Once you try this crockpot whole chicken recipe you won’t cook a whole chicken any other way! It is seriously so good and loaded with flavor! I’m pretty sure it is safe to say that this slow cooker whole chicken is life-changing!
Life is about to get easy… like really easy with this whole chicken in the slow cooker recipe. I think you will be shocked how easily you can make this crockpot whole chicken that you won’t need to buy the rotisserie chicken at the grocery store anymore. You can make it at home in just a few minutes.
Our family now stocks up on whole chickens when they go on sale at our local grocery store. They get tossed in the freezer until I am ready to cook them. Then we make them for dinner. You can make chicken broth or bone broth from the leftovers but don’t forget to save the leftover chicken. You can make more dinners without your family knowing that they’re eating leftovers!
Ways to use leftover Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken:
- Toss it in this recipe for a quick and easy chicken noodle soup
- Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole is perfect for this leftover chicken
- Add it to your salads for a delicious chicken salad.
- Make chicken and cheese quesadillas
- Make chicken burritos
- Add it to make a quick chicken tortilla soup
The chicken in this crockpot whole chicken recipe falls off the bone! It is so tender and every bite is filled with flavor and is so juicy! I can’t believe I’ve been buying these from the grocery store when they’re so easy to make at home!
Crockpot Whole Chicken Ingredients:
- Whole Chicken
- Olive Oil
- Italian Seasoning
- garlic powder
- salt and pepper
Equipment you need:
- a good crockpot – you will want a 6 qt one. This is the one we used.
How to cook a Whole Chicken in a Crockpot:
- Cut the onions into large slices and place the sliced onions at the bottom of the crockpot. This keeps your chicken above the juices and gives you that rotisserie flavor.
- Place the chicken breast side up, on top of the onions inside the crockpot.
- Use a basting brush to rub the olive oil all over the skin of the chicken.
- Stir together all the seasonings. Sprinkle this mixture onto the chicken and use the basting brush to evenly spread the seasoning mixture onto the chicken.
- Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours, or cook on high for 2-3 hours.
- Make sure chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Remove chicken from crockpot and serve!
- If you want to have crispy skin like you get with roasted chicken, place the chicken in a baking dish or cookie sheet and broil for 4-5 minutes. Just keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn!
Slow cooker whole chicken variation ideas:
There are so many different ways to serve up this crockpot whole chicken. Sometimes I will put the chicken on top of potatoes, instead of the foil balls, that way the potatoes cook at the same time. The juices from the chicken make them extra delicious, too! If you don’t want potatoes, carrots are another great option.
I also like to change up my seasoning from time to time. If you like garlic, you can make a 40 clove garlic chicken in your crockpot! Simply stuff your chicken with 3 heads, or approximately 40 cloves of garlic, smear the skin with butter and salt and pepper and cook as directed below.
What to serve with crockpot whole chicken:
Print your Crockpot Whole Chicken recipe below:
The easiest Slow Cooker Whole Chicken! Crock pot Rotisserie chicken is easier than you think and this crock pot whole chicken literally falls off the bone.
- 1 whole chicken (4-6 lbs)
- 2 onions
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
Peel and slice the onions into large thick slices. Place them at the bottom of a crock pot.
Place the chicken in the crock pot (breast side up). Use a basting brush to rub the olive oil all over the skin of the chicken.
Mix all the seasonings together in a small bowl.
Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the chicken and use the basting brush to coat the chicken with the seasonings.
Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours, or cook on high for 2-3 hours.
Make sure chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Remove chicken from crock pot carefully.
Let the chicken sit for 5-10 minutes. Then slice and serve. Enjoy!
If you want to have crispy skin like you get with roasted chicken, place the chicken in a baking dish or cookie sheet and broil for 4-5 minutes. Just keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn!
Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5-7 days.