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Slow cooker whole chicken with a peri peri marinade

A flavour-packed dinner idea. Dial up the heat if you like it spicy, or keep it mild for a family meal.
Peri peri chicken cooked in the slow cooker served with mayonnaise
6H 15M

With a whole chicken remaining a well-priced favourite meat, this easy peri peri chicken recipe is a winning way to enjoy it. Choose your preferred peri peri heat level – from mild to hot – then, let your slow cooker do the work, resulting in a juicy, tender and flavoursome chicken dinner.  

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Pat chicken dry inside and out with paper towel. Cut 1 lemon into wedges. Place lemon wedges and 4 thyme sprigs inside cavity of chicken. Secure cavity with a skewer.


Make a pocket under skin of breasts, drumsticks and thighs with your fingers. Using disposable gloves, rub ¼ cup of the marinade under skin. Tuck wing tips under and tie legs together with kitchen string. Rub another 1/3 cup marinade over chicken.


Heat oil in a 5-litre (20-cup) slow cooker on sear (high) setting. Cook chicken, turning, until browned all over.


Adjust setting to low. Cook chicken, covered, for 6 hours.


Remove chicken from cooker; cut into pieces. Cut remaining lemon into wedges. Swirl remaining peri peri marinade through mayonnaise.


Season chicken. Serve topped with remaining thyme sprigs, and with mayonnaise mixture and lemon wedges.

Use a peri peri marinade with your chosen heat level instead of medium, if preferred.

Test Kitchen tip

Slow cooker whole chicken: suggested side dishes

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Looking for the perfect side for your peri peri chicken? Check out our cheesy potato bake, corn on the cob or two-ingredient yoghurt flatbread (watch it come together in the video above). Didn’t finish dinner? Find leftovers for lunch inspiration in our collection of 48 filling chicken salads.

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