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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1,307 comments to Recipe: The Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot

  • Teri

    Started this just now in croq pot can’t wait to see and taste the results, no mods just as it required

  • Sara

    Chicken currently cooking in the crock pot using this recipe. Can’t wait to taste the result! 😋👅

  • Stephanie

    Do you put the chicken in breast up or down on the onions?

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  • Tirrany

    Great recipe…. but even better if you cut the top off bell pepper/onion and place them whole inside the cavity. The hint of the peppers/onions cooks right into the chicken, therefore, you don’t have to use a large amount of seasoning. Great tip for those dieting or with sodium restrictions.

  • Tracey


    I thought to myself, how can this be so great without all the other “stuff” other recipes have in there….celery….lemons…carrots….et al. Oh my gosh, I was eating the onions (I used red because that is all I had) direct from the pot. The house smelled incredible and it really was delicious!!! The dark meat was so juicy! The breasts were a little dry but that was probably operator error. I will keep attempting to make it perfect!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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