Easy Crock Pot Chicken

Tonight I need to be free, but today I have some time. Crock Pot? I say yes.

Since going Paleo I have two favorite things to do in my Crock Pot and roasting a whole chicken is one of them. You might be surprised, but it comes out just as good as roasting in the oven! All the juices are locked in and the meat has absorbed all the flavors of the rub… delicious! Fifteen minutes of prep time and we’ve got a fantastic roasted crock pot chicken dinner waiting for us… It’s genius!

Easy Crock Pot Chicken from www.PopularPaleo.com | Make it rotisserie style using your slow cooker at home! #paleo #chickenrecipes

Here’s what you’ll need to make this.

  • A whole fryer chicken
  • Aluminum foil {*Edit: I now suggest using a roasting rack instead. This one is $6.50!}
  • Extra-virgin olive oil or even pastured lard {FatWorks is my favorite}
  • An onion
  • The spice rub below
  • …and a Crock Pot. Hence the name.

It’s very easy to change the flavor profile on a roasted chicken. I’m going with earthy today, using oregano and ancho chili powder. You could just as easy swap the oregano for basil and the ancho chili for red chili pepper flakes—serve it with roasted spaghetti squash with some pesto! But back to today. Open your spice cupboard, and grab the following:

  • 2 tsp kosher salt (use less for finer-grain salt)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp ancho chili powder
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika

Spice blend for rotisserie style chicken made in the slow cooker on www.PopularPaleo.com #paleo #chickenrecipes

Blend these together. We’re gonna rub it on the chicken in a minute.

Grab a small onion or half of a large one and the chicken, plus some cooking twine.  Prep your chicken (e.g. pull out the guts, rinse and pat dry, tuck the wing tips back) and peel the onion and cut into two or three chunks. We need the onion to stay as large as possible if it’s gonna survive five hours in a slow cooker. Stuff the onion in the center cavity of the bird and tie the drumsticks off with twine.

Before dropping the chicken in the pot, make a couple balls from the aluminum foil and put those in first. This creates a platform for the chicken to rest on, letting the juices drip below. Now, it won’t be a soggy mess. {*Edit: I’m learning about the hazards of cooking with aluminum foil in this manner and have an alternative to recommend: This inexpensive rack (about $6.50) lays inside the slow cooker and keeps the bird lifted above the juices, resulting in crisp chicken without any negative implications from aluminum foil.}

Lay the chicken atop the foil balls {*Edit: roasting rack} and drizzle with a bit of olive oil, rub it over the skin. Now take your spice blend and cover the bird entirely. I like to do this after placing the chicken in the crock so the spices that go overboard end up in the juice and not on my counter.

Make rotisserie style chicken at home using your slow cooker! www.PopularPaleo.com #paleo #chickenrecipes

Wash your hands, pop the lid on, set it to low for 4-5 hours and you’re done!  I should warn you that Crock Pots tend to have minds of their own and cook at different rates. This is why most recipes have a range for cook times and generous ones at that. Mine runs hot and tends to cook things faster than recipes specify.  You may need to cook yours on high for 4 or 5 hours or low for 6. Just depends…

Make rotisserie style chicken at home using your slow cooker! www.PopularPaleo.com #paleo #chickenrecipes

Voila! It’s been 4.5 hours and my chicken is done!

Need some ideas for using leftover roasted chicken? Skim over these recipes:

Chinese Chicken Lettuce Cups

Rosemary Lemon Spaghetti Squash

Shirataki Noodle Bowl (it’s like Pho!)

PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.


  1. says

    We raise our own meat chickens. Some of the recipes for “store-bought” just don’t work on our lower-fat birds. This recipe is our permanent favorite. My husband loves coming home and smelling this in the crock-pot. Thank you so much!

  2. Craig says

    This is exactly the type of recipe I was looking for. Giving it a whirl today :) very excited to eat a delicious chicken!

    And anecdotally, I’ve put the bird on a bed of veggies before, and, while the veggies mostly held their shape, they were very greasy and more than a wee bit mushy. I went with aluminum foil on the bottom, but echo Kris W.’s reservations with it. Might try something else on the bottom next time.

    Thanks for posting :)

  3. Amanda R. says

    I tried something similar a few weeks ago- aluminum balls and all. By the time my chicken was done my crockpot was half full with liquid. Any tips on how to avoid that? Maybe it’s the chicken I used? On a side note I’ve also found that whenever I cook meat like that (in liquid) it comes out dry… What am I doing wrong?

    • popularpaleo says

      My gut says that you’re cooking it too long. Protein has an ideal cook time — it’s possible to dry that stuff out. My crock pot cooks stuff super fast, even on low, so I always know that I have to reduce whatever recommended cook time comes with a recipe.

      Grab a meat thermometer and test temps every hour to see how it’s progressing next time. This will help you get to know your slow cooker :-)

  4. Kris W. says

    Looks like an awesome recipe, thanks for posting. I was wondering, I am not a big aluminum fan, could I just use two small glass ramekins upside down to set the chicken on instead? Thanks again

    • popularpaleo says

      Yes it will work in that the chicken will cook, but… There will be a fair amount of drippings that collect at the bottom, which those carrots and onions will sit in for a long time (and under the weight of the bird as well). I have this image of fatty mush at the end of 5 hours in my head… blech. The only way to know for sure is to test it out and see how it goes! If you do it, circle back here and share how it went!

  5. says

    Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the pictures on this blog
    loading? I’m trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it’s
    the blog. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  6. Anna says

    I must try! I was going to use the whole chicken that I have to make soup, but I think you have changed my mind 😉 I just need tin foil!


  1. […] One of my favorite strategies I discuss in The Frugal Paleo Cookbook (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});  is how I like to maximize my time in the kitchen. This saves me time, effort and money by working ahead. This recipe is a great example of how that plan comes together. This weekend I roasted an extra chicken in the oven while I was hanging out doing dishes… and laundry… and crafts with the kids… and — you get the idea. I set the chicken aside for a quick weeknight meal, which we took advantage of tonight (psssst! You can easily roast a whole chicken in your slow cooker too!) […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>