You guys… guess what I did? I roasted an entire chicken! And you know what? It was absolutely delicious and way easier than I thought it would ever be!
I did a little (ok… a lot) of research before actually roasting the chicken because I wanted to make sure I was going about cooking the bird in the right way! A few cooking methods roasted the chicken in the oven, others used a slow cookers, some even had veggies in it. I opted for the easy way out… the slow cooker! I figured if I used the slow cooker to “roast” the chicken there would or should be a low risk of failure!
I rubbed the bird down with a little olive oil, seasoned it up with my favorite herbs and then plopped it in the slow cooker with some beer. Yes, I said beer (keeps the chicken nice and tender)! End results… flavorful tender chicken that isn’t dried out! Literally the chicken was so tender it fell off the bone… I actually struggled getting the entire bird out of the slow cooker in one piece! I went ahead and removed the meat from the bone before serving and served up the meat with some simple steamed veggies! Easy, quick, healthy and oh so good!
Crock Pot Beer Can Chicken
1 Whole Roasting Chicken (2-3 Pounds)
1 Can Favorite Beer (I just used a light beer, but I bet a seasonal pumpkin beer would be delicious)
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
¼ Teaspoon Salt
2 Teaspoons Rosemary
2 Teaspoons Basil,
2 Teaspoons Garlic
2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
1- Remove chicken from package. Rinse off and pat dry. Remove any excess fat that you do not want on the chicken.
2- Rub chicken with olive oil. Combine seasonings in a small bowl and rub over chicken. Make sure you get every inch of the bird. Run out of seasoning? Just add another teaspoon of rosemary, basil and garlic.
Place chicken in a slow cooker that has been coated with cooking spray. Carefully pour can of beer around chicken. Be careful not to rinse the seasoning away.
3- Cook bird on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4.
** To serve – remove meat from bones if desired and serve with simple steamed veggies or a simple salad.
Worried you won’t be able to eat up a whole chicken? Check out these delicious chicken recipes to use up all the meat!
Chicken Pot Pies - Cooking Light
Chicken Enchiladas - Food Network (Sub in the leftover chicken for chicken breasts)
Chicken Noodle Soup - Brunch N'Cupcakes