An easy slow cooker chicken recipe that cooks on its own and tastes great - the meat just falls off the bone!

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Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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 1 cup hot water into the slow cooker.

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  • Cover, and cook on High for 1 hour. Switch to Low, and cook for 6 to 8 hours, basting several times.

Partner Tip

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

Nutrition Facts

309 calories; 17.2 g total fat; 97 mg cholesterol; 101 mg sodium. 7.1 g carbohydrates; 31.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2005
This dinner went over well with my family and dinner guests. I cooked it in the slow cooker on high for four hours. Just before serving I removed from slowcooker and placed the chicken on a baking sheet and broiled. This browned the skin and added a nice crispness to the chicken. The inside remained juicy and full of flavour. I did add a little cinnamon and soysauce to the ingredients. Turned out perfect. This is a keeper! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/23/2003
Disappointing recipe. Flavor very bland and boring. I cooked it the minimum time suggested and it was very overcooked. Will not make again. Read More
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149 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 61
  • 3 star values: 25
  • 2 star values: 15
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2005
This dinner went over well with my family and dinner guests. I cooked it in the slow cooker on high for four hours. Just before serving I removed from slowcooker and placed the chicken on a baking sheet and broiled. This browned the skin and added a nice crispness to the chicken. The inside remained juicy and full of flavour. I did add a little cinnamon and soysauce to the ingredients. Turned out perfect. This is a keeper! Read More
(84)
Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2005
This dinner went over well with my family and dinner guests. I cooked it in the slow cooker on high for four hours. Just before serving I removed from slowcooker and placed the chicken on a baking sheet and broiled. This browned the skin and added a nice crispness to the chicken. The inside remained juicy and full of flavour. I did add a little cinnamon and soysauce to the ingredients. Turned out perfect. This is a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2004
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 broth for the water and added basil as well. Turned out great was really easy and I would definitely make it again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2006
This chicken came out sooooo tender and juicy! I sauteed the onion and garlic in butter before I put it in the crock pot. Instead of the water I used chicken broth. I rubbed a little lemon pepper on the chicken. The flavors were very good the lemon was nicely subtle and the rosemary was fragrant. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/23/2003
Disappointing recipe. Flavor very bland and boring. I cooked it the minimum time suggested and it was very overcooked. Will not make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2007
DELICIOUS! Everyone loved this recipe -- only thing I changed was to rub some lemon pepper seasoning on it! Very nice as a change from your usual roasted chicken. I made gravy with the liquid afterwards and it was the best ever (just thickened it with some flour no need to add any flavourings). Thanks very much for this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/23/2003
The meat fell easily off the bones and was very tender juicy; although pretty bland. Couldn't taste the lemon at all even though I added lemon zest to it as well. I left out the celery and added baby carrots instead. Carrots turned out wonderful. Had mashed potatoes as a side dish. There is a LOT of broth left over. Will probably make a soup with left overs. Maybe leave out the cup of hot water and add juice of a second lemon instead. (I used a 6qt Rival Crockpot btw) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/23/2003
I fixed this roast chicken in the oven and it was quite good. I don't like slimy chicken from the crockpot and my homerasied birds are way too big to go in one anyway. I basically followed the directions except I mixed the onions lemon juice and spices all together in a bowl and added olive oil. I put the juiced lemons inside the bird with the apple and celery. I also added a couple cloves of garlic to the inside and outside of the bird. Every hour or so I flipped the chicken over in the pan. It took about 3 1/2 hours to cook it at 350 and turned out great. I offered the juices to the kids but they didn't like them. I thought they were ok but nothing to rave about-glad I didn't thicken it for gravy. I will use this method again for roast chicken. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2003
I just read some reviews on this after making this one time per week per my family's request. This is so easy flavorful and moist. It is one of the best recipes that I have ever received. You must try it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2010
This chicken turned out great. I used fresh rosemary Italian parsley a few leaves of basil a whole garlic (top sliced off skin on) lemon and olive oil in the cavity of the chicken. Celery onions fresh minced garlic a half a lemon quartered and some cooking sherry in the bottom of the crock. Patted the dried chicken with salt and cracked black pepper. Instead of browning the chicken before cooking I put the chicken in an appropriate sized pan and broiled in the oven (on lowest rack) at 450 degrees AFTER it was done in the slow cooker. If you choose to do this check the chicken after 5 minutes so the skin does not burn. The chicken was wonderful -- moist and flavorful!!! Read More
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