Chicken on board with vegetables and knife

Slow cooker roast chicken

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 5 hrs, 30 mins

Easy

Serves 4

Cooking a chicken in a slow cooker makes it very succulent and packed full of flavour. This simple, freezable recipe is perfect for feeding a family

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal497
  • fat30g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre2g
  • protein49g
  • salt0.5g
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Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, peeled and cut into thick slices
    Onion

    Onion

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    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 carrots, halved lengthways and chopped
  • 1 small or medium chicken
    Chicken

    Chicken

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    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 bay leaf

Method

  1. Preheat the slow cooker if necessary. Put the onion and carrot in the base of the stock pot to form a protective layer to sit the chicken on, and add 100ml boiling water. Gently ease the chicken skin away from the breast. Stir some salt and pepper into the butter and push the butter under the skin. Put the bay leaf in the cavity of the chicken and sit on top of the onion and carrot.

  2. Cook on low for 5 hrs, then check that the chicken is cooked by wiggling the wing – it should feel very loose. Tip the chicken up so any liquid inside flows out, then cook on high for 30 mins. If the chicken isn’t cooked through after the initial time, cook for another hour, then turn the heat up. If you want the skin to be browned, grill it for a couple of minutes (make sure your slow cooker insert is flameproof if you keep it in the pot, or transfer it to a roasting tin).

  3. There will be some gravy in the base of the dish with the veg, tip everything through a sieve and press the veg gently to make sure you get every last drop. Serve the veg on the side, if you like.

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Punam Paul's picture
Punam Paul
6th Sep, 2018
5.05
I like chicken from my childhood whenever chicken is prepared at home, I used to wait for my mother's call. PunamPaul.com have your lunch or dinner and I was the first to reach the table. Being a teen my mother used to tell me the nutrition advantage of veggies, but I start telling to her that skinless chicken provides the least amount of calories and fat, about 143 calories, 3g total fat and 1g saturated fat for half of a large boneless, skinless breast, or a 95g serving. Mom knows I love chicken too much thus she used to start her food with a smile and we all enjoy our diet together. My mom is a great chef and use to cook many recipes of chicken the recipe shared by you seems delicious and will surely try at home.
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