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Whole Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe


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12 h 10 m servings 230 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 whole chicken)


  • Calories:
  • 230 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 12.8 g
  • 20%
  • Carbs:
  • 1.2g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 25.9 g
  • 52%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 102 mg
  • 34%
  • Sodium:
  • 1239 mg
  • 50%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Mix salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder, thyme, white pepper, garlic powder, and black pepper together in a small bowl.
  2. Rub seasoning mixture over the entire chicken to evenly season. Put rubbed chicken into a large resealable plastic bag; refrigerate 8 hours to overnight.
  3. Remove chicken from bag and cook in slow cooker on Low until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 4 to 8 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).


  • Cook's Note:
  • Some reviewers of this recipe have suggested cutting the salt in half for better flavor.
  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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I've made this several times, tweaking it a bit each time for my preference that night, and it is excellent. What's better is that it is amazingly simple: Coat the chicken and throw it in the ...

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Way too hot so far as the amount of different pepper used. We like spicy food but this ones taste is off balanced with the amount of pepper. Won't be making this again. I followed the recipe exa...

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I've made this several times, tweaking it a bit each time for my preference that night, and it is excellent. What's better is that it is amazingly simple: Coat the chicken and throw it in the ...

Very good and very easy! I didn't put it in the bag overnight (no time), I used only black pepper (I didn't have any white pepper on hand) and I laid the chicken on a chopped onion in the slow c...

I understand that the amounts of spices should be adjusted to suit individual tastes, but I would like to suggest the following tip which I have found useful. To stop the chicken cooking faster ...

Excellent dish and as noted in another review is very similar to "Roast Sticky Chicken - Rotisserie Style" seasonings also on this site. Not having to have the oven on and heating the whole hous...

This was one of the best crock pot chicken recipes I've ever tasted. My chicken weighed 5-lbs and I made the rub as directed except reduced the salt to 2 teaspoons since I have to watch my salt ...

I followed this recipe with one difference I used "smoked paprika" because it was on hand and was VERY pleased with the result. I used this dry rub the night before and the next morning I put it...

Easy and delicious! I set the marinated bird on top of some whole potatoes, carrots, and onions. Thought it seemed like too much salt so I used one less tsp. The bird was perfectly seasoned but...

We loved this recipe! I am not the cook in my house typically, but I put the spice rub on the chicken I got from the farmers market last night, and ran the slow cooker tonight. We have a 7 quart...

Made this last night. OMG good! I usually bake my chicken but too dry. I will never do it another way again. I also reduced the salt to 2 tsp, skipped the white pepper (didn't have any) in i...