Whole Roaster Chicken In The Slow Cooker

by jerseygirl on March 6, 2014 · 22 comments

DSC_0265Yesterday was just “one of those” mornings. You probably have had one and know what I am talking about. This was the kind of morning where there is traffic on the one mile drive to middle school, my high school daughter’s bus didn’t come and five minutes before I had to leave for work, I realized that I had no clean black dress socks. So I drove both my kids to school and snuck a pair of my twelve year old son’s Nike Elite socks out of his drawer. Who would know? Does it matter that I work in a dress boutique and a few women might stare at my ankles throughout the day? Okay, so things are moving along and all of a sudden my gas light goes on. Now I am even later for work then I thought. Lucky for me I did one smart thing yesterday morning.

Before any of the commotion began, I managed to get a beautiful roaster chicken in my slow cooker. A few weeks ago, I happened to see that The Little Kitchen made a whole chicken in the slow cooker and I have been wanting to try it. I tend to roast chicken in parts for faster cooking but thought that if I tried this method, a whole chicken would be cooked by the time I was home from work. My seasonings were different than Julie’s and I used a much larger chicken but the method worked and this will be happening in my kitchen again. My family loved it. I used a great big chicken that  was over 7 pounds so we could have leftovers. Because who doesn’t like leftover chicken?

The meat was so moist and flavorful.  It tended to fall apart a little so instead of pulling it out of the slow cooker whole, I sliced the chicken up and then crisped the skin under the broiler. My kids took the skin off so next time I probably won’t even need to turn the oven on.

Well lucky for me, the day was made a lot better by coming home to a house smelling like roasted chicken. I pretended the morning didn’t even happen!

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Whole Roaster Chicken In The Slow Cooker
Recipe type: chicken
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8
The perfect way to cook a whole chicken.
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 large roasting chicken ( 5 to 7 lbs)
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 medium onions, peels and cut into 1 inch pieces
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the salt, chili powder, and parsley.
  2. Remove giblets and insides of chicken. Rinse and dry with paper towels. Rub seasonings all over the chicken pushing some under the skin.
  3. Put the cut up carrots and onions on the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the chicken (breast side up on top) of the vegetables and tuck wings and legs in.
  4. Cook chicken for 6 to 8 hours on high. Remove when the internal temperature of the cooked chicken is 165 degrees.
  5. Slice chicken and put under a broiler oven for a few minutes if you would like the skin crispy.

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Pam March 6, 2014 at 4:23 pm

I love that you wore your son’s socks! Coming home to this delicious chicken would have made my day.


John March 6, 2014 at 5:03 pm

This was some excellent chicken!


vanillasugarblog March 6, 2014 at 8:57 pm

That first whiff of roasting chicken when you come in the front door after a long day is PRICELESS!
And second to that is: dinner is done.


Joanne March 8, 2014 at 9:21 am

Whoa! Who knew you could stuff a whole bird in there!! Very cool!


Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen March 12, 2014 at 1:17 pm

I’m new to your site (popping over from Aggie’s). I love Crock-Pot cooking ! It looks like this method yields a perfect result. Must save and try!


Carol at Wild Goose Tea March 13, 2014 at 1:31 pm

I have said it before and I going to keep repeating it—–My slow cooker is my dear dear
friend. Sooooooo much you can do with a chicken fixed this way. You can flat out
eat it as a main dish. Or you can bone it out and have lovely flavored chicken meat
for so many other dishes. And then there is the broth———–OMG think of the soup!!!!


Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living March 14, 2014 at 9:31 pm

This has been on my list to try ever since I saw it on Julie’s blog – love the chili powder in yours!


Susan March 14, 2014 at 11:03 pm

There’s nothing better (or worse) than smelling a chicken in the crock-pot all day. By the time it’s done you need a bib for all the drool! Wonderful recipe!!


Edward Antrobus March 16, 2014 at 10:00 am

I’ve been struggling to incorporate more crock-pot dishes into my menu because most of what I have is soups and stews.


Lilian April 3, 2014 at 8:55 am

I want to try to make this recipe. I see some water on the crock pot. Is it from the chicken juices or you have to add some water?


jerseygirl April 3, 2014 at 9:23 am

Hi Lillian. It is from the chicken juices. The chicken, carrots & onions will create it’s own juice when it is cooked.


Diane April 6, 2014 at 11:05 am

I would love to try this recipe. What size slow cooker do I need?


Tracy January 28, 2016 at 12:10 pm

This sounds wonderful, am trying it today. One question. You don’t add water or chicken broth to bottom of crockpot?


jerseygirl February 12, 2016 at 1:30 am

No need to Tracy. As the chicken cooks, it will create a bit of juice.


Chad January 2, 2017 at 12:23 pm

Im making this right now. I have a 7.4 pounder in a 5 qt slow cooker which was a bit snug for the first hour but has since settled in nicely into the slow cooker. I’m expecting being closer to the 8 hour time frame.


Susan April 9, 2017 at 1:01 am

I borrowed my hubbys black socks the morning after our big move just to run snd get the car. Next thing I know I’m in the ER in a nice white gown. Lesson learned, Mom. The chicken melts in your mouth.


Eileen April 20, 2017 at 10:55 am

Do you know if you can do this with just boneless chicken breasts? I got everything ready for the roaster and discovered I put the d… thing in freezer so that will another day ? This sounds just delightful can not wait to try it . thank you for posting.


jerseygirl April 26, 2017 at 12:41 pm

You can do it with chicken breasts however I would not do it this way. The timing would be different as boneless breasts cook much quicker.


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