How to Roast a Chicken in Your Slow Cooker

Slow cooker roast chicken

I only have a tiny oven in my kitchen, which doesn’t really lend itself to cooking a big roast dinner, even for one person. So when I bought a whole chicken to roast recently I decided to try cooking it in the slow cooker, so I could cook roast veggies in the oven.

It turned out very well – maybe slightly overcooked but that was my fault for being too scared it would be undercooked (because my slow cooker takes longer than others) and cooking it for too long. 

The only difference between this method of cooking and using the oven is you don’t get the crispy skin. However, you can take the chicken out and cook it in the oven for the last 15 minutes to crisp up the skin. Be aware it may fall apart, but it will still be tasty.

Roast chicken


1 whole chicken

Whatever spices you want to season it. I like to use garlic, turmeric and lemon juice, and also place a whole lemon inside the chicken.


Rub the spices over the chicken. Place the chicken in the slow cooker, put the lid on and cook on High for 5 hours. You don’t need to add any liquid, the chicken will cook in its own juices. How easy is that?

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  1. Ha! Did you do this post just for me? I think I asked you for your recipe awhile back. Thanks!

  2. Hi, when I make a whole chicken in my slow cooker I also never use liquid. It turns out great everytime. Sometimes I also put the chicken, after it’s cooked, under the broiler for a crisp skin.
    Here you can read my recipe and spicerub. It’s in Dutch but there is a translate button on the right:

    Do you use the leftover juices and bones to make broth too? I do and it’s great. Overnight I make the broth and the next morning I sieve it and store it in portions in deepfreeze ziploc bags.
    Here you can read about the broth:

    Greetings from Holland!

    Tessa 🙂

    • Thanks so much for stopping by Tessa 🙂 I love making broth from the bones and drippings – I have some lamb bones and drippings to make broth with this week and I’m looking forward to it a lot 🙂


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