Slow Cooker Roast Chicken Recipe

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Slow Cooker Roast Chicken Recipe – Many of us love a good roasted chicken. I can think of few people, particularly busy and working parents, who don’t appreciate the good food that can come from a slow cooker. Wouldn’t it be incredible if you could roast a chicken in your crock pot? That day has arrived, with this Slow Cooker Roast Chicken Recipe.

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About this

We all know how slow cookers do their thing, in a slow covered process. Typically this results in lots of juices, sometimes to the point of shredded meat. Sometimes this is desirable, and sometimes it isn’t. It seems then, that it would not be possible to roast a chicken in your slow cooker. This Slow Cooker Roast Chicken Recipe easily and deliciously proves otherwise.

How to roast a slow chicken in your crock-pot

(complete recipe and detailed instructions follow this post)

  1. Spray crock of your slow cooker with a non-stick coating.
  2. Using 4 or 5 potatoes, peel and slice in half the long way and place in a single layer in the slow cooker.
  3. Using a whole chicken, thoroughly pat dry and season as directed below. Place chicken on top of potatoes.
  4. Cover and cook on high, 6-8 hours.
  5. Toward the end, pour juice into skillet, add a little wine and some seasoning, stir and heat to reduce.
  6. !FOOD HACK!: To thicken gravy, take a small kitchen strainer, put some flour in it and tap into the gravy while stirring continuously. This thickens your gravy without any lumps of flour, giving a smooth and velvety texture to your gravy while allowing you to thicken to the desired consistency!
  7. Using two large utensils, such as a spatula and slotted spoon, carefully transfer the bird to the skillet.
  8. Place under your oven broiler for about five minutes until skin is lightly browned and ready to eat!
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Aside from the skillet used to thicken the savory gravy and brown the chicken at the end, this Slow Cooker Roast Chicken Recipe is a veritable one-pot wonder and gives you a complete meal at the end of the process. How can you beat that?

What slow cooking hacks do you have? What’s next, Slow Cooker Pizza? That will no doubt qualify as the eighth wonder of the world. This Slow Cooker Roast Chicken Recipe is sure to be close behind. Give it a try and let us know how you like it.   -Dan

a close up of two chicken drum sticks with gravy
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Slow Cooker Roast Chicken Recipe

5 from 2 votes
A Platter Talk Exclusive
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 6 minutes
Total: 21 minutes
Yield: 5 -6 servings


  • 4 Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise.
  • 1 roasting chicken, patted dry.
  • 1 lemon, cut into 4-6 wedges, peel left on.
  • a handful fresh thyme sprigs
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup flour


  • Turn slow cooker to high setting.
  • Apply coat of non-stick spray to interior of crock.
  • Place potatoes in single layer in bottom of crock.
  • Generously salt and pepper interior cavity of bird and exterior skin surfaces
  • Place chicken on potatoes, remove leaves from a couple sprigs of thyme and sprinkle on bird. Throw a couple of whole sprigs into slow cooker and on top of chicken.
  • Place lemon wedges on chicken.
  • Add carrots to crock pot, cover and allow to cook for 6-8 hours.
  • Toward the end of cooking, drain juices from crock pot and place in skillet.
  • Over medium high heat, add wine and sprinkle flour into liquid as shown above. Add a sprig or two of thyme to infuse while reducing to desired consistency.
  • Turn oven broiler on high setting.
  • Carefully transfer chicken to skillet, using 2 large slotted spoons, spatulas, or similar utensils.
  • Place high in oven, beneath broiler for about 5 minutes, till skin is nicely browned.
  • Remove potatoes and carrots from slow cooker.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


If possible, add carrots to slow cooker toward end of cooking, maybe an hour before finishing time. This helps preserve both texture and flavor of the carrots.


Calories: 492kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 131mg, Sodium: 194mg, Potassium: 1007mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 5031IU, Vitamin C: 50mg, Calcium: 66mg, Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. That lemon glaze looks incredible! Such an elegant weeknight meal. I am a working parent, so I do love my slow cooker!

    1. Thanks, Dee. Indeed, there are many, many methods of making a chicken in a slow cooker; I hope you try one of them sooner than later!

    1. Thanks, Patty. It’s always amazing what a little fresh seasoning will do to enhance the flavor of anything!

  2. What a fantastic weeknight meal!! Such a comforting dinner made really easy with the help of the slow cooker! Such great idea!

  3. 5 stars
    I need a slow cooker so bad. Whole chickens won’t fit in my biggest crock pot unless they’re smaller and then it won’t feed everybody, haha! I want to make this so bad.

    1. Cynthia, you definitely should pick up a slow cooker; they are not expensive and can truly help you in the kitchen and at the dinner table!

  4. 5 stars
    I love making chicken in the slow cooker too! I don’t do it every time, but when I do, it’s so convenient! I love how you broiled it at the end to brown the skin! I never thought of doing that. Great idea 🙂 Awesome recipe!