9 Ways to Roast a Whole Chicken in a Slow Cooker

This one time, my Mom's friend gave her a slow-cooker recipe that involved only a chicken, a packet of Lipton soup mix, and a can of cranberry sauce. It sounded pretty alarming, but her friend, a totally trusted food source, swore it was great so she gave it a go. And it was effing marvelous. So with that in mind, here are nine recipes that use the whole dang bird because slow cookers are amazing, you guys.

Simply seasoned chicken

There's only five ingredients here, including the chicken. Recipe this way

Roast chicken with gravy

So it's Paleo-approved, which means that even though it calls for clarified butter, it's still healthy, right? Recipe here.

Slow-cooked chicken with crispy skin

Cook breast side up to crisp the skin. Get the recipe!

Cranberry chicken

This is similar to the aforementioned cranberry sauce/onion soup mix recipe, but also includes French dressing for an added fright factor. Do you dare?

Dry rub chicken

A loaded spice rub plus a bed of garlic cloves, onions, celery, and carrots lends this thing a whole lotta flavor. Rub it out.

BBQ slow-cooker chicken

This one also uses a dry rub, but a barbecue one. Add the wet condiments later if you know what's good for you. Recipe here.

Lemon pepper chicken

It's a simple way to jazz up the standard recipe. Recipe is here!

Lower-fat roast chicken

Remove the skin and use balls of tin foil in the bottom of the pot to prevent the chicken from boiling in its own fat. Though, if we're being honest, that doesn't really seem like something you want to avoid. Get the recipe

Chicken with herbs and caramelized onions

Infuse this thing with fresh sage, rosemary, and thyme, then stuff your face and revel in the sounds of silence. Recipe here.

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Carrie Dennis is a former editor for Thrillist and keeps her slow cooker on her desk. Smell what she's slow cookin' on Twitter: @CarrrieDennnis.