Slow cooker whole chicken is a perfect fall off the bone recipe. The chicken meat is tender, moist and delicious.
This is a really easy chicken recipe. So if you are done with dry and overcooked chicken try it. Want to learn how you can make the best slow cooker whole chicken? Let’s get started!
Before I got the Crockpot Express I would prepare my whole chicken in the oven. Usually in a medium to hot oven to get crispy skin.
The down effect of cooking like this is the chicken gets really dry. Especially the breast and legs can get really dry.
Which is a shame because these are the tastiest parts of the chicken.
With my new Crockpot Express, this problem is now resolved because cooking a whole chicken in a Crockpot result in soft and tender chicken.
The Crockpot Express is a multi cooker and can cook be a slow cooker or a high-pressure cooker. In this recipe, I used the slow cooker option.
All the moist stays within the Crockpot and that is the main reason why the meat is so tender. But what about the skin?
If you cook chicken in a slow cooker the skin will stay soft. Fortunately, this can be resolved. Turn on your broiler.
Let it get hot and put the chicken underneath the broiler for about 5 minutes. This will be enough to turn the skin all crispy but will not dry out the chicken.
This recipe is low carb and fits a low carb or keto diet.
Slow cooker whole chicken ingredients
What do you need to get for this Crockpot whole chicken recipe? Put the following ingredients on your list:
- Small chicken
- Cooking spray (alternative olive oil)
- Lemon juice
- Paprika powder
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Black pepper
How to make Crockpot whole chicken
To make this slow cooker whole chicken start with washing your chicken with cold water. A trick that I learn from my father is to rub the skin with lemon.
This gives the skin a different taste once it is cooked. It is important to pat the skin dry with some paper towels.
Spray the whole chicken with cooking spray and brush to make certain all the chicken is covered with oil.
Now put the seasoning together and rub the chicken with the seasoning. I usually use my hand to cover the chicken in seasoning.
You can also do this with a teaspoon. Put the rack in the Crockpot. I usually add two tablespoons of water in the Crockpot.
If you are going to use the gravy from the chicken than you can add two tablespoons of chicken broth instead of water.
Now place the chicken on the rack. Close the lid and turn on the Crockpot. You have two options:
- Slow cook on High for 3 to 4 hours
- Slow cook on Low for 6 to 7 hours.
I usually check around 3 hours to see if the chicken is done. When you leave it in at 4 hours your chicken might be so tender it falls apart.
Take out of the Crockpot and heat the broiler. Put your whole chicken under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp up the skin.
To make the gravy set the Crockpot to brown/sauté. Sieve the gravy and return to the Crockpot. Add the finely chopped garlic and onion and stir through.
Combine 1-2 teaspoons of cornstarch with 2 teaspoons water. Add to the gravy and stir again. Let it cook for 5 minutes and you are done.
Eat Crockpot whole chicken with
You can eat this Crockpot whole chicken with a number of great recipes. You can serve it with:
- Mexican fries
- Slow cooker mashed potatoes
- Mexican potatoes
Multi-cooker whole chicken
If you have an Instant pot or a Crockpot Express you have the option to make this recipe on High Pressure.
It takes a slightly different approach when you use the High-Pressure option. You then need to brown the chicken first in olive oil using the Brown/Sauté option.
Brown the whole chick on both sides so it gets some color. This takes 5 to 8 minutes. Then sprinkle the seasoning on the chicken.
Use a brush to rub the seasoning on the chicken. Because you need water to get high pressure you have to add about 200 to 250 ml of chicken broth.
Now add the chopped garlic and onion to the chicken as well. Put the lid on the multicooker and turn the steam release valve to seal.
Now turn the Instant pot/Crockpot Express to Poultry and set the time to 30 minutes. To prepare the gravy read the instructions above.
You only need to add a little cornstarch to get a thicker gravy.
Have fun with this Slow cooker whole chicken recipe!
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The best slow cooker whole chicken is easy to make. Add chicken, seasoning and the Crockpot does the work. You'll love this whole chicken in Crockpot recipe
- 1 small chicken (4lbs/2kg)
- ½ onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- PAM cooking spray
- chicken broth (optional)
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon parsley
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- ½ teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
- Wash the chicken with cold water and pad dry with kitchen paper towels. Spray cooking spray on the chicken.
- Combine the spices into seasoning. Rub the seasoning on the chicken
- Put the rack in the Crockpot. Add two tablespoons of water. If you are going to use the gravy replace the water with chicken broth.
- Close the lid and set to Slow Cook for 3 to 4 hours. Check at 3 hours to see if the chicken is done
- Turn on the broiler and broil the chicken for 5 minutes
If you do not have cooking spray you can brush 1 or 2 tablespoons of olive oil on the chicken
Calories: 118; Fat: 7g; Carbs: 3g; Protein: 10.5g;