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Whole chicken in a slow cooker............"No Harm/No Fowl"


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Whole chicken in a slow cooker............"No Harm/No Fowl"

nsgirl | Sep 9, 2013 07:45 PM

Yeah, I'll try anything once.

It seems like this fabulous concept is suddenly the darling of the internet. "Just like Rottiserie!" (like that's not a red flag)...."Mouth watering results" (this was also true, but not in a good way).

I am not even much of a slow cooker fan. But every Christmas I wind up with the latest can't live without gadget from WS. So I dragged out my big, shiny, barely used All Clad, with you, my friends, in mind!

I looked at at least five thousand blogs by Moms who are PASSIONATE about photographing their love of cooking for their families. Which brought on such a wave of misgiving about my parenting priorities. I don't do things like strap on babies and snow shoe to a local butcher for happy looking dead, grass fed, meat. For many years I had quite a different definition of a "Happy Meal". What kind of horrible Mom am I?

Anyway, so I texted my son at Cornell, just to check in. He's fine. He even said: "grrrr I'm FINE Mom!" So it was back to just me and the chicken and the crock pot........

I did the super easy method, that seemed most universal. I dusted it with S&P, garlic and paprika, and threw in a few extra garlic cloves. It was a 4 poundish bird. I cooked it on high for about 1.5 hours, and on low for about 1.5 hours. (And I took it's temp with my high tech meat thermometer from Mother's Day!)

But there is no way this was a roast chicken. The skin was the worst part. It was thick, pale and squid-ish in appearance. The body itself also shrank a lot. When I decided to remove it into a big bowl to do it's "setting" thing, it literally fell in half, top and bottom.

After an hour or so, I did try a few bites before bagging it up for a soup or something tomorrow. It wasn't overly great or horrible. I'll be able to do something decent with in a day or so.

But make no mistake. This is NOT a roast chicken! Not even close. It wasn't even really a stewed chicken. It was just a soaked, jiggly chicken after four hours.

So I guess when you you come across a truly "awesome" online recipe for a basic like this, don't just walk away. Run!

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