Slowcooker Whole Chicken

Sometimes I make a big meal on a weeknight, and feel really thankful to be a stay-at-home mom with the time to do that. But guess what? With a little planning, anyone can have a "Sunday Supper" on any night of the week. Use your slowcooker to cook a whole chicken while you are at work, and then quickly prepare some vegetables when you get home.

When whole chickens are on sale, it can be a really easy and inexpensive way to make several meals. Start with a chicken dinner, then have chicken sandwiches for lunch, make chicken pie for dinner, and have chicken nachos for a Friday night snack. All those servings from one $8 chicken!

3-4 Lbs whole chicken
1 yellow onion, sliced into thick rings
1 tsp coarse salt 
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp smoked paprika

Lay thick slices of onion on the bottom of the slow cooker. This keeps the chicken elevated just a bit so fat and juices can drain. 

Rinse chicken, and pat dry with paper towel. Lay chicken breast side up on top of sliced onions. Combine spices, and rub onto chicken. 

Cover slowcooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours, or high for 2 1/2-3 hours. Internal temperature should reach 180`. Remove from slowcooker with two large serving spoons and place on cutting board. Allow to rest at least 5-10 minutes before carving.

While the bird is resting, prepare whatever vegetables your family would like on the side. Mashed potatoes, boiled carrots, and steamed broccoli are go-to veggies for pleasing my kids.


  1. Can't wait to use this recipe. Two teenage boys so I'm in awe that you get that many meals! =)

    1. My kids are still young enough to eat like birds, so it's a lot easier to stretch our food into several meals. This is an easy and delicious recipe! Josh is a little peeved that it doesn't get crispy skin like in the oven...but I'm always after him not to eat the skin anyway. ;)