Slow Cooker Chicken is the secret to moist, flavorful and delicious chicken! A simple spice mix is layered between the skin and chicken allowing for maximum flavor cooked into the chicken.
I use my slow cooker year-around. In the winter I like to make soups and beef roasts in them. They’re warm and comforting. During the summer, I cook in it so I don’t heat up an already hot house by turning on the stove or oven. Plus, we’re crazy busy during the summer and the slow cooker is a great ‘hands-off’ way to enjoy a home-cooked meal.
If ever I needed a ‘hands-off’ week of cooking this was it! We just got back from vacation, my dad was in the hospital and my husband had surgery!
Calgon take me away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Plus I have these crazy personal goals that I set and get really mad at myself if I don’t reach them.
Thank you Type A personality!
I bet my husband wishes I had a goal of cleaning the house!
Slow Cooker Chicken
Back to my recipe! I started by making a paste with Better than Bouillon chicken base, store-bought pesto, and a seasoning blend. Rub this between the skin and the meat. Just place the whole chicken in a slow cooker and cook. Depending on the size of your chicken, it can take from four hours to eight hours to cook. I cooked my two-pound whole chicken for 5 hours on low. The chicken was literally falling apart! It was very tender, flavorful and juicy. I did not cook the vegetables in the pictures with the chicken in the slow cooker. Instead, I roasted them in the oven to bring out the natural sweetness in them. Read more about roasting vegetables.
Slow Cooker Chicken
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- 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon I used Better Than Bouillon reduced sodium
- 1 tablespoon prepared pesto
- 2 teaspoon McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Chicken seasoning
- 2 - 2.5 pound whole chicken insides removed
- Make a past with the bouillon, pesto and seasoning. Spread it between the skin and the breast meat of the chicken.
- Place chicken in slow cooker.
- Cook on low 4 to 5 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours. I cooked a small 2 pound chicken.
- *For a 4 pound chicken, cook on low 7 to 8 hours or low 5 to 6 hours.
I love using my slow cooker whenever I can. It’s so great for a busy schedule. This chicken looks delicious. I’ll have to give the recipe a try. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.
Love chicken. Like this even more because i can pop it in the slow cooker and forget about it.
Thanks for sharing
Me too! Thanks for stopping by, Michelle!
Lisa @ Cooking with Curls says
Would you believe that I still have not used my crockpot? Even after watching all of you post these amazing meals all year. Maybe you should set some goals for me as well Paula! 😉 That chicken looks delicious, I really…really need to try it…soon!!
We made 3 or 4 meals out of that chicken, totally worth it. Thanks for stopping by!
I need to do this…I roast a whole chicken almost ever other week, but never in the slow cooker. Thanks for the inspiration!
Roxy | Roxy's Kitchen says
This chicken looks amazing… only 4 ingredients and cooked in the slow cooker, love it! Pinned!
Thanks so much! We eat a lot of chicken so cooking a whole one and having leftovers is great!
Julie @ This Gal Cooks says
Great chicken recipe, Paula!
Claire @ A Little Claireification says
This looks DELICIOUS and I SO need a break too, Paula!! And I also need a new slow cooker so thank you for the giveaway!! Pinned!
Melanie | Melanie Makes says
This chicken looks full of flavor – a must try!
Carol at Wild Goose Tea says
I am as slow as a slow cooker itself, I guess. I never thought to do this. Duh! It’s my favorite way to cook ham now. Yep, no doubt its delicious. And its certainly easy.
ohhhhh, a ham sounds delicious in the slow cooker!! See? I must being slower than one!!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
yum.. i love a good slow cooked chicken. thanks for the great recipe, definitely one i will be following in my kitchen this week!
Thanks, hope you enjoy!
Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says
Thanks for the great giveaway!
Emily @ It Bakes Me Happy says
Paula this chicken looks delicious! I am so impressed that you made this in your slow cooker, yum!
Thanks Emily, it was so good and easy!
Nicole @ Or Whatever You Do says
Great giveaway! Thanks for doing this ladies!
Becca from It's Yummi! says
I can only imagine how fall-off-the-bone this chicken must be, and ohmigerd… that cooker looks AMAZING!
It was good! Isn’t that slow cooker amazing?!
Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama says
You know, I STILL haven’t tried roasting an entire chicken in my slow cooker yet?? I am totally inspired now by this simple recipe of your’s! 🙂 Pinned and sharing.
Thanks, Carrie. This was my first and I loved it. I used leftover chicken in a lot of different dishes so I’ll be doing this a lot!