Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 277.8
  • Total Fat: 11.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 129.7 mg
  • Sodium: 283.6 mg
  • Total Carbs: 2.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 41.7 g

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Those rotisserie chickens from the supermarket are a busy cook's best friend. When you have time to plan ahead, make your own--in your slow cooker! Those rotisserie chickens from the supermarket are a busy cook's best friend. When you have time to plan ahead, make your own--in your slow cooker!
Number of Servings: 4


    1 lemon, cut in half
    1 teaspoon dried thyme
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1 whole chicken, (about 4 1/2 pounds)


Lifting the whole chicken up off the bottom of the slow cooker insert will keep air flowing all around the bird and let most of the fat fall to the bottom of the slow cooker.

You may not need a knife to cut this chicken once cooked-- the meat will almost fall off the bone.

You can use other herbs and spices, if you prefer.


Place an inverted shallow ceramic dish (one that is oven-proof) into the bottom of your slow cooker insert. Your chicken should be able to fit on top and still allow the lid to close tightly.

In a small dish, squeeze the juice from half the lemon, then stir in the thyme and pepper.

Starting at the tail end of the bird (the end where the legs are), slide your fingers between the breast and the skin. Loosen the skin from the flesh as you work your way to the neck end. Once the skin is loosened from the breast, cut it off and removing any fat, using kitchen shears if necessary. Continue the process with the skin over the legs. Discard the skin.

Place the remaining 1/2 lemon into the cavity of the chicken, along with 1/4 of the herbed lemon juice.

Cross the legs of the chicken, then tie them together with cotton kitchen string.

Place the chicken in the slow cooker, atop the inverted dish.

Coat the top of the chicken with cooking spray.

Spoon the remaining herb mixture over the top and sides of the chicken.

Cover and set on low. Cook at least 4 but up to 8 hours, until temperature of the inner part of the chicken thigh reaches 170 degrees.

Transfer chicken to cutting board, let rest for 15 minutes, then remove the meat from the bones.

Serving Size: One 4 1/2 pound chicken yields almost 10 ounces cooked dark meat and 16 ounces cooked white meat. Approximately 2 ounces dark meat and 4 ounces of white meat per serving.

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    191 of 192 people found this review helpful
    Instead of inverted dish. I got 4 potatoes, covered them in alum foil and put them in the bottom of the crock pot and then placed chicken on top. Potatoes and chicken came out fantastic. I left skin on chicken and discarded it after cooking. - 1/21/13

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    97 of 97 people found this review helpful
    Instead of an inverted dish, I use balls of aluminum foil. - 1/21/13

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    44 of 57 people found this review helpful
    Yesterday at the store, a rotisserie chicken was $5.48 and a same weight raw chicken was $5.15! 33 cents for them to cook the chicken for me? Yes please!

    Also, I've tried this before and the chicken was so tender I couldn't get it out of the pot in 1 piece. This method just doesn't make sense to
    - 1/21/13

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    39 of 55 people found this review helpful
    This is just another way to cook chicken. It's nowhere near the rotisserie chicken at the stores. This is fast, though, in terms of prep. I use Lawry's seasoned salt for more flavor, closer to rotisserie. Don't comment on the salt. I don't care what you think. I'm just sayin, Lawry's. - 1/21/13

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    31 of 37 people found this review helpful
    will try this! I don't have a dish for the bottom of my slow cooker so I always just put some big peeled carrots &/or celery on the bottom to hold the meat up. Works great and flavours the gravy too! - 1/21/13