Super easy crockpot chicken is exactly how it sounds. Easy and flavorful, slow-cooked to juicy perfection. The savory seasoning over the top allows for a seasoned chicken that is incredibly delicious.
EASY CROCKPOT CHICKEN
We’ve all picked up one of those rotisserie-style roasted chickens at the grocer’s, right? Convenient, yes. Frugal, no. Sometimes those birds can be super expensive!
And, if you’re picking one up for dinner for 6 pm, they’ve been sitting out since 3:30 pm under those heat lamps…. well, we all know that the chicken is going to have the consistency of chalk. Dry dry dry.
Whole Chicken – My chicken was about 4.5 lbs. Remember, the bigger the chicken, the longer it will take to cook in the crockpot.
Chicken Broth – Using a Homemade Chicken Broth is ideal, but using commercially made broth is fine as well. Lastly, you can use water too, but I would add extra seasonings to it to add a bit more flavor to the chicken.
Seasonings – See below in the printable recipe card for the seasonings I used for this recipe.
How Do You Cook A Whole Chicken In The Crockpot?
It’s easy as pie! Luckily this little appliance makes it super easy to slow cook a whole chicken! The steps are basically:
- Prep the chicken for cooking (see printable recipe card below for easy steps)
- Set the appliance ready to cook
- Go about your business!
It’s basically that easy. But we have to cover some house rules first for safety. Safety first, my people!
Pat your chicken dry using some paper towels so the seasoning will stick much better
Is It Safe To Cook A Chicken In A Slow Cooker Whole?
You bet! However, there are some guidelines to follow.
It’s not recommended to cook the chicken from frozen as it may take too long for the chicken to come to a safe temperature in between thawing and cooking. So, it’s best to start out with a thawed chicken.
Another tip you might want to consider is to take a few celery sticks or carrots and place them in a crosshatch type fashion on the bottom of the slow cooker bowl to create a ‘rack’ of sorts for the chicken to sit on.
Today, I didn’t use this method and it turned out delicious but I thought I’d give you that option in case you wanted to try it out!
Season your chicken well and then place it in the slow cooker bowl.
Can I Cook A Stuffed Chicken In A CrockPot Safely?
I would say no.
A stuffed chicken creates a dense environment on the inside cavity of the bird and will take much too long for it to come to temperature.
That being said, you could put a few lemon slices or onion slices inside the cavity for some added flavor. However, putting a traditional bread-type dressing/stuffing inside the raw bird to cook in a slow cooker is not safe.
Add the chicken broth or water. Put the lid on and let it cook!
Is It Possible To Overcook A Chicken In A Slow Cooker?
Yes. This would easily be done by cooking it on high for too long.
The heat of the crockpot will overcook the bird, causing the internal juices to evaporate from the meat, and result in a very dry, chalky tasting bird.
Typically the breast meat will dry out first, and the leg and thigh meat will follow. The latter pieces have a higher fat content so usually stay moister for a longer period of time.
When cooking the chicken, you want to reach an internal temperature of 165 when tested at the thigh area.
See how pretty and juicy this chicken is? Yummmy!!
Can I Get The Skin Crispy In A Crockpot?
Unfortunately, you cant, BUT I have a way for you to make it nice and crispy if you choose to!!!! The reason that it doesn’t is that the slow cooker cooks with hot moist air/steam and so the skin doesn’t get a chance to dry out and crisp up. The way to achieve that yummy crispy skin is to carefully remove the chicken from the crockpot and transfer it onto a baking sheet.
From there, you would simply broil the chicken on high in the oven for a few minutes to get the skin crispy. You must watch it closely so the chicken doesn’t burn.
But I’ve crisped up the skin MANY times simply under the broiler in the oven after the chicken is cooked in the crockpot.
What Can I Serve Along Side This Roasted Chicken?
