being MVP: How to Cook a Whole Chicken {Recipe}

How to Cook a Whole Chicken {Recipe}

I don't know what's gotten into me but I have the urge to cook a bit more often. Well, once on a weekend is my goal right now. I was actually searching for chicken breasts (not knowing that I had some in the freezer at home) and because it was really expensive to buy just 2 breasts, I found one last whole chicken on sale so I put it in my grocery cart. I was determined to chop it up and make it work with the recipe. 

When I told Hubs about my plan with the whole chicken, he asked why I didn't just try cooking it whole? What? As is? Since I read in the past that whole chickens had stuff that needed to be removed inside, I bravely reached inside and removed a bag full of bits and tossed them. I rinsed out my chicken and then decided I would crock pot it.

  • Whole Chicken about 5.5 pounds
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup of low sodium chicken stalk
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp of Mrs. Dash
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Chop up onions and place on the bottom of the crock pot. 

Rinse chicken and take out bits. Place on top of onions and sprinkle with Mrs. Dash. 

Add the celery and garlic. Pour chicken stock over the entire chicken. 

Plug in the crock pot and put on low for 8 hours. The chicken was super moist and fall off the bone. Hubs really enjoyed it and I think I'll be making this more often and changing up the seasoning with perhaps something more fresh :)

Have you ever cooked a whole chicken? Do you have any variations that rock? Share!


  1. i have always wanted to do this but have been scared too , great idea about the crockpot i will def try this!

  2. i always buy chicken breasts too because i cooked once with the bone in and it came out very underdone so have been nervous to do it again since but this concept of the crockpot i like!

  3. This looks really good! I never thought you could stick an entire chicken in a crock pot.

  4. I cook whole chickens in the crock pot all the time. Later, we throw the carcass back in and make chicken stock. Yum!

  5. I have never cooked a whole chicken at one time. I don't like dark meat so I typically stick to buying just chicken breasts. I never knew you could stick one in the crock pot. I love the crockpot! Easy go to when baby is being fussy!

  6. I haven't done it in a while, I've simmered it on the stove, or put it in the oven without much fuss. I miss having a whole chicken, I think they taste so much better than store bought rotisserie.

  7. I never thought to use a crockpot on a whole chicken, seems really nice and easy. I have done them in the oven before.

  8. Ill have to try cooking it this way. I like the addition of the mrs dash. im sure it is delicious!

  9. This recipe sounds delicious. The only hard part is removing the "stuff" that would definitely require some bravery!

  10. What a wonderful easy recipe because it is made in the Crock Pot. I will have to make this for my family . I know they would love it as much as your husband did!

  11. I pretty much do mine the same!! I always think the crock pot kind of make it lack in flavor though which bums me out!! One day I will figure out how to get some flavor INTO the chicken instead of just on top of it!


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