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Whole Chicken in Slow Cooker

A simple, seasoned whole chicken cooked in the slow cooker - makes the best shredded chicken and homemade chicken broth.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Servings - 4 servings


  • slow cooker, 6 quart or larger


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 small white onion sliced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • celery, carrots optional


  • Place the whole chicken in the base of the slow cooker. Add the sliced onions on top.
  • Sprinkle the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and a few pinches of salt and pepper.
  • Set on low and cook for 8 hours.
  • Once cooked, remove the chicken from the slow cooker carefully.
  • Let cool and then pull the white and dark meat from the bones. Place in a bowl and shred.
  • Add the liquid from the slow cooker into a measuring cup or small bowl. Skim off the fat.
  • Dilute with water to taste.
  • To freeze broth: let cool completely and freeze in 1 or 2-cup portions, or add to ice cube tray and make homemade broth ice cubes.
  • To freeze shredded chicken: let cool completely and add to freezer baggie. Label and freeze.