Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

reader reviews

“This is delicious, moist and easy. We loved it and I’ll make it again. Thanks Robyn!" - Ellen

key ingredients:

brown sugar smoked paprika granulated garlic kosher salt 4-pound chicken

about this recipe

easy healthy gluten free

The easiest, juiciest whole chicken you’ll ever make, this slow cooker whole chicken takes less than 5 minutes to prep. No chopping, no pre-browning, and very little effort makes this an easy dinner idea you’ll want make again and again!



In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and salt until well combined.



Place half of the spice mixture under the skin, and gently press to evenly distribute the spice mixture, then rub the entire exterior skin of the chicken with the remaining spice mixture.



Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours on high or 5-6 hours on low or until the breast registers 160F and the thighs register 175F.


If you’d like the chicken to have crispy skin, place it on a baking sheet and broil on high for 3-4 minutes, watching closely, until light brown and crispy.

Because a slow cooker uses natural steam to cook, there is no way to get crispy skin, however, a quick run under the broiler will crisp the skin right up. I’ve provided notes on how in the recipe card.

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