Recipe: Easy Crockpot Whole Chicken with Lemon Seasoning

Easy Crockpot Whole ChickenMy husband and I both work full time, and our son is in daycare at a friend’s home. Neither of us get home until at least 6 p.m., so easy dinners that can be ready quickly are imperative! This week, I tried out a new recipe for easy crockpot whole chicken with lemon and seasonings that I made up myself by looking at various other recipes.

We got a Purdue whole chicken from Kroger. (Don’t freeze it unless you don’t plan to cook it for awhile. You want it thawed for use.) You can use or discard the heart, liver and gizzards. I massaged the chicken a little bit with olive oil and then sprinkled all sides and inside the chicken with coarse Kosher salt.

I then liberally sprinkled the following seasonings all over the chicken:

  • Thyme
  • Minced onion
  • Garlic powder
  • Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • Lemon pepper seasoning

Once I felt the chicken was good and covered, I poured about 4-5 Tbsp. lemon juice into the inside of the chicken.

Then, I cooked the chicken on high in the crockpot for about 6 hours. In retrospect, this was probably a little too long. I would cook the chicken on low for 6-8 hours or high for about 4 hours. The chicken was still delicious, and it fell right off the bone.

Easy Crockpot Whole Chicken
You can see how easily this Crockpot Whole Chicken fell off the bone!

This easy crockpot whole chicken recipe only took about 15 minutes to prep, and we had many of the seasonings already on hand, so it only cost us the cost of the whole chicken.

When I do it again, I may use fresh lemon instead of lemon juice, and I will probably add some veggies to the crockpot, like carrot and potato.

We ended up serving ours with green beans, candied yams and some King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls. It was a delicious and relatively healthy meal that was easy and relatively inexpensive!