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How to slow cook a whole chicken in the crock pot
Slow cooked whole chicken in the crock pot (Sip Bite Go)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
Oven Roasting Time
20 mins
Total Time
8 hrs 20 mins
Cook a whole chicken in the crock pot to feed up to four people. If you’re cooking a crock pot chicken for two, you’ll probably have delicious leftovers you can use for a variety of other meals. This roast chicken in a slow cooker recipe creates tender, fall off the bone chicken with minimal effort.
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 438 kcal
Author: Jenna Passaro
Chicken marinade
  • 2/3 cup cilantro chopped
  • 2 tbsp garlic diced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion cut in half
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 tbsp garlic diced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  1. Ideally, marinade the chicken for one hour up to one day ahead. Alternatively, season chicken with recommendations in recipe post.
  2. Add olive oil to a large medium-hot pan. Sear the whole chicken for a few minutes on each side until golden brown, adding a drizzle of olive oil with each turn.
  3. Add vegetables and one cup (about 1”) chicken or vegetable broth to the slow cooker. If you don’t have broth, add water seasoned with herbs (rosemary, thyme, two bay leafs) or salad dressing (try Italian or balsamic).

  4. Slow cook the whole chicken on the high setting for 4-6 hours, or the low setting for 6-8 hours.
  5. Serve straight from the crock pot. Or, for crisp skin, once the chicken is done cooking in the crock pot, add butter to the outside of the chicken and roast the whole chicken in the oven 425 degrees for 20 minutes.
  6. Save any stock left over from the crock pot for future recipes.

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Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Slow cooked whole chicken in the crock pot (Sip Bite Go)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 438
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.