Cooking preparation is a fun process. It’s the beginning of making wonderful things happen in our kitchen. Yes, this process could get tedious sometimes but most of the time, I find myself happily picturing how mouth-watering the food is going to turn out after it’s cooked during preparation, especially when it comes to cooking chicken.
After trying to take photos of raw chicken fillets when making Honey Lemon Chicken and failed miserably, I determined that chicken, as a yummy creature, would never look appetizingly good before cooked!
Interestingly, this whole raw chicken seasoned up with a spice mix somehow firmly proved that I was wrong. Doesn’t it look kind of cute in the crock pot?!
Preparing this main dish was surprisingly easy and enjoyable. For hands on preparation, all you do is to mix all the dried seasonings and rub the mixture on a cleaned chicken. You don’t have to worry about a thing from that point because the chicken will be soaking up the savory spices at night in your fridge while you are having your sweet dreams about it.
Dump the whole chicken into your crock pot the next morning when you wake up (well, you kinda have to remember the dumping move). By the time you are off work, you will have an entire fall-off-the-bone tender chicken waiting for ya! It’s juicy, moist, full of flavor and it just couldn’t get any tender!
Considering the amount of effort required to cook this chicken, which is pretty much none, the result is disproportional! That’s why I gladly include it on my Thanksgiving menu!
Serve it with some mashed potatoes with bacon and make sure you scoop up some juice from the pot. You are going to want this perfect match to be a regular on your dining table. For holidays? I say hell yeah! 🙂
Crock Pot Whole Chicken & Thanksgiving Menu
- Category: Main Course
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 whole chicken
- 1 medium onion, sliced (optional)
- 2 stalks celery, sliced (optional)
- cilantro for garnishing (optional)
- Combine all the spices in a small bowl.
- Clean chicken and remove all the giblets. Dry it with a paper towel.
- Rub the spice mixture onto the chicken as well as inside the chicken.
- Place the chicken in a plastic bag and refrigerate it over night.
- When ready to cook, throw in half of sliced onion at the bottom of your crock pot. Add chicken and place the other half onion on top of it. Add celery slices around the chicken.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Dish the chicken and garnish with cilantro leaves. Serve warm.
For this recipe, you will need a 6-quart slow cooker in order for a whole chicken to fit in.
No liquid is needed here. The chicken makes its own amazing juice.
Feel free to add your preferred veggies. Potatoes and carrots are great options.
- Serving Size: 4-6
Now, let’s move on to the Thanksgiving menu.
Thanksgiving this year for us is about gathering all these good people in our lives who happen to be “homeless” at the Bay Area. I am honored to host this dinner because without these homies, our first year living in the States wouldn’t have been the same. It’s time to give thanks!
My Thanksgiving menu isn’t really traditional per se as it has a strong Asian flair. I can’t wait to start preparing it tomorrow, so I thought I would share with you about what I will be cooking for the holiday.
All that missing is a stuffing that I am working on and a dessert that one of our favorite people in the world volunteered to make! I am so freaking excited! Happy Holidays!!!