Oh the possibilities are endless!! You could serve:
- Classic mashed potatoes and carrots
- Mashed cauliflower if you want to keep your dinner low carb/keto
- Rice Pilaf (or even regular plain rice)
- 3 Minute Maple Butter Carrots
- A nice fresh Creamy Cucumber and Tomato Salad
- Stuffing prepared separately from the chicken
- Oven Roasted Tomatoes would be divine!
Can I Make A Gravy With This Easy Crockpot Chicken?
Absolutely. This is why the recipe is called Easy Slow Cooker Chicken! You have to methods to make the gravy:
1. After the chicken has cooked and is resting, transfer the cooking juices that have collected in the slow cooker and put them into a pot. Bring them to a boil and mix in a cornstarch slurry. (cornstarch and water, ratio 2:1). That will thicken the juices up really quick into a luscious yummy gravy!
2. In a pot, melt about 2-3 tablespoons of butter. Add approximately ¼c of flour and stir until it makes a paste. Cook that mixture for about a minute or two, and then slowly start adding the cooking liquids. Do this slowly and with every addition, as soon as it thickens, add more liquid until you have the consistency in the gravy you prefer.
Just remember to do a final taste test on the gravy to set your seasonings correctly!
How Long Can This Chicken Keep Safely In The Fridge?
As long as it’s kept in an air-tight container, the chicken should keep nicely for up to 4 days. Always keep any extra veggies or gravy that was prepared, separately from the chicken in containers.
Can I Freeze The Leftover Cooked Chicken?
Yes, most certainly! (and it’s encouraged!)
I would remove any bones and skin (save those to make a nourishing chicken bone broth!). Place the chicken into an airtight glass container and freeze up to 3 months.
To use, thaw in the fridge overnight, or use a microwave to thaw the thicken quickly. You could use the leftovers for:
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Buffalo Chicken Boats
- Buffalo Mini Pepper Appetizers
- Cheesy Bacon Chicken Gnocchi Bake
- Chicken Ranch Potato Bake
- Chicken Salad with Grapes from Grumpy’s Honeybunch
I hope that after you make this easy crockpot chicken that it will become a dinner that goes on regular rotation in your household. Not only is this recipe incredibly simple to make, but it’s also so versatile with the leftovers to make more meals (and more bone broth with the bones!).
When you make this meal, I’d love to hear how you switched it up with the seasonings, or what you used to make with the leftover chicken!
Thanks for stopping by The Salty Pot today, and I hope you have a fantastic day!
- 1 chicken, 3 - 4 lbs
- 1 cup chicken broth/water
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 - 2 teaspoon parsley, dried
- ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
- as desired, salt and pepper
- 2 celery stalks or carrots *optional
- Pat dry the chicken with some kitchen paper (paper towel)
- Season the chicken with the paprika, garlic and onion powder, parsley, salt and pepper, and poultry seasoning if using
- Optional step: Take the celery or carrots and place them in the bottom of the slow cooker bowl as a 'rack' for the chicken to sit on.
- Add the chicken broth / water to the slow cooker bowl
- Place the seasoned chicken in the bowl, resting on the vegetables if you used them.
- Cover with the lid and cook on high for 4 - 5 hours. Test your chicken at the 4 hour mark with a thermometer in the thigh area. When the juices run clear and the chicken reaches 165F, the chicken is done.
- Remove the chicken carefully and let it rest, tented with foil. If you are making a gravy with the drippings, now is the time to do so.
- Let the chicken rest 10 minutes, and then carve! Enjoy!
TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THIS CHICKEN:
1. Season the chicken on the inside with extra seasonings if you prefer. This adds extra flavor but is an optional step.
2. Peel the carrots and wash the celery ribs if you are using them for the 'rack' for the chicken. (Optional step)
3. Using chicken broth instead of water will add extra flavor to your chicken and chicken gravy.
4. It's highly recommended to use a kitchen thermometer for testing to see if your chicken is cooked to the right temperature.
5. To 'tent' the chicken, use a piece of foil the length of the chicken. Loosely cover the chicken on a cutting board with the foil to allow all the juices to redistribute throughout the chicken
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: ¼ chicken
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 64Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 346mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 6g
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.