Bacon and herb whole chicken

Submitted by Karen Stuckings

Bacon and herb whole chicken

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Serving: 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 heaped tsp chopped garlic (add more or less to own tastes)
  • 3 rashes of short cut bacon chopped with visible fat removed (raw)
  • 20 grams butter cut in half
  • 1 Tbsp thyme
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • ground pepper to taste
  • ground pink salt to taste


  • Take chicken and push hand under skin of breast to separate from flesh but try not to rip skin.
  • Rub garlic under the skin all over the breast.
  • Push chopped bacon under the skin keeping it as even as possible. Place butter under skin, half on each side of breast.
  • Mix thyme, sage, salt and pepper then rub over the skin.
  • Place chicken into slow cooker along with enough water so it comes an inch up the side of the pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours depending on size of chicken and your slow cooker.
  • You can also add any vegetables you wish, I added chat potatoes half way through cooking that I had pricked with a fork. If you want crispy skin, once cooked sprinkle a small amount of oil over chicken, I used peanut oil, and place in hot oven.
  • The stock that is left in slow cooker can be drained and oil on top removed and used to make a gravy or frozen to use at a later time.

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