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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

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Eating whole, healthy foods doesn’t mean that you have to spend hours and hours in the kitchen. And using the crockpot is the perfect way to ensure that you can have a healthy meal without slaving over a hot oven all day. I particularly love using the slow cooker for a recipe like this whole chicken!

It means that I can make an easy healthy meal without heating my kitchen during the summer months. Living in South Carolina being able to do that is huge for me! I avoid using my oven whenever possible. My house is only 1100 sq feet and using the oven just makes most of my house warmer than I would like.

Of course, I use this recipe all throughout the year because it’s just so darn easy. And of course, buying a whole chicken and using it for different recipes throughout the week (or even freezing tsome of the cooked chicken to use at a later time), just makes cooking from scratch much easier!

This recipe was very quick to put together. And it smelled absolutely fantastic and was so moist and tender! When I put the thermometer in to make sure that it was hot enough, the entire chicken fell apart! It was very yummy too!!

If you like a little heat with your meal, then you can always add some cayenne pepper to the seasoning mix.  I love serving this recipe with a nice Greek Salad during the summer months. During the fall and winter, I love to pair it with some roasted potatoes or root vegetables for a complete meal.

This recipe is both gluten and grain free too.

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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

This recipe is so simple, and can often be used for more than one meal!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 6


  • slow cooker


  • 1 3-4 pound whole chicken remove giblets
  • 1 large onion cut into large chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • Spray the crockpot with olive or avocado oil.
  • Chop the onion into big chunks and spread it a layer in the bottom of the crock.
  • Mix all of the spices in a small bowl.
  • Rub the spice mixture all over the chicken.
  • Place prepared chicken on top of the onion layer.
  • Cook on low for 7-8 hours.
Keyword slow cooker

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