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Crock Pot Whole Chicken

Tender, fall-off-the-bone chicken! Skip the overnight refrigeration if you are in a hurry. For variety, eliminate the onion and substitute a quartered lemon or two, stuffed into the chicken cavity. Chef Shapeweaver had a good suggestion: Use Fajita Seasoning Mix #28011 as another variation. Thanks! The standard size slow cookers are a bit too small and a whole chicken won't fit. You'll need a 6-quart slow cooker for this recipe.

Total Time 23hrs


4 teaspoons salt (per recipe reviews, 2 tsp is better)

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 (with pop-up timer if possible)

1 cup chopped onion (optional)

  • In a small bowl, combine the spices.

  • Remove any giblets from chicken and clean chicken.

  • Rub spice mixture onto the chicken.

  • Place in resealable plastic bag and refrigerate overnight. (I usually skip this step because I'm always in a hurry).

  • When ready to cook, put chopped onion in bottom of crock pot.

  • Add chicken. No liquid is needed, the chicken will make its own juices.

  • Cook on low 4-8 hours.

  • Note: I highly recommend a pop-up timer in the chicken because some crock pots cook faster/slower than others (my crock pot cooks this recipe in 4-5 hours).


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