How to make a whole chicken in a slow cooker (video)

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So wait a second — you can cook an ENTIRE chicken in a slow cooker? Yep! Its as easy as seasoning a chicken and placing it in the slow cooker. A few hours later, it's done!
Add some veggies and potatoes, and you have a complete meal. This super simple recipe will make you love cooking dinner for your family every week! Enjoy!
Cooktop Cove 
Whole Chicken in a Slow Cooker
15 minutes
7 hours
7 hours, 15 minutes
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 whole chicken, about 4 pounds
6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1 lemon, cut in half
5 sprigs fresh thyme
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 large yellow onion, 1-inch dice
2 carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks
2 parsnips, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 bulb of fennel, cut into 1-inch chunks (can be substituted with 4 sticks of celery)
½ pound small red bliss potatoes, cut in half
In a small bowl, mix salt, paprika, dried oregano, black pepper and garlic powder. Rub over chicken, including inside the cavity.
Place garlic cloves, lemon, fresh thyme and fresh rosemary inside the cavity of the chicken.
Arrange onion, carrots, parsnips, fennel and potatoes in a 6-quart slow cooker.
Place the whole chicken on top of the vegetables.
Cook on low for 7 hours, until the inner leg reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Serve with cooking juices.
Note: All slow cookers are a little bit different in temperature and calibration. This recipe was tested in Cooktop Cove's Test Kitchen using this slow cooker, which is available for purchase here.
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The best thing about slow cooker recipes is that you can enjoy a delicious meal without the stress of cooking all day.
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