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Crockpot Whole Chicken

This chicken recipe is great as a meal or as the base for other meals that require shredded chicken.

You can season this chicken however you need to fit the dish you are making.  This chicken is great for making chicken noodle soup, enchiladas, stuffed potatoes, chicken salad, etc. Check out some of our homemade seasonings for different crockpot chicken flavors. 


If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $10.46 as of May 2022.

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: 5 – 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 and turns back on.

Let's grocery shop!

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


Total: $10.46 as of May 2022

  • 1 - whole chicken $7.37
  • 1 - medium onion $0.62
  • 1 - celery stalk $1.97
  • 1 - bulb of garlic $0.50

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Add the salt and pepper to the inside and outside of the chicken
  2. Add onion, celery and garlic cloves to the inside of the chicken. 
  3. Add 1 cup water and chicken to the crockpot
  4. Cook on low for 5 – 6 hours
  5. Remove chicken from the bones.
  6. Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of the cooking liquid back over the shredded chicken to keep it moist. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Extreme Menu 4 – Family of 4

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