Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

This is a great recipe for a busy day. Simply add all your ingredients into the slow cooker and let them do their thing. You will come home to a delicious, ready meal. If you have left overs go ahead and use them for chicken quesadillas. I like to brown my chicken before I put it into my pot but it is not necessary to do so. Here is what you will need:

1 whole chicken – about 4 pounds
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 large yellow onion, sliced
2 large tomatoes, peeled and diced
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and halved
4 garlic cloves, smashed
1/2 bunch cilantro leaves
2 cups chicken stock
Olive oil

Rinse and pat dry the chicken. Using kitchen shears, butterfly the chicken by removing its back bone. Starting from the bottom cavity, insert the shears as close to the bone as you can and cut towards the neck. Cut down the other side and discard the back bone.

Butterflying a Chicken

Rub it liberally with olive oil. In a small bowl mix the salt, pepper, cumin and oregano. Rub the chicken with the herbs. If browning, heat a large pan with olive oil and brown all sides evenly.

Seasoned Whole Chicken for Slow Cooker

Place the chicken at the bottom of a large slow cooker. Layer the onion, garlic, tomato, jalapeño and cilantro on top of the bird. Add the chicken broth and cook at low heat for 5 to 6 hours.

Chicken & Veggies in Slow Cooker

Serve and enjoy!

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My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!

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