This crockpot whole chicken recipe is just SO cool. Have you ever tried cooking a whole chicken in the crockpot? No? Well, I hadn’t either…until this week. And wouldn’t you know, it’s not only ridiculously EASY, but it’s super delicious, too. And versatile!
You guys already got a glimpse into this from my post yesterday, but I was impressed enough by this recipe to devote a whole post to it today. Is it the most exciting thing on the earth to blog about? I mean, no. Let’s be realistic. BUT…we can all use some easy and healthy dinner ideas, right?
So this crockpot whole chicken. Seriously…SO easy. All I did was thoroughly wash and pat dry the chicken (gross, but necessary), put together a little spice rub, rubbed it all over, propped it up on a bed of chopped onions, and let it do its magic.
By the time it was ready to take out, I couldn’t even lift the whole thing as one piece…it was falling apart, right off the bone!
Again, not the prettiest thing to blog about either. But I don’t care. It still deserves its time in the spotlight today.
I’m sure for those of you who are super domestic or motivated, you could even go ahead and make a nice, delicious gravy out of the liquid leftover in the crockpot (which, by the way, there is NO liquid added to this recipe in the beginning). Buuut, ain’t nobody got time for that over here. Plus, I’m really, really bad at making gravy.
So instead we separated out the dark and white meat, and carved up the breasts.
And from there, we made some delicious chicken sandwiches.
And then I still had plenty leftover, which I’ve been using in my salad bases that I made up on Monday. Oh, and I also made a small batch of the Best Ever Chicken Salad, too.
So yeah, I really am sort of obsessed with this whole chicken in the crockpot thing. For one, you can cook it up to use for just about anything. Second, it’s beyond easy. Third, buying a whole chicken is so much cheaper than buying a package of breasts. And four, well, it’s delicious.
So go ahead and grab yourself a whole bird, bust out your crockpot, and give this chicken a try!
Easy, moist, and delicious, who would have thought cooking a whole chicken in the crockpot could provide all of that? It's quick, easy, foolproof, and incredibly versatile!
6 hrCook Time
6 hr, 10Total Time
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 large roasting chicken (with pop-up timer if possible)
- 1 cup chopped onion
- In a small bowl, combine the spices.
- Remove any giblets from chicken, clean and thoroughly pat dry.
- Rub spice mixture onto the chicken.
- Place chopped onion in bottom of crockpot.
- Add chicken. No liquid is needed, the chicken will make plenty of its own juices.
- Cook on low 4-8 hours (*see note)
- Carve, serve, and enjoy!
If you have the time, feel free to wash, dry, and rub spice mixture onto chicken the night before. Place it in a resealable plastic bag and refrigerate overnight for more flavor!
If possible, try to get a pop-up timer in the chicken, as some crockpots cook faster/slower than others. My chicken was ready in about 5 hours.
Lightly adapted from this recipe. Happy Cooking & Enjoy!