I have only ever made casseroles and stews in my slow cooker, essentially ‘wet’ food until now, so flicking through my Lakeland Slow Cooking book I was tempted to try a roast chicken. They have a couple of enticing recipes and having half the ingredients of one and not quite half of another I decided to make my own up
The main thing about roasting a chicken in a slow cooker is the time involved (6 hours) so if you were to try it for a Sunday it would have to be a late afternoon/evening serving OR you’d have to set the timer to come on whilst you’re still tucked up in bed should you want to eat at midday. Of course the beauty of roasting in the slow cooker is the meat doesn’t dry out and stays deliciously moist. Leftovers can be used in sandwiches and pies or eaten cold with salad throughout the summer months.
I think you’ll be quick to agree that the possibilities of changing the ‘flavouring’ are enormous, I already have my next trial ready to go in my head!
Hot chilli, tomato and basil flavoured roast chicken
Ingredients2 tbsps olive oil + extra for frying 70g tomato puree 1 tsp hot red chilli pepper 1 tbsp paprika 2 tsps basil pesto 1.8 kg whole chicken
In a small glass mix the olive oil, tomato puree, chilli pepper, paprika and basil pesto, season to taste
Rinse the chicken under cold water and pat dry with kitchen paper, make a pocket under the skin of the breast with your fingers. You’ll find the skin lifting off the uncooked meat easily as you slide your hand down the chicken. Spoon half of the paste mixture into the pocket you have made between the chicken and the skin and distribute evenly.
Rub the other half of mixture over the chicken. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and brown the chicken all over.
Transfer to the slow cooker and cook covered on low for 6 hours
I really must learn to take more photos of the finished product and I apologise for the slack effort above, Other Half was left in charge of dishing up and although the portion control was good, it is a bit slap-happy, get-it-on-the-plate, rather than beautifully and artistically placed for a good photo. I’m not having a go at him I shall just have to remember to get there before him next time