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Slow cooked whole chicken with bacon gravy

Yes, you can cook an entire chicken in a slow cooker! A gravy with smoky bacon and tender shallots adds extra flavour to the succulent meat

, 29 September 2020

(13 votes)

Slow cooked whole chicken with bacon gravy
  • 5 Hours 20 Mins

  • Serves: 6

  • Price: £1.44 per serving

Nutritional Info
Each 374g serving contains
  • Energy

    1690KJ

    404KCAL

    20%
  • Fat

    19.1g

    med

    27%
  • Saturates

    6.7g

    high

    34%
  • Sugars

    4.9g

    low

    5%
  • Salt

    1.83g

    high

    31%
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 452kJ/108kcal.
Ingredients
  • 2tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1.35kg Butcher’s Selection British Medium Chicken
  • 8 shallots, peeled and halved
  • 4 rashers smoked bacon, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, bashed
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 1tbsp chopped sage
  • 1 reduced-salt stock cube made up to 200ml with boiling water
  • 100ml white wine or water
  • 3tbsp Extra Special ChickenGravyGranules
  • Mash and steamed spring greens, to serve
Method
  • Heat the oil in a large nonstick frying pan on medium. Carefully fry the whole chicken on all sides until golden, then transfer to the slow cooker.

  • In the same pan, fry the shallots for 4 mins. Add the bacon and garlic and fry for 2 mins until starting to colour.

  • Transfer to the slow cooker with the herbs, stock and wine or water. Cover and cook on low for 5 hrs, or until the chicken is cooked through and the meat comes away from the bone easily.

  • Remove the chicken and keep warm. Remove the thyme from the slow cooker and stir in the gravy granules.

  • Carve the chicken, divide between 4 plates and spoon over the bacon gravy. Add the mash and greens on the side and top with black pepper to serve.