Crock Pot Whole Chicken

Crock Pot Chicken

Does cooking a whole chicken seem intimidating? It did to me; but it’s honestly super easy. The first whole chicken I ever cooked I tackled with my (then boyfriend) now husband. We looked up a recipe, roasted it in the oven then proceeded to eat it straight out of the pan. It was that dang good. 

Now I cook whole chickens in the crock pot instead of a roasting pan because after you cook the chicken and pull all of the meat off you can make the most amazing bone broth. Again, seems intimidating but it’s actually really easy. 

I prefer to cook organic chickens and I always stock up when they go on sale. I stick one in my fridge and the others in my freezer. 

whole chicken cooked in crock pot

Crock Pot Whole Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours


  • Crock Pot


  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1 onion


  • Cut onion in half, remove skin and set aside
  • Mix seasonings together
  • Remove any ograns inside of the chicken cavity and set those aside
  • Place the chicken in the crockpot
  • Season the top half of the chichen with the seasoning mixture
  • Pick up chicken, place two onion halves on the bottom of the crockpot and place the chicken back in, seasoned side down
  • Use the remaining seasoning to season the rest of the chicken
  • Cook on Low or Medium for approximately 6 hours or until a meat thermemoter reachers 175°F

After your chicken has cooked allow it to cool down. You can now carve your bird, or pull all of the meat from the bones. You should get enough meat to make 1-2 meals depending on your family size. Make sure you save EVERYTHING (bones, skin, cartilage, organs) from the chicken to make bone broth. It is far better than anything store bought plus it’s basically free to make.

Here are some of our favorite things to make with the meat: Chicken Noodle Soup (with your homemade bone broth), Chicken Tortilla Soup, Chicken Nachos, Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Let me know in the comments what you make with your chicken. 


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