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How To Make Rotisserie Chicken in Your Crockpot!

How To Make Perfect Rotisserie Chicken in Your Crockpot! from @kitchenmagpie

Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken.

I think the heavens just opened up and the angels sang choruses of “Hallelujah, it’s what’s for dinner!”

It’s seriously that good and that easy.

This is another recipe that I made only a day or two ago and had to rush, as fast as I could, to edit the photos and write it up for you. I wanted you all to have this for the weekend, as fast as possible, because I am that darn excited to share it with you.

This recipe is going to be a mainstay in your dinner rotation, I guarantee it! I already know that this is going to be THE way that I make crockpot chicken, at least when I roast it whole.


How To Make Perfect Rotisserie Chicken in Your Crockpot! from @kitchenmagpie

The secret to keeping the chicken intact and not have it fall apart is two parts; one, you simply must truss the chicken and two, you simply must cook it on top of either a rack that fits in your crockpot or balls of tinfoil.

I have tinfoil, but boy, would I love to find a rack that fits in here!

This video shows you how to truss with and without string!

How To Make Perfect Rotisserie Chicken in Your Crockpot! from @kitchenmagpie

After cooking for a good 8-9 hours, depending on your crockpot, you end up with this beauty!

We were amazed. Astounded. Absolutely in love with this new recipe.

How To Make Perfect Rotisserie Chicken in Your Crockpot! from @kitchenmagpie

The chicken is exactly how it should be, moist, fall-off-the-bone delicious. Look at that thigh meat and yes, look at that grease. Just like store-bought.

However there is SO much less grease that I actually prefer this chicken to store-bought. The store-bought ones actually make me a little queasy from the grease on occasion!

Pop it into the oven for around 5 minutes, crisp up the skin and voila! Homemade rotisserie chicken!

How To Make Perfect Rotisserie Chicken in Your Crockpot! from @kitchenmagpie

My family of four demolished this chicken.  It was like a pack of wolves descended upon it, chicken and bones flying everywhere. I can’t believe that it’s taken me this long to finally make it, I’m almost kicking myself for not having done it before!

Happy Friday everyone! I really hope you make this chicken this weekend, let me know what you think!

Love you more than weekends!



How To Make Rotisserie Chicken in Your Crockpot!

  • Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 540 min
  • Total Time: 550 min
  • Category: Dinner


Delicious fall-off-the-bone rotisserie style chicken done in your crockpot! A few tips and tricks help make this the best chicken you’ll ever eat!


  • 1 lbs broiler/fryer chicken around 4
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp onion soup mix crushed
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • tsp optional : 1.2 black pepper and 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper for heat or extra salt if you like it salty!


  1. Rinse and pat chicken completely dry with paper towels.
  2. Truss with or without string. (do NOT skip this step or it will fall apart in the crockpot)
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients together in a small bowl until it forms a paste. If it’s too dry, add small amounts of oil until you get a good spreading consistency.
  4. Rub the paste all over the chicken, inside and out., making sure not to tear the skin.
  5. Wad up 4-5 balls of tinfoil and place the chicken, breast up, on top of the foil.
  6. Cover the crockpot with the lid and cook on low for 8-9 hours.
  7. When the thigh area has reached a minimum of 185 degrees, carefully remove from the crokcpot and place on a baking sheet.
  8. Cook for 5-7 minutes in a 450 degree oven to crisp up the skin, watching carefully.
  9. Remove and serve!


  • Serving Size: 4-5

Nutritional information is only an estimate. Actual nutritional numbers will vary due to cooking methods, your ingredient measurements and brands of products used.

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  • Reply
    August 4, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I used canning lids on the bottom of my Crock-Pot to keep the chicken off the bottom. Worked out great.

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    Kim Mattice
    November 25, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Stupid question but how do you truss a chicken?

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      The Kitchen Magpie
      November 25, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      I have a link to a video in the post that shows you!

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      Kim Mattice
      November 25, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      Omg thank you! !!

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      Kim Mattice
      November 25, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      Well don’t I feel silly now, was so excited at recipe /directions didn’t even see the link….howlinggggggg

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    Kim Mattice
    November 25, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Holy that looks amazing and I just happen to do my chicken in the slow cooker!!! Thanks so much 🙂

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    September 17, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Hahah Ross Bellwood I am definitely tricky! This works like a hot damn and is the closest you are going to get to rotisserie chicken at home! SO good! The BBQ always dries out the chicken too much.

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    Ross Bellwood
    September 17, 2016 at 1:52 am

    You are tricky, great idea and oh yes they are available!

