Recipe: The Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot

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I’ve tried a ridiculous amount of crock pot recipes, and this is by far the best (and easiest) way to slow cook a whole chicken until it is falling-off-the bone delicious. And if you have a well-stocked spice cabinet you’ll hardly have to buy anything to make thisRecipe: The Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot from 100 Days of Real Food dish. Once the chicken is done it is flavorful enough to eat by itself, or you can incorporate it into another dish like pasta, chicken salad, or a casserole. We use a very basic crock pot that can purchased on Amazon for about $25.

Another great trick (that I learned from a friend!) is that after you pick off the good chicken meat you can leave the bones in the crock pot to make some stock. I usually start the chicken stock after dinner by filling it to the top with water, and then adding whatever I have on hand…bay leaf, carrot, celery, onion, parsley and/or thyme. Even if I am missing parsley or celery I still make it anyway, and it always turns out just fine. I keep it on low all night, and then in the morning I strain it into 1 or 2 cup Tupperware containers to store in the freezer. It works great and couldn’t be easier!

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Recipe: The Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne (red) pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1 large chicken
  1. Combine the dried spices in a small bowl.
  2. Loosely chop the onion and place it in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Remove any giblets from the chicken and then rub the spice mixture all over. You can even put some of the spices inside the cavity and under the skin covering the breasts.
  4. Put prepared chicken on top of the onions in the slow cooker, cover it, and turn it on to high. There is no need to add any liquid.
  5. Cook for 4 – 5 hours on high (for a 3 or 4 pound chicken) or until the chicken is falling off the bone. Don't forget to make your homemade stock with the leftover bones!

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1,224 comments to Recipe: The Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot

  • janet baldauf

    can you use a whole cut up fryer? Are any modifications needed if so? Thanks.

  • Emily Kay

    I’ve used this recipe four or five times now and I just wanted to come and leave a comment. I recommend this recipe to EVERYONE I know because it is soooooo delicious!! Hands down best whole chicken recipe and honestly, I think it’s even better than oven roasted chicken. We raise our own poultry and I even used the recipe on a 2.5 year old hen we butchered earlier this week and her meat came out very tasty.

    I’ve cooked this both on high and on low and high is definitely best, but low for 8 hours works perfectly fine (the onions aren’t as tasty if you cook on low).

    Thanks for changing my life! :)

  • Ellie

    This is my favorite chicken recipe. I use two chicken leg quarters and a chicken breast instead of a whole chicken.

  • Chelsie Friedman

    We tried this recipe for the first time last week and it was delicious. My husband even liked the seasoning on this, so much that he has modified the recipe a little bit to use on smoked chicken.

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  • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

    Hello Joelle. Other readers have cooked it on low for 6-8 hours. ~Amy

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