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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
More Chicken Recipes:
- 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
- Completely clean out cavity of chicken
- Place seasoning blend in the bottom of the slow cooker and place the cleaned chicken on top of it.
- Pour Worcestershire over the chicken.
- Rub one spice at a time into the chicken.
- 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: 86 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 14mg Sodium: 451mg Carbohydrates: 10g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 5g Protein: 3g
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.