Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe with Turmeric and Vegetables

This Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe with Turmeric and Vegetables is a set-it-and-forget-it tasty that yields incredibly moist chicken. 

Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe with Turmeric and Vegetables
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  • One 3 1/2 pound whole pasture-raised broiler/fryer chicken, rinsed and patted dry inside and out
  • 2 onions, sliced into thin strips
  • 8 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 8 carrots, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 red bell peppers, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes, *see notes
  • Steamed short grain brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon turmeric root powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unrefined sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1 whole lemon
  • Optional: 1 1/2 cups chopped parsley (you will want to add the parsley about 30 minutes before the chicken is done. If you add the parsley right from the beginning, you’ll just end up with a wilted, discolored parsley mess)


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the cumin, paprika, turmeric, cayenne pepper and salt. Add the honey and the juice from one whole lemon (reserving the lemon rind) and mix well.
  2. Using your hands, apply the turmeric spice mixture generously all over the inside and outside of the bird. Stuff the cavity of the chicken with half of the onions, half of the garlic and the reserved lemon rind.
  3. Place the remaining onions and garlic in the bottom of a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker. Add the carrots, bell pepper and crushed tomatoes. Season with salt to taste.
  4. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours (Note: Cooking time will depend on the size of your chicken and slow cooker). Add the optional chopped parsley about 30 minutes before cooking time ends. Serve warm over steamed short grain brown rice.

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*Crushed tomatoes can vary tremendously from brand to brand; to ensure the Slow Cooker Chicken recipe turns out properly, I recommend Muir Glen Organic Crushed Tomatoes with Basil.

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