Slow Cooker Recipe - One Pot Roast Chicken With Lemon

I have a new slow cooker, a Morphy Richards slow cooker at a bargain price of £24.95. So here is my first recipe.

One Pot Roast Chicken With Lemon

Prep time 20 minutes
Cooking time 5-6 hours.
Serves 4 (if you have any leftovers you can make soup the next day)


1.5kg (3 lb) chicken
2 tablespoons of sunflower or olive oil
1 large onion cut into 6 wedges
500 ml of dry cider
3 teaspoons of mustard (I used Djon)
2 teaspoons of caster sugar
900 ml (1 1/2 pints) of hot chicken stock (I used 2 Knorr stockpots for 1 litre of liquid but then used only 900ml of liquid)
3 carrots cut into chunks
1 large leak (or you can use celery)
1 lemon cut into 6 wedges
handful of tarragon or other herbs (I used rosemary)
honey to taste
3 tablespoons of creme fraiche
1 tablespoon of cornflour


Preheat the slow cooker to high.

Wash chicken with cold water and pat dry with kitchen paper.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper. 
Add some oil to a pan and fry the chicken browning it all over.
Put the chicken breast side down in the slow cooker pot. add the vegetables, lemon wedges and herbs.
Fry the onion wedges in the same oil until lightly browned and add mustard, cider, sugar. 
Bring to the boil and pour all over the chicken and vegetables. 
Add the hot stock and pour all over. 
Make sure the vegetables are covered .
Cover with the lid and cook for 5-6 hours or until the chicken juices run clear when pierced with a sharp knife at the thickest point. 
You can turn the chicken after 4 hours if you like.
Lift the chicken out of the stock, drain well and transfer to a serving plate. 
Discard the lemon.
Remove the vegetables and add them to the serving plate. 
Measure out 600ml (1 pint) of hot cooking stock from the slow cooker into a pan. 
Taste and add seasoning and if too sharp some honey to taste. 
Add some chopped fresh herbs and whisk in the creme fraiche. 
Mix the cornflour with some cold water until it's a smooth paste. 
Stir in the cornflour and continue to stir with a wooden spoon until it comes to the boil. 

Serve with roast potatoes, peas, and broccoli or any vegetables that take your fancy!

After cooking

The chicken may not look pretty but it was very tender and tasty. My only criticism is - if you don't like lemon leave it out or only add half.


  1. Last month we received a fast cooker from my parents - it is a pressure cooker and everything cooks much quicker than usually... they misunderstood us when we asked for a slow cooker

    1. Oh dear! Pressure cookers are fab though I look forward to reading you recipes Agata

  2. love my slow cooker, so convenient!

  3. You will love this one of my best gadgets ever as you have possibly noticed on my blog, I am always posting recipes. So easy to use and meat really becomes tender.

    1. The meat was beautifully tender, I am now cooking a chicken tikka marsala

  4. Yummo - this looks fab for really succulent chicken - and as I don't have an oven - perfect for me!

    1. The chicken does turn out really juicy and succulent and it's certainly Yum!

  5. I love slow cooking - never thought to add cream and cider is always a hit with me (even if it is cooking)

  6. The cider and extra liquid keeps the chicken moist.

  7. I love slow cooking chicken always tastes so lovely will have to try this recipe.


  8. I have got a slow cooker, I bought it for my jewellery making (no really), but I haven't used it and am always tempted to try out slow cooker recipes when I see them. This looks lovely!

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