Once you try making a whole chicken in the slow cooker, you'll never want to roast it the old way again. In the slow cooker you'll get the moistest, most fool-proof, and hands-off whole chicken that you'll ever make. This recipe uses generous amounts of rosemary and garlic that not only infuse into the chicken, but also season the potatoes that cook underneath the chicken for a savory one-pot meal.



Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Place potatoes in the bottom of a slow cooker. Add onion over the top of the potatoes.

  • Remove the chicken parts inside the cavity and pat the outside of the chicken dry. Slice deep, garlic clove-width slits into your chicken with a knife. Make 4 cuts on each side of the chicken, and 1 in each of the drumsticks. Stick a sliver of garlic deep into each cut. Place the remaining chunks of garlic into the cavity.

  • Starting on the back of the chicken, season generously with about 1/2 of the rosemary and cracked salt and pepper. Add some seasoning inside the chicken's cavity as well. Flip the chicken and place it breast side up in the slow cooker on top of the potatoes and onions. Season the top of the chicken generously with the remaining rosemary and more cracked salt and pepper.

  • Cook on Low until the chicken is cooked through completely and the juices run clear when the chicken is cut, 8 to 10 hours, depending on the size. Serve with the potatoes and onions from the pot.

Cook's Notes:

If you like your whole chicken to have crispy skin, carefully remove the chicken from the slow cooker (it might be so tender that it falls off the bone) and place it into a roasting pan or baking dish. Put it under a pre-heated broiler for a few minutes, until you reach the desired color.

You can also cook the chicken on High for 4 to 5 hours.

Nutrition Facts

509.2 calories; protein 64.4g 129% DV; carbohydrates 23.3g 8% DV; fat 16.1g 25% DV; cholesterol 189.6mg 63% DV; sodium 217.6mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
I actually made this recipe with 3 Cornish hens and it was delicious! Very moist and tasty. I will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
Made it pretty well to recipe using a whole 3lb chicken and newish Instant Pot slow cooker (low at first, until I worked out how to set it to high!). Good handful of sage, thyme and Greek oregano with plenty of garlic under the skin and in the cavity. Cooked faster than I expected, so I overshot the temperature to about 190 after about five hours, but luckily the chicken was still great, plenty of broth (I was worried there was no added moisture) and the red potatoes and baby carrots were great. Wife wasn't quite ready to eat, so I sprayed a little oil on the skin, dusted it with pepper and salt and browned it off with the broiler lid for ten minutes or so. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Juicy, flavorful and yummy! I did add more garlic and and fresh ground rosemary, (don't like the hard stick pods), but it was wonderful! It has become a regular at our house. Did I mention I used the pressure cooker instead of slow cooker. Fabulous ! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I actually made this recipe with 3 Cornish hens and it was delicious! Very moist and tasty. I will definitely make this again. Read More