Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken Meal Prep
A lemon garlic chicken meal prep recipe that you can throw together in 5 minutes and let the slow cooker do all of the work. Whole30. Paleo. Gluten-Free.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time10 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 4 meals
- 1 whole chicken about 4 pounds
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2 medium lemons sliced
- 8 cloves garlic smashed
- 8 springs fresh thyme or 1 tbsp dried thyme
Thoroughly pat chicken dry, inside and out, using layered paper towels. Rub the oil over the outside of the chicken. Sprinkle the inside and outside with salt and pepper. Sprinkle thyme powder inside, if using.
Stuff the chicken with the garlic, half of the lemon, and the thyme.
Place a rack inside the slow cooker. Alternatively, crumple some aluminum foil into balls and place them on the bottom of the slow cooker to lift the chicken up from the bottom. Place a few slices of lemon on the rack to prevent the chicken from sticking. Place the chicken on top of the rack. Spread the remaining lemon slices on top of the chicken.
Cook covered on low for 5 to 6 hours or on high for 3 hours.
(Optional) Turn on broiler. Transfer chicken onto a lined baking pan and place it under the broiler. Broil until the surface is browned, about 5 minutes. If you want a more evenly crisped chicken, carve it first, then broil it until the surface is browned.
Carve and serve the chicken with your favorite sauce and steamed vegetables, or transfer into meal prep containers for later.
Nutrition for 1 out of 4 servings:
*Nutrition facts are not calculated for this recipe as they will vary based on the part of the chicken you are eating (ie, breast, leg, wing, thigh, etc) and the sides you serve it with.