How to Roast a Whole Chicken in the Crockpot

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You’ll never buy a rotisserie chicken again. 

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You are going to be shocked at how EASY it is to Roast a Whole Chicken in the Crockpot.  The finished product is a moist, rotisserie like chicken. 

Start this recipe in the morning and have the chicken ready to rock by dinner time. Serve with some beautiful veggies and use the leftovers the next day for some chicken salad or some homemade chicken noodle soup

Whole Chicken in the Crockpot


1 (4lb) whole chicken, insides removed and washed/patted dry

1/2  TB of paprika 

2 TB all purpose seasoning ( such as Mrs. Dash or Archer Farms House Blend)

1/2 TB garlic powder

1 tsp salt


1. Start by mixing together paprika, all purpose seasoning, garlic powder and salt.

How to Roast a Whole Chicken in the Crockpot - Step 2

2.  Place 4 medium sized  foil balls in bottom of crockpot. This will act as a stand to prevent the chicken from drying out. 

NOTE: You can also use large 2 inch chunks of root vegetables ( potatoes, carrots, onions, turnips) instead of foil for your chicken stand. The when chicken is done, you ALSO have flavorful veggies too!

How to Roast a Whole Chicken in the Crockpot - Step 1

3. Rub seasoning over your entire chicken (including the inside of the bird).  Place on top of foil balls. Cover and cook  on HIGH for 4 – 4 1/2  hours, or LOW  for 6 1/2 – 8  hours. 

How to Roast a Whole Chicken in the Crockpot - Step 3

Serve with some roasted veggies, mashed potatoes and out favorite cheesy rolls! 

How to Roast a Whole Chicken in the Crockpot -

Got leftovers? Use that chicken in one of these recipes!

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How to Roast a Whole Chicken in the Crockpot
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Serves: 4-5
  • 1 (4lb) whole chicken, insides removed and washed/patted dry
  • ½ TB of paprika
  • 2 TB all purpose seasoning ( such as Mrs. Dash or Archer Farms House Blend)
  • ½ TB garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Start by mixing together paprika, all purpose seasoning, garlic powder and salt.
  2. Place 4 medium sized foil balls in bottom of crockpot. This will act as a stand to prevent the chicken from drying out.
  3. Rub seasoning over your entire chicken (including the inside of the bird). Place on top of foil balls. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 - 4½ hours, or LOW for 6½ - 8 hours.

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    • Corey says

      Nope. There is plenty of natural liquid in the chicken and the chicken is perched on the foil balls to prevent burning :)

    • Debra says

      Variation using what I had on hand. Filled the bottom of the crockpot with baby carrots, fresh chopped ginger, chopped fresh garlic. Rubbed entire chicken inside and out with lemon pepper seasoning. Placed chicken on top of veggies. Cooked for 4 1/2 hours on high. Made roasted yukon golds on in oven. When done removed and chicken. Removed carrots from crock, topped them with fresh cilantro and roasted them in a hot oven for ten minutes.

    • Libby says

      Oh don’t worry about the liquid, mine turned into boiled chicken. I didn’t add any liquid, but potatoes and carrots on the bottom of the crock. Cooking for eight hours? Don’t think so! Ready in six, following the directions. And this is NOT like a roasted chicken, again, boiled and you might as well make soup! (But that works too). ROAST YOUR CHICKENS IN THE OVEN OR A ROTISSERIE IF YOU WANT ROASTED CHICKEN, PEOPLE!

      • Master Chief... says

        Out of all the people that has made this including myself you’re the only one to complain, what does that tell you? you cooked it to long.. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 – 4 1/2 hours, or LOW for 6 1/2 – 8 hours does not mean throw it in a pot come back 8 hours later its done. A lot of things factor in for the cooking time, size of pot, size of bird, the amount and size of the veggies, how hot the particular pot you have gets. Next time keep an eye on you’re food and it will turn out as it is supposed to…

        • beginner crock pot cook says

          i agree, the first time i did this, i didnt watch my time, and i added liquid…which make for a wonderful chicken soup, even though that wasnt the plan…we loved it. the second time, no liquid and watched my time…pretty much cut it in half..perfect! will be doing it again this time!!! great way to make dinner without actually being in the kitchen all day. =)

  1. JenniferG says

    I have made chicken this way for years and it turns out wonderful everytime. Using the foil balls keeps the chicken from getting greasy. Whether doing a whole chicken or whole chicken breasts, I like to make an herbed butter mixture under the skin to make an extremely moist and flavorful chicken.

