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Whole Chicken in a Crock-Pot

Updated on September 9, 2016

Whole Chicken in a Crock-Pot

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Whole Chicken in a Crock-Pot

If you like crock-pot cooking and enjoy a good rotisserie chicken, you'll love this easy, delicious recipe. Just buy a 3-4 pound whole chicken and get ready for a moist chicken dinner.

Whole Chicken in a Crock-Pot

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Cook Time for Whole Chicken in a Crock-Pot

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 7 hours 30 min
Ready in: 7 hours 50 min
Yields: 4-6 People

Definition of Slow Cooking or Crock-Pot Cooking

According to Wikipedia:

A slow cooker, also known as a Crock-Pot (a trademark that is sometimes used generically in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.S), is a counter top electrical cooking appliance used for simmering, which requires maintaining a relatively low temperature (compared to other cooking methods such as baking, boiling or frying; allowing for unattended cooking for many hours.

Crock-Pot cooking can be used to cook Meats, Soups, Stews, Dips, Desserts and more...

Ingredients for Whole Chicken in a Crock-Pot

  • 1 Whole Chicken, (3-4 Pounds)
  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons Lawry's Seasoning Salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1 Box Mushrooms
  • 1 (16 Ounce) Bag Baby Carrots
  • 1 Tablespoon Rosemary
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 3 Lemon Slices
  • 1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Thyme

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Whole Chicken in a Crock-Pot

  1. Wash whole chicken inside and out; pat dry. If chicken includes giblets, make sure to remove before washing and cooking.
  2. Mix dry seasonings together in a bowl and spread all over whole chicken, including inside of bird. Also add fresh garlic cloves, lemon slices and rosemary inside chicken cavity.
  3. Place diced onions, sliced mushrooms, and baby carrots on bottom of crock pot-this creates a rack for whole chicken which keeps it moist. It also makes a great vegetable side dish to accompany chicken.
  4. Place whole chicken on top of vegetables in crock pot. Set temperature to low for 6 1/2 to 8 hours or High for 4 to 4 1/2 hours.
  5. Serve with the cooked vegetables, potatoes of your choice and rolls.

Rinse and Pat Dry Whole Chicken

Make sure you wash and pat dry the inside and outside of chicken. Remove giblets inside of chicken, if any.
Make sure you wash and pat dry the inside and outside of chicken. Remove giblets inside of chicken, if any. | Source

Mix Dry Ingredients

Mix dry seasonings together in a bowl.
Mix dry seasonings together in a bowl. | Source

Rub Whole Chicken with Spices

Rub seasoning mix all over chicken, including the inside.
Rub seasoning mix all over chicken, including the inside. | Source

Turn Crock-Pot on High for Faster Cooking or Low for Slow Cooking

4 to 4 1/2 hours if set on High, 6 1/2 to 8 hours if set on Low
4 to 4 1/2 hours if set on High, 6 1/2 to 8 hours if set on Low | Source

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    Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

    We've never tried this but why not, right? It makes sense...so much sense I wonder why we never thought of it. LOL Thanks for the idea....and blessings to you and your sister, my friend.

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 12 months ago from Southern Illinois

    Linda, I have cooked a whole chicken in my slow cooker but never put mushrooms or carrots on the bottom. It makes sense. Thanks for the recipe. I will use it...

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    Linda Rogers 12 months ago from Minnesota

    Hey Bill-great to see you! hope all is well with you and Bev. I love making this recipe because it's just as good as the rotisserie Chicken's I buy at Lund's/Byerly's; also, it makes the house smell fabulous. Thanks for coming by my friend :)

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    Linda Rogers 12 months ago from Minnesota

    Hi Ruby-it's my pleasure. Many recipes say to put big foil balls on bottom of crock-pot to make it juicier but I'm not a fan of using foil. The great thing about using the vegetables instead is that your killing two birds with one stone. The vegetables turn out incredibly scrumptious! I appreciate you coming by my friend :)

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    breakfastpop 12 months ago

    I have made chicken, not a whole chicken, in a crock and I find it to have a strange texture. Having said that, I am game for anything, so I'll try this. Thanks.

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    Linda Rogers 12 months ago from Minnesota

    Interesting information on chicken in the crock-pot. I know that you always want to rack the chicken on top of veggies or foil balls so it's moist. I also wonder if there is a difference between chicken breasts versus whole chicken with skin. All I can say BP is the whole chicken turns out so juicy and tender and doesn't have a weird texture. It tastes very similar to rotisserie chicken you buy at the grocery store. Thanks so much for commenting and stopping by :)

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    maggs224 12 months ago from Sunny Spain

    I have never tried this Linda, I might see if I can actually fit a whole chicken in my crock pot as mine is not very big. It sounds like this will taste very nice indeed

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    Rachel L Alba 12 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

    Hi Linda, Oh wow. I love this idea. My husband and I love rotisserie chicken so I know he'll love this recipe. I also love to cook in slow cookers, so this is perfect. I wonder why I hadn't thought of it myself. I have a tendency to think of slow cookers for beef and pork. Thank you so much for this idea. I will pin this and print it out. I also gave it 5 stars.

    Blessings to you.

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    Chitrangada Sharan 12 months ago from New Delhi, India

    Sounds so delicious!

    I do cook whole chicken in tandoor or grill after marinating it with curd and spices. This looks quite similar to that. I would love to try your method for cooking chicken.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    Linda Rogers 12 months ago from Minnesota

    Hi Maggs-hope you try it-it's actually really fun to make and really tasty. Good to see an old buddy from RedGage. Still sad that site fizzled.

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    Linda Rogers 12 months ago from Minnesota

    Hi Rachel-I know what you mean by thinking of the crock pot for beef and pork. I made my first whole chicken in the crock pot about a week ago and I'm a big fan now. Maybe you could ask your husband to make this for you on Mother's Day. LOL

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    Linda Rogers 12 months ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for stopping by ChitrangadaSharan-Marinating the chicken sounds like a fabulous idea. I've grilled turkey but not chicken-thanks for the ideas.

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    Genna East 11 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

    I love to cook chicken, but had no idea one could cook an entire chicken in a crock pot. Thank you!

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    FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

    This looks delicious and pretty easy. Yum! I never thought of putting whole chicken in a crockpot.

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    Linda Rogers 11 months ago from Minnesota

    You are so welcome Genna-It's so delicious and makes your house smell wonderful. Thanks much for coming by and checking out my recipe.

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    Linda Rogers 11 months ago from Minnesota

    Hi Flourish-it is easy to make as the slow cooker does most of the work. Hope you try it sometime. It comes out really delicious.

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    Rachel L Alba 11 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

    Hi Linda, I made this chicken in my crock pot early this morning. I'm sure it will taste delicious. Thanks again for the idea.

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    Linda Rogers 11 months ago from Minnesota

    Hi Rachel-I'm so excited you did the chicken in the crock pot. You'll have to let me know how it turns out. Your gonna love the smells in your house from this recipe.

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    Rachel L Alba 11 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

    Well, the two of us ate 3/4 of a chicken, so that says, it was very good. lol I have some left over for another night.

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    Linda Rogers 11 months ago from Minnesota

    Nice job! They do make great left overs. I made a cold pasta salad with my left overs. Here's a recipe for it should you want to try it out. So glad you enjoyed the recipe.

    https://hubpages.com/food/Cold-Spaghetti-Salad

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    Rachel L Alba 11 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

    Thanks, Linda, I saved the cold salad recipe too.

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    Linda Rogers 11 months ago from Minnesota

    My pleasure Rachel. Hope your having a good week.

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    Shauna L Bowling 10 months ago from Central Florida

    Linda, can you believe I've never cooked in a crock pot? I have one but haven't used it. I have a hard time convincing myself I can let something cook while I'm at work. This sounds delicious, though. Maybe I'll try it some weekend.

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    Linda Rogers 10 months ago from Minnesota

    Hey Shauna-No, I can't believe it!! Once you try it, you'll be hooked-I promise. Thanks for coming by. Hope all is well my friend :)

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    Audrey Howitt 10 months ago from California

    I love crock pot dishes--slow cooking is the way to go--hope you are doing well!

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    Linda Rogers 10 months ago from Minnesota

    Hi Audrey-nice to see you :) Yes, I love slow cooking too. It's easy and makes the house smell wonderful. Things are going well over here for sis and I. Hope your doing great too.

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    Dianna Mendez 7 months ago

    This is one of my favorite ways to cook a whole chicken. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe idea. I can just smell it cooking from here.

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    Linda Rogers 7 months ago from Minnesota

    Hi Dianna-thanks for coming by and checking out the recipe. Isn't slow cooking fun? I just love it!

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    DREAM ON 2 months ago

    We heard the recipe before but then forgot about it. Reading your hub made my mouth water. This time I won't let your hub out of my sight until we cook it one night real soon. Thank you for sharing.

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    Linda Rogers 2 months ago from Minnesota

    Ha-love it my friend. I love crock pot cooking so much; especially in the cold winter months. I also enjoy the wonderful smells of the food cooking all day. It brings back memories of childhood and makes me feel good. Thanks so much for coming by. Enjoy the snow you just had!

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