Baked Chicken with Herbs

by elyn_ryn

Slow Cooker Recipe

If you like baked chicken, try this easy slow cooker recipe. It makes a delicious meal with very little prep work. You can even cook it while you are away at work so you can come home to a fully-cooked chicken dinner with lots of flavor and au jus.

Slow Cooker

The only special equipment you will need for this meal is a slow cooker. It is better to have one that sets the finish time so that the chicken doesn’t overcook. If you are going to be away all day, set the cooker on low for 8 hours. And if you would like the meal finished earlier, set the slow cooker on high for 4 1/2 hours.

Herbs

This recipe uses fresh rosemary, thyme, and oregano. I suggest using about four stems of each herb. If you do not have them in a garden, you can buy packets of fresh herbs at the grocery store.

However, you can use dried herbs in place of fresh ones. In the wintertime, fresh herbs are harder to find in the grocery store, so I often use dried herbs. The recipe gives the substitution amounts for dried herbs.

Butter, Garlic, and Parmesan Cheese

Place butter on top of the chicken, or you can slide it underneath the skin. I usually place it on top because it is the most convenient place to put it.

Add the garlic either on top of the chicken or in the broth. Many times I use prepared minced garlic because it is convenient. It doesn’t have as strong a taste as fresh garlic so add a little extra if you love garlic. When I use fresh garlic, I usually mince it with a garlic press or just slice it.

You should use freshly grated parmesan cheese and not the pre-grated kind from a container. There is a difference in taste! If you have not used fresh parmesan, give it a try. You can always use leftover cheese to make Chicken Cavatappi which uses parmesan cheese to make an alfredo sauce.

Au Jus

Au jus (pronounced o-zhoo) is a French term that means “with juice” and refers to the juice that cooks out of meats like chicken. This dish has added chicken stock and makes a lot of au jus which helps this baked chicken from drying out. Try serving individual small bowls for dipping because it is delicious!

Serve with Vegetables or Pasta

This dish goes well with a stir-fried vegetable such as zucchini or squash. This chicken is also delicious paired with pasta or rice. Just spoon a few tablespoons of the au jus over your chosen starch for an excellent light sauce. You can grate extra parmesan and sprinkle it over the pasta as well.

Using the Leftover Chicken

Use leftovers from this chicken to make soups or other dishes that call for rotisserie chicken. Here are some to try:

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Baked Chicken with Herbs
Baked chicken with herbs and garlic cooked in a slow cooker
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Au Jus, Baked, Chicken, Herb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Au Jus, Baked, Chicken, Herb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings
Ingredients
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
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Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Cut the wrapping off the chicken and discard any liquid. If there are giblets in the chicken cavity, remove and discard them.
  2. Place the chicken breast side up in the slow cooker. This is the traditional way to cook a chicken, but if you like a juicier breast, place the chicken in the slow cooker breast-side down.
  3. Add the chicken stock to fill the slow cooker halfway up on the chicken.
  4. Scatter the butter on top of the chicken or place it underneath the skin.
  5. Salt and pepper the chicken.
  6. Place the garlic on top of the chicken.
  7. Add the herbs by scattering them on top of the chicken.
  8. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the chicken.
  9. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours. (See note below for cooking on high.) The chicken should be tender and fall off the bones when it is finished.
  10. Preheat the oven to broil (high).
  11. Using large meat lifting utensils, move the chicken to a baking pan. Broil for 5-10 minutes or until the chicken is lightly browned.
  12. Garnish with parsley for a pretty presentation. Sprinkle with extra grated parmesan if desired.
Recipe Notes

Cooking on High

You can cook this chicken on high for 4-5 hours or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees F.

Brown the Cooked Chicken

Broiling the chicken at the end helps to brown the chicken skin. This is an optional step if you want crispier skin. Also, read your slow cooker instructions to see if you can place the insert in the oven on broil. If so, you can leave the chicken in the cooker for browning.

Au Jus and Pasta

This dish goes well with pasta. Use the au jus as a sauce for the pasta and sprinkle more parmesan cheese on each serving.

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