NOTE: This recipe works for a whole chicken OR turkey breast!

Last week, I posted a pic on Instagram of a slow cooker (need a new slow cooker?) whole chicken that I made and THE INTERWEBS WENT WILD. Though I did include the recipe on Instagram, I figured that it deserved a post all on its own. Are you following me on Instagram?

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Recipe

Watch the steps below or scroll down to print the recipe!

So delicious!

Slow Cooker Crock-Pot Whole Chicken or Turkey

I actually tried this recipe for the first time this past Thanksgiving with a turkey breast, which I also (of course) posted on Instagram.

The Easiest Slow Cooker CrockPot Whole Chicken Recipe

This also received raving feedback. I just knew that I had to try it again, but this time on a whole chicken. I assumed that it would perform the same as the turkey, but I wasn’t 100% sure. Would it create its own juice as before? Would it be just as flavorful and tender?

The answer was yes.

Slow Cooker Crock-Pot Whole Chicken or Turkey

This chicken (and turkey) is the easiest and most delicious one that I have ever made. I seriously could not get over how yummy it was and the amount of juice that was created without any addition. Another bonus was that it created a ton of leftovers for chicken salad, shredded chicken tacos, and the most savory juice for gravy!

Okay, let’s just get on the recipe, shall we? 🙂

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Recipe

The Easiest Slow Cooker Crock-Pot Whole Chicken or Turkey Breast


  • one whole chicken thawed
  • medium yellow onion
  • head of garlic
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary or 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or 5 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Slice yellow onion into fours and halve garlic head, then place on the bottom of the slow cooker. Remove any bags of gizzards, etc. from inside of the chicken.
  • Mix all dried spices in a small bowl and then sprinkle all around the chicken (top, bottom, and sides). Place chicken on top of onion and garlic and throw in any fresh spices. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top of the chicken, then cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. The vegetables and chicken will create its own juice, but feel free to add a tiny bit of stock if you like.

The Easiest Slow Cooker CrockPot Turkey Breast Recipe

Friends, make this chicken or turkey soon. You will be so impressed and never use the baking method again, I promise! Need a new slow cooker? CLICK HERE!

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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken