Can you really ever have enough chicken recipes? Especially when it comes to whole chickens my opinion is that more is better! I love recipes that not only feed you dinner on the day you make it, but leave you with enough leftovers to repurposes into another meal or two. Everywhere you look there are recipes for leftover chicken, so instead of picking up a boring option from the grocery store, why not make this super easy but totally delicious tequila lime chicken instead?
It doesn’t get much easier than using your slow cooker to roast up a whole chicken and the results are almost without fail super juicy and flavorful. Just rub that chicken down with your favorite chicken spice blend. I happen to love the Mural of Flavor seasoning blend from Penzey’s but you can use anything you like from your local grocery store as well.
I chose to brown up my chicken just a tad, you can do this in a skillet or in a multi-cooker. Just drizzle and heat a little olive oil and let it sizzle until the skin gets a little browned. Then squeeze a little lime juice in.
Finally, of course, is to carefully add some tequila. Always be super careful adding alcohol to a hot pan and make sure that you don’t let it come in contact with any open flames!!!
Now it times for some super juicy chicken that goes well with tons of summer side options and just so happens to make amazing chicken salad if there’s any left over.
- 3-4 pound whole chicken
- 2 teaspoons seasoning blend (see notes)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lime
- ½ cup tequila
- ½ cup chicken broth (optional)
- Rub seasoning blend all over chicken
- Heat oil in skillet or multicooker and brown chicken on each side for a few minutes just until it starts to get crispy
- Squeeze the juice from one lime all over chicken and then carefully pour in tequila and let simmer for 3-4 minutes
- Transfer contents to slow cooker and add a little chicken broth if desired
- Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 until chicken reaches 165 degrees
- Remove and let cool slightly before serving
Note on pan dripping: If you'd like to make a gravy you can strain the remaining liquid into a sauce pan and bring to a simmer on the stove. Whisk together 2 tablespoons cornstarch with two tablespoons of water and stir into drippings. Let simmer until thickened.
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Want another delicious whole roasted chicken recipes for your slow cooker? (of course you do!)