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    Ross Bellwood
    September 17, 2016 at 1:46 am

    I haven’t looked at the recipe yet, but that’s impossible. Hey, it just jumped into my brain, you might call this “Impossible Chicken”?

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    April 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I just tried making this now- I’m not an experienced cook, but I didn’t realize that you are supposed to remove the chicken innards (I just bought it from the store thinking it was good to go). The crockpot was filled almost to the top with juices. That would be my only suggestion to the recipe! Make sure you remove the innards, and maybe a link to a video that shows how to do it? Thanks again though! Awesome recipe.

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    November 22, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    i m using a inverted  small pie tin from a pie bought from store- will see how it goes about five hours frm now jj

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    Cheryl Wilton-Clark
    July 12, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Just put a chicken in the crockpot using this recipe for the first time and then came back to see your post.

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    Leigh Matheson
    July 12, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    My favourite way to cook chicken!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    July 12, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    That’s perfect!

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    Dottie Bast
    July 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    This looks soo good. I can’t wait to try it. I have a coop full of 51 roosters/hens that I’ll be culling down to a dozen this fall and I will have lots of whole chickens in the freezer to dream up new ideas for. Thanks!

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    November 28, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I use the Prepara Silicone Roasting Laurel when roasting meats… it’s flexible so it might fit in your slow cooker.

    This recipe really intrigues me as I love rotisserie chicken… but the meat doesn’t dry out? I recently tried a slow cooker chicken wing recipe and it was disastrous – the wings all fell apart and the meat had a mushy texture and was all dried out despite the sauce.

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    October 28, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Hi there, great recipe….but!!!!! YOU NEVER EVER SHOULD WASH AND RINSE CHICKEN!!! Rigth cooked any bacteria will be done either, but spreading around with washed and rinsed chicken can hurt you for live!! Please do yourself a favour and search internet why you NEVER EVER should wash chicken !!

    I think people like you who put on great recipes and have a lot followers should avise people of this for sure. Hopefully you will…Thanks a lot for your nice recipes I enjoy them sooooo much and they are really yammmmy!!!…:-)

    Looking forward to your next recipe!…:-)

    Greetings Jay

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      December 4, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      JayJessicaHauers Not just that, but putting an entire raw chicken in a crockpot on low is also asking for trouble. From a food safety standpoint this is very dangerous. As someone who works in food service, I would recommend,  that if you are planning to cook the bird on low, make sure you start it out on high for the first hour to move the raw poultry as quickly as possible out of the danger zone and get it above 140°F internal temperature. Be aware that it takes a while for the crockpot to get up to temperature, so preheating it before you put the bird in might be a good idea. This is the reason most crockpot manufacturers do not recommend cooking large cuts of meat such as roasts and whole chickens in the crockpot.

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    September 29, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Karlynn, this sounds like an excellent way to cook a bird that is beautiful! I am very impressed with how delicious that looks and must have tasted. A must try. I think that recipe could also work for  a beer can chicken on the stones. Yep, I know, but if you are home the stone. Running about, the slow cooker 🙂 Thanks for this.

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    September 28, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I hope you like it!!!

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    September 28, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Just put in my crockpot and am looking forward to serving a chicken tonight looking just as pretty & tasty looking as yours! Had to make my own onion soup mix as I haven’t bought it in years due to the sodium content (health restrictions by doc blah blah blah) so am hoping the onion soup mix recipe I chose will suffice in the flavor dept. Used half smoked paprika and half Spanish paprika just in case though. 

    Thanks for posting the recipe Karlynn, the idea, the ease, is fabulous & your outcome looks even more fabulous!

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    Tania Hrebicek
    September 27, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I have GOT to try this!! Maybe for tomorrow’s supper.

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    September 27, 2014 at 4:26 am

    acmemeatmarket KitchenMagpie OMG, this is totally going in the crockpot this weekend!

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      September 27, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      xarrium KitchenMagpie I can’t wait to hear how it turns out. We sold out of chickens so it’s going to make a great mid-week feast:)

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        September 27, 2014 at 10:05 pm

        acmemeatmarket KitchenMagpie Sold out of chickens? You mean you can’t just get more from wherever meat comes from? 😉

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          September 27, 2014 at 10:10 pm

          xarrium KitchenMagpie LOL. I know, right?! I guess the chicken factory stopped making them:(

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    September 26, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    acmemeatmarket Glad to know I’m doing my job well 😉 Make it soon! It’s Soo good!

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      September 26, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      KitchenMagpie oh I will have one of our monster birds in the crockpot this weekend:) thanks for a job well done!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    September 26, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I was thinking that a rosemary one would be next!

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