The Slow Cooker Series Part 1 – Garlic & Herb Chicken

The beauty of this dish is that it’s so easy to prepare and can be teamed with any number of sides – salad, roast veg, steamed greens, whatever!
These days a whole chicken costs about €4-€12 and the rest is seasoning so you can get 2-3 days’ worth of dinner and lunch for less than €10 which is serious value
AND you’ll have done your meal prep for the few days too. Winner winner…..!!!!

Ingredients

1 Large Whole Chicken
4 Cloves Chopped Garlic
½ Cup Curley Parsley Leaves
½ Cup Basil Leaves
½ Cup Thyme
2 Tbspn Dried Herbs de Provence
Lemon Slices
Good dash of Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to season

Method

Turn on your Slow Cooker to High
Place ½ of the chopped garlic, ½ of the lemon slices and ½ of the fresh herbs on the base of the slow cooker with a dash of olive oil.
Rub a good bit of olive oil over the fresh chicken and then sprinkle the herbs de Provence, salt and pepper evenly over the whole bird.
Once the chicken has been evenly coated in the oil and seasoning, place in the Slow Cooker.
Place remaining garlic, lemon and fresh herbs over the chicken and place the lid on the Slow Cooker.
Leave the chicken to cook away for about 4 hours.

(Now you’ve got 4 hours to do whatever it is you want; hit the gym, clear your floordrobe and do some laundry, Netflix binge – you’ll get a good 4 episodes in, daydream about eating the chicken…)

After 4 hours, take the chicken out carefully and then place under the grill for about ten minutes to crisp up the skin.
Let the chicken rest for about 10-15 minutes once out from under the grill.
You can prepare your sides or have your lunchboxes at the ready while the chicken is resting to save time.

Then slice and serve!

If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can follow this recipe and change the cooker settings to Gas Mark 5 / 180 degrees C and cook for about 1 hour 40 minutes
or follow the cooking instructions on the packaging.

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