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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.

Slow Cooker 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

Slow Cooker Chicken

Slow Cooker Chicken

This is a moist, flavorful and delicious chicken! A simple spice mix is layered between the skin and chicken allowing for maximum flavor cooked into the chicken.

Author: Paula
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
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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.


Chicken will need to sit and cool 15 to 20 minutes before it's cool enough to handle.Use the chicken stock that's left in the slow cooker for soup with leftover chicken.Recipe from Paula All images and content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission that includes copying the ingredient list or entire recipe and posting in the comments on Pinterest. If you want to share this recipe, please simply link back to this post for the recipe. Thank you, Paula


Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 321mg | Potassium: 944mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 114IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    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.

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