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Lemon Garlic Chicken - Slow Cooked

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: dinner
Servings: 4
Author: Amanda

Ingredients

  • 4-5 lb whole roasting chickenFor the seasoning rub:
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sprigs thyme leaves stripped and mincedFor the cooking liquid:
  • 2 lemons quartered
  • 1 head garlic cloves separated, but left in their skins
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes or 1 teaspoon bouillon paste divided (optional for richer flavor)
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 sprigs rosemaryFor the gravy:
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or corn starch

Instructions

  • Remove the bag of gizzards and discard (or reserve for stock). Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
  • Mix all the seasoning ingredients together in a bowl. Rub the entire chicken with seasonings, including under the skin. Transfer the chicken to the slow cooker, breast-side up.
  • Squeeze and reserve the juice from one of the lemons. Stuff the rinds into the cavity of the chicken along with one whole bouillon cube and a few garlic cloves. Crumble the other bouillon cube over the chicken and rub it into the skin.
  • Arrange the remaining lemon quarters, the rest of garlic cloves, and the thyme around the chicken.
  • Combine the reserved lemon juice, the soy sauce, and the broth, and pour it over the chicken.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high heat for 4 to 5 hours. Thirty minutes or so before the time is done, add the rosemary sprigs.
  • Remove chicken from the slow-cooker and allow it to rest on a baking sheet, tented with foil, for about 20 minutes. The wings and drumsticks may fall away as you lift the chicken; this is normal.Gravy
  • While the chicken is resting, strain the cooking liquid into a sauce pan and bring to a rapid simmer.
  • Scoop out a half cup of the liquid and whisk it with the flour in a separate bowl. Slowly pour the flour slurry back into the cooking liquid while whisking. Continue simmering and whisking until the gravy thickens. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.
  • Serve the chicken with gravy and whatever sides you choose.