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.
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.
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 (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: