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How to Cook Whole Chicken & Potatoes in a Slow Cooker

by Irena Eaves, studioD

Chicken and potatoes is a classic meal, perfect for when you're in the mood for something hearty to warm you up. Whole chickens are most often cooked in the oven, but you can put your slow cooker to work to create a complete dinner. With just a few minutes of advance preparation, you can come home to a mouthwatering meal to feed the whole family.

Rinse the chicken and pat it dry. Sprinkle generously with salt, pepper and any dried herbs or spices you enjoy. Paprika, garlic powder, thyme and parsley all work wonderfully.

Cut an onion into thick slices and scatter it on the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the chicken, breast side down, in the slow cooker.

Slice or dice the potatoes, about an inch thick, and arrange them around the chicken. Use potatoes with tender skin, like Yukon gold or red potatoes, or peel the potatoes before cutting. You'll need about 1/2-pound of potatoes per person. You can scatter a few whole cloves of peeled garlic around the chicken, as well.

Cover the slow cooker and cook the chicken on low until a thermometer registers 160 degrees Fahrenheit in the breast and 170 F in the thigh, about 4 to 6 hours. Cooking times will vary, depending on the size of the bird.

Items you will need
  •  Whole chicken
  •  Salt and pepper
  •  Dried herbs and spices (optional)
  •  Onion
  •  Potatoes
  •  Garlic (optional)

About the Author

Irena Eaves began writing professionally in 2005. She has been published on several websites including RedPlum, CollegeDegreeReport.com and AutoInsuranceTips.com. Eaves holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Boston University.

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