Lazy Slow Cooker Whole Chicken & Barley
This slow cooker whole chicken recipe is the simplest way to make a homemade, rotisserie-like chicken. Add some barley to absorb all of the chicken's savory juices and you and have a delicious and easy meal!
Servings: 3 oz
6 qt slow cooker
Tongs, serving spoon
- 1 16oz package pearl barley
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 5-6 lb whole chicken
- 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
rinse barley and check for stones (as per package)
place barley in slow cooker and add in chicken stock.
place chicken in slow cooker, breast side down (so the juices will run into in and keep it moist)
mix paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper together and rub over chicken skin
cover and cook 5-6 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high. Be sure to check the internal temperature of your chicken to confirm it is fully cooked. It should be 165°F at the deepest part of the thigh without the temperature probe touching bone.
Optional step: to crisp chicken skin, carefully remove chicken from slow cooker and place in an oven safe pan, spray with a little olive oil and place under the broiler for a few minutes.