Whole Rubbed Chicken In A Crock Pot

Jo Zimny


The marriage of a dry rub and a crock pot is delicious. I rubbed my chicken with the rub 2 days prior to cooking it to ensure the flavours got into the meat. It worked perfectly. I also put an assortment of veggies under the chicken to create a nice bed to add more flavour. The meat on the chicken was so tender it just fell off the bones. I have a 7 quart crock pot, you will need one at least this big if you add the vegetables.

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30 Min


3 Hr



4 tsp
sea salt
2 tsp
1 tsp
cayenne pepper
1 tsp
onion powder
1 tsp
garlic salt
2 tsp
dried thyme
1 tsp
cracked black pepper
1 large
roasting chicken
1 c
chopped onion
assorted root vegetables (optional)

Directions Step-By-Step

I used my 7 qt. Kitchen Aid crock pot. It was just the right size for this recipe. My chicken was 4 lbs.
Combine all the spices in a small bowl.
Clean your whole chicken and pat dry. If you have any giblets remove them.
Rub the spice mixture all over the chicken. If you want to cure the chicken for a day or two in the fridge, then put the rubbed chicken in a large reusable plastic zip lock type bag.
Once you're ready to cook the chicken, peel and clean your veggies (if using) and put them in the bottom of the crock pot. Lay the chicken on top of the veggies and turn the crock pot on to high. Put a 1/2 cup of chicken broth in the bottom of the crock pot.
My crock pot gets really hot, so it takes a very short time to cook my food in it. The veggies and chicken all cooked in 3 1/2-4 hours on high. Check the food after about 2 1/2 hours if you are using the same method as I am. It might surprise you how fast this can cook. You can of course cook this on low for 6 hours if you wish. Just check the food at least an hour before the time is up to make sure it isn't over cooked.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtags: #Rub, #pot, #crock, #whole, #dry