I honestly don’t know why this recipe is called “sticky chicken”, I have the feeling it is a recipe that has evolved over the years and doesn’t exactly resemble its origins or maybe it was a family nickname. This recipe for chicken in the crockpot was a favorite on a message board I frequented a decade ago and the printed out scrap has followed me around through a few moves. It is time to share it on Home Ec 101.
If you have a large slow-cooker, you can use a bigger bird and an oven bag will work just fine in place of the plastic wrap.
: Slow-Cooker Sticky Chicken
: Tender “roast” chicken in the crockpot
- 1 fully-thawed roasting chicken (as opposed to a fryer)
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 peeled cloves of garlic
- 4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper (omit if you would prefer)
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp ( a few grinds) of black pepper
- Enough carrots or carrots and celery to layer on the bottom of your slow-cooker. This will vary based on the size of your appliance.
The morning or evening before:
- In a small bowl combine all of the spices.
- Remove the giblets from your chicken and set aside (for some other recipe if you would like).
- Rinse the chicken, including the cavity well. Inspect your chicken for any remaining feathers, pluck and discard.
- Rub the spice mixture all over the chicken, yes, even up inside the cavity.
- Place the chicken either in a large resealable plastic bag or a bowl covered in plastic wrap and place back in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook it.
- Layer the carrots and celery in the bottom of your slow-cooker and turn it to low.
- Smash the garlic cloves or chop them roughly
- Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and plastic.
- Place the chopped onions and garlic in the cavity of the chicken.
- Set the chicken in the slow-cooker, cover, and cook for 8 – 10 hours.
- If you prefer a crisper skin, you can carefully remove the chicken from the slow cooker and place it under the broiler for a few minutes.
- This is a matter of personal preference only.
- Serve with the cooked vegetables. (And the drippings make an excellent gravy)