There are so many things I love about making a whole chicken in the crock pot. 1. I hardly have to do anything. 2. It makes delicious chicken. 3. It is super cheap. 4. It doesn’t heat the house up using the oven or stovetop in the summer time. 5. Gives me time to make fun sides or a yummy dessert. 6. It makes the house smell amazing. I could go on and on but you get the picture. It’s a perfect method to have in your back pocket, for a variety of reasons. If you’re new to slow cooking, I’m adding a link to my favorite slow cooker. This is the exact one I use and I love it! Does everything I need it to and is reasonably priced. I’ve had this same one for about 5 years and never had any problems with it whatsoever. The 6 quart size is perfect for just about any recipe you could ever want to make in a slow cooker.
Begin by chopping a large onion into six sections. Place these in the bottom of your crock pot. If, for some reason, you’d prefer not to use onions, you can substitute four small balls of aluminum foil.Next, DO NOT RINSE YOUR CHICKEN! This is unnecessary and just spreads more raw chicken germs all over your kitchen. Plus, it is so much easier to simply unwrap the thing and place it in the crock pot, breast side down, on top of the onions or foil balls.
Here’s the fun part. You can now flavor this bird to your liking. Sometimes I go simple and just do salt, pepper, and garlic powder. This time I used some DIY BBQ rub I had leftover from doing a pork butt on the smoker. You can find the recipe for the rub here. I sprinkled about two tablespoons of the rub over the outside of the chicken. I don’t bother rubbing it in or coating the inside. Go ahead if you’d like, I prefer to keep this quick and simple. The results are always delicious so I don’t see the point in adding additional steps.
That is it! Put the lid on, turn it to high, and let it do its thing for about four hours. Or on low for eight.
When it is done, it will literally be falling off the bones. You can see that above on the leg. I like to get it out of the crock pot and into a 9X13 so it’s easier to pick the bones out. However, I cannot do this alone! It takes one of us supporting the bottom and the other lifting from the sides to keep it from falling apart. The chicken releases lots of juices while it cooks and I find it easier to clean out of there. But if I don’t have help I simply start going to town on it in the crock pot. Both ways work.
Here you can see how tender the chicken gets when cooked this way. I was using plastic salad tongs and it was just falling apart.
I like to keep the presentation for this simple as well. This chicken tastes so good with nothing added. There are always lots of leftovers and we love it on salads for lunch the next day, or sometimes I will incorporate them into a whole new dish. You could also freeze the leftovers for later. It’s always nice to have cooked chicken ready to throw into a stir-fry or casserole. If you’ve never cooked a chicken this way I hope you’ll give it a try. It really is super simple and saves you money too. Enjoy!