Wondering how to cook a whole chicken in a crock pot? The answer is yes and it really easy!
Let me show you how!
How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot:
Remove the whole chicken from its packaging and remove the bag in innards inside the chicken cavity. Place the innards in a bowl and set aside in the refrigerator. Rinse and pat dry the chicken with a paper towel. Sprinkle the inside with salt and pepper and place the whole chicken inside the crock pot.
Sprinkle the outside with your favorite seasonings. I slid some peeled, whole garlic cloves under the chicken skin and put a few inside the chicken cavity. I also sprinkled the outside with kosher salt and ground black pepper.
Put the lid on the crock pot and turn on low for 7 – 7 1/2 hours. My chicken had a popup thermometer, but you could insert a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the cut of meat without touching the bone to check for doneness. The chicken is considered done at 180 degrees.
Viola! Dinner is ready. Really, could it be any easier?
When the chicken is done, allow it to rest for 15 minutes before cutting into it to prevent the chicken from drying out.
DON’T THROW OUT THE BONES AND STOCK! It’s time to make homemade chicken stock.
How to Make Chicken Stock in the Crock Pot:
Keep the broth from the chicken in the crock pot. Add the bones and skin.
You can also add:
- 1 onion, cut into quarters
- 2 carrots, cleaned and roughly chopped
- 2 celery ribs, cleaned and roughly chopped
- 1 head of garlic, outer papery layer removed and cut in half horizontally
- handful of parsley sprigs,
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
- the innards (this is totally optional, but if you do include the innards, exclude the liver which makes the stock bitter)
Fill the crock pot with water. Put the lid on and and turn on low overnight.
The next day.
Allow the stock to cool. Strain the stock through a sieve into a large bowl.
You may use the stock immediately or allow to cool completely and store in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, skim any fat that has risen to the top. Pour into freezer containers to keep in the freezer. I like to store in 32 oz, 16 oz and 8 oz portions.
Have you ever cooked a whole chicken in a crock pot? What are your favorite spices for chicken? Do you make your own chicken stock? Let us know in the comments.