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Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker with Garlic and Thyme

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I love using my slow cooker anytime of the year. It’s so convenient. A whole chicken cooked slow is so moist and tender. Here is a simple fool proof way to make a chicken taste like you slaved for hours making it. Well… the slow cooker spent hours making it. So grab that chicken and lets get cooking.

You’ll need:

1 Whole chicken (size depends on slow cooker, mine’s fairly large so my chicken was a little over 4 pounds).

6 – 7 red potatoes cubed

1 onion (1/2 diced, 1/2 in larger chunks)

5 cloves garlic ( 2 minced, 3 smashed)

fresh thyme

cayenne pepper


Rinse and pat dry your chicken inside and out.

Cut up potatoes into small bite size pieces. Put in bottom of slow cooker.

Dice 1/2 of the onion and put in with potatoes.

Mince 2 cloves of garlic and put in slow cooker.

Cut up the other 1/2 onion into chunks, smash 3 cloves of garlic and grab 1 tbsp of fresh thyme.

Place inside the chicken.

Place the chicken on top of the potatoes, onion and garlic, sprinkle with cayenne pepper and paprika.

Cook  8 hours on low. Until internal temperature reaches at least 165 F.

Take out of slow cooker and let cool for 15 minutes before carving.
Take the potatoes out with a slotted spoon.

I use some of the juice to spoon over  the sliced chicken. If you want to crisp the skin up you can broil it for a few minutes. I don’t bother, I don’t eat the skin.

And don’t throw out the bones! Go here and I’ll show you what you can do with them:)

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14 thoughts on “Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker with Garlic and Thyme”

  1. Carrie @ My Favorite Finds says:

    I love my slow cooker, too! This looks great! I’ve never cooked a whole chicken before. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

  2. Theresa says:

    Oohhh that looks so yummy! I need to make this soon!

  3. suzyhomemaker says:

    I always cook my chicken this way. It is so easy and juicy.

    1. Diane says:

      I agree. It is so moist, doesn’t dry out the white meat. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. Christine says:

    OMG!! I would so eat some chicken right now. It’s perfectly cooked!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!

  5. Claiming Our Space says:

    I love our slow cooker too and make chicken in it all the time. One trick I do is to take off the skin to cut down on the fat. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

  6. Rebekah @ Accidentally Wonderful says:

    I love to cook chicken in the crockpot. It comes out so juicy and tender. Found your blog at “Creative Juice Thursday”

  7. Jackie @ Crest Cottage says:

    I do this every week or so! It keeps us in chicken meat AND broth. Love it!

  8. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says:

    Emma is so cute! What a wonderful photograph!

    Your whole chicken in the slow cooker sounds delicious. Roast chicken is such a comforting meal and this is such a great way to make it.

  9. Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers says:

    I love making a whole chicken in the slow cooker. It makes a delicious Sunday dinner and then I can get several more meals from the leftovers. Thanks for sharing your method, your chicken looks tender and delicious!

  10. Michelle says:

    Looks delicious! I love new slow cooker recipe. So easy. Emma is darling too 🙂

    Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. Have a wonderful weekend.


  11. Kristin C. says:

    This looks delicious! I’ve just started trying to use my Crockpot on a regular basis and this would be an awesome meal for my meat-loving hubby =) Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from Happy Hour Projects

  12. Kathy (aka Mrs Dull) says:

    Thanks for sharing this with us at Scratch Cookin’ Tuesday! I have heard this method so highly praised from one end of the internet to the other … I’m definitely switching from the oven :-).

  13. April says:

    I’ve been cooking with my slow cooker for a few months now but haven’t cooked chicken with it yet (just chicken bones to make a stock). Your recipe looks nice and simple which is just what I like 🙂

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