If you're anything like me, the thought of preparing, let alone even touching, raw chicken, can be terrifying. I much prefer just to buy the pre-gutted/washed/trimmed version of my favorite meat, that was, until I tried this recipe for cooking a whole chicken in the crock pot. I threw the bad boy in my crock pot before my youngest son's baseball practice yesterday afternoon. I let it cook for about 5 hours, then shredded it and stored it in a Rubbermaid container in the fridge for those chicken tacos that I mentioned. You could also use it for chicken salad sandwiches, casseroles, chicken enchiladas, BBQ chicken; anything, really, that calls for chicken.
Okay so, enough about that! Let's get to cooking. I've created a little step-by-step photo tutorial in hopes that it makes it a tad easier for those who might be a little squeamish when it comes to raw chicken. I promise, you'll only be touching it for a few seconds.
The Best Crock Pot Whole Chicken
Recipe adapted via 100 Days of Real Food
Ingredients:2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon thyme
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 large chicken
Directions:1. Rinse your chicken under cool water. Remove any giblets (or, buy one without them like I did). Pat dry.
2. Chop up an onion. Place the pieces in the bottom of the crock pot.
3. Combine your spices: 2 teaspoons paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
4. Coat the chicken evenly with the spice mixture. Place on top of the onions. Cook on high for 5 hours. Chicken will be fall-off-the-bone delicious. Enjoy!