Sunday Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes in the slow-cooker PLUS homemade chicken stock!
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 large onion, loosely chopped (save the ends and bits for making stock)
3 large sweet potatoes (or whatever potatoes you like), washed, peeled and cut (save the ends and peels for making stock)
1 large whole chicken (5-6 lbs)
Combine the dried spices in a small bowl.
Loosely chop the onion and place it in the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker.
Cut potatoes into wedges and place on top of onions.
Remove any giblets from the chicken and then rub the spice mixture all over. You can even put spices inside the cavity and under the skin of the breasts. The dark spices like paprika and cayenne help give the chicken “roasted” color, as well as fantastic flavor.
Put prepared chicken on top of the veggies in slow-cooker and cover it. No need to add liquid.
Cook for 5 hours on high, or 8 hours on low, until the chicken is falling off the bone or internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Serve the chicken with the sweet potatoes (and the onions if you like) and tossed green salad.
After dinner, and before making the stock, pull all remaining meat off the bones. Chop it into small bite-size pieces. This helps make sure you don’t get bones. Freeze this chicken in one- or two-cup containers, labeled with the date and amount.
Follow the instructions for homemade chicken stock.
Homemade Chicken Stock
Leave the bones and leftover onion in the crockpot. Fill it to the top with water. Add a dried bay leaf, 2 sticks of rough-chopped celery, a teaspoon of dried thyme, and the scraps from prepping the veggies (potato peels, onion ends). Add 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper.
Cook OVERNIGHT on low.
In the morning, strain it, tossing the bones and bits.
Measure out stock into one- or two-cup containers labeled “chicken stock”, the amount, the date, and freeze for later use.
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