  2. Laura says

    Could I add carrots and potatoes and an onion in the bottom of the crock pot to make it a meal and still turn out OK?

  3. Cathy says

    I have done this for years, but I even putting it in frozen, since I am usually out for work longer than 8 hours.

  4. Alyson Dawes says

    Been doing it this way for a while (starting when we had building works and no kitchen for 10 weeks!) I don’t use foil boils as I can ‘taste’ them. Just chunks of potato or carrot etc under the chicken. I add also don’t add any seasoning except butter and freshly ground pepper corns so I can use the juices as stock for other dishes

    • Corey says

      Yes Alyson! I just did this the other day and am going to add a note to the recipe about using the veggies!

  5. Kelli says

    I just put a chicken in this morning. I don’t like veggies cooked in the crockpot so I made the foil balls but wrapped them in parchment to keep the “tin” taste away. Can’t wait to try it!

    • J says

      The parchment paper will not protect the foil balls flavour at all (if it actually does happen) you are worried it will absorb into your chicken but not through parchment paper? I would never use foils balls since it seems gross and chemically to me and a simple natural alternative like onion or even a halved lemon or an apple makes the most sense. Whether or not you eat it after is up to you.

  6. says

    I am no master chef but I made this the other day with veggies in the bottom and it was delicious. Super tender and juicy. Even my picky 2 year old kept coming back asking for more. Will definitely make again.

    • says

      Amy, did your veggies get cooked when putting them under the chicken? Did they get dried out or was there some liquid left in bottom. Also, how long did you cook yours for? What kind of veggies did you use.

      • Corey says

        Janice, I don’t know about Amy, but the times I have used veggies at the bottom, they are super moist! Really, the best tasting roasted veggies :) Make sure to do large 1-2 inch pieces of veggies so they don’t get too mushy, and cook for the same amount of time. I love to use carrots, potatoes, turnips, celery and red onions :)

        • Kenya says

          Did you need to put any liquid so that your vegetables didn’t burn or stick to the po?. I just saw this recipe and would like to try it tomarrow it sounds delicious.

  7. osmond says

    I have cooked chicken this way several times. It is amazing how much liquid comes from the chicken and it still remains moist and so tender. I tend to do this naked, (not me) without seasoning, just butter under the skin.

    • Stephanie says

      I put mine in frozen and it works every time. Just add a little chicken stock and veggies to the bottom and I have a nice dinner when I get home. I also use the left overs for chicken burritos and those are even better!

  8. Gail says

    I made this tonight and it was excellent. I used onions as the platform and it really added to the flavor. I definitely will be doing this again.

  9. Linda says

    Mine in crock pot now. I put onion and red pots in bottom along with fresh crushed garlic.
    I then poured a box of Quinoa across the top. Hoping for
    enough liquid for the quinoa. I also stuffed the cavity with carrot, celery, onion and a few Apple
    Slices. Looking forward to a fantastic dinner tonight. Oh then I topped with fresh rosemary.

  10. kate says

    I just got a crockpot where you can put the ‘crock’ on the stove as it is a pan and then transfer it to the heating element of the pot part of the crockpot. So I wonder if I should saute some veggies and then put the chicken in on top to cook?I have carrots and potatoes but apples sound good as well!

  11. Tracey says

    I used this as a guideline, but I guess I wound up doing the whole thing differently. I started with Weber Smokey Mesquite seasoning and sprinkled it over the whole bird. I lined the bottom of the cooker with baby carrots. Once the chicken was in the cooker I covered the top of the chicken with a thin layer of honey. I had a 4 1/2 pound chicken. About half way through I added some more honey. It only took about 3 hours to cook on high. The result was juicy chicken with a flavor that was both a hint of sweet and had a bit of a bite to it. Delicious! And super easy. Will definitely be doing this again.

  12. Carolyn says

    If you use a frozen chicken for this, when would you take out the parts that are stuck inside? Just wait until it’s thawed enough? I couldn’t remove them while the chicken is frozen. Silly question I know, but I have no clue. Thanks!

  13. says

    I love roasting a whole chicken in the oven. I have been skeptical about cooking a whole chicken in the crock pot, however, after reading this post I am going to give it a try :)

  14. Sue says

    I’m going to try cooking 2 smaller birds in the same crockpot (as they are all I have in) and rub them in home made piri piri sauce before cooking.

