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Making a Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot

Updated on February 25, 2013
seasoned whole chicken in the slow cooker
seasoned whole chicken in the slow cooker | Source
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My family loves chicken. I am always trying new recipes out and I really enjoy trying them out in the crock pot! I love using my crock pots year round (I actually have four of them, a small one for dips, two mediums circle ones and one large oval one). I have probably made most of my family's favorite meals in one of my slow cookers. This was actually the first time I cooked a whole chicken in the crock pot. I have cooked whole ones on the rotisserie on the grill before and on beer cans on the grill, but never whole in the crock pot before. It was easier to prepare this way than any other way in my book.

Today was also the first time I did not add chicken broth to the recipe. This particular chicken stays extremely moist in just its own juices! I looked at many recipes when deciding what to put in my seasoning, and I think I came up with an optimal light heat combined with a great flavor. I think fresh cloves of garlic make this recipe stand out. You may eliminate it if you don't like garlic, but I would suggest keeping it in and giving it a try. Serve this with a salad and potatoes or veggies and bread on the side. This chicken came out fantastic and I really hope you enjoy my version of this easy recipe!

seasonings all blended, yum!
seasonings all blended, yum! | Source
rough chopped onions and two cloves of garlic
rough chopped onions and two cloves of garlic
chicken covered in seasoning rub,  ready to roast in the crock pot
chicken covered in seasoning rub, ready to roast in the crock pot | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 7 hours
Ready in: 7 hours 10 min
Yields: serves six to eight, depending on chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken, rinsed and dried
  • 1 sweet onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, sliced or diced
  • 2 tsp sea salt, freshly ground
  • 2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  1. Lightly spray non-stick cooking spray all around the crock pot. Roughly chop or dice the onion. I used a yellow sweet onion in this recipe. Place the chopped onion in bottom of the crock pot. Slice or dice up two cloves of garlic to add into the crock pot with the onion.
  2. Rinse and pat dry the chicken. Separate the skin from the breast meat a little with your fingers so you can season under the skin. This makes it more flavorful. Slice or dice the other two cloves of garlic and place on the breast of the chicken under the skin. You could rub the garlic cloves all over the chicken before placing the pieces under the skin if you'd like.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together all the dry seasonings. Rub the seasoning all over the chicken to cover it. Place the chicken into the crock pot breast side up. I used my larger crock pot to make the whole chicken so it could lay down on top of the onions.
  4. Cook chicken on the low setting of the slow cooker for 6-8 hours. Check with a meat thermometer for doneness. Chicken should register at 165° F in the breast or 165-175° F in the thigh to show that it is done. Chicken with the bones in it takes longer to cook than it does without bones. Just keep that in mind and enjoy this fantastic, flavorful chicken.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i had cooked hainanese chicken in a crock pot before. It was awesome. Crock pot is easy to use and suitable for those who are working 9-5 daily. When you reach home, a dinner is ready for you. Voted up for your recipe.

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      Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      Thank you for checking out my recipe! I hope if you get a chance to make it, you love the flavor as much as my family did.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Crock pot chicken is one dish I have not prepared. I am a huge fan of my crock pot and use it often.

      I am bookmarking this to add to my recipe files. It sounds delicious.

      Thanks for sharing..:) Sending Angels to you this evening. :) ps

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      I will be trying out this recipe as soon as I buy a new crockpot, the one I have has seen better days! Thanks for sharing:)

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      Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      Thank you for checking out my chicken recipe! The flavor of this chicken was truly amazing. My husband loved it and my kids ate it up like crazy. I will be making chicken salad with the leftovers today and am looking forward to the slightly different flavor this "sorta spicy" (but not too much!) chicken will give to the salad.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Mmm another for my recipe book.

      Thanks for sharing and I vote up and across..

      Eddy.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I didn't know that you could cook an entire chicken in a crock pot and am intrigued now! You make it seem so simple.

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      Jack Burton 4 years ago from The Midwest

      For the adventurous... A good variation is 30 clove garlic crockpot chicken. Do everything pretty much as outlined by Amber in this hub but stuff the chicken with 30 peeled garlic cloves before adding to the pot. Truss the bird so the cloves don't fall out.

      Trust me... it turns out absolutely delicious and the garlic flavor is muted. It's there... but not overpowering like you would think.

      If you really like garlic like our kids do then when you remove the cloves just mash them in the chicken fat and use for a spread on bread and crackers in place of butter.

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      Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      One of the easiest ways to prepare it! I was shocked how easy it was too. Hope you enjoy it!

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      Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      Oh, Jack, that sounds fantastic!!! I love garlic and will add more next time! Thank you for checking out my recipe.

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      Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      Thank you for checking out another recipe Eiddwen! Nice to see you again, hope you love it too!

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Amber this sounds delicious ... and easy! Definitely going to try it out ... and ohh, the things you can do with the leftovers!

      By the way, I shared this on my Pinterest 'Everything Chicken' board!

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      Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      Thank you so much for sharing this! Am so glad you like the recipe, it is easy and delicious!

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      Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      A side note to this recipe - it fell apart as I was taking it out of the crock pot, it was so tender. The chicken salad made from the leftovers was also fantastic!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Love chicken in a crockpot. So easy . I try to pick some up when they are on sale and cook it overnight, cool and pick the chicken for use in casseroles and other dishes. Love the spices in this recipe.

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      Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      This spices in this chicken recipe are very good, I made chicken salad with it the next day and it had a nice subtle flavor leftover. I could stand a little more heat myself, but then my family wouldn't eat it. It would be great in fajitas, too, or almost anything else. Thank you for checking out my recipe!

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