Have you ever made a whole chicken in your crockpot? If you haven’t, you should try it! I would hands down prefer to make my own whole chicken at home than buy a rotisserie chicken from my local grocery store. It tastes so much better!
This crockpot lemon and garlic whole chicken is a great recipe to make when you have a busy day ahead of you and want to come home to a delicious meal. This recipe also makes for great leftovers or you can shred the remaining chicken and use it in another recipe to mix things up.
I love to serve this crockpot lemon and garlic whole chicken with creamy mashed potatoes and green beans. It’s such a traditional comfort meal for my family.
1 whole chicken (mine was around 5 pounds)
1 yellow onion coarsely chopped
3 medium lemons chopped in half
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
1 cup of chicken stock or broth
2 tablespoons of Mrs. Dash original seasoning
2 tablespoons of olive oil
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 crock-pot with non-stick spray and then place one tablespoon of the olive oil in the bottom of your crock-pot. Place your bird breast down and then add about half of the onion and a half of the lemon inside of the bird. Slice the lemon into slices and add around the bird along with the rest of the onion, then add the remaining olive oil, garlic, Mrs. Dash, and salt and pepper. 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.
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If you loved this crockpot lemon and garlic whole chicken recipe, then be sure to check out my other crockpot recipes.