Friday Food: Crock Pot Roast Chicken

How long has it been since I did a Friday Food post?! Too long probably, since it feels like I’ve been making the same meals over and over again. I’m surprised Kyle hasn’t fired me from kitchen duty, although he has darn close on Monday since I made our chili waaaay too spicy. Oops!

I’ve fallen in love with crock pot cooking, simply because I can toss everything into the pot in the morning before I go to work and have it done by the time Kyle and I are done work. Marvelous! I definitely feel like a 70’s housewife when I talk about my crock pot.

Anyway, I’ve wanted to try roasting a chicken in ye ol’ crock pot for quite some time but was always afraid of it being undercooked. I figured I may as well go for it and if we get food poisoning, at least we’ll get to spend more “quality” time together.

I found the recipe just from Googling “Crock Pot Roasted Chicken”:

  • 1 small (4 to 5 pound) roasting chicken
  • salt and pepper
  • paprika
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 ounces butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

The method is pretty easy-peasy too!

The standard "before" photo!

Sprinkle the chicken, inside and out, with paprika, salt and pepper. Spread half the garlic inside the chicken and the rest on the outside of the bird:

Lookit that fat-bottomed girl! She makes the rockin' world go 'round, lol

Place the bird in the slow cooker and place a few pats of butter on its breast (I shoved a couple in between the best meat and the skin). Add the remaining ingredients and cook on HIGH for 1 hour. Reduce to LOW and cook for 5 to 7 hours longer, until tender and juices run clear.

I put waaaaay too much butter on it! It was a little too rich. Less butter next time!

Serve the garlic butter sauce with the chicken.


So golden delicious!

The chicken was a little cry because it sat in the crock pot a little longer than expected, but overall it was really good! I served it with a side of rice pilaf. Yum yum!

As a couple of random side notes: I didn’t take the neck out because I didn’t know how. This was the first “whole” bird I’ve ever cooked after all! Also, raw, whole chickens look like people. While I was rinsing it out in the sink I was holding it by the wings/arms and it looked like a baby. I laughed, then was disgusted, then threw the chicken down in the sink because it scared me. Daphne was certain I was losing my mind. She may have been right.

Happy Friday Everyone! I hope you have an awesome weekend! Kyle and I are going to price out booze for the wedding and watch UFC. I’m looking forward to it so much! :D

4 thoughts on “Friday Food: Crock Pot Roast Chicken

    • That’s my concern too. It works great for now since I have mornings off. I know you can get programmable ones where you can set what time you’d like it to turn on. Might be a worthwhile investment if you use the crock pot frequently enough.


  1. I love using my crock pot! I’ll turn mine on in the morning when I leave for work and will come home up to 10 hours later with no problems. I have a programmable one, which is a huge plus for me.
    Oh, did I tell you that we made the Coca Cola roast? It was so yummy! Funny thing though, the potatoes were our favorite part of the whole meal, and now Stephen wants to just make Coca Cola potatoes sometime. I cooked my roast on low for ten hours, and it was fall apart amazing!



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