6 servings (serving size: 3 ounces chicken and 1/3 cup sauce)

You'll need at least at 4-quart slow cooker to cook the whole bird. It also cooks nicely in the larger, oval-shaped cooker.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine minced garlic and chopped rosemary. Remove and discard giblets and neck from chicken. Rinse chicken with cold water; pat dry. Trim excess fat. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Rub garlic mixture under loosened skin over breast and drumsticks. Place 5 garlic cloves and rosemary sprigs into the body cavity. Place chicken, breast side down, in an electric slow cooker. Cover with lid; cook on high heat for 1 hour. Reduce heat setting to low; cook 7 hours. Remove chicken from slow cooker, reserving drippings. Discard skin from chicken.

Step 2

Place a zip-top plastic bag inside a 2-cup glass measure. Pour drippings into bag; let stand 10 minutes (fat will rise to the top). Seal bag; carefully snip off 1 bottom corner of bag. Drain drippings into a small saucepan, stopping before fat layer reaches opening; discard fat. Add orange juice and vinegar to saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes.

Ratings & Reviews


April 19, 2017
I Loved the recipe!

EllenFL's Review

January 30, 2011
There are too many good crock and roast chicken recipes out there to fool with this pale, slimy mess. Flavor is OK but I won't make this again.

Theresa0927's Review

August 27, 2010

wasoccermom's Review

April 12, 2010
After reading through all the reviews I cooked for less time (5 hours) to make sure the chicken wasn't dry. I agree with the previous reviewer that it wasn't dry but it had a strange texture that wasn't appealing. Won't be making this one again.

alyssaando's Review

January 14, 2009
Just o.k. The chicken wasn't dry, but it had a strange mealy texture.

Carlotta's Review

November 15, 2008
ok for weeknight. However, putting the orange juice in the sauce makes it too sweet. I added extra balsamic vinegar but it was still too sweet. Would add chicken broth and herbs next time.

VirginiaBeach's Review

November 14, 2008
The best roasted chicken recipe ever! Really makes me wonder why the reviews are all over the board. The chicken was tender and moist and the sauce was exceptional. The only modifications I made was to squeeze an orange instead of using juice and to thicken the sauce with a teaspoon of flour.