Making a crockpot whole chicken is an easy way to meal prep that doesn’t heat up the kitchen. If you love the convenience of a rotisserie chicken, try slow cooking a whole chicken at home instead. It’s a super simple chicken dinner that can be used for meals throughout the week.
It’s the beginning of another hectic week. One of the best ways to prepare for the week ahead is to cook a whole chicken to use for different meals. Roasting a chicken in the oven is great and something I do a lot on the weekends. But if you’re busy all day—or it’s too hot to turn on the oven—a crockpot whole chicken is a great alternative. It’s an easy, healthy slow cooker chicken recipe. And a great way to prep for paleo, keto and Whole30 lunches and dinners.
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How to cook a whole chicken in a crock pot
Cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker is simple. I use the same ingredients as my herb lemon garlic roast chicken, with the addition of some vegetables to create a rack in the bottom of the crock pot. This is my go-to flavor combination for poultry. It works well as a base for any sauces added later. And I always have the ingredients in my pantry.
The process couldn’t be easier. Just add some aromatic vegetables to the bottom of the slow cooker to raise the chicken up and keep it from sticking to the bottom of the crockpot. Using vegetables for this, instead of a rack or aluminum foil, helps flavor the chicken. And if you’re going to make bone broth from the chicken bones, you can just leave the vegetables in the slow cooker and add back the chicken bones and the rest of the ingredients. (Find the full instructions for making slow cooker chicken stock here.)
Flavor the chicken with lemons, garlic, herbs, salt, and pepper. Put the chicken in the crock pot breast side up, set it to low, and walk away. The cook time will be 6-8 hours depending on the size of your chicken. It’s done when the temperature reaches the recommended 165 degrees on a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part. The chicken should be falling off the bone tender.
Once the chicken comes out of the slow cooker, you can cut it up or shred the chicken to use in other recipes as you would a rotisserie chicken. (Don’t forget to save the bones for making stock!) Or if you are going to serve it whole like a roasted chicken, you can brown the chicken under the broiler as shown in the video below.
You can serve it for dinner tonight and use the leftovers to make chicken salad, a burrito bowl with cauliflower rice, or a quick chicken soup.
So try this slow cooker whole chicken to make your week easier. And for more healthy slow cooker recipes, check out these paleo crockpot recipes.
More Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes
Paleo Crock Pot Chicken Soup
Paleo Crock Pot Chicken Chili
Crock Pot Chicken Stock