Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken

    7 hours 20 minutes

    I love the richness of cooking a whole chicken but don’t always have the time to focus on a roast, this slow cooker chicken has all the flavour without the hassle.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 whole chicken
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 1 apple, peeled, cored and quartered
    • 1 stalk celery with leaves, diced
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
    • 1 lemon, rind finely grated and juiced
    • 1 cup (250ml) hot water

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:7hours  ›  Ready in:7hours20min 

    1. Rub salt and pepper into the skin of the chicken, and then place apple and celery inside the chicken. Place chicken in slow cooker. Sprinkle chopped onion, rosemary and lemon juice and zest over chicken. Pour hot water into the slow cooker.
    2. Cover, and cook on High for 1 hour. Switch to Low, and cook for 6 to 8 hours, basting several times.

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    Something else. This chicken came out sooooo tender and juicy! I sauteed the onion and garlic in butter before I put it in the slow cooker. Instead of the water, I used chicken stock. The flavours were very good, the lemon was nicely subtle and the rosemary was fragrant. Thanks for the recipe!  -  18 Jul 2008


    I took advice from post and sautéed the onion and garlic in butter before adding, also used chicken stock. No celery in the fridge so used leeks. Took out of slow cooker after four hours and finished off in oven to get lovely roast appearance and taste.  -  15 Apr 2012


    Used different ingredients. Very good chicken recipe. I used 5 frozen chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken, and let it cook for 4-5 hours. I also substituted ckn stock for the water and added basil as well. Turned out great, was really easy and I would definitely make it again!  -  18 Jul 2008