Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken

Hi Friends!

Just popping in with a quick Crockpot tip for you! Did you know you can make a rotisserie-style chicken in the crockpot? It’s not actually a rotisserie chicken because it’s just sitting in your crockpot, not spinning, but the end result is similar! Fall-off-the-bone tender meat with very little effort on your part. Plus it’s healthier than the rotisserie chickens you get at the store (although those certainly are delicious, aren’t they?!)

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Excuse the photos. It’s not the prettiest thing to look at. Just focus on the simplicity of this recipe….and the taste.

Here’s what you do:

Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken
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Think your crockpot is only good for soups? Think again! This chicken recipe is as easy as it is fall-off-the-bone heavenly.
  • 1 whole young chicken (5-6 pounds)
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  1. Tear four sheets of aluminum foil, scrunch them up into balls and place them in the bottom of the crockpot.
  2. Remove the giblets from the chicken, rinse with cold water and pat dry.
  3. Combine the spices and oil in a small bowl and mix until a paste forms.
  4. Rub the paste all over the chicken.
  5. Stuff the garlic cloves inside the chicken.
  6. Place the chicken into the crockpot on top of the foil balls.
  7. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or until internal temperature is 165 degrees.
  8. Carefully remove the meat and discard the bones (or use them to make chicken broth!)

As always, cooking time will vary based on the size of your chicken and the cooking temperature of your crockpot. I had a 5 1/2 pound chicken and I cooked it for 5 hours. It got a bit overdone, so I’d recommend checking around 4 hours and going from there. It was still delicious though. The meat falls right off the bone and you can add extra seasonings to it based on whatever dish you’re using it in, or just eat it as is.


  • The aluminum foil balls help elevate the chicken so it isn’t just sitting on the bottom of the crockpot.
  • The seasonings listed above are just suggestions. Use your own favorite spices, or try adding some grated garlic or lemon zest to the mix!
  • The skin will not get crispy in the crockpot. If you’re looking for crispy skin, the oven is definitely the way to go.
  • I’d recommend looking for an organic chicken if you can find one…and check the label to look for one low in sodium!


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  1. This sounds so simple. I definitely love this idea for busy days when you just need to throw something quickly in a pot before work.
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  2. I JUST made chicken like this for the first time last week. Isn’t it amazing?? So juicy and tender. I prepped in the beginning of the week then used the chicken on all sorts of things: as a topping for salads, filling for sandwiches (mixed w/mashed avocado), on crackers as a snack. Will most certainly be doing again next week.
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  3. wow! we really like rotisserie chicken! i’ve never bought a whole chicken before because it kind of intimidates me. this sounds simple enough though… if i can get past the “remove the giblets” ugh lol
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    • that’s the easy part. they come in this nice little bag. i just close my eyes, reach in and grab it and throw it straight in the trash!

  4. Easy and delish. I love my chicken spiced like you :)
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  5. I do this ALL THE TIME. To get the convenience of the crockpot and the crispyness of the skin I take it out of the crockpot and broil it for 2-3 minutes at the end. Works like a charm!
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  6. This sounds amazing!
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  7. I love crockpot recipes! This chicken sounds so moist and flavorful!
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  8. I bet the added cayenne in this is sooo good! I’m going to bookmark this receipe!
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  9. Okay, I’m so trying this! My husband and I were just talking last night about how I really didn’t like buying the store-bought because of some added questionable ingredients. Thanks for sharing such a great idea!
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  10. I just like to pretend that they don’t use any oil or butter on those cost co chickens. I mean, the chicken just naturally tastes buttery, right??? ;) Those get pricey though, and I love to use them in chicken salad, so I am loving this way cheaper, healthier and super easy version!
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  11. This is so perfectly timed! We just went by the local farm to pick up some organic, free-range chicken and this is just what I’ll do with it!
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  12. Looks yummy! I love crockpot recipes!
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  13. I LOVE this idea!! I’m a huge fan of rotisserie chickens but they’re not the best for you – I’m totally going to have to give this a try next time I want to cook chicken :)
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  14. This looks so easy.. Yummy
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  15. I really want to get a crockpot as this looks amazing but so simple to make :)
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  16. I LOVE EASY! Now to get a crockpot! :)
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  17. So uh… You are going to laugh, but typically I am always in my car – I really live in my car because I am so busy and… Because it takes 48734384 to drive a 1/2 mile in Los Angeles. So anyways, I brought from shredded chicken with me to eat on the go, and I put it in my lap when I was driving and I had a side of mustard also in my lap… Well I was eating and driving, and I swear the dude behind me thought I was DRUNK. The kicker?! I started CHOKING!!! I had to stick my hand down my throat to take the chicken out! LOL!! I am laughing NOW but I wasn’t then. And you want to know where I was driving? To meet up with Giada De Laurentiis – so of course when I get there, I am super flustered – LOL!! Amazing!
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  18. Good to know this works. I have a recipe similar that I’ve wanted to try. I love chicken :)
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  19. My kind of meal, fix it and forget it, plus my kids love chicken!
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  20. I love my crock pot and making chicken in it!
    I haven’t done your exact recipe so I think that will be my next one – thanks for sharing!!
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  21. This looks so good and so easy! We will be trying this. Thank you for sharing!
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  22. I’m a huge fan of using my crock pot :) this chicken looks fantastic! I can’t wait to use this recipe!

  23. I put all the innards (items in the little bag) in pot of water and add my favorite spices, some onion, celery, carrot, etc and boil them down, strain, put in plastic container and freeze to make my own chicken stock. This serves two purposes… I always have fresh chicken stock on the freezer and I don’t get stinky trash since the innards have been cooked down.

  24. Sounds fantastic! Thank you. This is for Sunday dinner methinks!!

  25. Can you cook it for 8 hrs on low?? Does it make a difference? I want to put this in before I go to work, but typically work 8-9 hr days

  26. I love it. It’s in the crockpot now. Except I didn’t follow the directions. Bad Kim! I crushed the garlic in along with all the spices and that was my rub. Oops. It smells delicious though. So, I’m hopeful that it will taste as good as it smells. Thank you for the awesome recipe.

  27. I bulk buy chicken when it comes on sale, skin them, season and freeze ready for the crockpot – on the day of I just take out of the freezer, prepare the crockpot, set it and go… 1 day of mess and the rest is simple.

  28. Do you think I could put a frozen chicken in the crockpot and this would work? I usually put all meats into my crock pot frozen, so I can leave it on low for 8-10 hours while I am at work. I have NEVER cooked a whole chicken though, so I’m unsure…


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