Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

  I don’t use my slow cooker often enough. At first, I was a little intimidated by it, thinking I would somehow mess up dinner, but every time I have used it, dinner was always perfect and tasted so much better than cooking the same thing in the oven. Making slow cooker whole chicken (or almost any other meal), you can add as much or as little ingredients as you want, and it always comes out great. 

 There’s nothing better after a long day than to sit down for a dinner that you didn’t have to slave over.  Put all ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning, go and do errands and your food is ready just in time for dinner! 


This slow cooker whole chicken recipe will give you a nice and juicy chicken and fork-tender vegetables every time! 



  • 5-pound chicken
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 6 whole peeled carrots 
  • 4-8 large red potatoes 
  • 2 tablespoons of oil or melted butter
  • 1 yellow onion (optional)



  1. Remove giblets from chicken, rinse and pat dry
  2. combine the salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano and paprika into the oil, mix and slather on the chicken
  3. Wash vegetables, cut potatoes in halves, peel carrots and cut into 1/3 pieces. 
  4. Place the carrots and potatoes at the bottom of your slow cooker and place chicken over vegetables. 
  5. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8-9 hours.  The juices should run clear when chicken is done. The time will depend on the size of the chicken and your slow cooker

Tip: I like to cook my chicken when it’s half-frozen; this produces more broth, which can be used for other recipes. 

      5. Transfer chicken to a roasting pan and place under the broiler for 5-10 minutes to get that crispy golden skin. 

This recipe fed 8 of us (4 adults and 4 children), with a little leftover to feed another person. 

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  1. jan says:

    I hesitated using the slow cooker after receiving because I didn’t like the idea of raw meat touching my veggies! I am a bit believer now and agree that meat just tastes better. I’ve tried chicken twice and it was ‘too fall apart’ for me, so I want to try the 1/2 frozen idea.

    1. Let us know how it turns out for you!

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’ve only made a whole chicken once in my slow cooker (an old one) and it wasn’t very good, it was very dry so I’ll give this recipe and try and see if this works out better. 🙂

  3. Joyce S says:

    I have never tried a whole chicken in the crock pot, I might just try it after reading this recipe!

    1. You won’t be disappointed!

  4. Marilyn Legault says:

    You make it look so easy. I’ll have to try this.

    1. Honestly, it really is that easy!

  5. kristen visser says:

    oooo I booked marked this one 🙂 this delicious and the chicken is so juicy. usually when I make it it ends up on the dry side

  6. s powell says:

    Thank you for the recipe

  7. Lynda Cook says:

    I made my chicken in the slow cooker, and then after I browned it up under the broil for a few seconds, yum yum!!

    1. This is how I’m going to make it from now on. Love the crispy skin after its been under the broiler for a few minutes.

  8. Katy says:

    This looks delicious! For some reason, never think to do chicken in slow cooker. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Debbie S. says:

    We are huge chicken lovers at this house. I have not cooked a whole chicken in the crock pot yet. Sounds easy and delicious.

  10. Trisha Y. says:

    I usually like to roast my chickens for the “crispy skin” effect but this is a great alternative for sure!

  11. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    This looks and sounds super delicious! Perfect for the whole family.

  12. Judy Cowan says:

    Never tried doing a whole chicken in the slow cooker before. It does look worth trying out. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Victoria Ess says:

    I’ve never made a whole chicken in the crock pot! It sounds like a flavourful and juicy method!

  14. Karen Evans says:

    I have made Lasagna, Chili, Spaghetti and a apple (or cherry) cake, in my slow cooker. Will give a whole chicken a try , Thank You for your review and recipe!

  15. kathy downey says:

    I love my slow cooker but I have never tried a whole chicken in the crock pot,thanks i,`m going to try this real soon !!

    1. Let us know if you do try it!

  16. Lindsay P says:

    This looks phenomenal! We got a slow cooker for Christmas and haven’t used it as much as I would like. This looks like a great idea 🙂

  17. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    Slow cooker meals make life so much easier. Looked very tasty.

  18. Amy Heffernan says:

    Neat idea. I have never done a full chicken in slow cooker before. I am going to try this!

  19. I must try a whole chicken in the slow cooker simply because it looks so juicy.This also looks like a super easy way to cook a lovely meal.

  20. loriag says:

    Every once in awhile I love making a whole chicken. Being able to do it in the slow cooker is a big plus. Love this recipe.

  21. Melinda says:

    I use my slow cooker about once a week. I love to make stews and soups as well!

  22. Melinda says:

    I love the easy recipe and it looks very tasty!

  23. Caryn Coates says:

    I have never slow cooked a whole chicken. It looks delicious and seems so easy to do

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