Easy Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot

Years ago - I made a whole chicken in a crock pot and that recipe is still my go-to for the easiest and most delicious whole chicken recipe you can find! I make it all the time and then use the shredded chicken for tons of recipes!
You also can't get any simpler than this whole chicken in a slow cooker recipe - it's literally chicken and spices and that's it! 

I like to think of it as crock pot rotisserie chicken without the rotisserie! I recently worked with Perdue Farms and got a whole bundle of products and one of them was this Sonoma Farms chicken. I knew as soon as I got it - I was making my rotisserie chicken recipe! 

What spices should you use when roasting a chicken? 

I think you can use whatever spices you like for this whole chicken in a crock pot recipe. But the spices I use are salt, paprika, cayenne, onion powder, thyme, white pepper, garlic powder and black pepper. If there's a spice you love - throw it in! If there's a spice in the mix you hate - take it out! It's flexible. 

You're not going to eat the skin on this recipe - it's just a coating to add flavor - but trust me - these spices seep in! With the cayenne - it had a tiny kick to it! Yum! 

Can you cook a whole chicken in a crock pot? 

Well yeah! It's so easy! You just clean up your chicken, rub it with spices and throw it in the crock pot. I have a tiny crock pot because I hate when you have food to eat for a month! And this big ol' bird just BARELY fit! That's why I took the onion and stuffed it inside the bird! 

How long do you cook a whole chicken in a crock pot?

Think of Frozen and LET IT GO! LET IT GO! It needs a minimum four hours but can go up to 6-8 hours on low. If you've only got 4 hours, I would cook it on high. 

The one thing I will say - don't expect to remove this chicken in one piece from the crock pot. It will and does FALL APART the second you touch it! So what I do is grab a bowl and just pull it apart right there in the pot. I have a bag for the bones/skin to discard and a bag or bowl for the meat. 

What can you make with roasted chicken? 

There's so many things you can make!!!! I love having this in the fridge because I can just grab a chunk and go - I grabbed some alfredo sauce out of the fridge, heated up the sauce and chicken and served it over pasta for a ten minute meal! 

You can also make my favorite chicken casserole - it takes a couple cups of this chicken. Throw some in this zero point white chicken chili for a delicious soup! Or throw some in a tortilla and make burritos in the air fryer

Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot

Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot

Yield: 4
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 4 hourtotal time: 4 H & 5 M
This is my go-to recipe for the crock pot and pretty much the only one I make monthly. Grab a chicken - rub it with spices - throw it in the slow cooker and let it go! That's all there is to it! Then you can use the chicken for salads, soups and casseroles for the next week!


  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large roasting chicken
  • 1 cup chopped onion


How to cook Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot

  1. In a small bowl, combine the spices.
  2. Remove any giblets from chicken and clean chicken.
  3. Rub spice mixture onto the chicken.
  4. Stuff onion in the chicken. 
  5. Put chicken in crock pot. No liquid is needed, the chicken will make its own juices.
  6. Cook on low 4-8 hours.

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  1. WOW your chicken turned out perfect! I want to try that mac-n-cheese!! I still have chicken in the freezer from the chicken I made in the crockpot. I buy canned chicken a lot to keep on hand as something quick for casseroles and things like that. After making this chicken I realized how stupid that is, and how much more money I am paying for canned chicken. This is so simple that it's an easy way to keep chicken on hand all the time. I am so excited you tried this recipe and liked it.

  2. I would love to try these chicken pot recipes. Thanks for sharing the article.