Crock Pot Chicken

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(I have a red slow cooker so it makes for awful pictures)

Crock Pot Chicken:

*I usually purchase an 8lb whole chicken
*Remove most of the skin
*Place in Crock Pot and rub sides with spice mixture
*Cook on low for about 8hrs or high for 4hrs, until meat falls from bone. I mean that literally, the meat is super tender and juicy.
*Once cooled, pull all chicken from bones and freeze or store for later meals. I won’t lie; this takes some time, but I don’t cook chicken for several days.
*I typically yield 4-5 dinners from this 1 chicken!
*Perdue $0.98lb=$1.50-$2.00 per meal. Cheaper chicken=cheaper meals

Spice Rub:
1/2 tsp. each: black pepper, garlic powder
1 tsp. each: dried thyme, onion powder, and chili powder (or cayenne)
2 tsp paprika
4 tsp salt

Use what you have on hand!!

Note: I don’t use this rub if I’m planning to make stock with the juices; I use more garlic, onion, Mrs. Dash, S/P (it varies)

Meal Ideas:

  1. The first night we just have this chicken with potatoes or rice and veggies
  2. Baked Chicken Ziti
  3. Chicken tacos
  4. Chicken and Black Bean Burritos
  5. Nachos
  6. Chicken salad
  7. Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole
  8. Italian Chicken Pasta Toss
  9. Chicken soup (many varieties here)
  10. BBQ Chicken on Kiser rolls…..

Thanks to Make and Takes  for for her spice rub!


  1. says

    Thanks for this! I just bought Split Chicken Breasts that was marked down and was wondering what to do with it!
    I am going to try your Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe!

    • Dana says

      Chicken is super easy to cook in the crock pot. The tortilla soup is a bit spicy-depends on the ro-tel flavor you use.

  2. Denicia says

    I have a family of six so I am always looking for new recipes. I never even thought to put a whole chicken into the crockpot… and my family eats a LOT of chicken. Great idea! Thanks for the post.

    • Dana says

      I’m so glad you can use this recipe! I can get a Perdue chicken for $0.99lb or less and store brands even cheaper. Makes for a yummy and frugal meal


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