Friday, 28 December 2018

Whole Tuscan Chicken

Whole Tuscan Chicken

An Italian variation of a very popular recipe on my blog The Little Kitchen, this meal is super-quick to put together. Since you broil the chicken after it's done cooking in the slow cooker, it will be like you roasted awhole chicken, Tuscan-style!

  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1½ teaspoons dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 1½ pounds small red potatoes, larger ones halved or quartered
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, cut in half lengthwise and then into quarters
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3½ to 4½ pounds whole roasting or fryer chicken
  • 1 lemon, quartered

Put salt, paprika, thyme, garlic salt, rosemary, oregano and black pepper in a small bowl and mix
together. Set aside. Add the lemon zest and half of the minced garlic cloves to the bowl of seasonings and mix again.
Add the potatoes, onions and carrots to the bottom of the slow cooker. Pour lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil on top the vegetables and mix to coat. Add the other half of the minced garlic cloves on top of the vegetables.
Wipe the chicken dry with a paper towel. Fold the wings down. Separate the skin from the breast and drumsticks with your fingers, but be careful not to rip the skin. Place some of the seasonings under the skin.
Rub chicken with ½ tablespoon olive oil. Add the seasoning inside and all over the chicken. Add quartered lemons to the inside of the chicken. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine. Place the chicken
on top of the vegetables inside the slow cooker.
Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low for 6 to 9 hours. (Cook until the internal temperature of the leg
is at 160 degrees F.)
Remove the chicken using turkey lifters and place in a roasting pan or oven-safe glass dish. Broil in your oven at 550 degrees F (or the highest your oven broiler will go) for 5 to 10 minutes. (Be careful and watch it to ensure it doesn't burn.) Serve chicken with vegetables from the slow cooker.

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