Place carrots and onion in a 6-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix garlic and oil. In another bowl, mix dry seasonings.
Tuck wings under chicken; tie drumsticks together. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from chicken breast; rub garlic mixture under the skin. Secure skin to underside of breast with toothpicks.
Place chicken in slow cooker over carrots and onions, breast side up; sprinkle with seasoning mixture. Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thigh reads at least 170°.
Remove chicken from slow cooker; tent with foil. Discard vegetables. Let chicken stand 15 minutes before carving.
Freeze option: Cool chicken pieces and any juices. Freeze in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through slowly in a covered skillet until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary.
Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Tips
Can you cook a whole chicken in a slow cooker?
Yes! This method allows larger pieces of meat to cook fully without drying out smaller pieces that cook faster. We recommend at least a 6-quart slow cooker to fit the bird. It's an easy slow-cooker dinner idea to have on hand.
How long will it take to cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker?
Plan on between 4 and 5 hours, depending on the size of your chicken. For other methods, check out these roast chicken ideas.
What is rubbed sage?
This seasoning is simply dried sage that's rubbed until reaching a powdery consistency. You can also use 1-2 fresh sage leaves in this recipe, discarding leaves before serving.