Rotisserie Chicken in the Crockpot

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Have you ever cooked a whole chicken?



I consider myself to be fairly brave in the kitchen. Test a new recipe when guests are coming over…no problem. Try out a new cuisine…let’s go for it. But one thing that intimidates me…butchering my meat and poultry. I know it’s cheaper to buy a big cut or whole bird, but I’m just a teensy bit leery of handling raw animal products. But my usual grocery store put out an awesome sale on whole chicken, and I bit the bullet and bought one, hoping that I could use one of my favorite tools in the kitchen—my slow cooker.

I have to say that making a “rotisserie” chicken in the slow cooker is not only way easier than I thought it would be, but it was absolutely delicious.


And did I mention I only had two ingredients…so, here’s what you need:


1 fryer size  (about 5 pounds) whole chicken
Poultry seasoning of your choice—I used McCormick’s rotisserie chicken seasoning.

Take the chicken out of the packaging. Steel yourself for the hard part and….Reach into cavity and remove any fun “surprises” you might have in there.


My chicken had a gizzard, heart, and liver in there. Yum.


It simply depends on the processor what you might find in there. You can save these goodies for another recipe (like soup), or you can discard. Rinse chicken and pat dry. Place in slow cooker breast side up. Liberally spread seasoning all over bird. Do not forget to put some of the seasoning inside the chicken. Truss up the bird with some twine.


And…that’s it. Close up that slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours. Spend those 8 hours wondering why you made such a big deal over the touching of raw meat. Then come home to an absolutely delicious smelling house.


Be prepared, though: this will create the most moist, fall off the bone chicken. If you take pictures of your food (for a blog, for example), take your pictures inside the slow cooker because it will literally fall apart when you take it out. Yum.



And once you have eaten your bird, if you want to really want to use the leftovers to an advantage…make stock.

Put your carcass (picked clean as much as possible) back in the slow cooker you just cooked the chicken in (it should have some yummy drippings still in there), with any veggies you might want to throw in (carrots, celery, and onions are all good choices) and about 8 cups of water (you want to cover the carcass).


Cook on high for four hours or on low for 8. Strain and then you can freeze for another day’s soup!





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33 comments

  1. I am SO doing this!! Thanks for this great tip, it looks AMAZING!! By the way, the giblets? I like to toss em' with salt and pepper and roast them (southern girl - I love my chicken livers and gizzards! LOL) Stopping by from SITS!

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  2. Hey! First time visitor from the Made in a Day Blog Hop! One tip I learned is to ball up pieces of aluminum foil and place in the botto of the crockpot. Place your chicken on top, and all of the fat drains away. I did try it, and it worked, but I have not made one in a long time. I have a great grocery close by that sells the cooked chickens cheaper than I can cook them! New follower! I love blogs with meal plans!!

    ~Vicky
    www.sleepinginanunmadebed.com

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  3. That looks absolutely RIDICULOUSLY delicious!! I am DEFINITELY making this!! :) Stopping by from SITS and so glad I did!

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  4. AWESOME! I hate touching raw meat and that is mostly what keeps me from cooking a whole chicken. This looks totally do-able though. I'm going to try it!

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  5. Found you on southernsavers.com! I have always been intimated about cooking a whole chicken, but you just inspired me to try it! Although scooping out the guts still seems pretty gross... and it's hard to believe all that liquid comes out of the chicken, but how easy that would be to cook. Pinning to try!

    I would love for you to share this on my blog hop too: http://www.sneakyspoons.com/2013/01/frugal-crafty-home-blog-hop_27.html

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  6. Atta girl! I've never cooked a whole chicken-just for this reason :). It looks awesome though-and I bet your house smelled fabulous. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

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  7. You cooked an entire chicken in the crockpot?! Genius!! I am so doing this! I love my crockpot - it's about the only thing we ever use to cook anymore.

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  8. I hadn't seen this seasoning before. I will definitely have to look for it. What great color!

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    1. I was amazed at the color that came out! I need to look at the seasoning to figure out what gave it the color.

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  9. Oh my, YUM!!! Love how easy it is.
    Stopping by from SITS.

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  10. Love it! I've done similar before and the stock is just awesome. Great to freeze in ice cube trays and use later. Stopping by from SITS.

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  11. I like mine cooked on low. I haven't tried the rotisserie seasoning yet but for some reason lemon pepper gives the same effect. Everyone should do this!

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  12. Looks delicious - I will definitely give this a try!

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  13. Oh, thank you! This looks juicy and delicious and, best of all, easy! Stopping by from SITS and good thing I did as I now know what to make for dinner. Thank you and happy Saturday!

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    1. I was amazed at how juicy it turned out, especially since the last thing I made in the crock pot was dry. But apparently chicken has more juice in it than I thought (as long as it's whole). Happy Saturday!

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  14. Very cool - and I LOVE the idea of immediately making stock and soup in that same crock pot!

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  15. Hi Rachel, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com), and I’m visiting from the SITS Saturday Sharefest.

    I make whole chicken all the time, and have made it in the slow cooker, but never thought to use rotisserie seasoning. Didn't even know that was a product! And I LOVE your tip about throwing the carcass right back in the cooker for soup. I've never done that either. Great tips!

    Anyway, thanks for posting this. If you’ve never visited yet, I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

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    1. As far as throwing the carcass back in the pot...my philosophy is why bother dirtying another pot? Actually, that's my philosophy (and hope) for most cooking! :-) Happy Saturday!

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  16. okay, now my mouth is watering haha I love my crock pot. I love rotesserie. I didn't realize they made that spice. I am so adding this to my shopping list! Thank you very much for sharing this!

    Tabby
    http://www.shoppingwives.com

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  17. Whaaat!? And it works! That's awesome. I buy fryers all the time and use this little "beer can" stand that I bought like 6 years ago at Bass Pro Shops, but this sounds way easier!

    I found you through SITS Sharefest!

    I'd love it if you would share this for F-it Fridays on my blog!
    http://www.parloandlogi.com/fi-tfriday9/

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  18. Looks absolutely yummy and simple! Visiting from SITS. Thanks for sharing it.
    www.TheMamaZone.com

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  19. I've been looking for a good whole chicken recipe for the slow cooker! stopping by from SITS

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  20. Always looking for new recipes to use with my crock pot. This looks yummy!
    I'd love for you to come over and share you ideas at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party.
    http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/finding-the-pretty-delicious-linky-party-3/

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  21. I would have never known this could be so easy!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with us!! Enjoy your week!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  22. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!
    --Katie

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  23. Hi Rachel
    Thanks for sharing this - I found you through the Pinworthy Projects Party.
    I love using my crockpot, and this looks super easy! I'm pinning it to my crockpot board, and I'm following you on Twitter now too :)
    Happy Monday!
    Ang
    http://jugglingactmama.blogspot.com

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  24. Hi Rachel,
    I have not seen that season, I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing and have a great week.
    Miz Helen

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  25. that looks delicious! My kids love whole chicken so I'm going to have to try this. Thanks for linking up at Must Try Monday!

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  26. Wow, I love the simple recipe! Thank you so much for sharing it. Please consider submitting this to my How To Tuesday Link Party, too.
    http://housewifehowtos.com/link-party-2/how-to-tuesday-link-party-7/

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    1. Pinky promise that it really is that easy! Let me know if you try it...

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  28. Yumm! I love crockpot recipes.
    I hope you link to my party- http://atozebracelebrations.com/2013/02/link-party-6.html
    Nancy

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