slow cooker roast chicken recipeThere are very few things in this world that I find more homey or comforting than a roast chicken.  I love they way my house smells when I make one, and I feel so motherly when I present a whole chicken with brown and crispy skin to my family for dinner.  Making a roast chicken is incredibly simple, but I have found an ever simpler way to make one.  My new method is roasting a whole chicken in the slow cooker. You simply add some vegetables to the bottom of the insert, add a chicken, season, and cook.  Take the chicken out and place under the broiler for a few minutes to brown and crisp the skin.  When cooked in the slow cooker, the chicken is so moist and flavorful.  No dry chicken here.  Game changer.

Come over to to see my Slow Cooker Faves Collection, and see what else I made in the slow cooker.  You might be surprised.

slow cooker roast chicken recipeI start by adding onions, carrots, and potatoes to the bottom of the insert.

slow cooker roast chicken recipeWash and dry the chicken and coat with butter that has herbs and seasoning in it.

slow cooker roast chicken recipePlace the cooked chicken under the broiler for about 5 minutes to brown and crisp the skin.  I promise that this will be a new family favorite.

slow cooker roast chicken recipe

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56 Responses to Slow Cooker Roast Chicken

  1. Stacey S says:

    LOVE! I make roast chicken once or twice a week – and never thought about doing it “roast style” in my slow cooker. Sounds like a great idea!

  2. You are a freakin genius! This looks awesome! I bow down to your chicken cooking skills.:)

  3. natalie says:

    this looks delicious. i’m adding it to next week’s menu. thanks!

  4. Is that a pampered chef stoneware pan? I have one and LOVE it. I haven’t done the slow cooker chicken thing b/c I like crisp skin. Since you found a way to crisp up the skin, I promise to try this soon and report back! :)

  5. Rebecca says:

    I love using a slow cooker, but I hate having to brown the food on the stovetop. I love, love, love that you can put the chicken in the broiler! It’s so much easier. Great idea!

    • bakedbree says:

      I am going to upgrade my slow cooker to one that you can put the insert on the stovetop. I hate having to dirty a pan, but if I can do that step with the insert, I think that I would be less crabby about it.

  6. Alyssa says:

    The ONLY way I make a roast chicken is with the slow cooker — easy as can be, and SOOO moist! So glad you shared this recipe! Thanks, Bree! Another winner — as always! :)

    • bakedbree says:

      I never knew that you could make a roast chicken in the slow cooker, but it s a game changer! So moist, flavorful, and easy!

  7. Kelly @free spirit food says:

    I deFinitely want to try this!!

  8. FoodJunkie says:

    This looks well worth trying if the chicken I have in the freezer will fit in my little slow cooker. Seeing the seasoned butter on this one makes me think to combine this with a standard roasting technique from over at Food Wishes. Have you tried putting some of that butter under the skin? It would flavour the meat a little more although I’d have to experiment to see how well it works in a slow cooker.

    • bakedbree says:

      I do that sometimes, but I do not really think that it makes a huge difference, especially since a slow cooker chicken is already super moist.

  9. Yum, you’re making me feel in the fall spirit! I’m ready for these hearty, cool weather meals! Thanks, Chris

  10. jan says:

    I made this for dinner last night and it was a big hit. I made two changes: I split my chicken down the back and opened it up and layed it flat out in my oval slow cooker. I used olive oil instead of butter. Oh, I also added a 1/4 cup sherry to the pan. It was delicious. I loved the broiling it for the last new minutes to crisp up and brown the skin. Everyone ate it up!!

  11. Melanie says:

    Hi Bree, My family loved this recipe this week! Do you make a sauce with the juices while the chicken is in the broiler?

  12. Natasha says:


  13. cowsontherun says:


    I found this recipe last night and couldn’t wait to try it. I of course didn’t have the fresh herbs and my slow cooker was only large enough for the chicken itself, but the result was incredible. (I have a 4qt slow cooker so the 6lb chicken I had in my fridge took all the free space. )That aside, I stuffed my chicken with corn bread stuffing (including the onion I couldn’t fit in the pot), rubbed oil, dried basil, dried sage, salt and pepper into the skin and let the slow cooker run overnight on low. In the morning I had a fall off the bone chicken that was buttery, flavorful and rich.

    Thank you so much!

    • bakedbree says:

      While that sounds really delicious, I have to wonder how safe the stuffing would be. I never stuff a bird because of the temperature concerns.

  14. Dianefaith says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe! My oven has been broken since March and I have to wait to buy a new one. Now I can roast a chicken and with some of my tarragon from the garden. Nice part is not heating up the house since it’s been in the 90s here in the Midwest. Glad I found your site. Diane

  15. Lorcán says:

    Looks great, but should we add water?

    New to this slow cooker business, only done stews so far…


  16. Kris says:

    Cooking this today, sounds nice!

  17. Samta says:

    I have been making Roast Chicken in the oven like forever – We love that dish. I just make it in a manner to suit our Indian palette.
    I recently got a slow cooker – and happened to stumble on this genius recipe. I am gonna be making roast chicken in the slow cooker as described by you. Thanks for sharing this slow cooker version.

  18. Anitabot says:

    This chicken is my slow cooker right now! I’m new with slow cookers though, You say to put this on low for 4-8 hours. It’s already 1pm and I want it for dinner, if I put it on high for 4 hours would it kind of be the same in the end? Or low for 3 hours and then jack it up? Do you know if that makes a difference?

    Thanks. Excited to nom this :)

  19. Katie says:

    I just made this tonight…it’s browning right now so we have yet to taste it but it smells heavenly! Thanks for the recipe!! I’m not sure I’ll ever roast a chicken in the oven again:-)

  20. Bonnie says:

    My crockpot is brand new but my low setting will not work. How long for this chicken on HIGH?

  21. I just stumbled upon your blog – I love it, nice work! This recipe looks divine. Going to try it out soon…!

  22. Theresa Flurchick says:

    Hello. I wanted to try this, but I’ve never used a crock pot and when I brought your recipe up, I didn’t get all of the instructions like how long in the cooker. I would love to try this, because it really looks great. And Thank you.

  23. Theresa Flurchick says:

    Thanks for all your suggestions.

  24. Tom says:

    Recently retired; purchased a slow cooker and I am anxious to put it to use; I’m an engineer and I pay attention to follow the recipe; I see no liquid added to this chicken recipe? Should one not add at lease a 1/2 cup of water or broth to the cooker?

  25. Tery says:

    Could you broil the top first then put it in the slow cooker?

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