Easy 3 Step Seasoned Crockpot Whole Chicken

This is the easiest way to make a whole chicken, especially for those that are intimated by cooking an entire bird. It comes out delicious and juicy, and makes your whole house smell amazing. You can season the bird the night before and refrigerate it inside the crock with the lid on. In the morning just pop the crock into the base of the slow cooker and set the timer. I usually go that route so that I have zero prep work on mornings before I head out to work (every Thursday is a slow cooker day in our house).  I’ve been making this chicken for years and this particular blend of seasoning is why I keep coming back to it. It’s just so flavorful!

Cooking a whole chicken is also economical because you will have leftover meat for other meals like soup, enchiladas, casseroles, chicken salad, and you can even turn the bones/carcass into a healthy stock!

1 whole organic chicken (rinsed and patted dry)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp thyme
1 tsp paprika

1. Combine spices in a bowl

2. Rub spice mix onto chicken

3. Place chicken into crockpot and cook on low for 5-8 hours depending on size of chicken.

This time I used a 3 lb bird and cooked it for 6 hours. No need stuff the cavity or  add liquid because the chicken will produce it’s own juice as it cooks. Don’t forget to save the bones and carcass for a future batch of homemade chicken stock!

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