Slow-cooked Chicken

Total Time:
6 hr 15 min
10 min
6 hr 5 min

4 to 6 servings

  • 1 whole chicken, 3 1/2 to 4 pounds
  • Kosher salt
  • Cracked white pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup diced carrot
  • 1/4 cup diced celery
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch

Rinse the chicken both inside and out under cool running water. Pat dry. Season the chicken liberally both inside and out with salt and pepper. Place in a slow cooker. Scatter the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, and lemon juice over top of the chicken. Cover the slow cooker and set the temperature to high. Cook for 6 hours, undisturbed.

Remove the chicken from the slow cooker, and pour the accumulated juices into a 2-cup heatproof container. Skim the fat from the top and transfer the liquid to a small saucepan. Dissolve the cornstarch in a small bowl with 2 teaspoons of water and whisk to form a slurry. Whisk the slurry into the juices and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until thickened, season with salt and pepper, and continue to cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes. Cut the chicken into pieces and serve, with the thickened pan juices ladled over the top.

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I love this recipe! I didn't have a whole chicken so I substituted with chicken breast. I cooked it with all the ingredients and added a few other herbs and spices of my own. It was very tasty and so was the gravy. The most important thing for me was my kids loved it. I will be making this again and trying different spices and herbs. Thanks Emeril! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Be aware that without the gravy the chicken is really dry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is a recipe for slow-cooked chicken. It tastes like CHICKEN. Not sure why people are complaining about it tasting "bland". Did you see curry or chilies or ginger on the ingredients list? No. So of COURSE it's going to taste like simple, ordinary roast chicken. So to sum up: If you are looking for a chicken recipe that tastes like something other than plain chicken, look for a recipe that has other lively, tangy, spicy ingredients. Ingredients that will make chicken taste like something other than just chicken. But if you like the flavor of chicken, this is a recipe for you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is possibly one of the most disappointing recipes I've ever made. It was boring/bland/tasteless. We added BBQ sauce and made BBQ chicken sandwiches just to be able to eat the chicken. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm confused by the reviews. Different tastes, I suppose. I had a chicken that was just under 4 pounds. I followed the direction but added more garlic and herbs and cooked it as directed. When I went to remove the chicken, it just fell apart. It was way overcooked. So I plucked out some chunks and then spooned out the fat/broth to make the gravy. BLAND. The chicken was bland and so was the gravy. Just... no flavor. So disappointed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
excellent! I used a 5.5 lb chicken and cooked it on low 6 hours - that got me a perfect temp of 165. aware of other reviewers saying there was no flavor, I was a little more liberal with the spices. the gravy is so so good. it's like thanksgiving! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it. The only thing different I did was used more garlic and put the juiced lemon halves inside the chicken and cooked it four hours on high - six is way too long. The flavor difference was noticeable. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe today. It was my first time slow cooking in a crock pot. It turned out good. I let it cook for 1 hour on high and 4 hours low. I agree the flavoring was a little bland, but overall it was good. My son said he like it and that's all that matters to me. I will cook this again but will kick up the seasonings. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this tonight, it was amazing! I read the reviews before hand and cooked on high for 2 hours, low for 4 hours. It fell off the bone, didn't even need to carve the chicken! It had lots of flavor and was super moist. I made the gravy as the recipe called for (I strained the veggies out first, but I didn't need the gravy because the chicken was so moist. Will make this one again, super easy and tasty. Thank you to everyone else who reviewed for cooking time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great dish...I've done it a couple of times, and it just keeps getting better.... item not reviewed by moderator and published

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