Cooking a Whole Chicken in a Crockpot and Its Many Uses


I’ve come to learn that you can pretty much cook anything in a crockpot. One of my favorite simple recipes is cooking a whole chicken in one. Who would have thought that you could wash a chicken, throw it in a crockpot with some spices and be good to go. But it really is that simple.

And then when the chicken is all done, it literally falls off the bone to the point that you can barely scoop it out of the crockpot. As if that wasn’t enough, you can throw the bones back in, add a little water (and some spices/veggies if you want) and make your own homemade chicken broth.

When it comes to cooking the chicken, I keep mine very basic with just adding a little salt and pepper and maybe some garlic and here’s why. I often cook up a whole chicken, save some for a few meals that week and then freeze up pieces for later use. I don’t want the chicken to take on any one particular flavor since I like to use it in several dishes. Here are some of the ways that I use the chicken that I’ve cooked in the crockpot:

You should end up with a container of super moist chicken like this one which you can pull apart for…

Chicken Salad Toppers

Throw it in with pasta for extra protein

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza – (I recommend the pizza crusts and Organicville BBQ Sauce they have on Vitacost. They still have the $10 credit if you haven’t signed-up yet. They also have a Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Pizza Mix. All great ways to make quick pizza at home.)

And of course, you can make the chicken broth afterwards.

Other uses:
~Chicken Tacos
~Chicken Burritos/Wraps
~Chicken Sandwiches with Cheese Melted on Top
~Added to Stir-Fry Recipes

Here are the basic instructions:
1) Wash the chicken and remove any giblets inside.
2) Put chicken in crockpot. Spice it like you would one you cook in the oven. I simple sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Maybe adding some garlic.
3) Turn the crockpot on High for 4 hours. (Probably 8 hours on low, but I’ve never tried it.)
4) Either way, make sure it meets the proper temperature for chicken before you remove it.
5) When it’s done, you are going to have to be super careful getting it out of there. The thing will crumble fast! I use Oxo Good Grips Tongs and a fork to get it out and take off the meat. (after it’s cooled some!)
6) As I’m taking off the meat, I’m throwing any bones back into the crockpot, including the carcass.
7) Add water (and any spices/veggies–typically things like onion, celery, carrot, bay leaf, etc.) like you would making any broth. Mine takes about 5 cups of water Yours may vary.
8 ) Heat overnight on low or for several hours on high until you get a consistency you want.
9) Cool and freeze/refrigerate broth appropriately after it’s cooled.
10) Freeze any chicken meat you might not use that week.

If you want a recipe with more spices/details, just Google “Whole Chicken Crockpot” and you’ll get several recipes, enough reading for days, probably!

Hoping that you’ll be able to use this as a way to avoid convenience foods and get some quick meals on the table (and broth stored for homemade soup!) Just be sure that you use proper cooking and handling procedures when making this!

How do you make your chicken in a crockpot? What kinds of spices do you add? In what ways have you found to use in it meals? I’d love to hear all your tips!

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  1. Monique says

    The whole chicken in the crock pot is an excellent idea! I never thought about doing that. Thanks.

  2. coupongeek says

    You’re welcome, Monique! It’s a super easy way to get chicken and broth made for several meals and soups. Hope you like it if you try it! :)


  3. Rebecca Stevens says

    You have no idea how timely this post was for me! I keep finding great sales on whole chickens but wasnt sure how I could go about getting the most out of them for the money. This is perfect and as a sidenote, I LOVE Crockpot cooking!! Thanks again for the tips!

  4. Karen says

    I have one in my slow cooker right now for supper! I seasoned it with salt, pepper, sage, rosemary & marjoram. If there are any leftovers, I’m going to make chicken pot pie for tomorrow night.

  5. says

    I’ve been doing this for years! It is a great idea! Especially when having a party. I put a whole chicken and roast beef in two different crockpots. I add my favorite fresh salsa to each and shred the meat when its done. I’ll have a taco or burrito party or buffet at work and serve these along with cheese, sour cream, onions, etc. Make your own burrito bar. Everyone raves about the meet and I didn’t really do anything.

    Thanks for all the other ideas!

  6. Trish says

    Ty I have a whole chicken and have been worried about cooking it. Being disable this sounds very easy 4 me 2 do.

  7. Karen B says

    I like to use the meat for Mexican Casserole, BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, chicken Tacos, Chicken Spaghetti. Lots of uses. And it is so moist and tender. I cook mine without any spices and its wonderful too.

  8. coupongeek says

    I was surprised at how well it tastes without spices. Never thought of BBQ Chicken Sandwiches or Casseroles. Adding that to the list. Thank you for sharing, Karen! :)


  9. coupongeek says

    Hi Trish,

    The hardest part is getting it out of the crockpot without it crumbling. But you can always take it out in small pieces. Hope it works out for you and you like it!


  10. coupongeek says

    I LOVE the idea of a taco or burrito party. I might do that for my daughter’s birthday. Thank you for the idea, Couponteri!


  11. coupongeek says

    Hi Meg,

    It’s such an easy dinner–with usually more meat for small meals later. I hope you end up liking it! :)


  12. coupongeek says

    I can’t believe I didn’t think of pot pies. I think those freeze well, too. Adding that to my list of things to try! Thanks for sharing, Karen. I hope supper turns out fabulous! :)


  13. coupongeek says

    Awww, thank you Rebecca. I’m so glad I could be helpful! I’ve tried cooking whole chickens in the oven and I can never seem to get all the meat off. This way is so easy as it just falls off when I pull on it with the tongs. Hope you end up liking it if you try it!


  14. curls717 says

    Just wanted to stop back and say I tried this last Sunday and it was great. For lunches, I’ve used the chicken to top a garden salad and for chicken salad lettuce wraps. The weather cooperated on Monday by being a bit chilly, so delicious chicken orzo soup hit the spot. I’ll use the rest for dinners – chicken tacos and/or bbq sandwiches. Plus Stop & Shop had whole chickens for .99 lb.

  15. coupongeek says

    I’m so glad that it turned out for you! It can make so many good meals with such little time, can’t it? I’m thinking I’m going to have to add it to my routine every other week.

    Thank you for sharing! I love to hear when things turn out! :)


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