Slow Cooker Rotisserie Style Chicken

08.30.2018

This Slow Cooker Chicken is a new go-to dinner at my house! It has the same delicious flavors as a rotisserie chicken, it’s amazingly tender and it’s perfectly juicy. Aaaaand it’s super easy to make! All of that means this is likely to become a new go-to recipe for you too.

Slow Cooker Chicken

Slow Cooker Chicken

In the past I’ve mostly just cooked chicken breasts or thighs in the slow cooker but now I’m totally loving the idea of just throwing in a whole chicken in – bones, skin and all. It adds so much flavor and I love that it makes a lot of servings so you might even be lucky to have some left over for a sandwich for lunch the following day.

It’s also great this is one of those dinners everyone can agree on. Nothing fancy here just homestyle chicken that everyone will love!

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It takes about 10 minutes to prep it, then no browning or anything beforehand, just put in the the slow cooker and let it do the rest. So easy!

Slow Cooker Chicken slicing photo

Ingredients for this Crockpot Chicken

You’ll just need one fairly large chicken and lots of seasonings.

  • 1 (6 lb) whole chicken
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika (not smoked)
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • Salt and pepper

Scroll below for printable recipe.

Slow cooker chicken ingredients whole chicken paprika onion powder garlic powder thyme rosemary turmeric celery seed

Remove giblets from chicken (turn upright if you can’t reach them, or use a fork). Rinse chicken and drain, transfer to a 6 or 7-quart slow cooker.

In a mixing bowl whisk together all of the spices along with salt and pepper to taste (I use 2 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper).

Slow cooker chicken spice blend

Sprinkle seasonings all over chicken as well as sprinkling some in the cavity of the chicken.

Slow cooker chicken before cooking in slow cooker

Cover and cook on high heat 4 1/2 – 5 hours until thickest part of thigh registers 165 on an instant read thermometer. Remove and let it rest on cutting board 5 minutes before slicing.

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Style Chicken finished cooking in slow cooker

What should I Serve with This Chicken?

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Style Chicken

How Can I Get Crispy Skin on the Chicken?

If you’d want a crispier skin on the chicken you can transfer the chicken to a small roasting pan or a baking sheet (transfer carefully it’s super tender) and broil for a few minutes until the skin starts to crispen up, just be sure to keep a close eye on it!

I don’t waste the time with the extra step though, I think it’s delicious how it is.

Slow Cooker Chicken serving on plate with roasted veggies

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Slow Cooker Chicken {Whole Rotisserie Style}

5 from 6 votes

A super easy slow cooker chicken recipe, it's a new staple recipe! This is amazingly flavorful, so tender, and deliciously juicy. The perfect recipe for busy weeknights!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crockpot Chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 7
Calories: 407 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 1 (6 lb) whole chicken
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric (for color)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Remove giblets from center of chicken (you may need to use a fork to reach down in or turn upright and let fall through), rinse chicken and drain.

  2. In a small bowl whisk together paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, rosemary, celery seed, turmeric and salt and pepper to taste (I use 2 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper).

  3. Transfer chicken to a 6 or 7 quart slow cooker, sprinkle all over with spice mixture including the inside cavity.

  4. Cover and cook on high heat for 4 1/2 - 5 hours, until center of thigh registers 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer.

  5. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes then slice and serve warm.

  6. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken {Whole Rotisserie Style}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 407 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 139mg 46%
Sodium 796mg 33%
Potassium 371mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 34g 68%
Vitamin A 10.1%
Vitamin C 3.6%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 11.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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17 comments

  • Tippi: This was perfect! I used my oven’s slow-cooker feature, and the skin was crispy; no broiling required (4.25 hours on HIGH). And wow, the flavor! I’ve tried whole chicken in the slow cooker in the past–it’s been a bland failure, despite whatever seasonings. Not sure why this was so different, but it’s a keeper! Juicy, too. Thanks a lot! September 19, 2018 at 1:59pm Reply

  • Stephanie: I made this recipe on Sunday night for dinner, and it was delicious. I was skeptical, at first, b/c my chicken didn’t produce any juices until after the second hour. By the time it was done, the chicken was falling off the bone, and it was so juicy. I served it with a side of mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. My family said it was one of the best chicken dishes I’ve made. This is definitely a keeper! September 19, 2018 at 7:22am Reply

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