Slow Cooker Chicken.

At some point a while back I stumbled upon several New Zealanders’ blogs and fell in love with every one of them.  Great Fun 4 Kids was one of these blogs.  Simone  Graham has been kind enough to contribute a lovely chicken recipe to this series.  If you’re an American, you’ll love the subtle differences in terminology… so much fun to hear from someone from a different country, isn’t it?
“Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.”  ~Voltaire

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My slow cooker rocks.

The laziest meals are the best ones. The easiest recipes rock my kitchen.
This dinner I made based on a friend’s description of how to use your slow cooker to roast chicken, and it’s our new family favourite.
Aside from being so darn easy to make, it is also a delicious crowd-pleaser and good enough for a special occasion.

1 thawed whole chicken.  Here’s what you need:

  • soy sauce (I use gluten free tamari soy sauce)
  • golden syrup or runny honey
  • garlic (a handful of dried flakes or two crushed cloves)
  • 1 packet of roast chicken gravy (I use the Maggi gluten free one)
  • 1-2 cups of water
  • 1/3 bottle of white wine

Here’s what you do:
In the morning turn on your slow cooker. Set it on high.
Plonk the chicken in the pot.
Squirt a good measure of soy sauce and golden syrup (or honey) over the chicken (sorry I am not a precise scientific cook).
Sprinkle in the garlic.
Mix the packet gravy with the water and pour over top of chicken.
Upend the wine bottle and let the wine slosh over the whole thing.
Get a soup ladle and roughly mix together the liquidy stuff.
Put the lid on and walk away for the rest of the day.

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Look how the chicken is falling apart!

When the scent of roasting garlicky chicken lures you back to the kitchen, feel free to lift the lid and breathe in deep. While you are there spoon the liquid over the chicken. Some may call this “basting”.
Mid afternoon turn the slow cooker to “low”. Spoon the liquid again, if you like.

About an hour before you want to eat, turn on your oven to 190oC (375oF)
Get a roasting dish and line with baking paper. Peel and chop some potatoes, pumpkin, kumara*… or whatever veges you love roasted (carrot? turnip? yams? capsicum?)
Arrange the veges in a single layer on the baking paper. Plop some olive oil all over (or even better use a sprayer – less fatty). Pop into the oven and roast for about 40 minutes.

Serve to your grateful and admiring family…
You won’t need to carve the chicken. It is so tender all you need is a large spoon, it will simply fall off the bone. Heap up on plates with veges and ladle the sauce over top.
If you need some greenery, microwave some frozen peas.

Then sit back and watch those plates be emptied and licked clean (my kids get their manners off their daddy).

Bask in the praise of your husband as he toasts your brilliant chefery.
Revel in the shouts of “Oh yum!” from your fussy children.
And rejoice in the fact that this fine repast took all of twenty minutes to prepare.
Yum. Yum. Yum. The best kind of dinner.

(*kumara = sweet potato)

Thank you, Simone!  
This looks every bit as delicious as Hannah’s Tilapia and I fully intend to cook both this week!  
Anyone care to join me?


  1. Yes, I’m joining you! I think this could be something my kids would actually eat!!! WOOHOO!!!!

  2. Mee a Bee says:

    YUM!! thanks for the heads up about this Jenny! looks so delicious and of course makes me feel homesick. Would you believe we cannot buy whole chickens here in Japan? except at Christmas time occasionally or imported from Costco or somewhere.
    Never fear though, I will use pieces :)

  3. This looks yummy…I will try it this weekend.

  4. My mouth is watering over here! Totally going to try this one…not only easy but it looks pretty inexpensive with lots of leftovers!

  5. Donna S says:

    This sounds delicious! I’ll be adding this to next weeks plan! Delicious!

  6. prairiecactus says:

    I have been looking online for a place to buy the Maggi roast chicken gravy mix…where do you purchase yours? (locally or online?) I need gluten free, dairy free, nut and egg free dishes for my grandsons and daughter.
    This recipe sounds yummy!
    Just joined your mailing list. Living in Kansas, transplant from the great state of Tennessee.

    • Seems like it’s an AU/NZ product (Simone, who wrote the post lives in New Zealand :)), but I just looked it up and you can purchase it on! Thanks so much for joining the mailing list! And thanks for following along with my blog… so glad to have you!

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