How To Cook A Whole Chicken In The Slow Cooker - And A Random Recipe To Use It In

If you're like me, you always see those whole chickens in the grocery store and you just keep walking. I had no idea what to do with one and assumed it would be easier for me to just by a cooked rotisserie chicken for $5-$7 if I needed one.

I saw that the whole chickens were on sale for less than 95 cents/lb, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I threw my $3.90 chicken in the cart and took it home.

This is my whole chicken. I had never seen a whole chicken out of the wrapper, so I was a little unsure as to what I would find. I unwrapped Lucy(yeah-I named my chicken) and opened her legs. The organs were just sitting there and I dumped them out in the trash-I'm sure some of you may use those-NOT me-I'm NOT that adventurous. I rinsed her off really well with water and got her ready to put in the crock pot.

This part is all personal preference-you can put whatever you'd like on your chicken. I don't claim to be a good cook and have no clue when it comes to most things so I just grabbed spices that sounded familiar from my spice rack. I rubbed salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and some other randomness all over Lucy. I then poured a cup of water in with her. You don't have to do that, but if you do-you'll have some homemade chicken broth and the recipe I was going to use called for chicken broth. If I wasn't going to use the chicken stock in the recipe that night, I could have put it in the refrigerator or freezer until I needed it.

I put the chicken in my smaller crock pot because it fit. I was unsure of how long to cook it, but figured everything always cooks at either 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. Mine cooked for about 4-5 hours on high and was completely done-you'll know because the meat will be super tender and falling off of the bone when you move the chicken.

See all that yummy FREE chicken broth? I would have bought 2 cans on sale for about 65 cents each for the recipe I was planning to use that night and I was able to just use this instead.

I poured it through the strainer twice and then put the broth in the pot that I was going to be cooking in. Again, I could have just put that broth in containers and kept it in the freezer until I needed it.

I let the chicken cool on a platter and then I took it off of the bone. I used the whole chicken for this recipe(it makes enough to feed our family of 4 TWICE). I had already put all the chicken broth from the crock pot into the pot and then added the chicken that I took off the bone. I then added a can of corn, a can of tomato sauce, and a can of diced tomatoes. (you can also add sausage and other veggies to make it more of a gumbo). I prepared 2 cups of rice in another pot and added it to the chicken yumminess.

I always buy my canned products on sale(buy one, get one free) and keep them in the pantry. The chicken was less than $4, so I was able to make this recipe that fed us TWICE for about $7 or less.

I haven't been posting recipes, but I plan on putting more up soon. I ALWAYS have to see pictures before I cook something, so I will be using pictures of the ingredients and the finished product in my posts.

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S Club Mama said...

that looks fantastic. I'm not sure my crockpot would fit a whole chicken; I need a bigger one. :D

Jenna said...

Yum, that looks great! I'm always looking for new recipes for the slow's the easiest way to prepare meals! Thanks!!

Shell said...

I'm so glad you posted this- I literally just got home from the grocery store with a whole chickena and was wondering if I could cook it in the crockpot!

Jus and Kat said...

Wow, that looks so yummy . . . and now, I'm hungry! :)

Kat @ Keeping the Faith

Karmah said...

There is a really good slowcooking site.

I got a crock pot just so I could make some of these recipes. I highly recommend the BBQ chicken, the korean ribs, and the lemon herb chicken. All family favorites.

Kelli @ RTSM said...

My mom always cooked whole chicken when I was growing up...but I am all about the boneless skinless stuff! Something about the bones {and the organs you mentioned} just kind of grosses me out! I've never thought of doing one in the crockpot though...great idea!

Big Mama Cass said...

That looks fantastic! I think I will give it a shot. :)

Chari said...

I don't know if you already knew this, but if you put the broth in the bowl and put it in the fridge for a few hours your fat will harden on top. Scoop it off then you can put the broth in a freezer bag to freeze until you need it (you can easily defrost in the microwave). Then you have your 99% fat free broth :-)

Tired Mom Tésa said...

I just cooked a whole chicken in my crock pot for the first time last week. It is so easy and delicious, I'll definitely do it again. I like your gumbo-like recipe, putting it on the menu for next week!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

That looks so good! I love using my crockpot as much as possible! ;)

Nancy said...

Crock Pots are fantastic and make great meals!! Thank you for this Chicken recipe, I will be trying it.

Jamie said...

We cook a whole chicken every Monday, haha! I usually just slather it up with whatever I have on hand and roast it in the oven for an hour or so, basting it every 30 minutes. We eat everything except the breasts and save them for another meal later in the week. Delicious and cheap!!

Hubby loves when I shove chunks of apples in the cavity.

Helena said...

Thanks for the recipe! Chicken is the meat of choice for us and so I welcome all kinds of recipes for chicken! This one is great!

Katie said...

LOL! You named it Lucy!! I love that! :) What a good idea to use a strainer. We have some whole birds (not sure if it's chicken or turkey) in our deep freeze...they may find themselves in a crockpot real soon now!

Jennifer-Eighty MPH Mom said...

Great idea! I have never, ever thought of just putting a whole chicken in a crock pot, but it makes sense! You are right, it's a great way to make your own broth too.

Thanks for the great idea!

Kelli said...

thanks for the chicken/crock pot tip. i'll give it a shot. thanks.


Elderlady said...

The most tender, moist chicken.... ever. I use a liner for something like this. Meat just fell off the bones.
My crock pot will hold one of about 4-5 pounds. "Broth" will go in the freezer for use later.
Saves heating up the house with the oven in the summertime.
Great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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