The chicken was probably the easiest thing we made today - using a crock pot to cook it not only made it self sufficient, but it kept the oven free for the hundred and one other dishes we were making. For this we added to a recipe my mom had used recently, to much success.
1 whole chicken, and additional parts depending on how many people you are feeding
Apple cider (I used cinnamon apple cider for added flavor)
4 apples, sliced
mulling spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, orange peel, etc)
Set the crock pot to cook for 6 hours - this will allow the chicken to cook for a while, and keep it out of your hair all day, but it wont get too dry.
Make sure the chicken is cleaned out, remove all wayward feathers.
Put the chicken in the crock pot.
Cover the chicken with apple cider - use enough to fill the crock pot halfway. Drop in dried cranberries and mulling spices, cover the top with apple slices.
Cook for the full six hours.
Make sure to remove all bones and cloves - cloves are edible, but kinda nasty, so try to avoid them.
The chicken was delicious, and we even used the serving plate my grandmother sent us :)