Looking for a savory and healthy option for a meal with quick prep and minimal ingredients?
You’ve come to the right place.
Not sure what you would do with a whole chicken? Please, let me guide you!
With a whole chicken from our farm, you get more bang for your buck and I can teach you how to use the whole thing! Double bonus! I say the whole thing and I do mean bones and all. Obviously, you aren’t going to eat the bones but you can get all the nutrients out of them to nourish your body. A whole chicken alone can easily feed 6-8 adults. But if you cook it and save the leftovers and broth you are making a whole chicken into multiple meals.
This chicken will fall off the bone! The crockpot is my preferred method of cooking a whole chicken. Chickens from our farm always stay juicy and tender and full of natural flavor. There are no artificial flavors, no bleached and no injections.
Products from our farm are so good and so good for you. I’m making myself hungry!
Time to get cooking!
Easy Crockpot Chicken
A simple way to cook a whole chicken. Minimal ingredients and a whole lot of flavor!
FunGuy Farms Non-GMO Pastured Whole Chicken (Approx. 4-4.5lbs) innards removed & rinsed
- 1/2 cup Water
Place fully thawed chicken in a crockpot (lid on the whole time) on low for 8 hours & add 1/2 cup of water.
Once the chicken is done, remove from the crockpot and serve with potatoes, and veggies. There is plenty of liquid if you wish to make a gravy. Just heat the liquid in a pot and mix a little cornstarch and cold water. Once the liquid is boiling add a little to the cornstarch so it heats it up a bit, and slowly add it to the liquid, whisking vigorously. Season as needed.
OR save the liquid and use in soups, as bone broth, etc. Keep reading and I’ll tell you how I save mine and what I use it for!
You could add 2 cups of diced veggies; potatoes, green beans, carrots, celery, onions or whatever you’d prefer to this but I would throw them in the crockpot at the 4 hour mark so they don’t petrify, try to tuck the vegetables around the chicken-you want them touching the crockpot or broth, don’t throw on top or they’ll never cook through all the way and I would recommend adding an additional cup of water.
Notice in the recipe I didn’t add any seasoning? This is deliberate.
When you buy Non-GMO Pastured Chicken you don’t need to add a ton or any spices and seasoning to give it flavor. It has a naturally robust flavor that nourishes your taste buds. And…. I haven’t even mentioned the health benefits of eating pasture-raised meat. Research has shown a higher Omega-3 in pastured animals. Omega-3 is the good fatty acid that you want a whole lot of if you want to really cherish your body. Help your health and eat something that is good for you and actually tastes good, naturally!
I am a super fan of one-pot or crock pot meals. Especially for whole chickens, the longer the chicken gets to soak and simmer in the crockpot the more the nutrients are leached from the bones. This creates a very flavorful broth. I like to think of it as a bone broth, which is nutrient loaded and very good for a person on an AIP diet. There is a way to make just bone broth and I will post that recipe soon, using just chicken backs and necks.
When Fall rolls around my crockpot is my best friend in the kitchen.
My kitchen aid mixer (which was a gift I thought I’d never use) is the second most used item, addicted to sugar and baking so, for this reason, I try not to keep butter in the house. Everything good and bad for you involves butter and sugar.’Tis the season for savory and comfort food. When the pressure is on to get all your holiday plans arranged (holiday shopping, not to mention go to work, take care of the kiddos, do all the regular tasks; do laundry, do dishes…dishes- I don’t know about you, but we have a dishwasher and my sink is still always full) trying to cook healthy food isn’t always easy but with a little forethought, it can be!
This chicken sure beats the $25 you’d spend on fast food for your family, you’d feed them once and somehow they would still feel hungry. Studies show that pastured poultry (and pork) leaves you feeling fuller, longer.
Now that your chicken is cooked thoroughly you have many options of how to eat it and how to use the left-overs:
- Whole chicken with a side of veggies, mashed potatoes & chicken gravy, biscuits.
- Shredded chicken w/ BBQ sauce for sandwiches.
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Chicken Noodle Soup (use your left-over broth)
The list is endless. Pinterest is my inspiration for most of the meals I scratch together with a hodge-podge of ingredients.
If you’ve made this, please please please save the broth in a quart size mason jar.
The trick to getting the jar to seal is to put the broth in the mason jar while it is hot. I use a ladle and carefully tilt the crockpot so I can get all the good juices and bits out, watch out of bone- I try to get them out so I don’t have to fish them out next time.Then I put the lid on and let it cool on the counter, come back in a few hours and throw it in the fridge. It was store in your fridge safely for 7-10 days.
When I made chicken previously I always threw the broth out. Big mistake! This stuff is liquid gold. You will NEVER find anything like this at your grocery store. You can see all the healthy and savory nutrients in the rich color of the broth.
Looking to feed fewer?
If this seems like too much food for you check out my Cornish Hen Crockpot Recipe.: