Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker Roast Chicken Recipe for an easy Chicken Dinner! | @bestrecipebox

Slow cooker chicken recipes are always wonderful to have on hand for those busy weeknights, especially this slow cooker roast chicken. An ideal one pot chicken dinner that’s versatile, quick and easy are cooking whole chickens in the slow cooker. What you’re not able to finish in one meal, this whole chicken recipe leaves you plenty of leftover chicken for chicken sandwiches and chicken salads for lunch the next day. It’s another one of the dishes that keeps on feeding.

{Video} How to cook a Whole Chicken in a Slow Cooker

An classic oven roast whole chicken will give you a delicious crispy skin, but cooking a whole chicken in the crock pot ( or slow cooker) doesn’t mean you have the compromise a crisp skin. After a few hours in the slow cooker, broil the whole chicken in the oven for a few minutes to crisp up the skin. Not only will you have the moistness from slow cooking a whole chicken, but a quick oven finish will give you a crispy skin. This technique can give you the best of both worlds. Though there are many basic slow cooker chicken recipes, this particular recipe is very versatile. You can use fresh herbs, dry herbs and your choice of vegetables. And though this recipe uses olive oil to rub on the outside of the chicken, you can use soft or melted butter. What ever you decide to use, this chicken recipe is sure to be a standard favorite.

All you need is some gravy and it’s a wonderful dinner for everyone to enjoy. Make sure to add some extra vegetables in there when you roast it so that it becomes a complete meal! Best of all, the house will be warm and delicious smelling which is super welcoming on cold winter days.

Slow Cooker Roast Chicken Recipe for an easy Chicken Dinner! | @bestrecipebox

This recipe was originally published in 2013 and re-published in 2016 with updated video and photos.

Video: Make sure to save to bones to make a chicken stock. Delicious and makes great use of the leftover chicken bones!

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Basic Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Recipe

Yield: 1 Whole Cooked Chicken

Total Time: 6 hours

See post for more recipe information. Use whatever vegetables you'd like for the aromatics. We used carrots, onions and fresh herbs, but you could add celery, bay leaves, turnips, etc...


  • 1 four-pound Whole Chicken, rinsed and patted dry
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt or Kosher Salt
  • fresh cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 medium Onion, peeled & quartered
  • 2-3 medium Carrots, cut into large pieces
  • several sprigs Italian Parsley
  • several sprigs fresh Thyme


  1. Rub olive oil over whole chicken, then season it liberally with salt and pepper.
  2. Place vegetables and herbs in the bottom of a 4-6qt. slow cooker. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables.
  3. Place the lid on, and cook the chicken for about 4-6 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. To determine if the chicken is fully cooked, check that the meat is 165°F in the meat's thickest part and the juices should run clean when you poke into the chicken.
  4. After the chicken is cooked, the skin will not be crispy yet. To crisp the skin, heat your oven's broiler to 550°F and place the rack on the second to lowest placement.
  5. Put the cooked whole chicken in a baking dish and place it under the oven's broiler for about 5 minutes, or until the skin is crispy.
  6. Carve and use the chicken as desired. Save the bones to make a chicken stock.
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