Roasted chickens are a God send. Can I get an amen?

They make for a simple, nutritious and delicious meal with pretty much no cooking supervision and little preparation required.

I enjoy meals that call for more involved preparation and cooking steps on days when I have the time and inclination for it, but most of the time, I’m all about quick and easy. This chicken takes some time to cook — but it can be left alone the entire time while I take care of other things.

What I love about this dish is its flexibility. I can put it in my Crock Pot and let it cook for hours while I’m out of the house or I can roast it in the oven. Add some veggies on the side and voila! A delicious dinner for the whole family. Or if you’re single or just cooking for two, you can get a couple of good meals and some leftovers out of it that can be used in soups, chicken salad or other dishes! And don’t throw away those bones when you’re done — use them to make chicken broth! I love how much use it’s possible to get out of a whole chicken!

Slow cookers are a great way to save time and still prepare a healthy meal for yourself and/or your family (and aren’t we all looking for ways to save time?). I consider it a kitchen essential that should be put to good, regular use. I’m working to develop more slow cooker recipes to share in the future!

How often do you use a slow cooker? What types of foods do you like to cook in it? Share your comments below!


5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 4-5 pound whole chicken
  • 1 lemon, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely minced
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 garlic bulb ,peeled and divided into cloves


  • Remove organs from inside the chicken and discard. Use a paper towel to pat any juices off the chicken.
  • Sprinkle all sides of the chicken and the interior liberally with salt and pepper. Rub all exterior sides with minced rosemary. Sprinkle garlic powder on the exterior of the chicken.
  • Squirt the juice of one half of the lemon over the exterior of the chicken. Stuff both lemon halvic cloves es, the rosemary sprigs, and 5-6 cloves of garlic inside the chicken. Place other garlic cloves on the chicken (placing them into crevices) and around the chicken.
  • Cook in a slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours or roast in the oven at 400 degrees for approximately 1½ hours or until the skin is brown and crispy and the juices run clear.

1 Comment

  1. Catherine Makama

    5 stars
    Good Recipes

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