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Horizontal image of a slow cooked herb chicken breast on a plate with portions of green beans and roasted potatoes, on a brown wood table with red cloth napkins and silverware in the background.

Crock-Pot Whole Chicken

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 4-lb chicken 1x


Yes, you really can cook a whole chicken in your Crock-Pot, and it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. You’ll love the flavorful, juicy results.


  • 1 large mild onion, peeled and quartered (about 1 cup)
  • 1 whole chicken (about 4 lbs)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 3 sage leaves
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  1. Place onion in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Place salt, pepper, and thyme in a small bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Remove the giblets from the chicken, if included. Gently lift the skin away from the meat using your fingers. Spread about 3/4 of the seasoning mixture under the skin.
  4. Sprinkle the rest of the seasoning all over the outside. Place garlic, lemon, and fresh herbs inside the cavity. Place chicken on top of onions with the breast side up. Pour stock around the bird.
  5. Cover and cook for 5 hours on High, or until completely cooked. The timing may depend on the size of your chicken and your specific slow cooker.
  6. Remove from slow cooker and cut into desired portions for serving.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Dinner

Keywords: chicken, slow cooker, Crock-Pot, whole chicken