Dinner Tonight

Whole Slow Cooked Chicken

This quick and easy whole slow cooked chicken recipe will have your family so satisfied, it will become a weekly regular like it is in my house!


Serving size: 6

Prep time : 10 Mins

Cook time: 4 hours high or 7 hours low

Calories: 248 per serve


  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 whole onion peeled and cut into 8ths (I throw in 2 onions for extra flavour)
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary (dry is fine if that’s all you have)
  • 2 lemon wedges
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 large whole chicken about 2 kg

Optional extras:

  • 3 potatoes peeled
  • 1-2 medium carrots
  • 1/2-1 cup chicken stock


  1. In a small mixing bowl, add paprika, smoked paprika, salt, onion powder, dried thyme, garlic powder, cayenne and black pepper. This forms your rub, so now set aside.
  2. Place the cut onion pieces in the bottom of your slow cooker. If you want to add potato and carrot, now is the time to do it, but keep an eye on the liquid levels as the potatoes tend to soak the liquid up, so add 1/2-1cup of stock as needed.
  3. Remove any insides from the chicken and stuff it with rosemary, garlic and lemon wedges (or pretty much anything you like to give it flavour, additional herb, spices, chuck them in too).
  4. Take the rub prepared earlier, and spread it all over the outside of the chicken. To increase flavour rub some spices under the breast skin and on the inside of the cavity .
  5. Place the prepared chicken, breast side down, on top of the vegetables pieces and cover with lid. You won’t need to add any extra liquid unless you have added potatoes or carrots.
  6. Set the cooker on high for 4 hours or on low for 7 hours, or keeping an eye on the chicken until it is tender and falling off the bone. My preference is longer and slower as there is less chance of the chicken drying out.
  7. Take the chicken and vegetables from the slow cooker, arrange on plates and serve.


Slow cooker recipes are my go to when I have a hectic day ahead and this slow cooked chicken is a family favourite. Throwing it together before the school run and then placing it on a timer also makes sure you can set it and leave it, knowing when the witching hour hits a delicious and nutritious meal has already been prepared, and will keep even the pickiest of eaters happy.

Let me know how you go in the comments below!





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