I don't know where I found this recipe. I made it once and it was delicious but then I lost it for almost 8 months (I filed it under "pie" instead of "poultry" in my recipe box and it didn't turn up again until Thanksgiving... a sign I should make pies year-round perhaps). I was so excited I called my husband at work to tell him and he said, "You've cooked a whole chicken in the Crock Pot before?". So, you can see that the first shot at this impacted me heavily and him... not so much. Nonetheless, I have named it Better Than Chocolate Chicken.
1 large, whole chicken
1 c chopped onions
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
4 tsp salt (yikes - I halved that and it was fine)
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp onion powder
Combine all spices and rub on chicken. Refrigerate in a sealed bag overnight. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Place onions on the bottom, then chicken. Do not add water! Cook on low for 4-8 hours.
This is the best chicken and the leftovers are great, too. I shred all our leftovers and have used them as a simple main dish (with mashed potatoes, a steamed veggie, and rolls, it's great), and have put them in quesadillas, bruchetta bakes, and jambalaya. The reason I decided to blog about this is that I caught myself foraging this chicken the night I used the leftovers in quesadillas. I was nabbing bites from my kids' plates when they weren't looking! And worse, I stood at the sink before I started washing dishes and picked off all the chicken that was left on everyone's plates. Gross! But clearly so yummy I had to share the recipe.
If you make it, only tell me about your experience if you loved it because I will be devastated if you don't share in my chicken joy. ;)
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