Slow-Cooked Whole Chicken

Slow-Cooked Whole Chicken
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Did you know that you can cook a whole chicken in a slow cooker? This easy method results in tender, juicy chicken that cooks all day on its own. It's perfect for hot summer months when you don't want to have your oven on for hours cooking a whole chicken. Just start the chicken in the morning and by dinner time, you have a delicious chicken ready to go! And, you can make a simple pan gravy with the juices left in the slow cooker. Save leftover chicken for quick and easy lunches or dinners later in the week—check out this collection of easy leftover chicken recipes for ideas. And, save the bones and giblets to make your own chicken broth!

This recipe has been approved as kidney-friendly by DaVita dietitians who believe a kidney-friendly diet can be both nutritious and flavorful. Enjoy!

  • Prep time
    5 min
  • Cook time
    8 hr
  • Servings
    10 Servings
  • Serving size
    3 oz
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

10 Servings

  • Serving Size
    3 oz
  • Amount per serving Calories 195

  • Total Fat 12g
    • Saturated Fat 3.2g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 70mg
  • Sodium 65mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 1g
    • Dietary Fiber 0g
    • Total Sugars 0g
    • Added Sugars 0g
  • Protein 21g
  • Potassium 200mg
  • Phosphorus 160mg


  • whole chicken
    1 (about 4 lbs)
  • salt-free herb seasoning, such as Ms. Dash
    2 tsp
  • black pepper
    1 tsp
  • garlic powder
    1 tsp


  1. Remove inside giblets from the chicken if they are included (save them for making chicken broth). Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.

  2. In a small bowl combine seasoning blend, pepper and garlic powder. Sprinkle half the seasonings inside the chicken. Rub the remaining seasoning on the outside of the chicken.

  3. Place the chicken breast-side-up in an oval slow cooker or neck-up in a round slow cooker. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 hours.

  4. Remove chicken from bones and discard the skin. Serve now, or store cooked chicken in the fridge for 3-5 days.