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Slow Cooker Whole Fryer Chicken Recipe

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I asked a couple weeks back about easy recipes for a whole fryer chicken… I got some interesting ideas and one person mention a crock pot. So, I looked around to find out how long a whole fryer would need to be in the crock pot and then came up with my own recipe.

Next time you are in the store, be sure to look for these little chickens!  Mine was $0.79 per pound – that means it only cost me $3.33.  This chicken in the crock pot recipe easily fed my family of five, I have more leftover for supper tonight, and I am making broth as I write this Slow Cooker Whole Fryer Chicken Recipe.  Totally worth 3 bucks, in my opinion!  My family loved it, so that makes it a winner.

not your mothers slow cooker chicken recipe

This slow cooker whole chicken recipe calls for muffins of frozen seasoning blend – go there for the recipe!  Basically, it is just fresh seasoning veggies that I freeze into muffin tins for easy use.

Specialty Ingredients:

The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store.  I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using.

Garlic Powder

Onion Powder

Black Pepper

Worcestershire Sauce

Reminder, not all ingredients in the Slow Cooker Whole Fryer Chicken Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for.

Easy crockpot whole fryer chicken recipe

Must Have Resources:

When making Slow Cooker Whole Fryer Chicken Recipe at home, you really need to have the following Amazon affiliate tools on hand.

Measuring Spoons – In order to accurately measure, you need a good set of spoons.

Serving Plate – Ok, so it isn’t necessary to have a serving plate, but it sure does make for a pretty presentation.  This is a simple way to make your family feel a bit special. 🙂

Crockpot – The larger your slow cooker, the larger chicken you can make.  I got an 8 quarter for Christmas a couple years back and am SO in love with it! I can cook an entire Turkey in it… seriously!

Small Bowl – Some people prefer to mix all of their spices before rubbing them into the chicken. If that is you, you will also need a small bowl in which to mix the powdered spices.

Make it a Meal:

Vegetable Side:  Personally, I think chicken goes perfectly with corn.

Starch Side:  You could make a gravy from the broth after you remove chicken from the crockpot.   Then, serve this with rice or mashed potatoes.  Yum!

Refreshing Drink:  Sweet tea, please.

Don’t forget Dessert:  Since this chicken recipe is pretty low in calories, you can go all out with your dessert.

slow cooker fryer chicken

I am a HUGE fan of my Crockpots – yes, plural. I think I have 8 at last count! I have never used all 8 at once, but I do use multiple ones at the same time.

Slow Cooker Recipes

These crockpot dishes are sure to make your life easier and make getting dinner done so much easier.

My favorite part about using a crockpot?  I can start my day making dinner and then no matter what the day throws at me, I know we can eat!

whole fryer chicken recipe in the slow cooker

More Chicken Recipes:

Slow Cooker Whole Fryer Chicken Alternatives:

If you prefer to just use Chicken Breasts, you can shorten the cook time to about 4-5 hours.

Make sure you put the chicken in the slow cooker breast side up.  That means that the thickest part will go up.

You can line the slow cooker with aluminum foil or use crockpot liners to help make your cleanup a bit easier.  For me, I just buy dishwasher safe slow cookers.

Make sure the internal temperature of your cooked chicken is at 165 degrees when you place a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the chicken.

For a little extra flavor, you may want to rub some smoked paprika into the chicken before cooking.

If you prefer little to no broth, place paper towels across the top of the crockpot before cooking.  Make sure to change the towels out every few hours.  Note, this will make for a drier roasted chicken.

Easy crockpot whole fryer chicken recipe

Slow Cooker Whole Fryer Chicken Recipe

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 10 minutes


  • 1/4 C Worcestershire
  • 2 muffin tins of seasoning blend
  • 1 Whole Fryer Chicken (approx 3.5 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning


  1. Completely clean out cavity of chicken
  2. Place seasoning blend in the bottom of the slow cooker and place the cleaned chicken on top of it.
  3. Pour Worcestershire over the chicken.
  4. Rub one spice at a time into the chicken.
  5. Cook on low heat for approximately 7 hours.


We like to pull all the chicken from the bones, then cook the bones for another 7-10 hours to create a broth for later recipes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 86Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 451mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 3g

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Miz Helen

Monday 11th of March 2019

I love the seasons you have used for this recipe and thanks so much for sharing them with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon! Miz Helen

Mother of 3

Tuesday 5th of March 2019

We LOVE making whole chicken in the crock pot; my middle son asks for that at least twice a month. I like to strain and save the broth that it makes for soups and stews too. This sounds like a nice spice combination we'll have to try. Pinned.

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Friday 8th of June 2012

Love cooking a whole chicken in the crock. Thanks for your recipe and linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday! :-)


Wednesday 6th of June 2012

What does two muffin tins of seasoning blend mean?


Wednesday 6th of June 2012

Look here: :-)

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