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Easy Slow Cooker Whole Chicken with Vegetables Recipe

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Slow cooker whole chicken and potatoes with vegetables is an easy dinner that’s ready when you are.

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

One of my favorite ways to cook a whole chicken is in a slow cooker. Add potatoes and vegetables and dinner is ready when you are.  This is a slow cooker recipe can be set in the morning and cook all day long. It’s great for week days, busy weekends and even Sunday dinner.

Crock Pot Chicken

Start by placing the vegetables on the bottom of the slow cooker crock.  Substitute small potatoes in place of the sliced potatoes, if desired.

Seasoned Whole Chicken

Season the chicken with herbs and spices. I used a pre-made garlic mix, but homemade Italian dressing mix works well. I also like paprika and garlic.  Feel free to change it up! You can also pull up the skin a little and work the seasonings under the skin. Also put some inside the cavity.

CrockPot Chicken

Once the chicken is seasoned, place it on top of the vegetables in the slow cooker. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Whole Chicken in a slow cooker

After 6 hours the chicken will be cooked and fairly easy to transfer to a baking dish, but it will be very tender after 8 hours. If you don’t care about crisping the skin, go for 8 hours.

Slow Cooker Chicken

To crisp up the skin, remove the chicken to a baking dish and put under the broiler for a few minutes.

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Recipe with Vegetables


Easy Slow Cooker Whole Chicken with Vegetables Recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Whole Chicken with Vegetables Recipe
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours


  • 1 (3 1/2 lb) whole chicken
  • Baby carrots
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 3 potatoes cut into 1/2 inch slices


Remove giblets from chicken, if it has them. Rub desired seasonings all over the skin of the chicken. Use seasonings like thyme, tarragon, garlic, rosemary, etc.
Scatter the potatoes over the bottom of the slow cooker. Add in the carrots and onions. Add the chicken on top.
Cover with the lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the juices from the chicken run clear when pierced with a fork. The longer it cooks, the more tender the chicken gets. Transfer the chicken and the vegetables to a baking dish.
Broil the chicken for a few minutes until the skin is brown and crisp. Cut the chicken and serve.


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  • Robin
    October 11, 2018

    I have my chicken & veggies in my slow cooker right now. It looks delicious! Can’t wait!

  • Donna
    November 23, 2017

    Do I put slow cooker on Low or high?

  • Epicurious
    September 19, 2016

    What size slow cooker is needed for this meal? I’m trying to decide between the 6 qt or 8 qt instant pot and have no idea if 6 qt is big enough for 4 lb chicken and all the veggies. There are only 2 of us so not sure if 8 qt is overkill? Looks yummy! Thanks.

    • Camille
      September 19, 2016

      I didn’t make this in an InstantPot – just to be clear. The size will depend on how big the chicken is. You could use either the 6 or 8 quart. Just fill it up with more veggies if you feel like it needs to be fuller!

  • Liz
    June 8, 2016

    Yum – thank you!

    • Camille
      June 8, 2016

      Thanks, Liz!

      • joie
        June 11, 2016

        going in the rv in two weeks ,will cook chicken while we swim and hike

        • Camille
          June 13, 2016

          What a great idea to use the slow cooker in an RV!