Fragrant lemon chicken

    7 hours 20 min

    An easy slow cooker chicken recipe that cooks on its own and tastes great - the meat just falls off the bone!

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 whole chicken
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 1 apple - peeled, cored and quartered
    • 1 stalk celery with leaves, chopped
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
    • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
    • 225ml (8 fl oz) hot water

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:7hr  ›  Ready in:7hr20min 

    1. Rub salt and pepper into the skin of the chicken, and then place apple and celery inside the chicken. Place chicken in slow cooker. Sprinkle chopped onion, rosemary and lemon juice and zest over chicken. Pour hot water into the slow cooker.
    2. Cover, and cook on High for 1 hour. Switch to Low, and cook for 6 to 8 hours, basting several times.

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    Something else. This chicken came out sooooo tender and juicy! I sauteed the onion and garlic in butter before I put it in the slow cooker. Instead of the water, I used chicken stock. The flavours were very good, the lemon was nicely subtle and the rosemary was fragrant. Thanks for the recipe!  -  18 Jul 2008


    Used different ingredients. Very good chicken recipe. I used 5 frozen chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken, and let it cook for 4-5 hours. I also substituted ckn stock for the water and added basil as well. Turned out great, was really easy and I would definitely make it again!  -  18 Jul 2008


    I liked the flavour, but would joint and skin the chicken another time. The whole thing was swimming in fat. I skimmed off as much as I could, but the remaining sauce was still very fatty.  -  15 Oct 2009