Juicy Crockpot Whole Chicken

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Crockpot Whole Chicken is perfectly tasty, juicy, and tender! Make it with just a handful of spices, aromatics, and vegetables using this easy recipe!

Whenever I serve this at home, mealtime becomes a feast! My family enjoys it with other easy crockpot recipes like Slow Cooker Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes, and Crockpot Stuffing!

Crockpot Whole Chicken with vegetables

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Recipe

Crockpot Whole Chicken is what I prepare when I don’t have much time to make a decent meal but still want a hearty and healthy one. It is easy to assemble, set, and just forget about it for hours! I get to do other things away from the kitchen as this dish cooks ever so slowly.

But the time that it takes to finish this dish is also the same reason that it comes out tender and juicy! The flavors from the nest of vegetables meld well with the natural taste of the bird. Dry-rubbing the spices directly on the meat also intensifies everything!

This dish looks so put together and with a nice presentation, anyone who is served with this would think that much effort is put into it! But the recipe is completely the opposite! So, if you want some roasted chicken and gravy as a bonus, then, this recipe is perfect!

Can you cook a whole chicken in the Slow Cooker?

Yes! The crockpot is fully capable of cooking a whole bird if the bird fits in it. So, always consider the size of the pot when buying the poultry for this dish.

Is it safe to cook a whole chicken in the crockpot?

The only requirement for a dish like this is to achieve a safe temperature for eating it – that is, at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the USDA.

The crockpot can achieve this, and it helps that you cook on HIGH for at least an hour. This is so that it reaches this temperature faster and sustain it.

I would recommend thawing the bird completely if it is frozen. This way, you can be sure that it will achieve the prescribed temperature.

Crockpot Whole Chicken

How to cook chicken in the crockpot?

  • Make a nest: At the bottom of the pot, arrange the veggies and herbs to act as the nest for the bird.
  • Prepare the poultry: Remove the giblets and neck, dry the bird thoroughly, and rub with the seasonings. For the seasonings, simply combine the ingredients in a bowl. Also, stuff the bird with lemons, herbs, and aromatics.
  • Cook: Set the bird on top of the nest of vegetables prepared in the pot, breast-side up. Then, put the lid on and set to either LOW or HIGH.
  • Broil: If you are a fan of the crispy skin that is perfectly brown, then, do this optional step. Brush olive oil on the skin, then, put the bird in the oven to broil for another 5 minutes. You can also broil the veggies, just add around 3 more minutes for them to roast well.
  • Carve: Allow the bird to rest for about 15 minutes, then, carve.
  • Make the gravy: Collect the drippings at the bottom of the pot and transfer them into a fat separator. In the pan, add butter and flour to make the roux. Do not forget to season to gravy with salt and pepper! Then, serve while still warm.

How long do you cook a whole chicken in the crockpot?

It depends on how you set the crockpot. But, typically, a LOW setting will last for about 6 to 8 hours. Otherwise, the HIGH setting will last for about 4 to 5 hours.

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

What to do with leftover chicken?

Use it in any of these equally amazing recipes:

How to Store:

Simply refrigerate it for about 3 days, covered in an airtight container.

Juicy Crockpot Whole Chicken

Recipe Tips:

  • You may use this recipe for a homemade Italian Seasoning.
  • If your crockpot is not available, you may want to use this Instant Pot recipe instead.
  • There is no need to add water and still be able to keep it juicy.
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Juicy Crockpot Whole Chicken
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 8 hours Total time: 8 hrs 30 mins

Ingredients

Chicken:

  • 4 to 5- pounds  whole chicken 

Vegetables:

  • 3  celery ribs  (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 2  carrots  (peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1  onion  (peeled and cut into wedges)
  • 8 ounces  red potatoes  (cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 4  garlic cloves  (peeled and smashed)
  • 4  sprigs fresh rosemary 
  • 4  sprigs fresh thyme 

Stuffing:

  • 4  garlic cloves  (peeled and smashed)
  • 6  sprigs fresh rosemary 
  • 1  lemon  (quartered)

Seasoning Paste:

  • 2 teaspoons  kosher salt  (plus more)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon  smoked paprika 
  • 1 teaspoon  Italian seasoning herbs 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  black pepper  (plus more)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  dried thyme  (or 1 teaspoon chopped fresh)
  • 4 teaspoons  olive oil  (plus more for brushing)

Gravy:

  • 2 tablespoons  unsalted butter 
  • 2 tablespoons  all-purpose flour 

Instructions

Chicken:

  1. Arrange celery, carrots, onion, potatoes, 4 cloves garlic, 4 springs rosemary, and thyme sprigs into an 8-quart slow cooker bowl, creating a nest for the chicken with the vegetables.

