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    Default How do I cook a plain whole chicken?

    I just got a crockpot last weekend. I'd like to cook a whole chicken in it. I don't want any seasonings at all, just plain.

    Can someone tell me how to do this? Do I need to add water? High or low? And how long?

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    I don't add any water, if the chicken is frozen -- if it's thawed or fresh, then I add about 2-3 T. of water to the bottom of the crockpot, then throw in the bird.

    Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunshine View Post
    I don't add any water, if the chicken is frozen -- if it's thawed or fresh, then I add about 2-3 T. of water to the bottom of the crockpot, then throw in the bird.

    Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
    Also, if you take about 3 crumpled up balls of tin foil and place on the bottom of the crockpot and put the chicken on top of them, it will take just like rotisserie chicken. Also, I have read to place the breast side down.

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    I agree with both previous posters, I have 3 crockpots and use all of them daily usually, especially durring the winter, and a crockpot will make all the difference in the world for the taste of your chicken!
    Enjoy, in about 8 hours!!!

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    Chop up some veggies - garlic, onions, carrots, celery to cover the bottom of the crock, Then put the chicken on top. Turn to high for an hour, then to low and cook till done. 6-h hours. The veggies will provide all the liquid and seasoning you need. Oh, I spray Pam first to keep it from sticking.

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    Thank you to everyone who has responded! This doesn't sound difficult at all! Can't wait to try it.

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    I just made a chicken in the crockpot last night. I put the foil balls under it & it turned out fantastic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by annertak View Post
    I just made a chicken in the crockpot last night. I put the foil balls under it & it turned out fantastic!
    This is what I do all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueh View Post
    Also, if you take about 3 crumpled up balls of tin foil and place on the bottom of the crockpot and put the chicken on top of them, it will take just like rotisserie chicken. Also, I have read to place the breast side down.
    I tried this and it worked beautifully. :chighfive:
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    I also do this with turkey breasts on the bone. Cook it breast side down on some large carrots, a little broth and let it go all day. It makes the moistest turkey I've ever had. Plus the breast bone just comes right off - no picking bones after dinner!

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    One thing I've done to improve the appearance of my slow-cooked whole chickens is to blend softened butter and paprika and use this mixture as a rub all over the exterior. Then sprinkle with black pepper, and voila! A more "rotisserie-style" look to go with the flavor.

    I used the foil balls, too. Good stuff

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