Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken

Slow cooker roasted chicken will become one of your new favorite meals! It’s easy to prep, set, and cook. No-fuss, no muss! This is a great recipe for those busy days!

Slow cooker roasted chicken in a crock pot.

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Why You’ll Love This

This slow cooker whole chicken recipe creates a super moist, tender, and juicy whole chicken.

You can prep this chicken in no time flat before you leave for work.  Or better yet, prepare it the night before and place the bowl in the fridge. Cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker has just made dinner a breeze!

When you wake up the next morning, remove it from the fridge. I like the insert of the slow cooker to warm to room temperature before placing it in the unit to cook. So I pull it out and place it on the counter to come to room temperature while I’m scrambling around in the fridge for the cream to put in my first cup of coffee.

Some of our other favorite chicken recipes to make are One Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables, Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings, Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders, and Chicken Thighs in a Garlic Cream Sauce.

Slow cooker roasted chicken recipe ingredients on a dark surface.

Ingredients Needed

  • Whole chicken – 4 to 5 pounds whole chicken.
  • Smoked paprika – Or regular paprika. The slow cooker will not brown the skin so this helps with coloring the chicken.
  • Seasonings – Steak seasoning, salt, and pepper

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Video

How To Make Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken

  • Place a few small balls of aluminum foil on the bottom of the slow cooker.  So the chicken isn’t sitting in its juices while cooking.
Small balls of aluminum foil in the crock of a slow cooker.
  • Mix spices in a small bowl. (I use this steak seasoning)Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Rub the seasoning mix all over the outside and inside of the chicken.  Put the chicken breast side up in the crock.
Raw whole chicken on paper towels and spice rub in a dark ramekin on a dark surface.
Whole chicken on a plastic cutting board rubbed in spices.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours, or cook on high for 4-5 hours until the chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. (Cooking time can vary, not all slow cookers are the same.)
Slow cooker roasted chicken in a serving dish on a dark surface.
  • Carefully move the crock pot whole chicken to a serving dish. Allow it to rest for 15 minutes before serving.

Carve, serve, and enjoy this crock pot whole chicken!

Couldn’t be easier, right? Crockpot whole chicken is too easy to not make every week!


  • Use whole carrots, celery, or thick sliced potatoes under the chicken instead of aluminum foil balls.
  • Be careful when adding salt and pepper to the rub. Not all steak seasonings are made the same, some will have a higher sodium content than others.
  • To achieve crispy skin transfer the chicken to a baking dish or sheet pan and broil it in the oven for about 5 minutes. Watch it closely!
  • Use that leftover chicken to make chicken salad!


Switch up the seasonings for this crock pot chicken. Try store-bought Rotisserie Chicken Seasonings such as Badia or McCormick’s.

Don’t have steak seasonings? No worries use 2 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 1 tsp kosher salt, and 1/2 tsp black pepper.


Can you cook a frozen whole chicken?

No. Due to food safety reasons, you should thaw the chicken before cooking in a slow cooker.

Is it safe to cook a whole chicken in a slow cooker?

Yes! If you want to be extra cautious cook it on high. But the USDA says it’s fine.

Should I add water?

No. You don’t need to add water to a whole chicken recipe in a slow cooker. You don’t want to make chicken soup.

Why is my crock pot whole chicken soft and mushy?

This is the result of cooking the chicken too long. As the chicken cooks, the collagen breaks down into gelatin. Don’t add any liquid and cook on high instead of low.


Let the chicken cool completely, place it in an airtight container, and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Or freeze the leftover chicken for up to 2 months.

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Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken Recipe

This chicken is super moist, tender, and full of amazing flavor! 5 minutes prep time, set and let cook!
4.77 from 13 votes
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Course: Chicken, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 421kcal
Author: Don’t Sweat The Recipe


  • 5 lb Whole chicken (insides removed)
  • 1 tablespoon Smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons Steak seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper or more to taste
  • aluminum foil, or thickly-sliced onions or vegetables


  • Pat chicken dry with paper towels.
    5 lb Whole chicken
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the paprika, steak seasoning, salt, pepper until combined. Rub the seasoning mix all over the outside and inside of the chicken.
    1 tablespoon Smoked paprika, 2 tablespoons Steak seasoning, 1/2 tsp Kosher salt, 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • Roll up a few small balls of aluminum foil place them on the bottom of your slow cooker bowl to serve as a “rack” for the chicken, so that it doesn’t cook in the juices that will accumulate in the bottom of the slow cooker.
    aluminum foil, or thickly-sliced onions or vegetables
  • Place the chicken on top of the aluminum foil (or veggies). Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours until the chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Carefully remove the chicken from the slow cooker, it could be so tender it will fall apart.


Originally published April 19, 2016.
Cooking times may vary depending on the size of your chicken.
Don’t want to use aluminum foil? Use thick slices of onions, whole carrots, or celery.
Storage – Cooked chicken keeps for 4 days in the refrigerator.


Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 414mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1181IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. This was so easy to make, and the chickens breasts were tender. My new favorite way to have leftover chicken5 stars

  2. I just made this for a group of 9 so I doubled the recipe and wow it was delicious! I’ve never received so many compliments

    5 stars

  3. Having green beans I wrap my potato in foil place them on the bottom or my slow cooker put my chicken on top good ooo so good4 stars

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