“Roasted” Whole Chicken {Slow Cooker Dinner Recipe}

With the heat of the summer upon us the last thing I want to do in the afternoon is prepare for dinner. I don’t want to go anywhere near a stove or oven and have been quite bad about forgoing a traditional meal for one my husband can pick up on the way home more than once.

Since I am over being lazy about my health I decided to cook a whole chicken in the crock pot this week so that I could not only enjoy delicious, slow roasted goodness, but also have leftover chicken for meals later on in the week (as well including a great topping for salads for lunch)!

Not only is this chicken super easy to make, it’s tasty as well! And can be made in 3-4 hours. So if you forget to set the slow cooker in the morning and are home in the afternoon, there’s still hope for dinner!

“Roasted” Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 teaspoons red curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne (red) pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, whole

Chop up the onion and place 3/4 of the onion on the bottom of your slow cooker. Set 1/4 aside.

Remove all giblets and neck from chicken (set aside if you want to use it to make chicken stock afterwards). Pat chicken dry.

Combine all herbs and spices in a bowl. Rub spice mixture onto skin of chicken making sure to get every inch covered.

Stuff chicken cavity (you know… were the giblets were?) with onion you set aside and garlic cloves. Place chicken breast side up on top of onions in slow cooker.

Set slow cooker on low and let cook 3-4 hours or until tender.

What do you do with leftover chicken?


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  1. Hubby and I have been eating a lot of chicken lately and this sounds like a great way for me to take over and cook for a night. Makes me hungry!!

  2. I usually use my leftover chicken to create stock or used it in like homemade chicken noodle soup! However with the way my son eats, we rarely have leftovers 😛

  3. About A Mom says

    I never thought to roast a whole chicken in the crock pot. Great idea!

  4. I rely on my slow cooker so much!

  5. Jennifer S. says

    I have actually never cooked a WHOLE chicken. :/ I want to now that I see how easy it is with the Crock Pot!

  6. Tiffany C. says

    I like your recipe a lot, easy, not messy. I need to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I have never cooked a whole chicken or used a crock pot. I always thought crockpots were for things like soup. Now I know better


    I can’t believe I never thought you could cook an entire chicken in a crock pot. that looks delicious and definitely something I will be doing soon!

  9. Marina@EBMR says

    Mmmm yum!! You can put the leftovers in a warp.Yum!

  10. East9thStreet says

    This looks so good! I usually use the leftovers to make stock but have an awesome chicken and noodle recipe that I need to make soon. After eating out for basically 3 weeks, I’m ready to cook again!

  11. Paula Schuck says

    I am always looking for great crock pot ideas. Thanks. I have never tried the whole chicken.

  12. The directions say to put chicken in crockpot breast side up, how come it is pictured breast side down?


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