Spicy Crockpot Whole Chicken

Spicy Crockpot Whole Chicken

Spicy Crockpot Whole Chicken is an easy and clean recipe I  found on Pinterest but it comes from Food.com.  Because the first whole chicken I cooked in the crockpot was so easy (check it out here) and tasty I knew I’d love this one!  It’s spicy, how could I not?

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2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Thyme
1 tsp Pepper
1 tsp Garlic Powder
Whole Roasting Chicken
Onion

The original recipe suggests combing all of the spices and rubbing them on the chicken and letting it marinade over night in the rub.  I however am never that prepared.  So the three times I’ve made this chicken I just coat the chicken with the rub right before I put it in the crockpot and it still tastes great!

To make this Spicy Crockpot Whole Chicken you have to start by removing all the junk from inside the chicken.  Once that’s finished the rest of the preparation is a breeze.  I slice the onion and place it along the bottom of the crockpot.
Spicy-Crockpot-Whole-Chicken-Fone Then measure out all of the spices and mix them together.  I like to begin applying the rub to the bottom of the chicken first so that once it is covered it can be placed into the crockpot.  Then I make sure the rest of the chicken is coated with the spice mixture.  I used every last bit of it!  The paprika is what gives it the nice color.

Next you just place the lid on top and set the crockpot to low and set the timer for 4 hours.  If you need to you can let it cook for up to 8 hours; I’ve just never left a whole chicken in the crockpot for that long.

Once the Spicy Crockpot Whole Chicken is finished cooking pull it out and let it sit for a few minutes so that it is easier to handle while cutting.  I start cutting on the bottom of the chicken because that is where the white meat is and I’m not a big fan of the dark meat.  The meat isn’t really that spicy, but rather it has just a nice little hint of spice to it.  

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When I first cooked the chicken I ate it on its own with some veggies as a side, but with the left overs I added it to pasta and to soup.  This was nice addition to chicken noodle soup because of the spice used in the rub.

This Spicy Crockpot Whole Chicken is a guaranteed crowd pleaser and it is both easy and clean!

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Comments

  1. I don’t like by starting with the remove all the junk part. IF I make this Brent will have to do that part! Haha

  2. So are you cooking it breast side down or up?

  3. So you dont need to add any liquid to the crock pot? How well do u think this will work for Cornish game hens ? Love this idea

    • Kate O. Lynch :

      Lisa,

      I don’t put any liquid in the crockpot. The chicken makes enough juice to keep it from sticking. I honestly can’t say if this would work the same for a Cornish Game Hen, I have never cooked one. But if you can roast a Cornish Game Hen like you do a chicken I would think this method would work. If you try it, let me know!

  4. Does the skin get crispy or is there too much juice in the crockpot for that?

    • Kate O. Lynch :

      The skin doesn’t get crispy in the crockpot, but you could probably put in the oven for a few minutes to crisp up the skin.

  5. How big of a chicken will cook in 4 hrs?

  6. I’m in the process of making this recipe tonight. Thanks to the previous commenters too.
    I’m really looking forward to serving this spicy crockpot chicken to my family.

  7. I made this for our Easter dinner today and my family loved it! It’s so simple and delicious. Will be making this again and again! : )

  8. Have you ever used smoked paprika?

    • Kate O. Lynch :

      I’ve never used smoked paprika. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in the store. If you prefer that to regular paprika I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. In my opinion the paprika is mainly for the extra color it adds to the outside and don’t really do anything for the taste.

      • I’m making this today….and I’ll be using smoked paprika. I’m also using fresh thyme from my garden. Will let you know how it turns out!

  9. How big of a crockpot did you use? I have a round one,not an oval one.

    • Kate O. Lynch :

      My crockpot is a 6 quart oval crock pot and there is a lot of extra room when the chicken is inside of it.

  10. Jakia McDonald :

    Can I skin the chicken for this recipe?

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