Ridiculously Easy Crock Pot Chicken

taken from 100 Days of Real Food

Makes 1 chicken

Prep time: 2 minutes

Cook time: 4-5 hours on high

Cost: $6.00 for a 3 pound-ish, humanely raised chicken

2 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp thyme or 1 Tbsp fresh thyme (I used fresh)

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 cayenne pepper

1/4 black pepper

1 onion

1 three or four lb whole chicken (though I'd wager any parts you've got around would work too)

Cut onion into rings and lay on bottom of crock pot. 

Combine seasonings. Sprinkle or rub over chicken (make sure it's got the neck and giblets removed). Rub some inside the cavity. I also like to loosen the skin above the breasts (just use a finger to get all up in there and loosen it) and them rub some directly on the breast meat as well.

Place chicken on onion slices.

Set crock pot to high. Cook on high for 4-5 hours. (You don't need any extra water.)

If you wish to make broth:

After chicken is cooked and you've eaten it or removed all the meat, put the bones back in the crock pot. Break the back bone in a few places. Cover (just barely) with water and set to high again. Let cook for 6 hours or over night. Strain broth through sieve and there's your broth. I store it in freezer bags in 2 C increments. 

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