Lemon Thyme Slow Cooker Chicken

Prep: 15 minutesCook: 4 hoursServes: 8


  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme plus 2 sprigs
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (4- to 5-pound) whole roasting chicken, giblets removed and discarded
  • 1 lemon, cut crosswise in half
  • 1 packages (about 2 pounds) AFS® Stew Mix
  • 1 cup less sodium chicken broth


  1. In small bowl, stir ½ the garlic, oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, chopped thyme, 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  2. Pat chicken dry with paper towels; sprinkle remaining garlic, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper inside cavity. Squeeze juice from lemon into chicken cavity; add lemon halves, ½ cup Stew Mix and thyme sprigs to cavity. With small piece of kitchen twine, tie legs of chicken together; rub chicken with oil-thyme mixture.
  3. In 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, add broth, remaining Stew Mix and chicken. Cover and cook on high 4 hours or low 7 hours or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165°.

Note from Dietitian

The stew mix is an excellent source of vitamins A and C. This recipe contains 24g fat (49% of total calories) and 6g saturated fat (12% of total calories) per serving. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting saturated fat to no more than 10% of total daily calories. Limit saturated fats in other daily mea

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2015 - 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 8th Edition. December 2015. Available at https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/

Approximate nutritional values per serving

  • 442 Calories
  • 24g Fat (6g Saturated)
  • 131mg Cholesterol
  • 594mg Sodium
  • 13g Carbohydrates
  • 2g Fiber
  • 4g Sugars
  • 0g Added Sugars
  • 42g Protein