Want to make a delicious slow cooker whole chicken that tastes just like Rotisserie chicken? Use this recipe and check out the other delicious crock pot chicken recipes here!
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If you love the taste of Rotisserie chicken but don’t want to go through the hassle of cooking it yourself, this slow cooker whole chicken recipe is for you. This dish is easy to prepare and cooks in your crock pot while you go about your day. The result is a juicy, flavorful chicken that can be used in a variety of dishes or eaten with vegetables for a delicious dinner.
Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
Cooking a whole chicken in the crockpot is a really economical way to cook chicken for a variety of recipes since chicken on the bone costs about half as much as boneless, skinless chicken of any cut. Cooking a whole chicken in the crockpot can replace the chicken in recipes that call for boneless skinless chicken breasts and save money.
Can you cook a whole chicken in a slow cooker?
Depending on the size of your slow cooker, you can put an average size chicken in it to cook along with vegetables. For my large family, we use an eight quart slow cooker. Below are a few of my favorite larger slow cookers like this 7 quart programable slow cooker from Hamilton Beach.
Can you put raw chicken in a crock pot?
You can absolutely cook a raw whole chicken in a slow cooker. You can put the chicken directly in the cooker by itself or on top of some chopped vegetables.
Do you have to thaw the whole chicken first?
It is best to thaw your whole chicken before cooking in a slow cooker. If you forget to thaw, it will take much longer to cook and the chicken might dry out. I typically lay a whole chicken out of my freezer at night before bed. I leave it on the counter in my kitchen to thaw, then place it in the crock pot early the next morning. It is usually done by lunch time.
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How long does it take to cook a whole chicken in a slow cooker?
It takes about six to eight hours, depending on size, to cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker. If this is your first time preparing a whole chicken in your particular crock pot, you should probably check your chicken around the six hour mark to see if it is done. If it isn’t cooked thoroughly, you will want to watch it for the next couple of hours to make sure it doesn’t dry out.
How do you season a slow cooker whole chicken?
There are lots of ways to season a whole chicken depending on your particular taste. In the recipe below, I am going for a very basic flavor for chicken that could be eaten by itself or used in another recipe. I used butter, a basic chicken seasoning mix, and some onions. You could use a variety of spices for different flavors.
Do you add water to a whole chicken in a crock pot?
You can absolutely add some water to the crock pot to help a whole chicken stay moist. You could also add chicken broth from cooking boneless skinless breasts like this. However, just be sure to not add too much water for the recipe you are trying to create.
What recipes can I make with slow cooker whole chicken?
You can always serve your slow cooker chicken as a main dish for lunch or dinner, but you can also use it to create a variety of other recipes like these:
- White Chicken Chili
- Cheesy Chicken and Noodles
- Chicken Salad
- Buffalo Chicken
- Barbeque Chicken
Other Easy Crock Pot Chicken Recipes
- Easy Crock Pot Salsa Chicken
- Crack Chicken Crock Pot
- Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken
- White Chicken Chili
- Cock Pot Chicken Enchilada Casserole via Crystal & Comp.
- One Whole Bone in Chicken
- One Large White Onion
- 1/2 Stick Butter
- 1 TBSP Oil
- 2 Tbsp Chicken Seasoning
- Spray the inside of a large 8-10 quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
- Chop onion into large pieces and cover the bottom of the crock.
- Drizzle the oil over the chicken and onions.
- Sprinkle the seasoning over the chicken.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours depending on your slow cooker.
- Serve with vegetables or pull off bones for use in other recipes.