Photo by Andrew Purcell
Slow-cooking a “roast” chicken yields moist, juicy meat but flabby skin—the easy fix is to run the carved chicken under the broiler to crisp the skin before serving. The miso-honey mixture that's drizzled on before broiling helps the skin get deep caramelization, and it also reinforces the salty-sweet miso flavor you added in the beginning, which will have mellowed. You can serve this as a full meal on its own or add a side dish of spinach sautéed with a little ginger.
- 4–6 servings
- Active Time
- 30 minutes
- 4 tablespoons 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup white or yellow miso paste
- 1 1/2 pounds small new potatoes, halved
- 1 (4- to 5-pound) chicken
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 small bunch of chives, thinly sliced, for topping
- Lemon wedges, for serving
- 5- to 8-quart slow cooker
- Preheat an empty 5- to 8-quart slow cooker on HIGH for 10 to 15 minutes while you’re getting everything ready. Combine the butter and 1/2 cup of the miso in a medium bowl and mash them together to make a uniform mixture. Put the potatoes into the bottom of the slow cooker and add a small dollop of the miso butter; stir to coat. Season the potatoes lightly with salt. Pat the chicken dry and rub the remaining butter all over the chicken, and especially under the skin of the breasts directly on the breast meat: To do this, gently loosen the skin and separate it from the breast meat by sliding your fingers under the skin, then tuck some butter in there. Set the chicken on top of the potatoes.
- Cover the slow cooker and reduce the heat to LOW. Cook for 5 to 6 hours (the larger the slow cooker, the shorter the cook time), until the chicken breast registers 160°F internal temperature on an instant-read or probe thermometer when you check the top of the breast. Also check that the thickest part of the thigh and the juice in the cavity register at least 165°F. Cooking the chicken much beyond these temperatures will result in dry meat, so this is a case when pulling out the thermometer really makes a difference.
- Turn off and uncover the slow cooker and let the chicken rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler on high and position a rack 6 inches from the heat source (if that’s how your broiler works). Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. In a small bowl mix together the honey and remaining 1/4 cup miso.
- Using tongs slung through the cavity of the chicken and your hands to support it, carefully transfer the chicken from the slow cooker to a cutting board, leaving the drippings behind. Remove the potatoes from the slow cooker with a slotted spoon and put them on the prepared baking sheet. Carve the chicken and put the pieces on the baking sheet skin side up. Drizzle the chicken all over with the miso-honey mixture, then broil the potatoes and chicken until the chicken skin is caramelized and crisp, dark golden brown, about 5 minutes. (Don’t walk away; the skin will burn quickly because of the sugar in the honey.)
- Put the chicken pieces and potatoes on a serving platter (or leave them on the baking sheet and serve them straight from that) and drizzle a little juice from the slow cooker over the whole thing. Top with chives and serve with lemon wedges.
From Adventures in Slow Cooking: 120 Slow-Cooker Recipes for People Who Love Food © 2017 by Sarah DiGregorio. Reprinted with permission by William Morrow Cookbooks, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.