Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

Im a huge fan of crock pot meals because you do half the work to get dinner made.  I normally cook breakfast then prep everything to put in the crock pot right after.  And then it never fails, half way through the day I start to worry about what Im going to cook for dinner.  Then the smell from the crock pot waifs in and everything is right in the world again. 

One of my all time favorite easy homemade recipes is the slow cooker whole chicken.  Its easy to prep, comes out so moist and we end up with leftovers for the rest of the week.  And probably the best part – its a one pot meal!  The less dishes you have to do after dinner, the better the meal tastes.  [Am I right?]

Easy homemade recipes - whole chicken in a crock pot!  Easy one pot dinner.

To make your own slow cooker whole chicken meal you will need:

  • A whole chicken – 4 to 6 pounds work best – frozen
  • Potatoes
  • Onion
  • Carrots
  • 2 Cups Water
  • Spices of your choice

Chop the onion, potatoes and carrots and set them aside.  Place the whole chicken (frozen) in the crock pot and add your spices.  Place the vegetables around and on top of the chicken.  Add the water and cover.  Set the crock pot for high for 6 hours or low for 8-9 hours. 

whole chicken in a crock pot

We use water so when the chicken is done cooking we can use the juice to make chicken broth.  I can’t take credit for that idea, my husband thought of it.  He comes in handy sometimes.  You know what else comes in handy?  Crock pot liner bags!  [Mind blown, right?!]  One of my friends told me about them and my life has not been the same since.  [That's slightly dramatic but also slightly true.]  You can find them next to the saran wrap.  It makes cleaner your one pot meal SO much easier! 

easy whole chicken in a crock pot

The only downfall of this recipe is that the chicken is so moist that is literally falls off the bone.  If you want to call moist, delicious, fall off the bone chicken a downfall. 

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
An easy one pot dinner meal for any day of the week!
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  1. 4-6 pound frozen chicken
  2. Potatoes
  3. Carrots
  4. Onions
  5. Spices (as needed)
  6. 2 cups Water
  1. Chop the onion, potatoes and carrots and set them aside.
  2. Place the whole chicken (frozen) in the crock pot and add your spices.
  3. Place the vegetables around and on top of the chicken.
  4. Add the water and cover.
  5. Set the crock pot for high for 6 hours or low for 8-9 hours.
  1. It literally falls off the bone so it may be difficult to pull out in one piece.
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Kelley is a work at home mom who loves making her kids laugh. She enjoys cooking, crafting, and the everyday chaos of life.

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  1. says

    I LOVE bunging a whole chicken in the slowcooker! It’s like having a cheat’s rotisserie, isn’t it? It just makes the chicken so tender and I’ve always found that I don’t even need a knife to carve it! :) While I’m here commenting, I’d like to invite you to come party with us at Tasty Tuesdays! You can find this week’s party here, if you’re interested:

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