Monday 20 July 2015

Slow cooker 'roast' chicken and gravy

Slow cooker 'roast' chicken and gravy Crockpot family Sunday lunch dinner meal recipe
I'm not one for saying that a recipe is 'the best ever', 'tastiest' or 'most delicious' but I will declare that I think this is the easiest way to cook a whole chicken. The only thing that is missing is a crispy skin if you are bothered by such things. I'm always surprised when I hear people say that they have never cooked a whole chicken before. I can understand the fear involved. Each chicken when roasting it in the oven will need to be cooked according the weight of the chicken. Undercooked and it could end up raw in places and make you ill. Overcooked and it will be burnt on top and far too dry.

After the chicken has cooked there's the gravy to make as well. You could go straight for the instant gravy granules solution or start to pour off the juices from the pan and make your own. By cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker all the worry about the timings is gone and the gravy makes itself. Yes, really it does – after it has cooked there is around ½ pint of liquid that comes out and it can be poured straight over your dinner as gravy and it actually tastes of proper chicken! 

I'm almost too embarrassed to call this a recipe as it is so simple but here we go...

Serves 4

Equipment: Slow cooker/Crockpot


2 Large onions, sliced
1 whole fresh chicken


1. Pre-heat the slow cooker on HIGH.
2. Arrange the onion slices on the bottom of the slow cooker so the chicken won't stick to the bottom of the pot.
3. Place the chicken on top of the onions.
4. Cook on HIGH for 4-6 hours or LOW for 6-8 hours.
5. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and cut into portions to serve.
6. Drain off the liquid from the pot and serve as gravy.

Optional: If you want you could sprinkle the top of the chicken with herbs such as sage or thyme or a grind of black pepper.

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  1. You can even throw the veg in too so that's one less thing to worry about - I do miss the crispy skin though !

  2. Yummy! My type of recipe all the way :) #tastytuesdays

  3. This is something that I keep meaning to try! We love chicken and I can imagine that it makes a tasty dinner! Thank you for linking up with #CookBlogShare

  4. Sounds like a delicious idea, definitely something to try out. How much water or stock do you add?

    1. There is no water or stock added! All the liquid comes out of the chicken in cooking. The onion base is so the chicken doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot.

  5. Fab idea, yum! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x


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