    We will have it for dinner with Charlotte potatoes and salad

  15. karen says

    I bring my chickens home wash them very well then freeze put them in the slow cooker on low for the day and they are fantastic. My family loves them this way so juicy and gravy to die for

  16. melody says

    I was looking for an easy recipe for whole chicken in a crock pot. Got everything ready to go in crockpot and I was out of foil. Hum I thought what can I use, so I searched the house and thought of ball canning lids and it worked perfect it took four of the rings on the bottom and put my chicken on that and it came out wonderful

  17. Rob says

    We are a big family, 6. Being a realtor and my wife being a nurse we have busy schedules. I cook my whole chicken I a crock pot for 6-10 hrs sometimes. Even frozen about 3/4 the way through I baste it with bbq sauce, jerk sauce, Hawaiian or whatever. it always turns out delicious. With frozen you have to watch it after about 5 hrs…then decide if you want to add a rub or sauce…I tend to wait until almost done or done before I add sauce or rub.

    This also works well for just frozen breast, let cook all day and before you remove add sauce. We make a pulled bbq chicken breast that will blow your mind.

    With frozen breast or whole chicken or any meat you will get a lot of water in crock pot that will keep it juicy.. you can add some flour to make a gravy or use stock for something else. If you don’t have time to keep check on it, put frozen chicken in, salt, pepper, garlic powder and parsley flakes…wow!!

    • Amy says

      I was just wondering the same thing! I have an 8 1/2 lb chicken- it fits in the crockpot fine, but I’m wondering if I have to adjust the cooking time…

  18. says

    So I’ve been on this site for 5 minutes and already found two things I think my kids will eat (this chicken being one of them) Will try this over the weekend – thanks!

  19. Scott says

    The negative comments are right. This does not come out like roast chicken, more like boiled, even when cooked 4 hours on high. I don’t think it is worth wasting a chicken on.

  20. Jennifer says

    I just got a new crockpot for christmas, and wanted to test it out. (it was the one you featured in this post, actually). It was really easy to throw together, and tasted pretty darn good. i think next time i will rub a few more herbs under the skin for a more seasoned taste, the the chicken was moist, delicately seasoned, and delicious. bookmarking this page to make again, thanks for a great recipe!

  21. Rhonda says

    I was a bit skeptical to cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker. We tried it today – and it was delicious! We cooked a 6 1b chicken in the slow cooker for about 7 1/2 hours. I rubbed the chicken with butter, garlic salt, Mrs Dash, pepper and paprika. I used an onion and a potato each cut in half as the vegetables at the bottom to serve as a rack. The chicken was moist, delicious and perfectly cooked. My family loved it.

    No need for any liquid at all. There was plenty at the bottom from the chicken over time.
    An easy dinner! Thanks for the idea!

  22. Kathleen says

    Thanks for this recipe! I tried it tonight. I cooked it on low for 8 hours, then stuck it in the oven for 10 minutes on broiler. It was so good and the meat fell off the bone. My apartment also smells amazing. I’ll definitely be making this again.

  23. Peppermint Patti says

    Ive got a whole chicken ready to go… Im using my famous award winning rub., that I use on my ribs. I’m gonna put thick sliced onions on the bottom as a bed in the oval crockpot. and rub butter under skin with fresh rosemary and thyme…. wish me luck

  24. says

    I have done this and it is great! Thanks! Tonight I am changing it up and using garlic salt, Zataran’s blackened seasoning, and Old Bay. I am going to set the chicken on two sweet potatoes. Yum! Wish me luck!

  25. Fr Nick says

    Always do my poultry breast side DOWN AFTER FIRST 45,MINUTES TO KEEP BREAST MOIST WITH NATURAL JUICES AND SEASONINGS. (In oven or in crockpot. But I have to confess the oven method browns the skin, which is my downfall – my tummy tells me its too much of a good thing!)

  26. says

    Wow what a great recipe, chicken and foil balls tasted great. Think next time I will try with vegi’s under the chicken. probably will taste a little better than the foil balls…
    I really liked the idea of using taco seasoning, hadn’t thought of that one. Will have to try.

