Crock Pot Maple Lemon Chicken

Products used in this Recipe:

maple lemon chicken


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 whole roast chicken
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon pepper
  • 1 whole lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup lite orange juice
  • salt, to taste


Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Rinse chicken and dry thoroughly.

Clean out the chicken cavity.

Using the handle of a wooden spoon, carefully insert it underneath the skin, beginning at the neck. Slowly separate the skin from the meat without tearing through the skin. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine butter and lemon pepper; mash and mix with a fork until completely incorporated.

Rub the prepared butter under the skin, around the entire bird, out to the thighs and legs, and on top of the skin. I find it easier to spoon a large chunk of the butter under the skin; then I use my fingers to spread it around by rubbing the chicken on top.

Add chicken to the skillet and cook 8 minutes per side.

Remove from heat.

Pierce the lemon all over with a fork and place it inside the cleaned out cavity.

Combine lemon juice, maple syrup and orange juice in a small bowl; whisk well.

Transfer chicken to the crock pot, pour the prepared maple syrup sauce over it, and cook on LOW for 6 to 7 hours, or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours.

Carefully remove the lemon from the cavity and squeeze the juice out all over the chicken.


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