I couldn't find a slow cooker recipe for chicken that was quite right at the time, so I made one up, and it has been a hit! Browning the chicken first avoids the strange pale chicken common to slow cooked chickens.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then fry in the hot oil until browned on all sides.

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  • Meanwhile, chop one of the lemons into chunks and place into a slow cooker along with the onion, thyme, white wine and garlic. Cut the remaining lemon into quarters and stuff into the cavity of the chicken. Place the chicken into the slow cooker breast side down on top of the onion and lemon mixture. Cover and cook on Low for 6 hours, or for 3 hours on High. Chicken is done when the legs move easily in their sockets and the internal temperature of the breast has reached 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Partner Tip

Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

295 calories; 19.3 g total fat; 61 mg cholesterol; 60 mg sodium. 6.4 g carbohydrates; 21.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2010
I added lots of extra veggies to this and served it over rice. It was awesome for dinner and again for lunch the next day. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/12/2008
After reading the other review I decided to use boneless skinless chicken. I used fresh thyme and lemon but felt the sauce was too diluded. I even tried to add a little creme fraiche to give it some extra flavor and body but that didn't help. Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2010
I added lots of extra veggies to this and served it over rice. It was awesome for dinner and again for lunch the next day. Read More
(26)
Rating: 1 stars
06/12/2008
After reading the other review I decided to use boneless skinless chicken. I used fresh thyme and lemon but felt the sauce was too diluded. I even tried to add a little creme fraiche to give it some extra flavor and body but that didn't help. Read More
(48)
Rating: 3 stars
01/05/2009
This was a good recipe. My only modification is to remove some of the chicken juices throughout the cooking process. Otherwise use just have a boiled chicken. This is true for all crock pot whole chickens. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/05/2008
I was rather disappointed with this -- much too wet and the flavors were diluted. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2010
I added lots of extra veggies to this and served it over rice. It was awesome for dinner and again for lunch the next day. Read More
(26)
Rating: 1 stars
04/23/2012
There is no way that picture is this recipe! Look at the grill marks on the chicken. It don't come out of the crock pot looking like that Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2013
We used boneless skinless chicken breasts instead of the whole chicken but it looks and smells amazing. We too always use way more garlic than any recipe calls for. We also used 3 lemons and a little extra thyme too. Added a new picture too. Mmmmm! Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
12/18/2012
I always use more garlic than any recipe calls for! Use chicken broth for liquid along w/wine. Place some garlic under skin too. Very tasty! Read More
(1)
Rating: 1 stars
01/14/2016
Very bland. Only modifs is that I used boneless chicken breast and 5 garlic cloves. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/11/2019
Absolutely delicious! I used a flavoured oil to fry it up before cooking - Herbes de Provence - it was amazing! And I cut the cooking time by about 45 mins. It came out in bits! It was still wonderfully juicy and flavourful but I had to lift it out of the slow cooker in pieces with a slotted ladle and I couldn't slice it - it fell apart. I'd cook it for no more than 4 hrs next time. Will definitely make it again. Read More