do vary between slow cooker models, so also apply your own discretion on cooking times here. Always check that the chicken is cooked before serving. A good way is to make a small incision above one of the legs; you are looking for clear (not bloody) juices. A meat thermometer is also useful.
Serving suggestion - with salad and herby bread
The chicken is super tender and care should be taken when removing from the slow cooker as the meat will literally fall off the bone.
As an extra bonus, this recipe provides you with great leftover chicken stock (about 200ml) in the base of the slow cooker.