Slow-Cooker Whole Chicken with Pesto and Vegetables
Here’s a new recipe for your dinner rotation: A whole chicken roasted to perfection in the slow cooker.
This recipe for pesto-rubbed chicken is one of my favorite whole chicken slow-cooker meals. The oil from the pesto helps give the chicken its tenderness, and the basil in the pesto gives it a fresh flavor. I cook it with vegetables like potatoes, onions, tomatoes, zucchini and salty Kalamata olives, but feel free to play around with whatever ingredients you like or have on hand.
To start, cut up the onion and peeled potatoes and place them in the bottom of a 6-quart oval slow cooker (this size and shape is most ideal for cooking a whole chicken). Then, prepare the chicken (it should be between 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 pounds) by rinsing the outside, then patting it dry. Rub the whole chicken, including the cavity, with prepared pesto.