Cooking a whole chicken in your slow cooker or crockpot is a lot less intimidating than it seems. If you’ve never done it before, it’s super easy. Don’t be intimidated by cooking a whole chicken in your crockpot, trust me, you’ll never want a rotisserie chicken again.
I recently made this garlic brown sugar slow cooker whole chicken recipe for my husband after he was gone all week on a business trip. I put everything in the slow cooker that morning and once he got home that afternoon, the entire house smelled amazing. It was incredible and the perfect home cooked meal for him after traveling all week.
1 whole chicken (mine was around 5 pounds)
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 white onion coarsely chopped
1/2 cup of baby carrots
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
1 cup of chicken stock or broth
1 tablespoon of bourbon and brown sugar seasoning (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
If you are working with a frozen bird, please see my other post here about defrosting your chicken safely. If you have a fresh chicken or your chicken is already defrosted then you will need to begin by removing the gizzards from inside the chicken and discarding them.
Spray your crockpot with non-stick spray and then place part of your carrots and onions in the crock-pot. Rub the chicken with the brown sugar, bourbon and brown sugar seasoning (optional), garlic, and salt and pepper. Place the bird breast down and then add about half of the onion inside of the bird. Place the remaining onion and carrots around the bird. Add the chicken stock and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
You do want to add a little liquid, but if you add too much liquid it can actually dry out your bird. It seems opposite that adding liquid would dry out your whole chicken, but it will! I think about one cup of chicken stock is enough, especially when you’re using your crockpot and leaving it on for so long.
Remember when serving that this chicken tends to fall apart (it’s a good thing!) and there will be small bones to look out for like a rotisserie chicken.
If you loved this garlic brown sugar slow cooker whole chicken recipe, then be sure to check out my other crockpot recipes.