How to Roast a Whole Chicken in the Crockpot

 

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

Ingredients:

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

 

 

Directions:

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! 

 

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

1. Avocado Chicken Enchiladas

2. Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

3. Cheesy Hot Wing Dip

4. Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

5. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

6. Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

7. Avocado Chicken Salad

8. Chinese Chicken and Rice Soup

 

 

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How to Roast a Whole Chicken in the Crockpot
 
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Corey:
Serves: 4-5
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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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Comments

  1. Francene Sheehan says:

    Why is there no liquid in this recipe? I thought crockpots neede liquid in trhem?

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

    • 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.

    • 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…

  2. 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.

  3. I’ve rubbed the chicken with taco seasoning. Makes perfect chicken tacos.

  4. 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?

    • Shan Schlatre says:

      I was woundering the same thing, Laura

      • I have made this in the past and put it on thick sliced onions. It keeps the chicken from sitting in its own grease and adds a little flavor. Also, if you put a couple of sticks of celery inside both cavities of the chicken while it is cooking, it prevents the chicken from drying out!

  5. Could you use this method with a whole turkey(depending on how big of course)?

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

  7. 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

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

  8. 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!

    • 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.

  9. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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 :)

        • 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.

  10. I would really like to try this….it sounds so easy…..do you think it will work in a dutch oven over the stove top? – Thanks.

  11. Will this work in a round crockpot? Or do you have to have an oval crockpot?

  12. 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.

  13. Could you transfer the chicken to a pan and stick it under a broiler for a few minutes to crisp up the skin?

  14. Looks good. Question: Breast side “Up” or “Down”?

  15. Can you stuff the chicken with stuffing ?

  16. JenniferH says:

    Could this work for a frozen whole chicken?

    • Iv’e never done this…can any of they other readers help?

    • 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. chantelle says:

    I am anxious to try this recipe tonight. Is there any way of making the skin any least but crispy?

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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 :)

  24. I work so I’m curious if its cooking for almost 11 hours should I keep out on low the entire time?

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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!!

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