Can you roast an entire chicken in a crock pot? You bet. This simple recipe creates fall-of-the-bone chicken that is both delicious and easy on the family budget. Serve it for dinner and then use the rest to make sandwiches for the next day.

1 large mild onion, peeled and quartered
1 large whole chicken (about 4 lbs)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cloves garlic, peeled

1. Place the onion in the bottom of the crock pot.

2. Combine the salt, pepper, and thyme in a small bowl and stir to combine.

3. Remove the giblets (if included) from the chicken. Gently lift the skin away from the chicken using your fingers. Spread about 3/4 of the salt mixture under the skin. Sprinkle the rest over the top of the chicken. Place garlic inside the cavity of the chicken.

4. Place the chicken on top of the onions in the crock pot.

5. Cover and cook for 5 hours, or until chicken is completely cooked. (This may depend on the size of your chicken and your specific crock pot)

6. Remove chicken from crock pot and cut into desired portions for serving.

Susan Schuman is a working mom with two small kids and a hungry husband. She writes Our Family Eats to share ideas for fun, wholesome meals that anyone can fit into their hectic schedule.  You can connect with Susan on Twitter @ourfamilyeats