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slow cooker whole chicken

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

  • Author: Emily
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker


  • 5 lb. whole chicken (about that weight)
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tsp. paprika (regular or smoked)
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 16 oz. carrots (baby or whole)
  • 2 bulbs fennel (about 1.25 lbs.)
  • 1 white onion 
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 baguette
  • olive oil/butter


  1. Prepare ingredients
    Pat chicken dry with paper towel.
    Stir together salt, paprika, and garlic powder.
  2. Rub chicken with 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle spice mix rub all over chicken.
  3. Place chicken, breast side up into the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours, checking to make sure it reaches 165 degrees. Carefully lift chicken out of slow cooker and place on pan or baking dish. Broil for a few minutes to crisp up skin. Reserve about 2 cups of chopped chicken for later in the week.
  4. 35 minutes before you want to eat, preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Slice carrots in 2 inch pieces. Slice fennel and remove core. Slice onion. Place on large sheet pan and drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Roast for about 25 minutes, until golden brown.
  6. Serve with baguette. 


  • Get your kids involved! They can: mix together spice rub, toss vegetables with olive oil and sprinkle on salt. 

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