Slow Cooker Whole Roast Chicken with Lemon

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recipe by Octopus Publishing

  • Time icon
    Total Time
    5hrs 55mins
  • Serves icon
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based on 3 ratings

Cooking a whole chicken in this way enables the flavors to permeate throughout the whole dish. This recipe combines the comforting flavors of hard cider and crème fraîche to create a light but warming meal that's just perfect for fall.

recipe updated Jul 6, 2020


  • Onion icon
    1 wedge
  • Chicken stock icon
    Chicken stock
    3 ¾ cups (about 900 g)
  • Celery stalk icon
    Celery stalk
    3 (about 135 g)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    2 tbsp (about 27.3 g)
  • Whole chicken icon
    Whole chicken
    1.362 kg (about 1)
  • Cider icon
    2 cups (about 480 g)
  • Dijon mustard icon
    Dijon mustard
    1 tbsp (about 15 g)
  • Superfine sugar icon
    Superfine sugar
    2 tsp (about 8.1 g)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed
  • Carrot icon
    3 (about 150 g)
  • Lemon icon
    1 (about 58 g)
  • Tarragon icon
    ½ cup (about 36 g)
  • Crème fraîche icon
    Crème fraîche
    3 tbsp (about 45 g)


  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Skillet pan
  • kCook icon Slow cooker
  • kCook icon Serving plate
  • kCook icon Large cast iron skillet
  • kCook icon Slow cooker bowl

Step preview

  1. Heat olive oil to a clean large cast iron skillet
  2. Add whole chicken to the large cast iron skillet
  3. Fry until browned - 10 min
  4. Transfer content of large cast iron skillet to slow cooker bowl
  5. Heat olive oil to the large cast iron skillet
  6. Add onion to the large cast iron skillet
  7. Fry until lightly browned
  8. Add cider, dijon mustard and superfine sugar to the large cast iron skillet
  9. Season with salt & pepper
  10. Boil
  11. Transfer content of large cast iron skillet to slow cooker bowl
  12. Add chicken stock, carrot, celery stalk, lemon and tarragon to the slow cooker bowl
  13. Cover
  14. Cook in slow cooker until cooked through - 5 hr 30 min, high heat
  15. Transfer content of slow cooker bowl to serving plate
  16. Reserve
  17. Add crème fraîche to the serving plate
  18. Mix in
  19. Season to taste
  20. Serve
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