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Whole Chicken In A Crock Pot

Cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot is an easy way to have dinner ready in no time at all. Juicy tender chicken with little prep to be done and the crockpot does the rest.

This slow cooker recipe is so simple and easy.

Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot Video

Bob holding chicken over crock pot


  • 1 Whole Chicken
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 White onion
  • 2 Carrots (peeled)


  • Cutting Board
  • Chef Knife
  • Crock Pot

Whole chicken in a crock pot instructions

Follow these 7 steps to get a whole chicken that you will really enjoy. The bird comes out tender with crispy skin if you choose to do the browning in the boiler.

I love this recipe for a weekday meal!

Trim the chicken

trimming excess fat off a whole chicken

Get the chicken prepped for seasoning and cooking.

You want to trim off any excess fat, look inside and remove the gizzards if there are any, and sometimes there are a few feathers to be plucked.

Dry the chicken

Take a paper towel and dry off the bird. This is going to give the oil an opportunity to stick to the bird. You could also use a clean dish towel.

Oil and season the whole chicken

whole chicken seasoned with rub

Pour 1 tbsp of olive oil over the chicken and rub it all over so that the entire bird is coated. This is going to help keep it moist and crisp the skin a little.

If you don’t have olive oil I prefer to use avocado oil.

Combine all the seasoning together and sprinkle your seasoning liberally all over the chicken.

The seasoning I used in this recipe was 1 tsp granulated garlic, 1 tsp of onion powder, 1 tsp of paprika, and 1/2 tsp of black pepper.

I don’t add salt to my seasoning because it is too big for the shaker. If your using kosher salt like I do then sprinkle it on at this time.

Rough cut vegetables

onions rough chopped

I add a whole white onion chopped into large pieces and 2 peeled carrots cut up into roughly 2-inch pieces. This will add even more flavor to the chicken.

As the onions and carrots cook and the juices from the chicken drip to the bottom all of those favors soak back into a chicken.

The main reason is to keep the chicken from sitting in strait liquid for the entire cook.

Slow Cook the whole chicken

whole chicken in a crock pot

Spread the roughly chopped veggies in the bottom of the crockpot and then lay your whole chicken, breast side up, into the crockpot. Set it to high, cover, and walk away.

Check back in a few hours and your dinner should be ready to go! Make sure that you check the internal temperature which should read at least 165 degrees.

It’s typically going to be between 2.5 to 3 hrs of cook time.

Now you could cook it on low and it will just take longer. If you do it this way I suggest cooking it on high for at least an hour to help with any possible concerns of chicken holding bacteria until the end.

I find it best to cook it on high.

Optional broil

If you want crisp skin on the chicken then go ahead and place it under the broiler in your oven for 5-10 minutes. Make sure to keep a close eye on it because it can go from brown to burnt very fast.

I prefer to do this and you can see this step in the video.

Serve and enjoy

chicken being sliced

Carefully remove the chicken from the crockpot. Tip the bird to the side to strain out any of the juices that are inside. Set it on a plate and let it rest for about 10 minutes.

Now is the best part, carve the meat off the bones and serve it with your favorite side.

Just like that dinner is served!

If you’re looking to eat leftovers you can learn how to reheat a rotisserie chicken.

How long does it take to cook raw chicken in a crock pot?

It is going to take 3-4 hours to cook a raw chicken in a slow cooker. This also depends on the size of the chicken. Typically the chicken that is going into a crockpot is typically around the 3-4lb range.

Is it better to cook chicken on high or low in crockpot?

If you are cooking a whole chicken it is safer to cook on high. This is because the danger zone for bacteria to grow can take too long in the cavity of the chicken.

If you are cooking chicken thighs or chicken breast then cooking on low could be safe as it takes lesser time to get the chicken out of the danger zone for bacteria.

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If you are cooking a whole chicken on a high setting it should take about 2.5 to 3 hours. It is done when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

If you keep removing the lid this can significantly change the cooking time.

No, you do not need to add water to the crockpot. As the chicken is cooking it will create a broth in the bottom of the crockpot.

The onions and carrots will also break down. You will be surprised to see how much water is in the bird.

Thighs are great options for the crockpot when slow-cooking chicken. They are more forgiving and don’t dry out as fast.

If you are using chicken breast cook them until the internal temp is 165 degrees, you don’t want to overcook them.

No, you do not need to add water when you’re cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot. The chicken will release juices into the pot and the onions are also going to add liquid.

Whole Chicken In A Crock Pot

This recipe will make you a great whole chicken with lots of flavor and fall off the bone meat.
4.67 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 472 kcal


  • 1 Whole Chicken
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 White onion
  • 2 Carrots (peeled)


  • Trim the chicken by removing any extra fat and make sure to look inside and take out the gizzards if there are any.
  • Pat the chicken dry and pour olive oil over the chicken rubbing it all over the entire chicken.
  • Mix your seasoning together and sprinkle salt all over the top on the bird and then coat the whole bird generously with the seasoning.
  • Prepare your onion and carrots by rough chopping them and placing at the bottom of the crock pot.
  • Place the whole chicken on top of the veggies, put the crock pot on the high setting, cover and cook.
    After about 3 1/2 – 4 hours check the temperature inside the chicken. You want the internal temp to be at least 165 degrees.
  • For crispier skin on the chicken put it in the oven under the broiler for 5-10 minutes. Watch it very carefully because it can burn QUICKLY!
  • Pull the bird and let it rest for 10 minutes or so and then serve and enjoy.


Serving: 4gCalories: 472kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 36gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 447mgPotassium: 522mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 5383IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 2mg
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