Crock Pot Slow-Cooked Whole Chicken
Author: Amy Flory
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 4 hours
Total time: 4 hours 15 mins
This delicious chicken is healthy and easy, and will become a family favorite!
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne (red) pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1 large chicken (3-5 lbs)
  1. Combine spices in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Loosely chop onion and place in slow cooker.
  3. Rinse chicken and pat dry, ensuring giblet bag is removed.
  4. Rub spices all over the chicken, making sure to put some spice under the skin and inside the cavity.
  5. Place chicken, breast side down, on top of the onions in the slow cooker.
  6. Cover and cook on high 4 to 5 hours.
  7. Carefully remove chicken to a platter, using tongs, a fork, and your hands if necessary.
  8. If desired, use the drippings to make gravy.
Sarah (the sister-in-law, not the blogging buddy)
Once you get over the nastiness of taking the giblets/neck out of the chicken this is a great recipe. It is easy, my family thought it was great, and there was enough leftover to make chicken tacos. I would certainly make this chicken again!

I loved this recipe. It was moist and flavorful, and I credit some of that to cooking it breast side down. I don't have an aversion to meat on the bone like my sister-in-law does, so I attacked the platter of chicken while standing in the kitchen pretending to plate my kids' dinner. It was a good thing I used a pretty big bird, because we all ate most of it at that one meal. I can't wait to make it again. I also took the site's suggestion and made Overnight Chicken Stock in the Crock Pot with the bones. You'll want to do that, too.
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