  27. Melissa says

    I made this chicken tonight and my house smells amazing can’t wait to try it out and I based mine a couple times with the natural juices in the bottom of it

  28. ET says

    Male cooks take- bought a bigger bird. Used recipe plus some of the extras others shared. Used Smoked Paprika for an extra kick invthe rub mix. Lemon halves for the prop. Herbed butter j der the skin and celery sticks inside the cavity. I was a 7.5lb chicken. Cooked on low for 4 hours , then switched up to high for final 2. At hour 5, i took chicken out and drained the liquid, as it had almost cove t ed the bird. Returned enough liquid to about half the heigjt of the lemon halves. The chicken turned out great. Very moist and fall :) off the bone tender. Thanks for the recipe.

  29. Lil says

    This recipe made my day!! First – I think the water content of the brand of chicken may explain the excess liquid. I used Trader Joe’s organic young hen 5 1/2 lbs and had 3 cups of juices which are gelled this a.m.

    A bare bones throw together took less that 10 min. from getting crockpot down to putting the lid on (most of which was peeling the onion). I lined the bottom of crockpot with potatoes smaller than tennis balls – larger than racquet balls, put onion in the cavities, drizzled olive oil over the top and sprinkled thyme (color), salt and garlic powder. It cooked 4 hours on high and fell off the bone but was firm enough to remove it and place it on a plate. The potatoes were perfect.

    Today the chicken not flavorless like others I have done in crockpot, but firm and tasty. True no brown crust but it can be sliced like a roast hen instead of falling apart. I have passed this to all my friends and family!!

  30. Grh says

    Worked great. Used potatoes as platform. Make sure they’re thick. you have to keep the chicken up above the liquid. Next time I’ll do herb butter under the skin as others suggested and use more salt. Other than that, delish.

  31. Eric says

    For those wondering about starting with a frozen bird, it’s a HUGE food poisoning risk because coming from frozen, the bird stays in the risky temperature zone for hours. I’m not conservative on meat temps really, but the way chicken is raised, you have to be with poultry.

  32. Lori says

    I made this exactly to the instructions and it was awful!!!! So sorry to be a “debbie downer” but it came out so dry, almost chalky dry. The seasoning even tasted bad. Definitely sticking with my rotisserie.

    • Corey says

      Sorry you didn’t enjoy this recipe Lori. Maybe your crockpot runs a little hot? It’s really hard to make chicken become dry in a slow cooker. Hmmmmmm. Did you use foil balls or veggies as a base? I would love to try to help figure out what happened :)

  33. Dale Percy says

    I tried this technique today using a double-cut, bone-in pork chop. I brined the chop last night (when you finish off a jar of pickles, don’t throw it away; that’s good stuff!), and put it on top of some tinfoil “wads” in the slow cooker for 3.5 hours on low one side; 3 hours on low for the other side. The bone popped right out, the meat was s-o-o-o-o tender, I just finished it off under the broiler covered in a sauce of: cherry jam, cider vinegar and Dijon mustard. The verdict? One of the best pork chop dinners I’ve ever had! It’s a great technique, I hope more people try dry cooking in the slow cooker. Cheers!

  34. Rocky says

    I have made this 3 times now and it is awesome. Love putting red potatoes and baby carrots in as the base. The veggies cooked in the juice and seasoning gives them extra flavor. In addition to the other ingredients in the base recipe, I added a package of onion soup to the rub and dumped the excess in with the carrots and potatoes. Cook for about 5 1/2 hours on low. Chicken falls off the bone and veggies are perfectly cooked.

    Glad I found this one!

  35. Angela says

    I am NOT a cooking person and this was soooo easy and wonderful!! Even my husband the cook was very happy with how it turned out. He was amazed the chicken didn’t turn to mush. Kids loved it too. I used a bag of petite carrots and 2 chunks of onion as the base. My seasoning mixture was a mix of stuff my husband set out: basil leaves, salt, butter, rubbed sage. I put slices of butter under the skin in about 6 different places along with 4 basil leaves under the skin, salt went in the cavity. I did put the breast down (husband did not like that idea because it is hard to get to to slice off a piece). I set my crock on High for 4 hours and left the house :) (It does go to a warm setting after the high 4) Came back home in 5 hours and it was perfect!! The carrots were great also with all the extra seasoning! Highly recommend for the non-cookers out there! My husband, the chef of the house, even approved!!!!
    I will add that the skin does not get crisp like a baked rotisserie chicken if that is what you are looking for:)

    • Corey says

      I am so happy you loved it Angela! Yes, those yummy veggies you cook under the chicken are almost the best part! So delish! haha.


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