Cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker.

Hi again!

How is everyone’s week going so far?  Ours has been pretty low key … going to the park, running errands, and of course, taking some ‘selfie’ shots in the mirror with my partner in crime. Winking smile


(I swear she finds me entertaining.)

Anyway, today I wanted to share a new cooking concept that I had never thought of before …


… cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker!

I first saw this idea on Amy’s blog.  I was intrigued by the concept, particularly because whole chickens are usually pretty reasonably priced. 

Amy’s chicken looked really delicious, so I decided to give it a try this week.

However, when I made my chicken, I tried to go extra cheap and not buy any fresh herbs.

And that, my friends, was my one mistake. Who me?

I think this idea is a great one, and I will definitely be cooking another whole chicken in the slow cooker in the near future.  The chicken turned out moist, and we enjoyed it enough to make multiple meals out of it.  But next time, I think I need to pay the few extra bucks for some fresh herbs.  I really think it would make a big difference in flavor.

So I’m going to share with you what I did, just to give you a basic recipe idea … a place to start.  But the possibilities are endless.  It’s really a blank canvas.  So I encourage you to play around with your own flavor combinations!

Slow-Cooker Whole Chicken

(makes 5-7 servings)


  • 6 lb. whole chicken, giblets removed (you can use a smaller size, but decrease the cooking time)
  • Half a bag of baby carrots
  • 3-5 small red potatoes, quartered (however many you want)
  • 1 onion, cut into big chunks
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and smashed with the back of a knife
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup water + 1 tsp. chicken bouillion, to make a cup of chicken broth (note: I now know that this is not necessary.  The chicken makes it’s own cooking liquid, so you don’t need to add extra liquid.  But I don’t think it hurt anything, either!)


  1. Put the quartered potatoes and baby carrots on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Pat the chicken dry.  Put the onion and garlic into the cavity of the chicken.
  3. Season the inside and outside of the chicken liberally with salt and pepper.
  4. Put the chicken in the slow cooker (breast side down).
  5. Add the chicken broth around it (again, this isn’t necessary, but it’s what I did!).
  6. Cook. (I cooked mine on high for 2 hours and then on low for 5 more hours.  But I think next time I would just cook it on the low for about 7 hours … it was falling off the bone, and I’d rather have it a little less done!)
  7. After it’s done cooking, you can take the onions out of the cavity and add them to the potatoes and carrots for serving.



And that’s it! The end result was a moist, but basic, chicken.  Some people would probably enjoy it just like this.  But I’m someone who likes a lot of flavor in my dishes.  So that’s why I plan to kick it up a little next time! Winking smile


I think Amy’s recipe would be a good one … I love the idea of the fresh herbs and lemon.  And I found another blogger who also had a great sounding recipe.  I liked how that blogger spelled things out for the readers in a step by step format!


Hopefully you guys know by now that I’m always honest when I share a recipe.  If I thought it was incredibly delicious, I’ll say so.  If I thought it was good but a little complicated to make, I’ll say so.  And in situations such as this one, I will tell you the truth that it was a good place to start, but needs a little work.

If any of you have made a chicken in the slow cooker before, I’d love to hear your suggestions on bumping up the flavor!!

Question for ya …

Any tips on getting more flavor into the chicken?

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten this week?

Have any recipes that you’ve made lately that you want to share?  Link up!

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11 Responses to Cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker.

  1. Jan Petters

    Grow your herbs so they are always on your patio ready when you are. I have several herbs that are my personal favorites such as Rosemary. Plus the starter plants cost the same as a package of fresh herbs so you only have to buy once. Will bring you a planter on my next visit and we can get you started!

  2. Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life

    I made a whole Greek style chicken in the crock pot once with a bunch of whole garlic cloves thrown in for good measure! It definitely added some flavor to the chicken! ;)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yum … I love garlic! But I bet you had to have a toothbrush handy after haha!

  3. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries

    Cody and I are the same as you – we love our food with a lot of flavor! Not sure how I’d improve this one… Like you said, I’m sure fresh herbs would help. You could also baste (sp?) it with some sort of sauce once you pulled it out of the slow cooker?
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  4. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    mmm great idea. I put chicken breasts in the slow cooker sometimes just to get cooked chicken for the week that I can easily add into things, but I never really thought about putting a whole chicken. I feel like this is like a blank canvas and a lot could be done to switch it up and make it full ‘o flavor!
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  5. Lauren

    Wow I never thought to cook an entire chicken in the crock pot. I wonder what would happen if you added bbq sauce midway through the cooking.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Good question! I love slow cooked chicken with BBQ sauce. But usually I just do chicken breasts vs. the whole chicken when I do it that way!

  6. amy @ fearless homemaker

    So glad you gave this a try and yes, you must try it again with the fresh herbs – they add SO much flavor!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yes, silly Kristen. I will try it next time for sure! :)

  7. Jenn

    haha!! I love that second picture of Addie. she looks so terrified! it’s amazing to watch her get so big.

    • notsodomesticated

      Yeah she thinks her momma is nutso! ;)

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