Seasoning Paste:

  1. In a small bowl combine salt, paprika, black pepper, dried thyme, Italian seasoning, and olive oil to make a paste.
  2. Remove the giblets and neck from the chicken. Pat dry with paper towels the outside and inside of the chicken.
  3. Spread the paste evenly over the chicken skin.

Stuffing the Chicken:

  1. Stuff the chicken with the quartered lemon, 4 cloves garlic and the remaining 6 sprigs of rosemary.
  2. Place the chicken breast side up on the vegetables.
  3. Tie the chicken legs.

Cooking the Chicken:

  1. Cover and cook on the “High” for 4 to 5 hours, or “Low” setting for 6 to 8 hours, or until the breasts reach an internal temperature of 160 to 165ºF, and thighs reach 170ºF.

For Crispy Skin and Vegetables:

  1. Line a baking dish or tray with foil.
  2. Brush the chicken with olive oil and broil 10-inches away from the top of the oven until the skin is browned and crispy, about 5 minutes.
  3. To brown the vegetables, transfer them to a foil-lined baking dish and broil 10-inches away from the top of the oven for about 8 - 10 minutes.
  4. Let the chicken rest for 15 minutes before carving.
  5. Add vegetables to a platter and place carved chicken on top.

Gravy:

  1. Transfer chicken drippings to a fat separator and set aside the dripping.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat and then whisk in 2 tablespoons flour. Once a pale roux is formed, gradually whisk in 1 cup of the chicken drippings, stirring continuously until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add more chicken drippings for a thinner sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Calories: 441 Carbohydrates: 17 Protein: 29 Fat: 29 Saturated Fat: 9 Cholesterol: 119 Sodium: 949 Potassium: 651 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 3 Vitamin A: 4084 Vitamin C: 21 Calcium: 58 Iron: 2
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cait

i jsut got an crock pot and cant wait to try some of these reicpes for sure- wow an entire chicken too?! this looks so good

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Amber Myers

I am so going to make this! I love when I can use my crock pot and we all enjoy chicken!

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Liz Mays

I'd love to make some nice tender flavorful chicken this way. I have to make a point of using the crock pot more often

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Sarah Bailey

Oh my goodness this looks absolutely delicious - I have to admit I do love a good seasoned chicken and the skin looks so crispy.

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Tasheena

This recipe looks so yummy. I love that it’s made in a crockpot. I can’t wait to make this recipe for my family.

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Brandy

I love making whole chickens in my slow cooker. They always come out so tender and juicy. I am going to give your recipe a try, as you used some seasonings I didn't use last time.

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Chef Dennis

This Juicy Crockpot Whole Chicken is making me super hungry that I could hear my tummy growl. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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Tammy

I have been wanting to try this but was a wee bit skeptical. Thanks for giving great instructions and now I think I can do this too.

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Lisa Favre

What?! I had no idea that you could do this in a crockpot... the whole chicken?! This is absolutely brilliant and looks so good.

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Ruth I

We love chicken dishes! This is perfect for special occassions for our family. Yum!

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Melissa Dixon

This sounds so good for next week, I am adding this to my menu for the week. I love using my crockpot, too so this is perfect for me.

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Ice Cream n Sticky Fingers DFW Parenting/LIfestyle

I haven't tried making a whole chicken in the crockpot yet. I've done chicken breasts frequently and I'll have to try my next batch of chicken with these seasonings.

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Beth

It looks delicious! I never tried roasting a whole chicken in a crockpot, but I'll have to give it a try!

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Agnes

This looks so delish and juicy indeed. I was looking for a chicken recipe and I will try this for sure.

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Tabitha Blue

This looks insanely delicious! I love using our crock pot, so easy! Need to try this recipe now :)

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