Welcome to the ultimate lemon chicken in the slow cooker recipe. Enjoy delicious citrus flavours with slow cooked crispy chicken thanks to the slow cooker and a few easy to use ingredients.
I must admit to being a chicken addict. Though I am sure you know that from the amount of chicken recipes that are currently on my blog. I just really, really LOVE chicken. It is such a versatile meat and it is very easy to adapt to whatever mood you are in.
If you want a curry, a risotto, a pizza topping, a pasta dish, a snack or even a soup then chicken will spring to mind. It is also great in the nutrition world thanks to its high protein levels and will leave you full for hours which makes it perfect for families.
But for me when I think of chicken and either living here in Portugal or in my days in the UK the first thought is always for the rotisserie chicken. The idea that on the way home from work and to save time in the cooking department that you could just grab a chicken then take it home and have it with some bread and cheese.
In our fat days Dominic would get through a whole one on a Friday night while I had a Chinese takeaway.
Then here in Portugal it would be in the traditional Piri Piri flavours (think Nandos) but you never quite knew what was in them or whether or not you would arrive at the supermarket when the low quality member of staff was on when they would be a bit on the black side.
Then there is the price…..currently in Portugal at the local supermarket we would be paying around 5€ for one. Compare this to buying one uncooked for just 2€ there is a huge difference.
In this recipe I will be sharing with you the traditional recipe I personally use for making a lemon chicken from scratch in the slow cooker and how it can be a fantastic budget meal for you and your family. Plus if you would like to save even more money follow my lead and serve it up with a big salad, potatoes or vegetables and then the chicken can even stretch to lunch the next day.
Plus for all of you that are following the Whole30 it is completely Whole30 approved.
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Peel and dice the potatoes into the shape of roast potatoes. Place them in the bottom of your slow cooker and place it on low. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, fresh rosemary and add the coconut butter. Finally using your hands mix well.
Place your chicken on your chopping board and chop one of the lemons in half and place it in the cavity of the lemon. Cover the skin of the chicken with the lemon rind, garlic puree, salt, pepper and coconut oil.
Place your chicken into the slow cooker and have it resting on the potatoes.
Cook for six hours on low. Every 2 hours using a ladel baste the chicken juices over the skin to keep the chicken nice and moist.
As well as adding potatoes at the bottom you could also add other vegetables too. We also love doing it with butternut squash underneath. Or you could also take your potatoes once done and turn them into a lovely chicken flavoured mash.