Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes (2 Delicious Way to Cook)

Timothy Woods
Published by Timothy Woods
Last Updated On: December 4, 2023

Roast chicken has always been a good meal that people crave, especially in cold weather, but you do not need a lot of effort working in your kitchen to create a good roast chicken.

Our expert chefs have put together two delicious recipes that you can use to cook chicken in your slow cooker. Let’s have a look at these easy-to-do recipes!

Whether cooking a whole chicken or just chicken pieces, you can use your slow cooker to make the job easier for you.

These recipes are sure to become a family favorite in your home; luckily, they are easy to make and won’t take much time out of your day.

Quick Summary

  • The two delicious ways are one for a whole chicken with vegetables and another for honey garlic chicken thighs.
  • The slow cooker will take 4 to 8 hours to cook your chicken.
  • Slow cooker chicken recipes are easy to prepare, resulting in flavorful, tender, and juicy chicken.

Cooking chicken with a slow cooker is a great way to make a delicious meal without the need to give up half your day. Let’s go through these two easy recipes for tasty slow cooker chicken.

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Recipe

Slow cookers are a useful gadget to have in your kitchen, but did you know you could cook a whole chicken in one?

If you need to serve for a few extra people, but you do not wish to spend hours in the kitchen watching over your chicken as it roasts to get the perfectly tender and juicy chicken you want, then use this helpful recipe for cooking a whole meal in one go that can feed up to 6 or 7 people.

Ingredients Needed

A whole raw chicken with ingredients behind it, spices on the other side

This recipe makes an entire meal for you and your family; therefore, you will need some vegetables to go along with your whole chicken.

Here are the ingredients you will need for this recipe:

  • 4 springs of fresh thyme
  • 4 springs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 ½ tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp of unsalted butter
  • 6 celery ribs (cut into 2” pieces)
  • 5 cloves of garlic (peeled and minced)
  • 1 whole red onion (peeled and chopped into 8 wedges)
  • 2 whole carrots (peeled and chopped into ½ inch pieces)
  • 8 ounces of red potatoes (washed and chopped into 1” pieces)
  • One whole chicken (between 4 and 5 pounds)
  • 4 tsp extra-virgin olive oil (with a little extra for brushing the chicken)

Method To Make Chicken In The Slow Cooker

Slow cooked chicken served in plate and a slow cooker cooking meat inside

Once you have brought your fresh ingredients and have prepared them accordingly, you are now ready to begin cooking your chicken in your slow cooker.

Here is the method you can use to cook the perfect whole chicken in a slow cooker.

Before you begin cooking, always remember to cook your chicken all the way through to avoid any possible contamination by bacteria that can severely affect your health [1].

  • Step 1 – once you have chopped all your vegetables, arrange them at the bottom of your slow cooker, along with the rosemary and thyme sprigs and the garlic. This will create a nice “nest” for your chicken to lay on top of.
  • Step 2 – combine the ground black pepper, paprika, Kosher salt, dried thyme, and extra-virgin olive oil in a small mixing bowl to form a seasoning paste for your chicken.
  • Step 3 – Now, you will prepare your chicken by removing the neck and the giblets if your chicken still has these. Then dry both the inside and outside of your chicken with a few paper towels to help the seasoning paste stick to the chicken better.
  • Step 4 – when your chicken has been dried off, spread the seasoning paste over your chicken, ensuring to cover the whole chicken to maximize flavor. Then place the chicken on top of the vegetables in your slow cooker breast side up.
  • Step 5 – place the lid on your slow cooker and cook the chicken on high for between 4 and 5 hours or until the chicken has cooked through.
  • Step 6 – the following step is optional and only needs to be done if you want the skin on your chicken to be crispy.

Once the chicken has cooked through in your slow cooker, carefully transfer the chicken to a rack on top of a baking tray.

Brush the chicken’s skin with some extra-virgin olive oil and broil the chicken in your oven 10” away from the top for 5 minutes.

Honey Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken

Chicken breast fillet with honey garlic marinate, a slow cooker in pink background

If you do not want to cook a whole chicken, but you still want juicy and tender chicken without the need to spend hours in the kitchen, then this recipe is for you!

This bastes your chicken in sticky honey and garlic glaze that is irritable.

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Ingredients Needed

This recipe also creates an entire meal for you and your family, so you will need a few ingredients.

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  •   16 ounces baby carrots
  •   16 ounces of trimmed green beans
  •   16 ounces of baby red potatoes cut into halves
  •   8 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (I prefer to get my chicken thighs from ButcherBox meat delivery)

For the honey garlic sauce:

  • ½ cup of honey
  • ½ soy sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)

Method To Make Honey Garlic Chicken

Close up image of honey garlic chicken breast on cutting board and marble top

Once you have brought your fresh ingredients and have prepared them accordingly, you are now ready to begin cooking your chicken in your slow cooker.

Here is the step-by-step method you can use to cook the perfect honey garlic chicken in a slow cooker:

  • Step 1 – combine the ketchup, say sauce, honey, basil, garlic, oregano, pepper, and red pepper flakes in a large bowl for the honey garlic sauce.
  • Step 2 – place the potatoes, carrots, and chicken thighs into your slow cooker and cover with the honey garlic sauce.
  • Step 3 – place the lid on your slow cooker and cook the chicken and vegetables on low heat for between 7 and 8 hours. Alternatively, you can cook them on high for between 3 and 4 hours. Ensure you baste the chicken with the honey and garlic sauce every hour.
  • Step 4 – add the trimmed green beans into the slow cooker in the last 30 minutes of the cooking time.
  • Step 5 – this step is optional. Pre-heat your oven to broil and place the chicken thighs on a baking tray with the skin up. Broil the chicken thighs for 3 to 4 minutes or until the skin is crispy.
  • Step 6 – Serve your chicken immediately with the carrots, green beans, and potatoes, garnishing with some fresh parsley.

References:

  1. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/what-happens-if-you-eat-raw-chicken/#:~:text=Mia%20DiGeronimo%2C%20RD.-,Why%20you%20shouldn't%20eat%20raw%20or%20undercooked%20chicken,Campylobacter.
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Timothy Woods holds a Kinesiology and Exercise Science degree from Jacksonville University and is CCC & GMU Certified. He's also the main man behind Carnivore Style. This food aficionado combines science and experience to spread the word about the carnivore lifestyle.
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