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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken is an easy way to cook a delicious, juicy whole chicken. Make a simple gravy from the drippings!
5 from 1 vote
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken in the slow cooker, crock pot chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 195kcal
Author: Sandy


  • 6 quart Slow Cooker


  • 4 lbs Fresh Whole Chicken (or between 4-6 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil

Spice Rub (or use your favorite blend)

  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • Fresh Herbs: Rosemary, Thyme, etc. optional


  • Remove the chicken (and any giblets) from the packaging and pat dry with paper towels. Then rub chicken with the olive oil.
  • Sprinkle the spices over the whole chicken. Then grasp it by the legs and place it in the slow cooker crock.
  • Cook on High for 4-6 hours, or Low 6-8 hours, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the deepest part of the thigh reads 165°F or a little higher (175°F). Try not to let it overcook as the meat will come out dry. Cook time will depend on how large the chicken is.
  • Let the chicken rest about 10 minutes before cutting into it. Serve sliced with some of the drippings over the meat. If desired you can stir in a cornstarch slurry to the hot drippings to thicken the juices into a light gravy (see notes).


Add Veggies to the bottom of the pot if desired: Onion, potatoes, celery, carrot, etc.


To Make a Simple Gravy

Mix together 1-2 Tablespoons of cornstarch and 1-2 Tablespoons of cold water (equal amounts). Whisk into the hot drippings in the crock and stir well until thickened.


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 195kcal