Crockpot Whole Chicken

Crockpot Whole Chicken

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I know it sounds crazy, but you can replicate the deliciousness of a rotisserie chicken at home…in your slow cooker. And though it may not hold a candle to the coveted Costco rotisserie chicken, it will definitely beat out the dry birds you find at most grocery stores. 

Now, to be perfectly honest, the meat will be extremely tender but skin won’t be as crispy. Which sounds disappointing. But! You can remedy this a few ways. 

  1. Make a spice rub with some brown sugar. Not only will this add bold flavor, it’ll help the skin crisp up in the broiler. Which takes me to my next point. 
  2. Broil the chicken after it’s done in the slow cooker. It sounds like an annoying extra step, but it takes a few minutes and makes a big difference.

Once you have your perfectly juicy chicken, you are ready to make one of our incredible rotisserie chicken recipes from tamale pie to Alfredo roll-ups. And if you do make this recipe, let us know how it came out in the comments below!

Editor’s Note: The introduction to this recipe was edited on October 20, 2021.

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Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
  • Cooking spray

  • 2 tbsp.

    packed brown sugar

  • 1 1/2 tsp.

    chili powder

  • 1 tsp.

    smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp.

    fresh thyme

  • 1

    whole chicken, neck and giblets removed

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • Nutrition Information
  • Per Serving (Serves 6)
  • Calories474 Fat32 gSaturated fat9 gTrans fat0 gCholesterol150 mgSodium486 mgCarbohydrates6 gFiber1 gSugar5 gProtein37 gVitamin D0 mcgCalcium32 mgIron2 mgPotassium415 mg
  • Note: The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  • Directions

      1. Step 1Grease a large slow cooker with cooking spray. Roll a few small balls of aluminum
        foil and place in slow cooker, creating a
        rack for the chicken. 
      2. Step 2In a small bowl, whisk together brown
        sugar, chili powder, paprika, and thyme. 
      3. Step 3Pat chicken dry with paper towels and
        season generously with salt and pepper.
        Rub brown sugar mixture all over chicken,
        then place in slow cooker, breast side up. 
      4. Step 4Cook on high for 2
        ½ to 3
        ½ hours, until the
        juices between the leg and the thigh run
        clear or a thermometer inserted into the
        thigh reads 165°. 
      5. Step 5Remove chicken from slow cooker. To crisp
        up the skin, transfer chicken to a large
        baking sheet and broil until golden, 3 to 4
        minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before slicing
        and serving.

    Slow-Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

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    Lauren Miyashiro

    Freelance Contributor

    Lauren Miyashiro is the former Food Director of Delish. She graduated culinary school in 2016 and mastered the art of the Crunchwrap in 2017.

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