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Slow-Cooker Rotisserie-Style Chicken

slow-cooker rotisserie-style chicken Entree
Slow-Cooker Rotisserie-Style Chicken
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 2 hr 50 min
  • Servings 6

Take ten minutes to prep this chicken in the morning, and you won’t have to stop at the market for a rotisserie chicken on your way home. All you need is four ingredients and a slow cooker to make an incredibly moist and meltingly tender crockpot whole chicken that’s way better than the store-bought version. MORE+ LESS-

September 24, 2018

Ingredients

2
tablespoons packed brown sugar
2
teaspoons chili powder
2
teaspoons salt
1
whole chicken (3 to 4 lb)

Steps

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  • 1
    Spray 5-quart oval slow cooker with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In small bowl, stir together brown sugar, chili powder and salt.
  • 3
    Pat chicken dry, both inside and outside, with paper towels. Rub chicken all over with brown sugar mixture.
  • 4
    Place chicken, breast-side up, in slow cooker.
  • 5
    Cover; cook on High heat setting 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours or until legs move easily when lifted or twisted and thermometer inserted in thickest part of inside thigh reads at least 165°F. Remove chicken from slow cooker; let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Expert Tips

  • The flavor of rotisserie chickens is a barbecue combo of a little sugar and lots of spice. Add some ground red chile—cayenne or smoked chipotle—for more kick.
  • Try this same seasoning on bone-in chicken pieces; rub chicken thighs and drumsticks with a little olive oil and the dry seasoning blend. Layer into the slow-cooker and let it do its thing.
  • Be sure to that the chicken is no longer pink near the bones and the juices run clear when pierced by the tip of a knife. The internal temperature should be 165°F on an instant-read thermometer.
  • If you like a little kick to your chicken, add 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne) to the brown sugar mixture.
  • Serve this chicken whole, as you would a roasted chicken, or remove the meat from the bones, and shred into bite-size pieces to use in any number of other recipes.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
250
Calories from Fat
120
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
21%
Saturated Fat
4g
19%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
85mg
29%
Sodium
890mg
37%
Potassium
240mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate
5g
2%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
5g
Protein
27g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 3 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • We’re all gotten used to the term “rotisserie” to describe pre-cooked, ready-to-chicken. But actually, rotisserie is a style of roasting where meat is skewered on a spit. With a long solid rod to skewer it, the meat is cooked over a fire or roasted in an oven. What you’re buying in the five-items-or-less-line at the market wasn’t grilled on a spit over an open flame, so why are you wasting time and money on something you could just as easily make at home? Meet your new dinner life-saver, whole chicken in crockpot. To make it happen, you just need a little organization and ten minutes of prep time in the morning. Then you can return home to a crockpot whole chicken that tastes better than anything your supermarket ever made. Not only will slow cooker chicken be delicious tonight, but you can check out this guide to stretching more meals from a rotisserie chicken, with quick-start ideas for more weeknight dinners, including soups, salads, sandwiches and more. And check out Betty’s best chicken recipes for even more ideas.

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