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How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker

You can save so much time once you learn how to cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker. There are so many possibilities with just a whole chicken and a whole lot of time on your hands.

Seriously, the possibilities seem endless when it comes to chicken based recipes, I could go on like Bubba Gump and name a bunch of them like chicken soup, chicken pot pie, chicken zucchini alfredo, but I will stop there. Those are just a few of the chicken recipes I have on this site and you can get those recipes by clicking on each of the names.

I love to post different ways you can cook chicken, whether it is how to cook a chicken in the slow cooker or for those unplanned meals that need to get cooked fast, I even show you how to make a rotisserie chicken in under an hour here. 

I have always loved cooking with chicken, well except that one time that we ate a locally sourced organic chicken aka one of our friend bob’s chickens. It was a memorable experience but this particular chicken was older than the ones you usually get from the grocery store and it had a gamey flavor. It freaked me out to pet the animal I would ultimately eat but not as much as I thought it would. I think I am ready for this homesteading life we are working towards but I will feed my chickens corn and never eat my cows, those fellas will be my besties.

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Once I figured out How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker, I was churning out chicken recipes faster than I could photograph. Eventually, all of my chicken recipes will make it to the site but for now, I am excited to show you How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker.

Start with a whole chicken, cleaned and that little bag of chicken mystery removed from the inside. Pat the chicken dry and add what seasonings you want on your chicken.

I like to add a mix of my favorite seasonings to the side and create a rub before cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker.

  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • salt
  • pepper
  • italian seasoning
  • onion powder

Mix the seasonings in a bowl. Rub evenly onto the whole chicken and place in a slow cooker on high for about 4 hours or until your whole chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Pro Tips for cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker:

  • If you would like a crunchier skin on your whole chicken before cooking place balled up foil at the bottom of your slow cooker to prevent the chicken from sitting in its own juices.
  • To keep juice inside of your chicken, do not pierce the skin when removing the whole chicken from the slow cooker.
  • Cooking on low heat longer will result in an even juicier chicken.
  • Cooking on low heat for a longer amount of time, with the aluminum foil balls in the bottom will give your chicken a crispier skin.

Be sure to share How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker with your friends on social media and leave a comment below to let me know how this method worked out for you.


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Wednesday 26th of September 2018

This looks and sounds so delicious! I must try! Thanks for posting!

Pedro De Pacas

Thursday 13th of September 2018

Esta muy bien para tacos de pollo!