Crock Pot Roast Chicken

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Crock Pot Roast Chicken is an incredibly easy way to make juicy, succulent chicken for a variety of uses. Add to soups, salads, and casseroles, or enjoy on its own with a side of vegetables. 

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As I’ve mentioned in the past couple of posts, life with a newborn is akin to running around like a chicken with its head cut off for most of the day (see what I did there?) Hurrying up and down the stairs, popping pacifiers in and out out of mouths, doing load after load of laundry, and kissing baby cheeks ’til ya’ get swatted in the face or your hair pulled.

That is to say, it’s go, go, go all day long and by the time dinner rolls around there’s virtually no more gas left in the tank to cook dinner. That’s why I’m loving Crock Pot Roast Chicken. Season a whole chicken with anything and everything you’ve got in the spice cupboard then throw it in a crock pot and let it cook for a few hours on high, or low and slow all day. The result is perfectly cooked chicken that’s ready to eat whenever you are.

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Newborn or not – this recipe is perfect for busy families, or even one or two-person households, as there’s a ton of different ways to use the leftovers!

Carve the breast meat right off the bone and enjoy with a a side of pasta or veggies, and/or chop or shred the meat to use in salads, soups, tacos, and casseroles (I’ll leave a few more ideas at the end of this post.) This is the recipe that keeps on giving.

My Mom brought this crock pot roast chicken over to Ben and me our first week home from the hospital after having Lincoln, and Ben loved eating it cold straight out of the fridge. The man has never reheated a meal in his life. Seriously, not even soup. Takes it to work, puts it on his desk, and then eats it at room temperature for lunch. I can’t even.

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Anywho! Start by crumpling 5 or 6 sheets of foil into balls then lay them into the bottom of a 5 quart crock pot. Here’s the crock pot I have > The tin foil ensures your chicken does not sit simmering in it’s own fat, should you choose to leave the skin on.

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Next get the chicken ready. I used a 3.65lb whole chicken with the neck and giblets removed, and then removed the skin to make this dish lower in fat. Chicken skin actually has a TON of fat, in case you were wondering! Removing the skin is messy, but not hard, and it took me about 5 minutes with the aid of some kitchen shears. Just do it in the sink on a cutting board lest you fling chicken skin all over the counter and have to decontaminate the entire kitchen. Ain’t nobody got time for dat.

Just an FYI, removing the skin will result in a SLIGHTLY less juicy chicken than leaving it on, but when you’re mixing the chicken into other dishes, you can’t tell the difference.

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Next mix together 2 Tablespoons each melted butter and extra virgin olive oil in a bowl.

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Then mix in a bunch of spices like paprika, garlic and onion powders, salt, and pepper. Feel free to change this spice mixture up. If you’re making chicken solely for tacos – use taco spice. If you’re wanting to use it in chili – use chili powder and cumin, etc. This chicken is totally customizable!

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Brush the spice mixture all over the chicken, including under the skin if you leave it on, then place the chicken breast-side up on top of the foil.

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Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours (depending on the size of your bird,) or until the chicken is very tender and the thigh bone easily twists off.

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Crock Pot Roast Chicken

Print this recipe!

Serves 4

Ingredients:
3.5 – 4lb whole chicken, giblets and neck removed
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon paprika
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1-1/2 teaspoons black pepper
6 ripped sheets foil, crumpled into balls

Directions: 

  1. Place foil balls in bottom of crock pot. Pat chicken dry and remove skin if desired to to lower fat content (chicken may be just slightly less juicy.) Combine butter and extra virgin olive oil in a small bowl then stir in spices. Brush all over chicken, including under skin, then place chicken breast-side up in crock pot. Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or low for 6-7, or until meat is tender, and thigh can be easily removed. 

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There is no shortage of ways to use this juicy and tender meat!

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Use Crock Pot Roast Chicken in:

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

California Cobb Salad

Cheesy Chicken & Rice Soup

Spinach & Artichoke Chicken Casserole

Sweet & Spicy Chili (use chicken instead of beef)

Enjoy! : )

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Comments

  1. Love making anything in the crock pot. This looks so delicious and easy!

  2. Madison 08.20.2013

    YAY! I have been looking for a roast chicken recipe and major kudos for using the Crock Pot. Thanks so much!

  3. Mallory 08.20.2013

    I’ve never made a whole chicken before, for some reason I’m intimidated by it. My biggest concern is under-cooking or over-cooking it. I’m thinking this fall, I’ll have to try it in the crockpot…

  4. Rebecca 08.20.2013

    This looks delicious! My mom sometimes “roasts” a Turkey breast in the crock pot, which seems similar to this. I’d love to give this a try.

