CROCK POT ROTISSERIE CHICKEN

•Ever made a rotisserie chicken? Ya, me either.  I don’t have a rotisserie, but I do have a crock pot!!  I originally was inspire by a recipe I saw on Pinterest, but didn’t want it cooking in the juices all day……enter the foil balls, they aren’t just for foil ball tag, you know the game in socks on old school linoleum floors, anyone?  This chicken is juicy and flavorful.  I must be honest, I missed the crispy skin of an oven roasted chicken, but this is a different way to cook a whole chicken to have for dinner or save for lunches all week.

Use the chicken in chipotle ranch chicken taco saladBBQ chicken stuffed sweet potatoes or add to any pasta or salad.

 Crock Pot Rotisserie Chicken SmittenFoodie.com

Crock Pot Rotisserie Chicken SmittenFoodie.com

1  4-5 lb chicken
1 tbls paprika- just the plain
1 tbls smoked paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper-optional, or more
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1 tbls lemon zest
3 garlic cloves
1/4 of a small onion
cooking spray
foil
 
serves 4
prep and cooking time-5 1/2 – 6 1/2 hours (slow cookers vary)

 

Make 4 or 5 balls of foil, enough to cover the bottom of your slow cooker.  Smush them down a bit to flatten so the chicken doesn’t touch the lid when placed on top.  Spray the foil and sides well with cooking spray.

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Remove the giblets and neck from the chicken, discard.  Rinse the chicken under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.  Bend the wings under so they don’t flop around and stick to the sides (makes for a prettier presentation too). Place on a plate and set aside.

Crock Pot Rotisserie Chicken SmittenFoodie.com

Crock Pot Rotisserie Chicken SmittenFoodie.com

In a small bowl add the regular paprika

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the smoked paprika

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kosher salt

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pepper

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cayenne

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and lemon zest.

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Stir all together.

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Using a microplane or grater, grate the garlic

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and onion (I used a coarser grater) this will make you tear up a bit :(

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The onion juice should make this into a thick paste, if not add a little water or lemon juice.

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Rub the paste all over the outside, inside and carefully under the skin.

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Place chicken, breast side up, on top of the foil balls.  Put on lid and cook on high for 5 hours.  Insert a thermometer between the leg and breast, finished chicken is 165° juice will run clear and no longer be pink inside.  If it’s to temp, remove and place on cutting board to rest for 10 min.  If not done yet, put lid back on and cook longer, my chicken took 5 1/2 hours.

After the chicken has rested on cutting board for 10 min, slice and serve♥Enjoy

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