My buddy Myron came up with a wonderful way to cook a whole entire chicken in the crockpot with very little effort. This is a great way to get tender, juicy chicken to eat all on it's own, and to get a stash of cooked chicken for future meals.
--1 whole chicken
--1/4 cup of favorite salad dressing
--salt and pepper
Q: hey, steph, did you peel all the skin off of that there bird?
A: why, yes I did.
Q: are you completely nuts?
I have problems with raw meat. I can't stand to touch it or poke it or cut it or look too hard at it. It completely grosses me out. I attribute it to working at a zoo for a while and having to cut up horse meat. seriously. meat from horses.
But even with my raw meat aversion, I have even more of an aversion to fat. Not all fat, mind you, just fat that I know about. I'll eat a pint of Ben and Jerry's no problem---but the thought of my chicken simmering all day long in it's own fat is enough to send me overboard.
I'm aware I have issues. Please don't mock.
--okay. so once you spend 45 minutes of your life stripping away all visible signs of skin--
--rub salad dressing all over bird, inside and out
--salt and pepper freely
if I had garlic in the house (how on earth could we be out of garlic?!) I would have shoved a bunch into the cavity
put bird in crockpot.
turn on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-5.
This makes a very moist, tender chicken in which the meat falls from the bone. It didn't have quite enough flavor to eat all on it's own, so we dipped it into barbecue sauce. I froze the rest of it to use in future recipes.