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Slow Cooker Roast Chicken

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 tablespoon.com 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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  1. Stacey S

    September 4th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    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. bakedbree

    September 6th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    You love a roast chicken as much as I do it seems! This is my new favorite way to make it.

  3. Melissa Vanni

    September 5th, 2011 at 10:24 am

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

  4. bakedbree

    September 6th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Why thank you, Melissa!

  5. natalie

    September 5th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

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

  6. bakedbree

    September 6th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    you are welcome Natalie!

  7. Paula @ Dishing the Divine

    September 5th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    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! 🙂

  8. bakedbree

    September 6th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    It is! I love that pan. It also has a cover.

  9. Rebecca

    September 5th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    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!

  10. bakedbree

    September 6th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    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.

  11. Alyssa

    September 5th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    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! 🙂

  12. bakedbree

    September 6th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    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!

  13. Kelly @free spirit food

    September 5th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I deFinitely want to try this!!

  14. bakedbree

    September 6th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I hope that you do, it is so easy!

  15. FoodJunkie

    September 5th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    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.

  16. bakedbree

    September 6th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    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.

  17. The Café Sucré Farine

    September 6th, 2011 at 6:00 am

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

  18. bakedbree

    September 6th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Me too Chris! It is starting to feel like fall in Kansas, and I am so happy about it.

  19. jan

    September 6th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    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!!

  20. bakedbree

    September 11th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    The sherry sounds divine. I love sherry.

  21. Melanie

    September 9th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

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

  22. bakedbree

    September 11th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I am so glad. No, I didn’t make a sauce, but it would be easy. I would whisk a few tablespoons of butter. I just spooned some of the juices over top.

  23. Melanie

    September 15th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Thanks Bree!

  24. Natasha

    September 15th, 2011 at 1:45 pm


  25. bakedbree

    September 15th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Mine is pretty small, and a 5 pound turkey fit.

  26. cowsontherun

    December 13th, 2011 at 6:30 pm


    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!

  27. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    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.

  28. Dianefaith

    June 26th, 2012 at 12:19 am

    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

  29. bakedbree

    June 27th, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    That sounds great with fresh tarragon. Glad that you found me.

  30. Lorcán

    October 7th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Looks great, but should we add water?

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


  31. bakedbree

    October 8th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Nope, it does not need any water.

  32. Kris

    December 20th, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Cooking this today, sounds nice!

  33. bakedbree

    December 24th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    hope you enjoyed it!

  34. Samta

    December 24th, 2012 at 10:32 am

    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.

  35. bakedbree

    December 24th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    An Indian inspired roast chicken sounds amazing.

  36. Anitabot

    January 26th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    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 🙂

  37. bakedbree

    January 27th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I really don’t know.

  38. Katie

    February 21st, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    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:-)

  39. bakedbree

    February 21st, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    You are welcome! Glad that you like it.

  40. Bonnie

    July 27th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

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

  41. bakedbree

    August 3rd, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Maybe 2-3 hours? I don’t really know I have only made it on low.

  42. A Life From Scratch

    November 22nd, 2013 at 3:07 pm

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

  43. bakedbree

    November 24th, 2013 at 10:13 pm


  44. Theresa Flurchick

    December 23rd, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    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.

  45. bakedbree

    December 31st, 2013 at 11:49 am


  46. Theresa Flurchick

    December 23rd, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks for all your suggestions.

  47. bakedbree

    December 31st, 2013 at 11:48 am

    You are welcome.

  48. Tom

    July 18th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    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?

  49. bakedbree

    July 20th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Nope, no liquid. It makes its own.

  50. Tery

    March 25th, 2015 at 10:23 am

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

  51. bakedbree

    March 25th, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    I would do it after it has cooked, not before.

  52. Donna jones

    November 28th, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    The recipe for the roasted chicken was delicious. I will make it againp

  53. bakedbree

    December 5th, 2018 at 4:43 am

    I am so glad that you liked it!

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