Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Recipe

Having a whole cooked chicken on hand is pretty useful. Want a chicken sandwich? You go it! Want chicken soup? No problemo! What some delicious chicken enchiladas? Abso-freaking-loutely! Anything you want, you got it! If you have a whole cooked chicken on hand. To that end, I am here to help you.

20150201_135138It’s actually very simple. As anything is involving a slow cooker. I love love love my slow cooker. It is my number one, all time favourite, most used (not including large appliances obviously) item in my kitchen. I’d rather have uncontrollable itching all over my body for five consecutive days than live without it.

So let’s do this.


  • One whole chicken
  • 2 small red onions
  • 3 cups potatoes
  • 2 medium sized carrots (cut into thick slices and then into quarters)
  • Butter….mmmm…..butter (as much as it takes to coat the chicken)
  • 2 teaspoons salt20150201_135428
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic*
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1/8 cup water

* I love garlic, so this may seem like a lot for some people. Adjust to your tastes. I used minced garlic but you can substitute for puree, powder or fresh pressed garlic.


  1. Cut up your vegetables and put them in the bottom of your slow cooker. This is called a stand. It’s so your chicken doesn’t touch the base of the slow cooker.  If you have liquid in the crockpot, like this recipe calls for, this will stop the chicken from getting all mushy and gross. If you do not have liquid in your slow cooker, like some other recipes advise, then this will prevent the portion of the chicken touching the slow cooker from overcooking.
  2. Combine all your spices. Again, the spices I listed are a starting point. Adjust to your tastes. I like erring on the side of less is more just because I end up using the chicken in many different ways.
  3. Rinse your chicken, pat it dry and rub butter all over that baby until it’s coated.
  4. Sprinkle your magical spice mixture all over that chicken and put that chicken in the slow cooker.20150201_140853
  5. Here’s the tricky part. In my sow cooker (which is old) I know that it takes four and a half hours on high and six and a half hours on low to cook a whole chicken. Unfortunately, all slow cookers are slightly different and it can take anywhere from four to eight hours to cook. So, the first time you are making this recipe, I suggest you be home and check it as you go. It will be done when the internal temperature of the leg is 160º.
  6. Eat.20150201_175551

Please let me know if you have any questions whatsoever and tell me what you made with your chicken!


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