A few weeks ago I bought two 5 lb. chickens from the local FFA. They were quality chickens at a great price! But I’ll admit, I was a little intimidated by the idea of cooking a WHOLE chicken. A couple of years ago a friend of mine, who had been to culinary school for a short time, showed me how to cut up a whole chicken. I was so confused and could not duplicate and figured my time with whole chickens was over. But I know they are cheaper so was determined to figure out a way to use them!
One thing our family loves is the rotisserie chickens from Sam’s Club. We LOVE them! One of our favorite ways to eat them is sliced up and served over a garden or Caesar style salad. That is such an easy weeknight meal. But I had read that the purchased chickens can be full of fat and sodium. No wonder we love them so!
Now back to my FFA chicken. I decided I wanted to try making a rotisserie chicken with my whole chicken but since I’m not always so great keeping chicken I cook from becoming dry I wasn’t sure what to do.
Flash back to Easter. My mother-in-law made a traditional ham but made it in the slow cooker because we were going to be out much of the morning and she didn’t want to miss any of the activities by staying close to the oven. That ham was one of the best we’d ever had! So I wondered, “Could I do the same with the rotisserie chicken and make it in the slowcooker?”
Thanks to Google, the answer I discovered was yes! I found a few different versions online and I found Our Best Bites’ version to seem quite easy so I started there.
I decided to use the Wildtree Rotisserie Chicken blend I already had on hand for my rub. I rubbed it on the outside of the chicken, placed it on some foil balls in the slowcooker (to allow the fat to drip away—another plus b/c it is healthier that way!), then turned it on to cook 7-8 hours.
The kids declared the chicken the best they’d ever had.
It needed a little salt but otherwise it was great. Next time I will try using some fresh herbs like rosemary or bay leaves and maybe some sliced lemons to add a little more flavor.
This is life changing I tell you. So super awesome I can’t wait to try it again. And what I love about it is that I can make this ahead to have ready when we are at the end of a long day. And I can use the leftovers to make some chicken noodle soup (or whatever uses shredded chicken). Did I say how easy it was?
Here’s the “recipe” if you want to try it yourself:
1 4-5 lb. whole chicken
3-4 T salt-based spice rub (I used Wildtree’s Rotisserie Chicken spice blend this time)
Wash outside of chicken and clean out inside if needed.
Make three foil balls and place inside slowcooker
Rub spice rub on chicken and place in slowcooker.
Cook on low for 7-8 hours.
Voila! Chicken is cooked and ready to use however you like it!