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Crock-Pot Lemon Whole Chicken

Crock Pot Lemon Whole Chicken is perfectly seasoned and is great shredded chicken for other dishes or served on it's own.

Crock Pot Lemon Whole Chicken is great when you don’t feel like making a roasted chicken. I like to make this shredded chicken for other recipes such as chicken fried rice or BBQ chicken stuffed baked potatoes.

Cost Per Serving is about $3.89 as of May 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $19.44.

If you have a fully stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $11.90.

  • Cost per serving is reduced to about $2.38.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.


Recipe serves: 5

Serving size: 4 ounces

Equipment needed: 1 crockpot

Total time: Between 5 and 6 hours


I like the manual control of the crockpot versus the digital ones with delayed start and timers.  We have a lot of power glitches at our house and a digital crockpot will turn off instead continuing to cook when the power shuts off for a few seconds.

I usually make a large batch of a spice mix I like and then keep it in my spice pantry for the next use. I like this spice storage solution because you can custom make your own labels and the containers are the perfect size. 

Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $7.54 as of May 2022

  • lemon pepper seasoning $0.98
  • onion powder $0.98
  • garlic powder $0.98
  • seasoned salt $2.66
  • dried thyme $1.94


Total: $11.90 as of May 2022

  • 1 - whole chicken $7.37
  • 1 - medium onion $0.62
  • 1 - lemon $0.66
  • 1 - bulb of garlic $0.50
  • 1 - fresh rosemary sprigs $2.08
  • 1 - chicken broth 14.5 oz $0.67

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete the prep from the prep tab above.
  2. Using your fingers loosen the skin around the breasts, legs and thighs.
  3. Take half the seasoning and rub under the skin. Rub the remaining over the chicken. 
  4. Add to the inside of the cavity:
    • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
    • Rosemary sprigs
    • 1/2 the onion followed by 1/2 the lemon then smashed garlic the other 1/2 lemon and remainder 1/2 onion
  5. Place the chicken in the crockpot on low for 5 hours with 1/2 cup of chicken broth.  
  6. After the chicken has been cooking for 5 hours check for doneness. The chicken will be 180° F if it is not, continue to cook until done. 
  7. Let chicken rest for 15 minutes before shredding. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 4 under $100 – Menu 1

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