I love our crockpot! It makes my life a lot easier. Here is an easy recipe that can help you prepare meals throughout the week since you are cooking a whole chicken.
1 whole chicken
1 cup water
spices (I used garlic powder, onion powder, and Mrs. Dash)
1 bag of fresh carrots (or chopped fresh carrots)
Remove giblets from chicken. Place chopped celery, onion, and garlic inside the chicken. Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of the crock pot and add carrots. Put stuffed chicken on top of the carrots. Turn crock pot to low and cook for 8 hours.
When it is ready, remove carrots and chicken. Here is meal number one! Then, pass the remaining broth through a strainer to remove unwanted chicken bones, etc. Now, you have homemade chicken broth. Refrigerate or freeze the broth.
Meal Planning: I try to make my crock pot chicken at the beginning of the week and plan meals where I can use the broth and chicken throughout the week. See Lemon Chicken and Rice Soup.