About a year or so ago, I had some friends over for a dinner party and decided to make a roast chicken. Sure, the whole thing sounded simple: Overnight brining in salt water, a day of drying and dusting with herbs, a few hours in the oven and a couple of minutes to rest. Easy, right?
In actuality it was exhausting! I was so pooped from the chicken prep that I could barely keep my eyes open through dessert. The chicken was really good, but the whole almost-24-hour process made it totally untenable for a Sunday dinner, let alone a weekday night.
And then I found this slow cooker chicken over at Weelicious. I tried the recipe, and loved the super-moist texture of the chicken, but wasn't crazy about the zingy lemon flavour or the slightly anemic looking bird. So I came up with my own variation and haven't looked back. Two and a half hours in the old crock pot followed by a ten minute broil gives me perfect chicken every time, without having to brine, baste or worry.