Insert rack into Slow Cooker Note 2, see image in post.
Remove chicken from packaging and place on plate Note 3
In a small bowl combine oil, thyme, salt and pepper. Cut 1 lemon in half, juice it and add that juice to the oil mix. Keep the lemon to insert into the cavity.
Place chicken into slow cooker.
Open the cavity and add the bay leaves. Fill the empty halves of the lemon with the garlic bulbs and push into cavity. Fold skin of chicken closed. Note 4
Use a pastry brush to coat the raw chicken in the seasoning mix. Do this all over and underneath.
Set slow cooker on high and cook for 3 - 4 hours (or 7-8 hrs on low) . Note 5
Preheat oven to 200°c /400°F, gas 6, fan-grill. Broil/grill the chicken for 10 minutes, to crisp up the skin Note 6, 7
Serve with additional lemon quarters, oven roasted brussel sprouts and fresh thyme.