  5. Tieghan 08.20.2013

    This bird looks so moist and perfect! What a great idea!! I love a good crockpot meal!

  6. No newborn in this household but I will take a nice chicken dinner with minimal effort any night. Cannot wait to try this crock pot delight out.

  7. Dee 08.20.2013

    Don’t forget to save the broth (just strain it) and use it for soup stock.

  8. Dawn Mather 08.20.2013

    I really needed this recipe. Kids are back in school and activities in full swing, we need some quick fix or fix it and forget it meals. This will be on our menu for later this week!

  9. Hillary 08.20.2013

    I have a Hamilton Beach Stay or Go slow cooker, which includes a thermostat you can stick in the bird so you know it’s cooked. Best invention ever. You can find the slow cooker at Kohls (use your Kohls cash)

  10. Sally 08.20.2013

    Great recipe and congrats on your new family! I love my crock-pot so much!

  11. Lisa 08.20.2013

    What’s the purpose of the foil balls?!

  12. I do the tinfoil trick too when it comes to chicken in the slow cooker. It makes such a huge difference in the sense that it doesn’t come out all soggy on the bottom!

  13. Stephanie 08.20.2013

    I love finding crockpot recipes, and this looks delicious! You inspire me to prepare healthy meals!

  14. Ali 08.20.2013

    Life with a 6 month old = running with my head still chopped off. That chicken looks yummy. What is the purpose of the foil balls?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 08.20.2013

      It’s so the chicken isn’t sitting and stewing in the chicken fat (if you keep the skin on!)

      • Kitamu 11.03.2013

        Good Lookin’ out!!!!! This might be my new way of ‘baking’chicken. ….Life with 8 kids, including a newborn… you know the rest. Great trick with the foil, because my major concern with cooking chicken in the crockpot was how to keep it from turning to mush soaked in fat.Thanks for sharing this idea.

  15. I wasn’t planning on commenting since I don’t eat chicken but I have to say that I’m happy to see the Certified Humane label on your chicken! I knows that’s silly but it means a lot to me!

  16. Cheryl 08.20.2013

    Awesome! Love crock pot recipes – get supper going before I leave for work and come home to a dinner that is ready to eat! There are also many “make now bake later” recipes that work for busy moms – on days when you have a bit more energy one can prepare several and freeze them, then just thaw and bake on days when you are too pooped to cook! Would love to see some of those recipes with your healthy spin on them. Congratulations and God bless!

  17. Barbara 08.20.2013

    Cooking a whole chicken has always intimidated me as well, and as a consequence I have never attempted it. THIS I will try. Thank you.

  18. Yummmm this looks delicious! Question: what does the tinfoil do?

  19. Dee 08.20.2013

    Flip the chicken so it’s breast side down if you need it to cook faster. Also,put a small colander on top of the chicken when almost done cooking and fill with veggies. It will steam them so you have the whole meal ready to serve.

  20. Rachel 08.20.2013

    Hi Kristin,

    Just wondering what is the purpose of the tin foil?

    Thanks,
    Rae

  21. Thanks for this recipe! I love crockpot cooking and this looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it out.

  22. Elizabeth 08.20.2013

    I’ve never thought to do this, but it’s brilliant! I am going to have to try this, because I LOVE using my slow cooker, especially on school nights when I have a lot of homework helping to do. :)

  23. Kimberli Bean 08.20.2013

    Thanks for the crockpot recipe, definitely great for our busy household!

  24. Lyn 08.20.2013

    Seriously… you have a new born and you’re still popping out fantastic posts like this?! To quote the 90s… You Go Girl! haha Cant wait to try this recipe :D

  25. Honeybee 08.20.2013

    I’ve been following your blog for a while but never commented so far. But now I simply must! I cannot believe you can get all this fantastic food on the table with a tiny baby around! When mine were this small, I found it very difficult to cook like I used to. I was also known to overcook (ok, scorch) or undercook food because it was inevitably time to breastfeed while I should have had an eye on the food… Once, we had a dinner of nothing but grilled fish because both rice and spinach were burnt.

    So, well done, I admire how you get it all done!

    Honeybee

    P.S. Your son is VERY cute, indeed!

  26. Francine 08.20.2013

    Genius! I can’t believe I’ve never thought to do this!

  27. Helen 08.20.2013

    Yes! This looks delicious. I do not fancy myself a cook -I hate coming home at the end of a work day all hungry and *then* having to whip up a meal, usually my more-adventurous-in-the-world-of-cooking husband does it. But crock pots? I can dig that, set it up in the morning and forget it!

