This Crockpot Whole Chicken recipe is so easy, and it always yields the juiciest and most tender results. If you need an easy, dependable, and impressive entree, this is the recipe for you. The chicken is cooked to perfection in a slow cooker with fresh herbs, veggies, and more!
- What’s in this Whole Chicken Crockpot Recipe?
- Variations on Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
- How to Store and Reheat
- How to Freeze
- Serving Suggestions
- 5-Star Review
- Crockpot Whole Chicken Recipe
- Email This Recipe
- Recommended Equipment
- Becky’s tips
- Nutrition Information
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What’s in this Whole Chicken Crockpot Recipe?
Wondering what to cook on those nights when you’re hosting family or friends and you need something impressive, but realistic? Toss a whole chicken into your Crockpot! In fact, this easy recipe is even perfect for holidays like Christmas or Thanksgiving if you don’t feel like cooking a turkey or ham. You can still carve up some meat without all the hassle!
- Whole Chicken: You’ll need a 4-pound bird for this recipe.
- Olive Oil: Helps the spices adhere to the chicken.
- Spices: Kosher salt, ground paprika, black pepper, fresh thyme, and fresh rosemary add so much flavor!
- Veggies: Celery, carrots, and onions infuse the chicken with flavor and make great built-in sides!
- Fresh Herbs: Whole sprigs of rosemary and thyme infuse the bird with herby flavor.
Pro Tip: Do not add any additional liquid to the slow cooker; the chicken will create its own juices.
Variations on Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
You can season your chicken however you’d like (try chicken seasoning or Italian seasoning), but my tried and true seasoning blend of fresh herbs, paprika, salt, and black pepper always satisfies. It’s simple, yet so mouthwatering!
There’s also celery, carrots, and onions that are cooked along with the chicken to lend even more flavor and serve as side dishes, but you could swap them out or add quartered potatoes to make a complete meal!
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No, you should not cook a frozen whole chicken in the crockpot, as it will stay in the temperature danger zone for too long, which could lead to foodborne illness. Always thaw your chicken overnight in the refrigerator before adding it to the crockpot.
It usually takes about 4-5 hours on high heat or 6-8 hours on low heat. If you plan to cook on low heat, make sure to cook the chicken on high for at least 1 hour before switching to low for food safety purposes.
No, you do not need to add any water because the chicken will release juices as it cooks. Adding water will just make the chicken soggy.
To make the skin crispy, transfer the chicken to a rimmed baking sheet and place it under the broiler for 4-5 minutes. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
You can easily turn those juices into a chicken gravy! Simply melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan, whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour, then add the chicken juices and cook until thickened. Salt and pepper to taste and serve with the chicken.
How to Store and Reheat
Store leftover crockpot whole chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a 325°F oven in a baking pan drizzled with chicken stock or pan drippings and covered with aluminum foil for 20-25 minutes, until warmed through.
How to Freeze
Freeze crockpot whole chicken broken down into pieces in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
This slow cooker whole chicken is already served with plenty of veggies, but feel free to pair those veggies with perfect baked potatoes, crockpot mashed potatoes, Parker House rolls, or baked mac and cheese.
This crockpot whole chicken also tastes great the next day in any recipe that calls for a rotisserie chicken, such as Chicken ranch wraps, chicken broccoli cheese rice casserole, Tuscan chicken soup, chicken tetrazzini, chicken pot pie, Buffalo chicken enchiladas, or chicken salad sliders.
“Absolutely delicious! I followed the directions exactly and was thrilled with the results, an herby roasted chicken with delicious veggies. So perfect for a special occasion yet so easy for a week day meal.” – Paula