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4.5 lb Whole Roasting Chicken

topic posted Tue, September 6, 2005 - 3:50 PM by  Unsubscribed
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OK, I know I've seen this discussed before, but if I put my big chicken in the crock pot without adding anything to it, set it on low for 8-10 hours, will it turn out as good as a roasted whole chicken? Will it produce its own juices or do you add anything?

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  • Re: 4.5 lb Whole Roasting Chicken

    Tue, September 6, 2005 - 7:15 PM
    I always add something - may I suggest rosemary and garlic in the cavity? And/or a cut lemon and quartered onion? I don't usually add any liquid unless the recipe calls for it.

    It will produce its own juice - I usually skin the chicken which definitely cuts down on the chicken cooking submerged in its own fat.
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      Re: 4.5 lb Whole Roasting Chicken

      Wed, September 7, 2005 - 11:24 AM
      ----I usually skin the chicken which definitely cuts down on the chicken cooking submerged in its own fat.----

      But Samantha, this was the taste I was going for! LOL

      Thanks for the input. ;)
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      Re: 4.5 lb Whole Roasting Chicken

      Wed, September 7, 2005 - 12:29 PM
      <<And/or a cut lemon and quartered onion?

      Those are both good ideas..........I suggested an apple, too, but.............. ;)
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        Wed, September 7, 2005 - 1:03 PM
        Never fear Carl, I'm not that hardcore a "skinner" and there's always plenty of fat for that artery-hardening goodness!
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          Re: 4.5 lb Whole Roasting Chicken

          Wed, September 7, 2005 - 1:22 PM
          Apples are for pigs. LOL!

          And yes, Samantha, I gotta have my fat fix! :)

          Last question: Should I rub the bird with butter or anything before placing it in the crock?
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            Wed, September 7, 2005 - 1:58 PM
            <<Apples are for pigs. LOL!

            HEY! You callin' me a pig????? ROFLMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooo ;)

            <<Last question: Should I rub the bird with butter or anything before placing it in the crock?

            Yeah, 'anything' would be good <eg> Now, you sure that's your last question, my friend?!?!! ;)
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              Re: 4.5 lb Whole Roasting Chicken

              Wed, September 7, 2005 - 2:07 PM
              LOL! Thanks for the laugh.

              OK, I'll butter up the bird and keep the fat on him. LOL

              Umm ... yeah, I think that's my last question. :)
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                Wed, September 7, 2005 - 2:11 PM
                <<LOL! Thanks for the laugh.

                Welcome...........thought you needed it today!!

                <<OK, I'll butter up the bird and keep the fat on him. LOL

                You got the message, loud and clear, LOL! That's an 'atta boy' for you today!!
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                  Wed, September 7, 2005 - 5:38 PM
                  I have always had bad luck crock potting a whole chicken.

                  Typically, they cook too much and all the juice (fat & flavor) leave the meat, leaving it dry and tasteless.

                  How long do you crock a chicken? Based on weight? Do you add broth/water, butter?

                  In recent years I have come to enjoy high-temp roasting of chicken. Start with a room temp chicken; pre-heat oven to 500 degrees; cook for 10 minutes per pound. (4.5 pound bird is 45 minutes; 6 pound is 60 minutes). Shake roasting pan after 10 minutes to prevent too much skin & meat sticking to pan. Add prepped veggies (e.g. peppers, green beens, onions, mushrooms, spuds cut in 1/2) when you have 40 minutes cooking time remaining.

                  Sorry.. this is crock pot blasphemy. But I just love roasting a whole chicken this way.
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                    Thu, September 8, 2005 - 9:53 AM
                    Paul, thanks for the post. I put my chicken in the crock this morning for the very first time. If it turns out dry and tasteless, I'll blame Katie in this tribe, then proceed to your method of roasting for the next attempt. LOL!
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                      Thu, September 8, 2005 - 1:07 PM
                      <<If it turns out dry and tasteless, I'll blame Katie in this tribe

                      HEY! LOL, all I can say is mine have always been juicy and wonderful <G> I may just have to ring you up tonight.....I don't think I can wait until tomorrow to find out the results, LOL! It's too bad you don't grill, Carl, cuz the beer can chicken is THE best!!!!!!!!
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                    Thu, September 8, 2005 - 1:27 PM
                    <<Shake roasting pan after 10 minutes to prevent too much skin & meat sticking to pan.

                    Oh Lordy, Paul, if I did this, I'd have a mess on the floor that I would not look forward to cleaning up, and my bird would be amongst that mess, LOL!

                    Okay, here is the recipe (from a slow cooker cookbook) for a whole chicken:

                    3-4 lb. chicken
                    salt to taste
                    pepper to taste
                    butter
                    basil (optional) I do not use

                    1. Wash chicken thoroughly. Do I need to say remove giblets from both ends? LOL Pat dry. Sprinkle cavity with salt and pepper. I also add an onion, quartered, and next time I think I will add a lemon and some garlic. Place in slow cooker. Dot with butter. Sprinkle with basil, if desired.

                    2. Cover. Cook on High 1 hour and then on low 8-10 hours.

                    Carl, I'm sure even tho yours is 4.5 lbs., it will be done when you get home! And btw, mister, didn't I send you a crock pot recipe book? Hmmmm? Is it in the trunk of your car? ;)
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                      Re: 4.5 lb Whole Roasting Chicken

                      Fri, September 9, 2005 - 10:01 AM
                      OK, folks. The crocked whole chicken turned out GREAT! The aroma was amazing last night, walking in the door. The chicken was moist and flavorful, and I have LOTS left over for sammiches this weekend.
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                        Re: 4.5 lb Whole Roasting Chicken

                        Fri, September 9, 2005 - 12:03 PM
                        <<The crocked whole chicken turned out GREAT!

                        WHEW! I'm out of the woods <G> Sooo happy it turned out for you........I was gittin' scared ;) Love cold chicken sammiches!!

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