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Slow-Cooker Roast Chicken

It's easy to make a whole chicken in a slow cooker. We save the shredded chicken to use during busy weeks. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours + standing
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (4 to 5 lbs.)


  • 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 until a thermometer inserted in thigh reads at least 170°, 4-5 hours.
  • 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.

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.
Nutrition Facts
5 ounces cooked chicken: 408 calories, 24g fat (6g saturated fat), 139mg cholesterol, 422mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 44g protein.

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  • dublinlab
    Sep 9, 2019

    Excellent, quick and l tracked a few potatoes in ,in the last hour. Janet. VFE

  • AllisonO
    Mar 18, 2019

    This is one of THE best slow-cooker whole chicken recipes I've ever made! It's extremely flavorful, juicy, and super simple to pull together. You don't have to babysit this chicken like you would if you were oven-roasting it which is always a bonus. Fantastic recipe!

  • Melissa
    Mar 12, 2018

    This recipe was delicious. I made it for Sunday dinner and everyone was raving about how moist and delicious the chicken was. So easy too. Put it in the crock pot earlier and it was ready after church.

  • Amy
    Jan 23, 2018

    Excellent taste to this easy recipe I make in my crockpot. Love the left overs too... chicken is moist and flavorful.

  • lvarner
    Sep 5, 2017

    I love this method of cookng chiken. It is especially great to do in the summer, as it doesn't heat up the kitchen. My husband loves it just as much as chicken cooked in the oven. So good and tasty (and easy)! I will be making this again, no doubt.

  • hkpepin
    Jul 10, 2016

    Delicious! A great summer recipe with results that everyone was eager to eat. Served with roasted vegetables. Wouldn'tWouldn't change a thing and definitely would make it again.

  • Kevin
    Mar 11, 2016

    I made this yesterday and loved it. So easy and you don't have to heat up an oven. It was so moist. Thank you.

  • grandmawayne
    Feb 19, 2016

    I love roast chicken and this was really good. I do make balls of aluminum foil to rest my chicken on and add veggies around the chicken. Other than that, this is great.

  • Queenlalisa
    Feb 18, 2016

    Oh my! This was so moist and flavorful. I will definitely be making it again.

  • chris_giles18
    Dec 21, 2015

    This was delicious and very moist. Will make again!