This recipe is so easy you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself:
You will need:
- Small, Medium or large crock pot (size depends upon how much chicken and potatoes you’re making)
- Aluminum foil
- Spice mix
- Chicken – whole, or large pieces. If pieces, I recommend hindquarters or bone-in, skin-on breasts.
- Baking or new potatoes, skin on (recommend small)
Wrap washed potatoes in aluminum foil and place in the bottom of the crock pot. You should use enough potatoes to cover the bottom of the pot. If you don’t want to use potatoes, crumple aluminum foil into balls and use them at the bottom of the crock pot. The potatoes and/or the aluminum balls will hold the chicken above the pot while it cooks.
Massage chicken well with spice mix. Be sure to get spices under the skin. If you’re using a whole chicken, you may also want to use spices inside the cavity.
Place chicken or chicken pieces on top of potatoes or aluminum foil balls. I recommend placing it breast side down as this helps to keep the bird extra moist while cooking.
Set crock pot on low. Cover and leave for approximately 6 hours. Timing will vary with the size of chicken pieces and size of potatoes as well as your crock pot. This recipe also works on high setting, but slightly larger potatoes are recommended then so they don’t overcook.
Chicken is done when it comes easily off the bone. Potatoes are done when stabbed easily with a fork.
Because you have used your pre-mixed spices, prep time for this meal is usually less than five minutes. The spices and olive oil mix with the fat in the chicken and ends up at the bottom of the pot. Your chicken isn’t greasy, but the spices and olive oil has mixed slightly and lightly seasoned your potatoes. Remove the potatoes with two large spoons, or stab them with a fork and lift. Unwrap the potatoes when they are cool enough to touch.
- Add green onions or scallions to the bottom of the crock pot for extra flavor
- Using other spices your family prefers, mixed with the olive oil.
- Stuff cavity with herbs, green onions or a lemon half
- Add a few soaked wood chips/shavings between the potatoes – the kind of chips used for smoking meats. Hickory is nice and adds just a touch of extra flavor.
- If you want your potatoes cooked but are concerned about the spice/oil/fat mixture, add some old bread between the potatoes.