Slow Cooker Roast Chicken Recipe
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Slow Cooker Roast Chicken Recipe

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Roast chicken is easy to make in a slow cooker. We save the shredded chicken to use during busy weeks. —Courtney Stultz, Columbus, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours + standing
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours + standing
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (4 to 5 pounds)

Nutritional Facts

5 ounces cooked chicken: 423 calories, 24g fat (6g saturated fat), 139mg cholesterol, 439mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 45g protein.


  1. Place carrots and onion in a 6-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix garlic and oil. In another bowl, mix dry seasonings.
  2. Tuck wings under chicken; tie drumsticks together. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from chicken breast; rub garlic mixture under the skin. Secure skin to underside of breast with toothpicks.
  3. Place chicken in slow cooker over vegetables, breast side up; sprinkle with seasoning mixture. Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours (a thermometer inserted in thigh should read at least 170°).
  4. Remove chicken from slow cooker; tent with foil. Let chicken stand 15 minutes before carving. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Slow Cooker Roast Chicken in Taste of Home April/May 2015, p66

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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hkpepin User ID: 3030797 250284
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2016

"Delicious! A great summer recipe with results that everyone was eager to eat. Served with roasted vegetables. Wouldn'tWouldn't change a thing and definitely would make it again."

Kevin444 User ID: 5497724 245262
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2016

"I made this yesterday and loved it. So easy and you don't have to heat up an oven. It was so moist. Thank you."

MY REVIEW User ID: 2952403 244111
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2016

"I love roast chicken and this was really good. I do make balls of aluminum foil to rest my chicken on and add veggies around the chicken. Other than that, this is great."

Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 244096
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2016

"Oh my! This was so moist and flavorful. I will definitely be making it again."

chris_giles18 User ID: 2108383 239916
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"This was delicious and very moist. Will make again!"

Rellierae User ID: 1272249 238857
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

"Maybe my chicken wasn't totally thawed but I had too cook it an hour or more longer than the recipe says. Otherwise, it was great."

shannondobos User ID: 5115022 227437
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2015

"This recipe was definitely easy, and was quite tasty. The ease of it made it something I might try again, but I still prefer a traditional roast chicken with the crispy skin and drippings for gravy, which you just can't get from the slow cooker. The meat was definitely juicy though."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 224666
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2015

"This was simple to prep and easy to pull out at dinner. The chicken wasn't dry. I agree the veggies didn't hold up well enough to serve on the side, but they did add flavor to the chicken."

Beema User ID: 446601 224540
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"I love the added flavors from the garlic rub in this recipe. I separated the pieces and packed some away in the freezer for future meals. The carrots and onions act more as a base for the chicken to rest on while cooking than an actual part of the meal, as they tended to almost disappear in the process. I allowed the chicken to sit on the counter for about 20 minutes, which made it easier to get the rub under the skin. The meat was tender and moist. I will add this to my list of favorites."

Quillma User ID: 8010546 223861
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2015

"Loved this! I made it tonight and it was so easy! I would probably add a few more carrots and maybe some potatoes to make it a one-dish meal! Thanks for sharing!"

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