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Crockpot Whole Chicken

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It’s easy to make seasoned rotisserie style chicken at home with this delicious Crockpot Whole Chicken recipe!

whole chicken seasoned with herbs in black slow cooker

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Why I love this recipe

I love cooking whole chicken in the slow cooker. It’s easy to prep and clean up and so versatile. You can serve the entire chicken as the main dish, rotisserie style, or shred it up to use in other recipes like chicken bacon ranch dip or buffalo chicken dip.

Ingredients

  • whole chicken
  • salt and pepper
  • seasoning blend (I recommend Herbes de Provence)

Step by step

  1. Place a trivet in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Remove giblets from the chicken and pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. Place chicken on the trivet and season generally.
  4. Cook for 3-4 hours or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

Tips for best results

  • elevate the chicken in the crock pot so that it isn’t sitting in it’s own juices, unless you’re planning on shredding it. You can prop it up on a trivet, balled up aluminum foil, or even place potatoes and veggies underneath to make it an all-in-one meal.
  • season the chicken however you like. I like to use salt, pepper, and Herbes de Provence for a general all-purpose seasoning.
  • chicken should be cooked through in 3 to 4 hours but it is best to use a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh (not touching the bone) to ensure it reaches 165° Fahrenheit (75° Celsius).
whole chicken in slow cooker

FAQs

Do I need to add liquid to the bottom of the slow cooker?

Unlike an Instant Pot, you do not need to add liquid to the bottom of a slow cooker when cooking a whole chicken. The chicken produces juices as it cooks which is why we elevate it to prevent it from getting soggy.

Can I make gravy with the drippings?

Yes! You can make a roux with flour and melted butter and stir that into the drippings to make the gravy. We have a full gravy tutorial in our turkey gravy recipe.

Can I cook a frozen chicken in the slow cooker?

No, it is not safe to cook a frozen whole chicken in the slow cooker. The chicken will heat too slowly allowing it to sit in the food safety “danger zone” where bacteria can grow.

How do I brown the chicken after cooking in the slow cooker?

You can broil the chicken for a few minutes in the oven to brown the chicken and crisp the skin.

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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken


Description

It’s easy to make seasoned rotisserie style chicken at home with this delicious Crockpot Whole Chicken recipe!


Ingredients

  • Whole Chicken
  • salt and pepper
  • Herbes de Provence

Instructions

  1. Add a rack or balls of aluminum foil to the bottom of a slow cooker (see notes)
  2. Remove giblets from chicken. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. Place chicken in slow cooker and season generously with spices.
  4. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or until internal temperature reaches 165° Fahrenheit (75° Celsius)

Notes

  • It’s best to elevate the chicken in the crock pot so that it isn’t sitting in it’s own juices, unless you’re planning on shredding it. If you’re like to remove the chicken whole, set it on a rack or ball up aluminum foil and set it on the foil balls to raise it up about an inch.
  • You can season the chicken however you like. I like to use salt, pepper, and Herbes de Provence.
  • The chicken should be cooked through in 3 to 4 hours but it is best to use a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh (not touching the bone) to ensure it reaches 165° Fahrenheit (75° Celsius)
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Category: main course
  • Method: slow cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 167
  • Sugar:
  • Sodium: 74.8 mg
  • Fat: 6.6 g
  • Trans Fat:
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Protein: 24.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 74.8 mg

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2 Comments

  1. This was the very first time I’ve made a whole chicken and my family loved it your recipe was so easy and uncomplicated thank you for sharing !!

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