Easy Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

No need to run to the grocery store… you can make an amazingly flavorful and crispy rotisserie chicken at home, right in the slow cooker!

Having a rotisserie chicken on hand is like the ultimate ace in the hole… you can serve it up as is, or shred it and use it for SO many recipes!  Now you don’t have to pick one up from the grocery store… you can make your own, with your own seasonings, with barely any work required!

This rotisserie chicken is so easy to make in the slow cooker... with just 5 minutes of prep!

If you’re like me, you use store-bought rotisserie chickens quite a bit.  I mean, they’re just SO versatile!  But they can also be expensive, and elusive.  Our local grocery store only has so many, and if you’re not one of the lucky few to grab one, you’re out of luck.  Boo to that!

So when I saw a method for cooking a whole chicken in a slow cooker, I knew I had to try my hand at making my own “rotisserie” style version!

Roasted chicken in slow cooker

The result?  An amazing rotisserie style chicken that’s every bit as tender and juicy as the store-bought variety!

HOW TO MAKE ROTISSERIE CHICKEN AT HOME

There are two main ways to make one at home… the slow cooker and the oven.  You could also make one on a grill, but for most people that’s not a year-round option.

HOW LONG TO COOK ROTISSERIE CHICKEN IN AN OVEN

For a 4-5 lb chicken, you’ll want to roast it at 425 F degrees for 70-85 minutes, until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 F degrees.  To keep it from drying out in the hot oven, baste periodically with the juices accumulated in the pan.

Crispy rotisserie chicken leg

HOW TO MAKE ROTISSERIE CHICKEN IN THE SLOW COOKER

The tips you’ve been waiting for!

  • Make sure the chicken will fit into the slow cooker without touching the lid.  I don’t have any problems in my 6 or 7 quart slow cooker, but smaller ones might be a problem.
  • You want to keep the chicken off the bottom of the slow cooker, so it won’t be sitting in liquid.  The easiest way to do this is to create 4 balls of aluminum foil (or a long foil snake), and rest the chicken on top of that.
  • Make sure you’ve taken out the gizzards and any other innards.  The chickens at my grocery store come with the innards in a bag inside the chicken, which is easy to remove.
  • Pat the chicken dry, both inside and out.
  • Don’t add any liquid to the slow cooker.  I know it may seem odd, but the chicken will give off plenty of juices as it cooks.
  • For the crispiest skin, drizzle cooked chicken (after it’s finished in the slow cooker) with olive oil and broil on HIGH for several minutes until skin is crispy.

Piece of rotisserie chicken recipes

Once you try this recipe and see how incredibly EASY it is to make rotisserie chicken at home, you’ll be making it often!

WAYS TO USE A ROTISSERIE CHICKEN

You can slice it up and eat it as is, maybe with a side of horseradish mashed potatoes and crispy cheddar broccoli… or here are a few great ways you an use the shredded chicken.

Not only would this rotisserie chicken recipe be fabulous for a weeknight dinner, it’s amazing for a weekend family meal, or even gracing your holiday table this year!

TOOLS USED TO MAKE THIS ROTISSERIE CHICKEN RECIPE

  • Slow Cooker – this slow cooker is large, and has a clamp-down lid… it’s my go-to, and is really affordable!
  • Aluminum foil – the heavy duty variety is best here, as it doesn’t squish down as much.

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Easy Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

No need to run to the grocery store... you can make an amazingly flavorful and crispy rotisserie chicken at home, right in the slow cooker! 
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 4 hrs
Total Time: 4 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 6 - 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 - 5 lb whole chicken, innards removed
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Add 4 balls of aluminum foil to bottom of large slow cooker to create a rack for the chicken to cook on.  Prepare chicken by removing innards and patting dry, both inside and out.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients, then rub mixture all over chicken.  Place chicken in slow cooker on top of the foil balls.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours, until juices run clear and chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165 F degrees.
  • For crispy skin, preheat broiler to HIGH and place chicken on a large rimmed baking sheet that's been lined with foil (for easy clean up).  Drizzle chicken with olive oil and broil for several minutes, or until crisped to your liking.

Notes

Alternately, chicken can be cooked on LOW for 7-8 hours, until chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165 F degrees.  
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26 comments on “Easy Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken”

  1. I’d recommend brining the chicken first. I tried the recipe as written and found it made a pretty dry chicken. Tried a second time, brining the chicken first and it was a 100% improvement. Both produced a really tasty chicken, but if you prefer it on the juicier side, definitely don’t skip the brining.

  2. Can I use chicken breast instead of a whole chicken. And would I put the breasts on the aluminum foil “rack”

  3. I am really excited to try this! Is it ok that the raw chicken will be sitting in there for that many hours??? I always get so nervous when it comes to poultry and salmonella EEK!

  4. So glad I came across this recipe! I did this in the slow cooker. The chicken looked beautiful, though it was pretty dry even with a larger chicken. I’ll try less time next time. No harm done since I’m using it in enchiladas with plenty of sauce, and though I typically use a store-bought one, ours were running pricey this week so this was a perfect, convenient substitute. Thanks!

  5. Could I put the chicken on a bed of carrots or something and if so would you then need to add liquid?

    • I’m sure you could do that, and I don’t *think* any liquid would be needed, since the chicken will give off plenty of liquid as it cooks. But that being said, I’ve only tested this recipe as written, so I can’t way for sure.

  6. So happy I found this fabulous recipe..so easy with simple ingredience but tastes gourmet ..always moist and delicious..It also makes the most amazing seasoned bone broth..you’re right, I will never buy a store bought rotisserie chicken again..many thanks!!!

  7. I just found you a few weeks ago and just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed your cooking. And this was a lifesaver on this 98-degree day and so tasteful.

  8. You do know that it is not safe to put food next to aluminum foil with heat.

  9. Made this yesterday and IT WAS DEEEELISH!! Followed the recipe as is and it was so, so good! I will never buy another from the store! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I’d seen lots of recipes for roasted chicken in the slow cooker but had never tried any. I assumed chicken cooked this way would be tender but nowhere near as flavourful as a “real” roasted chicken. Happy to report I was so very wrong about that! I got home tonight to the most beautifully cooked roast chicken. The skin was even mostly crisp! I may never do another chicken in the oven again!!!

  11. These are really awesome tips! I need to try this!

  12. I have to make this! I want to devour a chicken right now!

  13. This chicken looks so juicy and delicious! So flavorful with the rub, too!

  14. Perfectly cooked! My family would love this!

  15. This is just perfect!! A must make!!

  16. Oh man, this looks so good! I make chicken in the slow cooker all the time, but I’ve never thought to raise it up from the bottom of the pan to keep it crispy – brilliant!

  17. Such fantastic tips! You really made this fool proof!

  18. Thank you showing how to roast in the oven. I don’t have a slow cooker and this looks mouth watering GOOD!!

  19. I am a sucker for a good mouth watering chicken recipe!