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Lemon Cilantro Chicken Recipe

Lemon Cilantro Chicken Recipe

This fall-off-the-bone chicken with lemony gravy is very easy to prepare and is a wonderful way to cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 4 hours + standing YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the cilantro, 2 tablespoons oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and lemon peel. Loosen skin around the chicken breast, leg and thigh. Rub the cilantro mixture under and over the skin. Rub any remaining mixture into the cavity. Drizzle with remaining oil. Sprinkle with paprika and pepper.
  • 2. Place in a 6- or 7-qt. slow cooker. Add wine to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180°. Remove chicken to a serving platter; cover and let stand 15 minutes before carving. Skim fat and thicken juices if desired. Serve with chicken. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 328 calories, 21 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 88 mg cholesterol, 864 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 28 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.