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Old 01-15-2010, 01:05 PM   #1
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Whole Chicken In A Slow Cooker

I was hoping someone could help me with cooking a whole chicken in a slow cooker...how do I know how many hours it needs to be in there? I have never done it and I really wanna start using my slow cooker more!

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Old 01-15-2010, 01:15 PM   #2
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I don't have a slow cooker but if you type the title of your post into Google, you'll get what you need.
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Old 01-15-2010, 01:16 PM   #3
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Usually on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:34 PM   #4
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got into a big discussion with abel last night. we were discussing the many way of cooking chicken, to use in tamales. he says boil breasts , i say whole chicken roasted in oven. now that i think about it crock pot would certainly work.

in my opinion a store bought roasted whole chicken would work as well. comments?

i think boiling will make it to tough and dry. anyway we will do it my way, was there ever any doubt. lol
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got into a big discussion with abel last night. we were discussing the many way of cooking chicken, to use in tamales. he says boil breasts , i say whole chicken roasted in oven. now that i think about it crock pot would certainly work.

in my opinion a store bought roasted whole chicken would work as well. comments?

i think boiling will make it to tough and dry. anyway we will do it my way, was there ever any doubt. lol
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I don't make tamales, tho I want to, but I do, make enchilladas and I cook any meat I use in them in my crock pot I don't add seasoning til about an hour before I make them up but it's a wonderful way to get the meat cooked and it's still nice and moist.
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:58 PM   #6
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The slow cooker is a great tool. Come home to the smells of home cooking and take advantage of using cheaper cuts of meat with fall-apart tender results.

There are pros and cons to each of these methods. Oven roasting is the best flavor-wise, but it takes time. Good for the weekend, not so much for a work night.

Buying pre-cooked chicken at the store is convenient but expensive and have you checked out the ingredient list?

With crock pot chicken you can get it on sale, throw it in and let the crock pot do the work. You won't get the awesome skin you would with roasted; but it will be good.

Roasted Chicken - crock pot

3-4 lb whole chicken, giblets removed
Salt
Pepper
Butter
Basil, tarragon, thyme, sage, garlic

Wash chicken thoroughly, pat dry. Sprinkle inside and out with salt and pepper. Place in slow cooker. Dot with butter; sprinkle with herbs of choice.
Cover. Cook on high 1 hour; then low for 8 - 10 hours.

Megan's Notes: you can stuff the insides with lemon and onion wedges for added flavor and use lemon-pepper on the outside.
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:51 PM   #7
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Babe,
I don't make tamales, tho I want to, but I do, make enchilladas and I cook any meat I use in them in my crock pot I don't add seasoning til about an hour before I make them up but it's a wonderful way to get the meat cooked and it's still nice and moist.
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got my pot this week, so we will get started next week after a shopping trip for supplies, ie husks etc. we will make pork and chicken tamales. will let u know results. the piggy is me. lol
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If you have a wire rack that fits in your slow cooker, be sure to use it. Otherwise, ball up tin foil and put that in the bottom of the cooker. You could also use chunks of potatoes/carrots and place the chicken on that. Putting it directly on the bottom of the pot makes the bottom kinda nasty- imo.

Be sure to check the temp before eating it. Each slow cooker is different, so until you have a better idea how fast yours cooks- check temps :D
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Yes, chicken is cooked on low setting for 8 hours, or 4 hours on high setting, and here's the recipe I usually make, you might want to try it. See the recipe here
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Yes, chicken is cooked on low setting for 8 hours, or 4 hours on high setting, and here's the recipe I usually make, you might want to try it. See the recipe here
Have YOU ever done this? And it's not overcooked? I'd think by 8 hours at any temperature that a chicken from the supermarket would be stringy and dry and tough. No chicken recipe (maybe an old rooster) I've ever seen, heard of, tasted takes 8 hours to cook!
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