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Applewood Cider Slow Cooker Chicken

Applewood Cider Slow Cooker Chicken

Course Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword applewood-cider-slow-cooker-chicken, crockpot-chicken-recipes, easy-chicken-recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Resting time 10 minutes
Servings 8 pieces
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 1 6 lb whole chicken
  • 5 cups apple cider divided
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 2 Tbsp Applewood rub plus add'l for sprinkling [i.e. Grill Mates]
  • 4 Tbsp softened butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced


  • The night before: Mix together 4 cups of apple cider or apple juice with ¼ cup of salt. Stir until the salt dissolves.
  • Wash the chicken, removing the giblets, then pour the brine over the chicken and refrigerate. Turn occasionally.
  • To prepare: Spray the inside of a 6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray and set on low. Remove the chicken from the brine, and pat dry.
  • Mix together 2 tablespoons of applewood rub, two cloves of minced garlic and 4 tablespoons of butter. Rub all over the chicken. Loosen the skin around the breast and leg portions and tuck some of the mixture under the skin, too.
  • Sprinkle the top with additional seasoning and center in your slow cooker.
  • Pour 1 cup of apple cider or apple juice around the chicken and place the lid firmly on top.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours then check for doneness. Depending on how your slow cooker cooks, and the size of the chicken, it may take a little longer likewise if smaller less cooking time.
  • To crisp the skin, carefully move to a baking pan. Broil, in the oven for 3-5 minutes until the skin is crispy and golden.
  • Allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving Drizzle with the pan juices just before serving.