When I say that this is to die for, believe me, it is. I absolutely love to cook, and I love when I find a recipe that my entire family loves. You know it’s a keeper when the 2 and 4 year olds hum when they eat! This recipe is super easy, and very inexpensive given the fact that most people already have the ingredients in the pantry. I did not have to purchase anything extra to make the sauce. The only thing I purchased was the chicken at Market Basket for $.99/lb totaling $6.19. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 4 – 6 lb whole chicken – my chicken was a little over 6 and cooked in the same amount of time
- 1 Cup Ketchup
- 2 Cups Brown Sugar – unpacked
- 1 Cup Honey
- 2 Tbs. Chopped Garlic or 1 Tsp. Powder – I used powder and it came out heavenly
- 1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
- 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- Salt & Black Pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients above in a bowl – minus the chicken of course. Set in the microwave and cook about 4 minutes or until boiling. Make sure to mix well. After the sauce is done refrigerate about 5 – 10 minutes. While the sauce is cooling place 6 – 8 balls of tin foil in your slow cooker. This will keep the chicken propped up out of the juice. There is no need to add water to the slow cooker. The chicken will produce more than enough juices.
Sprinkle with salt and black pepper and a bit more garlic powder if desired. We love garlic in our house, so you know I did
Once the sauce is cooled a bit, cover the chicken with about half of it. Set the cooker on high and cook for about 4 – 4.5 hours. During the last hour or so of cooking, cover it with the remaining sauce. This is what makes it extra sticky. You will be amazed at how well the sauce sticks to the chicken. There is no need for basting with this recipe at all.
When done, carefully remove the chicken and let it rest about 10 minutes before carving. You’ll want to use a couple of spatulas if you have them. The chicken will want to fall apart, it’s that good! Serve with rice, roasted veggies or whatever you’ve got in the pantry. Enjoy!
Let me know what you think!