Slow Cooker Spiced Whole Chicken

Slow Cooker Spiced Whole Chicken is exceptionally juicy and moist and has a nice kick from a spice rub made from paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, chipotle chili powder, and poultry seasoning.

Slow Cooker Spiced Whole Chicken

Until about a year ago it never occurred to me that you could cook a whole chicken in a crock pot. Not only is cooking whole chicken in a crock pot exceptionally easy, but it is very healthy as well. Because so much moisture builds up in the crock pot, there’s no need to add any fat.

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I just place the spice-coated chicken on top of a bed of sliced onions for extra flavor, put the lid on the crock pot and let it cook away while I go about my day. Six hours later I have the most tender and juicy chicken. This Slow Cooker Spiced Whole Chicken is great on its own or you can use it in a wrap, a quesadilla, or on top of a salad. Slow Cooker Spiced Whole Chicken #crockpot

Note: If you have a newer crock pot which tend to cook hotter on LOW, your chicken may be done well before 6 hours. It is harder to dry meat out in the crock pot, but it is possible if you cook it way too long, so be mindful. My crock pot, which I have had for at least 15 years, just developed a crack. ๐Ÿ™ Looks like I am going to be cooking with a newer model from now on and I’m not happy about it. Slow Cooker Spiced Whole Chicken #crockpot

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Slow Cooker Spiced Whole Chicken
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Slow Cooker Spiced Whole Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 5 mins
 

A spice rub gives this delicious slow cooker spiced whole chicken tons of flavor. No added fat makes this recipe super healthy.

Course: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: American
Calories: 324 kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Ingredients
  • 2 sweet onions sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (5 to 6 pound) organic chicken, rinsed and patted dry
Instructions
  1. Line bottom of slow cooker with onion slices.
  2. In a small bowl, mix all spices. Rub spice mixture over the whole chicken.
  3. Place chicken on top of onions. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Spiced Whole Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 324
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe Source: adapted from Everyday Paleo Cookbook

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16 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Spiced Whole Chicken

  1. I tried this today and it was great! I put the spicesโ€‹ underneath the skin and put the chicken breast-side down in the crock pot. Cooked 6 hours on low and was perfectly done, tender moist, definitely not mushy. It’s definitely a keeper! Since there’s only two people here, I like using some of the leftovers throughout the week (working full-time and grad school part time) and freeze some for a quick meal. I would definitely recommend!

  2. Would like to try making this. My slower cooker is the standard pot size, not shallow oval shaped. Do you think cooking the chicken ‘standing’ in the crock pot will work?

    1. I am going to try tgis recipe but I have what I hope is not a stupid question. Can I stuff the chicken ? I suspect so since I do it in the oven and also in my one pot cooking pot.

  3. Made this tonight and it was delicious! First time cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot and it was so easy. My family loved it.

  4. This chicken looks beautiful! I love that it’s made in the slow cooker and seriously can’t wait to try this! My slow cooker is my life saver!

  5. I’ve been on the lookout for slowcooker recipes since I’m back at work…but I can’t ever find ALL-DAY slow cooker recipes since I’m gone for like 12 hrs ๐Ÿ™ Do you know of any that can cook that long?…Or at least cook for like 8-10 hrs and then stay warm for another few. I’ll be trying this one on a weekend for sure tho!

  6. Christin, I had *absolutely NO idea* you could cook an entire chicken in a crock pot, so this is a revelation to me! I’m excited though – because I adore crock pot cooking, which means I *have* to try this. I’m pinning so I don’t forget! So sorry to hear about your crock pot. But, I’m sure you’re going to find one that you absolutely love. This is the one I have, and I love it! xoxo Happy slow cooker shopping! ๐Ÿ™‚ http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-33967A-Programmable-6-Quart/dp/B00EZI26DW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420350475&sr=8-1&keywords=hamilton+beach+slow+cooker

  7. Happy New Year! Here’s to good health and much deliciousness in 2015! I made pot roast today in the slow cooker. I cannot believe this whole chicken was made in one. Amazing! : )

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