How to cook a whole chicken in a crock pot


How to cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker

I am asked ALL the time, how in the world do you have time to cook unprocessed food from scratch for your family all the time? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the answer is that I don’t.

I don’t have time.

I’m a busy gal! I just use the awesome tools that we have available today to make my life a little easier.

And the big work horse in our kitchen is by far my slow cooker. You won’t see too many posts on here where I don’t mention my beloved slow cooker. This is the one we have and love.

Super simple whole chicken in a crock pot

I made you a video!

I have been meaning to type up this recipe for a long time and for some reason, I have had a hard time actually writing it. Somehow showing you in a video made a lot more sense, so here you go!

Warning: I have no idea how to shoot or edit videos, so this is super raw. But it’s what really happens in our kitchen and in our life, which is why it includes a scream from my daughter in the middle with a subsequent pause while I took care of whatever she needed. I promise, I washed my chicken-y hands again before helping her!


If you prefer an actual, written out recipe, here you go:

How to cook a whole chicken in a crock pot
  • One whole organic and/or pastured chicken
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter (best from grass-fed cows)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh sage leaves (or dry rubbed sage) and/or other seasonings of your choice
  • Chopped veggies (I used onion, carrot, and potato. You could also do sweet potato, beets, or anything else that tickles your fancy)
  1. Remove packet of "bits" from inside the main cavity of the chicken
  2. Rub softened butter, salt, pepper, and seasonings between the skin and the meat and on the skin
  3. Put in slow cooker, add chopped veggies over the top
  4. Add more salt and pepper for the veggies
  5. Set slow cooker on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6-7 hours.
  6. Be sure to save the extra meat for more simple meals, and save the bones to make some easy homemade soup stock!


3 thoughts on “How to cook a whole chicken in a crock pot”

  1. Thank you …. I have a chicken staring at me as I write… I was pondering just how to fix it and…

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