Monday, May 17, 2010

Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot

I've always shied away from putting an entire chicken in a crock pot.  I know the boys like their whole chickens to be crispy and roasted.  But I had a chicken to make and we were going to be at baseball tryouts all day.  So I bit the bullet and found a recipe.

What a success it was!  And for how easy it was, I'm certainly going to use this one again.

The white pepper can be found with the spices.  It's got a more delicate pepper taste, but black pepper can replace it.

I got the recipe from

Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot
Serves 4

4 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 large roasting chicken
1 cup onion, chopped

In a small bowl, combine the spices.  Remove any giblets from chicken and clean chicken.

Rub spice mixture onto the chicken.
Place in resealable plastic bag and refrigerate overnight. (This step can be skipped).
When ready to cook, put chopped onion in bottom of crock pot.  Add chicken. No liquid is needed, the chicken will make its own juices.  Cook on low 4-8 hours.


  1. This sounds good except for the onions. I cannot stand onions. Can I cook this without them? or do I have to put something on the bottom for the chicken to sit on top of?

    Thanks for your help.

  2. Nope, onions are completely optional.

  3. This is an interesting take on crockpot recipe. Whole chiken, hmmmm, suddenly I'm feeling Asian dinner, lol! I think I'll be making this for tomorrow's dinner.
    And for Lyn, I think you can have carrots or potatoes instead. :)

  4. I made this yesterday and it was delicious! I added carrot and potatoes along with the onions and had a whole chicken that was cut up in parts. I just wished I would have removed the skin prior to cooking it though.

    I will be making this again.