Crock Pot Honey Lemon Chicken Recipe – Rubbed with lemon-pepper butter and a sweet honey sauce, this is the easiest, most delicious whole chicken prepared in the crock pot!
The day I made this, all I really wanted was a fall-off-the-bone chicken thigh and Coconut Lime Cauliflower Rice on the side.
My wishes are my commands… I made it all happen and I love myself for it. 😎
But HEEEY! Having a great Sunday, yet? Ain’t it glorious? I love these Summer Sundays! BBQs, friends, and wasp-stinging-screaming-kids. UGH… Life is grand. Equal parts delicious, fun, and scary. And if you’re anything like me, you’re like OMG-I’m-just-going-to-eat-cookies-for-dinner every single freaking night until they grow up and I stay 21-years old. Add another 17 to that, but who’s counting?! 🙈
Besides, cookies make it all better. AND honey lemon chicken.
But really, are you dying for crock pot dinner ideas right about now? Because I sure am. All I can think about is back-to-school schedules and my anxiety levels start to crawl up super fast. More so because of all the after school EXTRACURRICULAR activities. Keyword: extracurricular. Growing up, I didn’t like that word nor the practice. Like, seriously? ON top of geometry and chemistry and physics, did I REALLY NEED extracurricular activities?! Good Lawwwd.
SO yeah. I have two kids and 4 activities between the two, and I can’t keep up. 🕙 🕒 🕔
And I am pretty sure there’s many of you out there with more kids and 15 activities between all of them, and to that I say, “I’m not worthy!”, Wayne & Garth style. ROCK ON, Super Mom. 💕 Super Dad, too!
About our bird here. It was a toss up between my Honey Garlic Chicken OR something new and delicious with more honey + lemon. And, since I rarely make the same thing twice, the latter won. Obvi. 🍗
This is good stuff. Really good. I rubbed some lemon pepper butter all underneath the skin and gave honey lemon chicken a little time in the frying pan just to get a bit of that brown on the skin. In the meantime, I whisked some honey and OJ together, stuck a whole lemon in the cavity and tah-dahm! 6 hours later, we had a whole chicken cooked in the crock pot. I LOVES IT! Hope you will, too!
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TOOLS AND INGREDIENTS USED IN THIS RECIPE
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 whole roast chicken
- 4 tablespoons butter , softened
- 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon pepper
- 1 whole lemon
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup lite orange juice
- salt , to taste
- Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Rinse chicken and dry thoroughly.
- Clean out the chicken cavity.
- Using the handle of a wooden spoon, carefully insert it underneath the skin, beginning at the neck. Slowly separate the skin from the meat without tearing through the skin. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine butter and lemon pepper; mash and mix with a fork until completely incorporated.
- Rub the prepared butter under the skin, around the entire bird, out to the thighs and legs, and on top of the skin. I find it easier to spoon a large chunk of the butter under the skin; then I use my fingers to spread it around by rubbing the chicken on top.
- Add chicken to the skillet and cook 8 minutes per side.
- Remove from heat.
- Pierce the lemon all over with a fork and place it inside the cleaned out cavity.
- Combine lemon juice, honey and orange juice in a small bowl; whisk well.
- Transfer chicken to the crock pot, pour the prepared honey sauce over it, and cook on LOW for 6 to 7 hours, or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours.
- Carefully remove the lemon from the cavity and squeeze the juice out all over the chicken.
1 whole chicken is, on average, about 1200 calories
1 whole chicken with skin removed is, on average, about 750 calories.
WW Points with Skin:
Drumstick = 2 points
Wing = 3 points
Thigh = 4 points
4-oz breast = 5 points