How to Cook a Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot
So I know cooking a whole chicken in a crock pot might not be as glamorous as some of the other recipes I post on Mondays around here, but believe me, this is something you need to know about. This chicken has changed my life. You simply need to know how to cook a whole chicken in a crock pot.
When it comes to home-cooked meals, there is nothing easier than the crock pot. And there are very few foods that are as family-pleasing and healthy than roasted chicken. Combine those two things and you have a winner every time. That’s basically what you’re doing when you use this method to cook your chicken. And I promise you have never had a more tender, flavorful chicken than this one. The slow cooking gives you chicken that literally falls off the bone. There is not a shred of chicken that goes to waste. And to add to the already huge payoff you’ll get by having dinner waiting for you at the end of the day, you can also use my method for making chicken stock in the crock pot when you’re done with your meal. So this is not only a recipe that saves you time and makes the whole family happy, but it also helps the budget too.
Since we started twice a week soccer practice a few weeks ago I’ve been making a whole chicken in the crock pot on a weekly basis. I’m willing to bet you will too! Feel free to vary the spices based on what you like and have on hand.
Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot
serves at least 4
1 large mild onion, peeled and quartered (I use a yellow onion)
1 large whole chicken (about 4 lbs)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cloves garlic, peeled
Place onion in the bottom of the crock pot.
Combine salt, pepper, and thyme in a small bowl and stir to combine. Remove the giblets (if included) from the chicken. Gently lift the skin away from the chicken using your fingers. Spread about 3/4 of the salt mixture under skin. Sprinkle the rest over the top of the chicken. Place garlic inside the cavity of the chicken. Place chicken on top of onions in the crock pot.
Cover and cook for 5 hours. or until chicken is completely cooked. (This may depend on the size of your chicken and your specific crock pot. For my 4 pound chicken it took my crock pot 5 hours.) *Note, apparently I have the oldest crock pot in the United States. I had no idea there was a way to chose your time and temperature separately. On my crock pot if you pick 5 hours you are automatically picking “high” temperature. So the answer to your questions is yes, High for 5 hours. This was for my 4 lb chicken in my ancient crock pot, so your time may vary slightly.
Remove chicken from crock pot and cut into desired portions for serving.
Recipe adapted from Food.com