Whole Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe


This recipe is an easy way to make a whole chicken in a slow cooker. It makes great, spicy, juicy chicken with little work. Get a chicken with a pop-up timer if you can.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
12 hrs 10 mins
1 whole chicken


  • 4 teaspoons salt, or to taste

  • 2 teaspoons paprika

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme

  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 whole chicken


  1. Mix salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder, thyme, white pepper, garlic powder, and black pepper together in a small bowl.

  2. Rub seasoning mixture over entire chicken to evenly season. Put rubbed chicken into a large resealable plastic bag; refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight.

  3. Remove chicken from the bag and cook in a slow cooker on Low until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 4 to 8 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone, should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

    close up view of a roasted chicken on a white platter


Some reviewers of this recipe have suggested cutting the salt in half for better flavor.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

230 Calories
13g Fat
1g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 230
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 1239mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 229mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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