Tobins' Tastes: Super Easy Whole Chicken In The Crock Pot

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Super Easy Whole Chicken In The Crock Pot



Let me start by giving credit where credit is due. My husband Justin did most of the prep work for this dish. I was at work and I left him instructions on how to prep the chicken and put it in the crock pot.

Knowing this was going to be used for a blog post he even took pictures for me of the process. His shot of the ingredients shows me he actually does read some of my past blog posts : )

As I have mentioned before, I am just getting the hang of using out crock pot and have been pinning and trying tons of new crock pot recipes recently. (Check out my post on crock pot mashed potatoes too!) When I saw the idea to roast a whole chicken in the crock pot from 100 Days of Real Food I knew I had to try it. 

See, I love the idea of roast chicken but every time we make it I feel like it is just short of being good. Maybe it's a little dry or a little bland. This chicken was perfect. It was moist and so flavorful. And with the weather getting warmer by the day here in South Florida, I loved that we didn't have to have our oven on too.

We paired this with a big salad and baked potatoes and it made them perfect meal. I used a 3.5 pound chicken and we had plenty of left overs for lunch the next day.

Updated: Based on lots of questions I have received through comments, emails and Facebook, I just wanted to edit this to say that we usually cook it on the high setting of our crock pot and then once it is done we often leave it on low or "keep warm" until we are ready to eat. I also always make sure that I check it with a meat thermometer to make sure it is completely cooked before we turn off the crock pot. Hope that helps!

Whole Chicken In The Crock Pot
  • 1 large chicken, we used about a 3.5 pound one but you can use whatever size you like that fits in your crock pot
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 onion (we used a red onion because it's what we had on hand)
1.) Loosely chop the onion and layer it on the bottom of the crock pot.

2.) Combine the spices in a small bowl.

Love that Justin thought to take this picture!

 3.) If need be clean the insides out of the chicken and then rub the spice mixture all over the chicken (and in the inside too if you like).


4.) Place the chicken on top of the onion in the crock pot and put on the lid. No need to add any kind of liquid.

 5.) Cook for 4-5 hours or until chicken is fully done.


6.) Serve and enjoy!




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35 comments:

  1. Great idea! Was it easy to get out of the crock pot in one piece?

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    1. I was really worried about that but we used metal tongs to reach in and grab the chicken from the top into the cavity where we had cleaned it out and it came out perfectly.

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  2. You can also cook the chicken without any of the spices or onion - after it has cooked take the meat off the bone and put in individual freezer bags. This is a great way to have cooked chicken for recipes when you are in a hurry. It really works well (of course, you can add what ever spices you want and just label your freezer bags - but it is such a time saver!)
    I "hopped" over from Trifty Decorating - would love for you to come check me out!
    Thanks and Hugs -
    Carol @arewethereyet

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  3. It's always great to have a tried and true crockpot recipe on hand. I was touched on your behalf that hubby took the photo of the ingredients. Super sweet. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

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  4. I love my crockpot and use it all the time! I just came over from the Mingle With Us blog hop and started following your blog. Can't wait for Monday's link up!

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  5. This is how I cook chicken in the crock pot all the time. Every time I tell someone that I do not add any liquid, they think I am crazy. Until they try it and see how great it turns out.

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  6. OMG!!! What a time saver this is!!!

    Please come and share this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!
    http://thediydreamer.blogspot.ca/2012/03/from-dream-to-reality-linky-party-9.html

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  7. Isnt it great to have a husband that cooks? I have one too. Now If I can just get MINE to take pictures for a post!!!! This recipe looks delicious. Im definatly gonna try this.

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  8. Kaylee,
    I really like the combination of seasons for your Crock Pot Chicken, it would be delicious! Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  9. Great idea! I am going to give it a try!

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  10. I am totally intimidated by the idea of cooking a whole chicken, though I've always wanted to. A crockpot would definitely take away some of that! It's so cute that your hubby took pictures. :)

    Found you through Dwell on Joy, btw!

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  11. Your chicken looks great, and the seasonings sound like a good combination. Yum!

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  12. That looks so good and sounds amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing this as well at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

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  13. This looks delicious! Pinned and planning to make. Thanks!

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  14. I have had a crockpot for years and STILL haven't done this yet. Must try it

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  15. I'm a huge fan of my crockpot! The chicken looks amazing and I'm so impressed that your hubby remembered to do the step by step pics too. :-) Thanks so much for sharing with Tuesdays at the Table!

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  16. I love my crock pot, too! This looks so easy and delish - thanks for the recipe!

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  17. I have a rotisserie but getting it out, trussing the chicken and positioning and watching so it doesn't burn can be a lot of work. This is a lot easier for days when I don't want to go through all that. Will definitely have to try that spice rub.

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  18. Got my husband to make this for me! We used different spices but it still turned out great! Still couldnt get him to take pictures though. :(.

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  19. I saw your post on This Chick Cooks...I just linked up how to make chicken broth in the crockpot after the chicken is finished cooking. Check it out-
    http://jillmarks.blogspot.com/2012/04/crockpot-chicken.html

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  20. My husband always asks why I don't cook chicken in the crock pot. I always tell him I don't know how.
    But now I have a recipe! I'll definitely try this!

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  21. Love this, I use a very similar recipe and we just love it. Thanks for sharing on Newlyweds Recipe linky.

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  22. I can't wait to try this out! Thanks so much for sharing at Beautify It Monday - We hope you'll come back next week!

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  23. I love this idea and I'll be using it soon! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  24. Yummy recipe. I must know how you get your husband to cook!! Impressive. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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  25. Ooh, I like that. I do one I call Hollandaise Chicken in the crockpot, but I never know what spices to put on the chicken herself. Thank you! Please come linky up at my new DIYlinky www.littlehouseinthesuburbs.com!

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  26. Hello! Stopping by from Mom’s Test Meals link up – I love this chicken recipe, it looks delicious and so easy - can't wait to try it! I hope you’ll visit me at jugglingactmama.blogspot.com

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  27. I've never attempted a whole chicken in the crockpot! This looks super easy!! Thank you for sharing it at Mom's Test Meal Mondays!

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  28. I do something something similar with bone-in chicken breasts, but I haven't tried an entire chicken before. Going to have to give it a shot! :)
    Stopping over from the Mom's Test Meals party!

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  29. I have been looking for a good crock pot chicken recipe. Excited to try this one. Following from MTMM Blog Hop. Hope your can drop by and say hi.

    Have a great evening! Julie from Stlavonlady - a cat, girl, man and me!

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  30. This was quite fabulous! My oldest children (ages 9 & 10) said that I should always make chicken like this- no more baked, sauteed, or grilled- just this chicken! It was so tender and so good! I'm probably going to make this a few times a month! Thanks!!!

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  31. I just posted this recipe on my Facebook book Page: Easy Home Cooked Recipes. This is such a great way to cook chicken! I hope to bring some of my fans to your site!

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    1. Thanks so much! Hope your readers like it : )

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  32. We vary the temperature depending on how long we have. If the chicken is going to be in for a long time we do medium. If we are pressed for time we usually do high and then turn it down to medium after a while. The great this is that you can also turn it on low or off even to keep it warm until you are ready to serve.

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