Spice-Rubbed Slow-Cooker Chicken

The weather in L.A. has been anything but predictable these days. One minute, it feels like spring is at our doorstep, the next we’re cozying up in our cuddliest sweats. On those cold days, I find nothing more inviting after a long day, then walking into a home filled with the sweet smells of a home-cooked meal. This Spice-Rubbed Slow-Cooker Chicken recipe is the perfect choice if you’re looking for something hearty and wholesome to warm your chilly bones.

How to Make This Easy Chicken Crock Pot Recipe

Spice-Rubben Slow-Cooker Chicken with Vegetables step by step photos

Spice Rubbed Slow-Cooker Chicken and Vegetables

Spice Rubbed Slow-Cooker Chicken and Vegetables


  • 1 5-6 lb chicken - giblets removed, rinsed, and patted dry with paper towels
  • 1 white onion sliced
  • 1 tsp sea salt (optional)
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup sliced or baby carrots
  • 2 cups red potatoes, cubed


  1. Cover the bottom of a large crock pot with the sliced onions.
  2. Remove giblets from the chicken, rinse, then pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Mix salt, paprika, cayenne, white pepper, poultry seasoning, and garlic powder in a small bowl.
  4. Using your fingers, rub the spice mixture all over the whole chicken.
  5. Place the spiced chicken on top of the onions in the crock pot. Add carrots and potatoes to the sides of the chicken. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours (depending on your crock pot).
  6. Arrange veggies and chicken on a platter and serve.
  7. Note: Chicken does not need any liquid when roasting in a crock pot, since it creates it's own juices.

6 Responses to How to Cook a Whole Chicken: A Savory Crock Pot Recipe

  1. Hillary says:

    How long would I need to cook it in my Crock Pot on high? I actually have it in my CP now, and I used a good part of my time looking for the neck and giblets (that weren’t there lol). I am just going by 2 1/2 hrs and then checking it or possibly turning back down to low. Any suggestions??

    • Mari says:

      I’m wondering the samething I’m cooking this chicken for tonight and don’t have much time to put it on low :-/

      Did you cooked it on HIGH? For how long?
      How did it go?

      Thanks a lot!!!

  2. Shari says:

    I made this tonight & it was fabulous! I have made another recipe for a whole chicken in the crock pot, but it fell apart & this one was very moist & tender but still maintained its shape so that it wasn’t just shredded chicken. One note: we don’t eat the skin, so I put the spice rub under the skin in addition to i
    On top of the skin.

  3. Linda says:

    This was amazing! It will be a keeper for me.

  4. michelle preston says:

    thank u for the great receipe!!

  5. steff says:

    trying it right now.

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