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Slow cooker whole chicken with peaches, capers, rice

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slow cooker chicken with rice, capers, peaches

This recipe uses slow cooker, which always minimizes the mess in the kitchen and for that, I love my slow cooker.  This is one of the easiest recipes ever and also one of the best whole chicken dishes I have had in my life.

What makes this chicken recipe so special is that when chicken, peaches, capers and wine are combined together in a slower cooker for several hours, they produce some amazing mix of flavors.   The resulting chicken is moist and tender, both white meat and dark meat are cooked evenly, and both chicken thighs and breasts are juicy.  What more can you ask for in a chicken?   The resulting flavor is both intricate and simple. Coupled with rice and presented on a big platter, this chicken belongs to be served at the French brasserie along with a bottle of good white wine.     And you would never guess how little effort went into preparing it.   I love, love this recipe, and I have made it multiple times at home.    My mother-in-law invented it, and I successfully added it to my cooking repertoire.  This chicken is the definition of what I like to call peasant food.

The beautiful thing about this recipe, I’ll repeat, is that it doesn’t make any mess because you use a slow cooker: you put all ingredients in at the same time, set the timer and wait until it’s done.  No mess in the kitchen.

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Slow cooker chicken with peaches, capers, rice

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 3 hours on HIGH setting, 7 hours on LOW setting


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 large peaches
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 tablespoons capers
  • 1 1/2 cups white wine
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 small peach for garnish
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Slow-cooked whole chicken with peaches, capers, and rice:

1) Wash whole chicken thoroughly, remove any inside parts (neck, etc.)

2) Place chicken in a slow cooker.

slow cooker raw whole chicken

3) Dice peaches in 1 1/4 inch size cubes. Slice onion in the same way – into 8-10 large cubes

4) Sprinkle diced peaches and sliced onions on top of the chicken and around the sides of it in a slow cooker.

slow cooker whole chicken topped with peaches and onions

5) Pour white wine along the sides of the slow cooker, so that white wine just goes straight to the bottom.

6) Generously salt and pepper the top of the chicken and the top sides of sliced peaches, onions slices.  Use salt and pepper to taste, you can always add more later.

7) Sprinkle the top of the chicken and sliced peaches with capers.

8) Close with the lid and set on “LOW” setting to cook for 7 hours. Or, set it to “HIGH” setting to cook for 3 hours. As the chicken is cooking, check your slow cooker occasionally. Depending on the size of your slow cooker, the chicken coupled with wine might produce too much liquid, in which case you occasionally pour that liquid away into a separate bowl and save it for later (to serve with chicken or use with other dishes as a bumped up chicken stock).

slow cooker raw whole chicken topped with peaches and capers

To cook rice:

1) Bring water and rice in a medium size pan to boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the type of rice you have. I usually buy long grain rice that cooks for about 20 minutes.

2) When rice is cooked, immediately add oregano and salt, mix well, close with the lid and let it stand for at least 10 minutes.

To serve:

Place chicken on a large platter, surrounding with peach and onion slices. Put rice on the side. Pour some chicken juice from the slow cooker around chicken. Slice fresh peach and garnish around the whole chicken.

slow cooker chicken with rice, capers, peaches



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  • Toni September 29, 2012, 1:56 am

    OMG ! This looks fantastic !!

    • Julia September 30, 2012, 10:46 am

      Thank you. 🙂

  • Holly | Beyond Kimchee September 29, 2012, 8:47 am

    Wow, this is really interesting. I never heard about cooking chicken with peaches before. (I read about cooking with grapes, though) Will this dish yield a slightly sweet flavor due to the addition of peaches? I bet it will smell great.

    • Julia September 30, 2012, 10:56 am

      The resulting flavor is only subtly sweet. The chicken acquires subtle fruity flavor.

  • [email protected] September 29, 2012, 6:47 pm

    I have never cooked a whole chicken in a crock pot before. I bet the sweetness of the peaches and the saltiness of the capers really create an amazing flavor!

    • Julia September 30, 2012, 10:58 am

      Yes, peaches and capers work really great together in this dish. Interestingly, by the end of cooking capers do not even taste salty, and neither does the broth – the saltiness seems to be absorbed evenly by the whole dish. And peaches don’t give the dish too much sweetness either. It is a really well-balanced dish flavors-wise.

  • Baltic Maid October 5, 2012, 3:18 pm

    This is amazing. I love the combination of capers and peaches that you used. This must’ve have been such an amazing mix of flavour. And it looks so beautiful and delicious!

    • Julia October 5, 2012, 5:45 pm

      Thanks for visiting! Yes, the broth from wine, capers, peaches and chicken was quite flavorful, as well as the chicken meat itself. I love your site’s name – it’s very original.

  • Diyana October 16, 2012, 11:08 am

    Hi Julia
    This looks incredible! But I don’t drink wine or any alcohol for that matter. Could I replace the wine in this recipe with something else? Thank you.

    • Julia October 17, 2012, 1:38 am

      Water, white grape juice, or apple juice will all work fine in place of white wine here. Because chicken is slow-cooked, it won’t make that much difference. Capers did not taste salty, peaches were not sweet after this many hours of cooking – all flavors sort of blended into one.

  • Dennis February 18, 2014, 10:42 pm

    At the risk of sounding really dumb,
    Can I use canned peaches ?

    • Julia February 24, 2014, 3:26 pm

      Dennis, yes – absolutely. Since the dish is cooking in the slow cooker, it doesn’t matter if fresh or canned peaches are used – both will get really soft anyway. It’s the flavor that matters, and both canned and fresh peaches have almost the same flavor we’re looking for! 🙂

  • Florence February 19, 2014, 2:54 pm

    I was wondering if you could use frozen sliced peaches (thawed) since it is not peach season? Would be great if I could make this on a cold snowy day.

    • Julia February 24, 2014, 3:24 pm

      Florence, yes you could use thawed sliced peaches. Since the dish is cooking in the slow cooker, the peaches are going to get really soft anyway, so it doesn’t matter if fresh or frozen peaches are used texture-wise, since it’s the flavor we’re after. 🙂

  • Sophie August 27, 2014, 11:06 am

    This looks great! I have a 3 qt slow cooker which seems too small for a whole chicken. Is there a way to cut this recipe down and make a half-chicken? Or two breasts? Let me know please!

    • Julia September 5, 2014, 2:49 pm

      Hi Sophie, you should be safe to cut the recipe in half if using only half a chicken or 2 breasts. Just reduce all ingredients in half.

  • Donna November 16, 2014, 6:32 pm

    I cooked this yesterday – it is absolutely divine! I simmered down the remaining sauce to thicken it a bit, and this worked really well. This is such an easy dish, and easily worthy of company and a nice bottle of white wine! Thank you!

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