    This recipe looks fast and delicious, and I see you have a bunch more. I’m definitely bookmarking this!

  28. Alisa 08.20.2013

    Thanks so much!! I have been needing this type of recipe and can’t wait to bust of my crockpot for it!!

  29. Cat Yates 08.20.2013

    This is how I do mine! I’ve also used a steamer basket in the bottom of the crockpot instead of foil balls. I love this version of a roast chicken – so easy and moist!

  30. Becky 08.20.2013

    This recipe looks great, easy, and I’m pinning it…

    But, BEN!!! Room temperature soup??? I may have gagged a bit ;)

    I suppose I shouldn’t talk, though, my husband only eats soup that has ridiculous amounts of cheese :)

  31. Flora 08.20.2013

    I’ve never cooked a whole chicken in a crockpot, but I’m looking forward to trying this. Thanks for including tips on what to do with the leftovers.

  32. Sally 08.20.2013

    Lol, my husband eats cold soup for lunch too. It must be a guy thing! We got a super good crockpot for our wedding, but I’ve really only used it to make pot roast, I’ll have to try chicken next!

  33. Lauren Williams 08.20.2013

    I have never thought of putting a whole chicken in the crockpot! And I didn’t know about that trick with the tin foil, good to know! Good luck with the little nugget!

  34. Caitlin 08.20.2013

    I love the tinfoil trick! I will have to try that. My husband also read somewhere that another good trick of getting crispy chicken skin when roasting in the oven is to place a piece of bread on top. He tried it and it worked! Not sure how that translates to the crockpot. May have to try both!

  35. Jennifer D. 08.20.2013

    Welcome to motherhood! :) You have the most amazing recipes! I make at least one of yours every week. Thank you so much for sharing your talent!!

  36. Elizabeth 08.20.2013

    I have done whole chickens in the crock pot before (delicious!) but have never tried it with the skin off! I will have to try soon and am looking forward to it being less fattening. And bless you for posting regularly and cooking with a newborn! He is so adorable.

  37. What a wonderful idea! I love roasting chickens in the oven and using the meat in different dishes, and the carcass for stock. Currently my oven is on the fritz so this will be a perfect substitute!

  38. Pam E-P 08.20.2013

    Save the carcass and throw it in the crock pot all day with some random veggies, a bay leaf or two, and some water. DELICIOUS homemade broth. You can also get any leftover meat off easily to make soup. I actually save little bits of veggies in the freezer when I cook and throw them in when I have a chicken carcass (trimmed asparagus, carrot ends, if I don’t use all of an onion, etc.). My husband hates looking in the freezer because he swears I’m freezing trash!

  39. Christine P 08.20.2013

    This looks fantastic, and I’m always looking for ways to utilize my crock pot! I have chili in it now actually, but seems this chicken will be in there soon. Do you happen to have a BBQ Rotisserie chicken recipe that could be crock-pot friendly??

  40. Julia 08.20.2013

    I give you credit for cooking period in the first weeks of bringing the baby home—it is SOO hard! Lots of take-out for us! :)

  41. Oh how I love crockpot dinners! I can imagine they are lifesavers with a newborn!

  42. Kristen 08.20.2013

    Can I use a frozen chicken? Or should I just thaw it out?

  43. This looks really really good! I must try this even though it’s just my husband and I. Leftovers are ok by us.

    Thanks!

  44. Kate 08.21.2013

    Mmm, this looks delicious! I have pinned this to try later :)

  45. you have no idea how excited i was to see this recipe. so pumped to see a crockpot version of one of my favorite easy meals!

  46. melissa gray 08.21.2013

    YUMMY! Thanks for posting this – have been wanting to try a whole chicken in the crock pot and will make this for Sunday dinner!

  47. Lea 08.21.2013

    I can’t wait to try and I love learning new recipes tried by someone else! I applaud you for trying to cram in everything in your day cause it seems a lot of us!

  48. What a coincidence, this is what I was planning to make for dinner tonight! I love cooking chicken this way, so easy peasy!

  49. Kathy 08.21.2013

    I also like making stock with the leftover juices and bones from the chicken. Just leave the drippings in the crock pot and add the bones back in after picking off the meat. Then I add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, peppercorns, bay leaf, parsley, and salt. Fill the crock pot with water and cook it on low for another 6 hours. I like to freeze the stock you get from it for use in recipes later. I just made some tortilla soup with stock I had saved from my last crock pot chicken.

  50. Joanne 08.21.2013

    so thankful to find this..we too have a newborn in the house and are trying to get back into the clean-eating mode! So easy & quick for us-I already have one in the crockpot! Thanks again for posting!

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