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Basic Chicken

1 (2-1/2 to 3-1/2 lb) whole chicken
lemon wedge (optional)
1 bay leaf (optional)
salt & pepper

Remove giblets from interior of chicken; remove fat pads of either side of the opening to interior of chicken. Wash chicken in cold water; shake off excess water. Place lemon wedge and bay leaf in interior of chicken. Salt & pepper chicken. Place breast side up in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8-1/2 hours.

Note: If you plan to serve chicken pieces rather than cutting up and using in other dishes, sprinkle top of chicken with seasoned salt, like Lawry's, to give more color

To make broth: Remove chicken from slow cooker with slotted spoon or slotted spatula. Strain broth, place broth in refrigerator to solidify fat and remove from top of broth before using.

Makes about 2 cups broth to use in soup or other dishes

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