Video: Savory Slow Cooker Chicken

This super simple recipe for Savory Slow Cooker Chicken is a perfect weeknight meal! Watch the video to discover just how easy this recipe is.

Savory Slow Cooker Roast Chicken plus a VIDEO from @handleheat - this is the perfect weeknight meal recipe!

I’m always surprised by how many people are intimated by cooking a whole chicken. It’s one of my favorite things to make and to eat and when I discovered how easy it is to make a whole chicken in the slow cooker I was thrilled. I love the idea of using my slow cooker but most recipes are filled with weird processed ingredients (ahem, cream of mushroom soup) and I prefer to use natural and fresh ingredients most of the time. I also like slow cooker recipes that also include some veggies so there’s less work to make a meal. This particular recipe for savory slow cooker chicken certainly fits the bill, I think you will really enjoy it. I love to serve it with a crusty baguette and you’ve got dinner on the table!

Do you use your slow cooker often? What are your favorite things to cook in it?

Savory Slow Cooker Roast Chicken plus a VIDEO from @handleheat - this is the perfect weeknight meal recipe!

This is all you need to make this recipe! Check out my other favorite way to make a whole chicken in the slow cooker: Lemon, Rosemary, and Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken.

Recipe Rundown
Taste: Chicken is kind of bland on its own so I love all these savory spices together. You can use whatever your family prefers!
Texture: The chicken is juicy and tender and the vegetables are soft without being mushy.
Ease: Super easy yet impressive. Pop everything into the slow cooker earlier in the day and have it all ready by dinner time!
Appearance: Roast chicken is always a wonderful sight for hungry eyes.
Pros: I much prefer slow cooker recipes that use fresh natural ingredients. This is such a simple and fool-proof way to cook a whole chicken.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Absolutely.


Savory Slow Cooker Chicken

If you prefer crispy chicken skin, place the whole chicken in a baking dish and broil for 5 minutes, or until the skin is crisp.

Yield: 4 servings


4 carrots, peeled and cut into thirds
2 small onions, peeled and cut into wedges
4 medium red potatoes, cut into chunks
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending on spice preference
4 pound whole chicken, rinsed and patted dry with giblets removed


Place the carrots, onions, potatoes, and peeled garlic cloves in the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker.

Place the chicken on top of the vegetables. Rub the melted butter all over the chicken. In a small bowl combine the salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, and cayenne. Sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over the entire chicken.

Cook the slow chicken on low for 4 to 6 hours, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160-165°F. The cooking time will depend on the size of the chicken and the slow cooker.

Recipe by Tessa of Handle the Heat

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6 Responses to “Video: Savory Slow Cooker Chicken”

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    Tieghan — September 18, 2013 at 5:51 am

    I have never done a slow cooker chicken, but you make it look so easy and SO good! Love your video and I cannot wait to try it!

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    Alexandra — September 18, 2013 at 6:14 am

    I love my slow cooker, but my past attempts at whole chickens have resulted in bland, slimy, boiled meat. I want to try this recipe, but am nervous.

    I cook everything in it, pasta sauces, stroganoff, sesame chicken, indian food, soups and stews… I can’t live without mine! pintrest and the packaged spice aisles are great for inspirations!

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    Ada ~ More Food, Please — September 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Yummy! I’ve used my slow cooker for chicken a few times, and the chicken always comes out so juicy!
    Great video! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. #
    Gaby — September 18, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Roast chicken makes such a comforting and always delicious meal. Love using the slow cooker!

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    ducksandbooks — November 4, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I have the exact same slow cooker, but have only ever done stew-like stuff in it (cholent, chili, stew, etc.). Does the skin get weird and soggy if you have to leave it on for 9 hours while at work? The timer/sensor should just switch it over to warm, right? Would this work with a skinless chicken? I’m not a huge fan of chicken skin anyway and might try just adding more olive oil or Earth Balance (dairy free).

    Thanks for posting the video, it was super helpful!

    • Tessa replied: — November 6th, 2013 @ 9:39 am

      Hi! Please see my note just below the recipe title, “If you prefer crispy chicken skin, place the whole chicken in a baking dish and broil for 5 minutes, or until the skin is crisp.” I’m not sure what kind of slow cooker you have but mine can be programmed to switch over to warm after a certain amount of time or when the meat hits a certain temperature. If you know it’s going to be on “warm” for an extended period of time you may want to reduce the cooking time to avoid carry-over cooking. Yes this would work with skinless chicken, I would definitely add more fat to compensate if using skinless.

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