But I need help. I was given a freezer full of frozen chickens that are best for stewing as they have been in the freezer for a couple years. This is my first experience with a non-grocery store chicken and the first attempt at cooking one in the crock pot could have been better. I cooked it whole, just threw in some veggies and salt and pepper. It is still tough after 5 hours - so should I just keep cooking it? Or would cooking in a pot of water be better? Also, the skin is really thick and rubbery - is that how it is supposed to be? I am going to give it a few more attempts before I give up and call them organic dog food. They were free after all. Did I post this in the right section? I just was not sure where to go with it.