Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Super Easy Whole Chicken In The Crock Pot



Let me start by giving credit where credit is due. My husband Justin did most of the prep work for this dish. I was at work and I left him instructions on how to prep the chicken and put it in the crock pot.

Knowing this was going to be used for a blog post he even took pictures for me of the process. His shot of the ingredients shows me he actually does read some of my past blog posts : )

As I have mentioned before, I am just getting the hang of using out crock pot and have been pinning and trying tons of new crock pot recipes recently. (Check out my post on crock pot mashed potatoes too!) When I saw the idea to roast a whole chicken in the crock pot from 100 Days of Real Food I knew I had to try it. 

See, I love the idea of roast chicken but every time we make it I feel like it is just short of being good. Maybe it's a little dry or a little bland. This chicken was perfect. It was moist and so flavorful. And with the weather getting warmer by the day here in South Florida, I loved that we didn't have to have our oven on too.

We paired this with a big salad and baked potatoes and it made them perfect meal. I used a 3.5 pound chicken and we had plenty of left overs for lunch the next day.

Updated: Based on lots of questions I have received through comments, emails and Facebook, I just wanted to edit this to say that we usually cook it on the high setting of our crock pot and then once it is done we often leave it on low or "keep warm" until we are ready to eat. I also always make sure that I check it with a meat thermometer to make sure it is completely cooked before we turn off the crock pot. Hope that helps!

Whole Chicken In The Crock Pot
  • 1 large chicken, we used about a 3.5 pound one but you can use whatever size you like that fits in your crock pot
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 onion (we used a red onion because it's what we had on hand)
1.) Loosely chop the onion and layer it on the bottom of the crock pot.

2.) Combine the spices in a small bowl.

Love that Justin thought to take this picture!

 3.) If need be clean the insides out of the chicken and then rub the spice mixture all over the chicken (and in the inside too if you like).


4.) Place the chicken on top of the onion in the crock pot and put on the lid. No need to add any kind of liquid.

 5.) Cook for 4-5 hours or until chicken is fully done.


6.) Serve and enjoy!




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