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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

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

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Cooking Time

Cook: 5 Hours 20 Mins

Cooking Time

Serves: 6

Cooking Time

Price: £1.44 per serving

Nutritional Information

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

1
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.
2
In the same pan, fry the shallots for 4 mins. Add the bacon and garlic and fry for 2 mins until starting to colour.
3
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.
4
Remove the chicken and keep warm. Remove the thyme from the slow cooker and stir in the gravy granules.
5
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.