One of my most favorite and easy go-to recipes is this crock pot rotisserie chicken recipe that I considerably altered from a few that I saw online. I had heard that it was pretty simple to make your own rotisserie-esque chicken in a slow cooker, but I wanted to see for myself. And so it was!
I’ve got this recipe down to a science now that I can get the entire crock pot assembled in under 10 minutes. Either I’ll allow it to cook overnight while we sleep or during the day so that it’s ready for dinner.
Don’t be surprised if your entire slow cooker is filled to the brim with the juices from the chicken! I taught this recipe to a cooking class and the participants were highly skeptical that the chicken would turn out well. Boy, were they surprised and changed their tune when they saw how tender the meat had become… that it was nearly falling off of the bone and super delicious.
I’ll typically use the juices to cook rice with (so that it tastes wonderful too) or freeze for another time when I have plenty of vegetables to sauté. This recipe also pairs well with my sweet potato fries or stuffed acorn squash.
A word about buying chicken
While it might not seem like that big of a deal to some, it’s pretty important to source meat products such as chicken from organic sources. If you can chicken from a local farmer who allows them to roam freely, even better. The reality is that chickens raised by more industrialized companies allow the birds to be raised in conditions that don’t allow for their own good health.
By the way, chickens are not vegetarians. Ideally your raw chicken should not be labeled “vegetarian fed” because it may indicate that the bird was not allowed outdoors. It’s best to look for pastured chickens. They typically will eat grubs and other insects and have their diets supplemented with some corn (preferably non-GMO), other grains, and ingredients necessary to be healthy throughout their life before heading to slaughter.
If you find that organic chicken is out of your financial reach, figure out what day your local grocery store typically marks its unsold meat down 50%. This would usually be a day or so before the item’s sell-by date. It’s a great time to pick up whole birds or chicken pieces which can be used immediately or frozen for later. I talk frequently how to purchase better quality meat for less in The Savvy Gluten-Free Shopper because ultimately it’s more nutritious and raised ethically.
i highly recommend this crock pot rotisserie chicken recipe to all of my clients and always get rave reviews after they give it a go. I promise that you’ll love this because the spicing isn’t over-the-top. Many of the recipes I initially tried from various websites were under-spiced and very bland. I took the experiences of what seemed to work (and what didn’t) and eventually created this favorite.
You’ll see that you can use either white or black pepper. White pepper has a slightly different taste, but makes the chicken equally delicious. And I’ve also swapped out the paprika for smoked paprika. This has added a nice smoky flavor to the chicken and the carrots once cooked.
Anyway you make this crock pot rotisserie chicken recipe, I know you’ll love it just as much as I do. Enjoy!