Slow Cooker Chicken

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Let me introduce you to one of the easiest and most satisfying recipes ever!  Slow Cooker Chicken!  Five minutes of prep and the slow cooker does the rest!  You get tender, juicy chicken that falls right off the bone.  AND you get a few meals out of one chicken plus you can use the bones to make chicken stock!  Yes, whole chickens can be pricey sometimes but if you look at what you can actually do with it, the price is completely justifiable in my book.

Start with a whole chicken, 3-4 lbs to be exact (innards removed).  I used a Harvestland Organic Chicken.  Yours does not have to be organic, that was just my preference.  First thing you are going to do is rinse the chicken off.  Once you have rinsed it, take paper towels and pat the chicken completely dry.  Now, if you are anything like me, after placing the dry chicken on a baking sheet you are going to immediately wash your hands and bleach your sink.  Raw meat is skivvy to me so I must immediately clean right after it’s finished touching what it is touching.  Blah.


Next comes the rub.  You’ll need onion powder, garlic, paprika, black pepper, thyme, oregano and sea salt. Or not. You can use a rub you already have, or make your own. just mix all the rub ingredients in a small bowl and rub the mixture all over the chicken. Don’t take the skin off. It helps hold in the yumminess. If you don’t want to eat the skin later, you can just peel it off when the chicken is done. Coat the bottom too. Leave no breast behind! Hee, hee!  Sorry I didn’t get a picture with the rub on the chicken.  My hands were covered in rub and by time I washed them I completely forgot!


Break out some foil/parchment paper and make two small balls out of it for the chicken to sit on top of in the slow cooker. Flatten the balls out a bit and pour some water down in the bottom of the crock pot for steam….just don’t cover the foil balls. I think I had about ½ inch of water in total.

Place your chicken on top of the foil balls and wash your hands for the third time in this process.

Put on the lid and cook on high for 2 hours. Set a timer or if you have a programmable slow cooker, use that. After two hours, turn it to low and cook for another 5 hours. Your house is going to smell awesome!  Get your thermometer and test to make sure it’s done. It should read at least 160°.  As you can see, mine was WAY hotter than that.


Slice it up and serve it for dinner.  We ate once of this meal and I had 4 cups of chicken left and the bones for stock.  So easy, so delicious! Fall comfort at it’s best!

Yield: 1 Whole Chicken

Slow Cooker Chicken

5 minPrep Time:

7 hrCook Time:

7 hr, 5 Total Time:

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  • 1 whole chicken (3-4 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons Himalayan Pink Salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano


  1. Ball up two pieces of foil or parchment paper.
  2. Place in 5 quart or larger crock pot and pour ½ inch of water in the bottom.
  3. Rinse and dry the whole chicken.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the spices.
  5. Rub into the entire chicken.
  6. Place chicken on top of foil balls.
  7. Cook on high for 2 hours then switch to low and cook for more 5 hours.
  8. Test for 160 degrees on a thermometer.


Eat for one meal, then pick the chicken from the bones.

Save all the fat, bones and skin for chicken stock.


Author: Steph Potter

I am a wife and stay at home mother of two adorable little men. I'll spend a small fortune on the right pair of shoes or purse. Sometimes, I don't feel like a "real" adult. Sometimes, I feel like I'm getting old. Often at the same time. This is my space to share weekly dinner menus, healthy recipes, useful cooking tips and my fitness journey. So grab a cup of coffee, a cozy chair and enjoy!

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