How To Make Rotisserie Chicken in Your Crockpot!

Delicious fall-off-the-bone rotisserie style chicken done in your crockpot! A few tips and tricks help make this the best slow cooker chicken you'll ever eat!
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This rotisserie chicken will blow your mind for the simple reason that you can make it in your crockpot /slow cooker! Not just that, but it turns out better than the ones you can get in the stores! There is nothing like an easy slow cooker chicken recipe to set and forget while you are at work all day!

Rotisserie Chicken in a Slow Cooker

Yes, You Can Make Rotisserie Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Say it with me: 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.

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken in a white plate
Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken Recipe

Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

  • The secret to keeping the chicken intact and not have it fall apart is two parts; one, you simply must truss the chicken.
  • Two: Cook it on top of either a rack that fits in your slow cooker or balls of tinfoil. I used tinfoil, but boy, would I love to find a rack that fits in here!
  • Once it’s done in the slow cooker, pop it in the oven for 5 minutes to crisp up the skin and boom, you are done!

How to Truss a Chicken With or Without String

This great video will show you how to truss the chicken with or without string.

close up of Rotisserie Chicken cooked in a slow cooker
Rotisserie Chicken cooked in a slow cooker

The Easiest Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe

After cooking for a good 8-9 hours, depending on your slow cooker, you end up with this beauty! We were amazed. Astounded. Absolutely in love with this new recipe. 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!

slicing the Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken and showing the inside
Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken

My family of four demolished this slow cooker 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 slow cooker chicken this weekend, let me know what you think!

Love you more than weekends!


How To Make Rotisserie Chicken in Your Crockpot!

Delicious fall-off-the-bone rotisserie style chicken done in your crockpot! A few tips and tricks help make this the best slow cooker chicken you’ll ever eat!
4.94 from 33 votes
Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken in a white plate
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
9 hours
Main Course
Slow Cooker / Crockpot
Karlynn Johnston


  • one 4 pounds broiler/fryer chicken
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion soup mix crushed
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • optional : 1/2 tsp black pepper and 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper for heat or extra salt if you like it salty!


  • Pat chicken completely dry with paper towels.
  • Truss with or without string. (do NOT skip this step or it will fall apart in the crockpot)
  • 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.
  • Rub the paste all over the chicken, inside and out., making sure not to tear the skin.
  • Wad up 4-5 balls of tinfoil, place in the bottom of the crockpot and place the chicken, breast up, on top of the foil.
  • Cover the crockpot with the lid and cook on low for 8-9 hours.
  • When the thigh area has reached a minimum of 185 degrees, carefully remove from the slow cooker and place on a baking sheet.
  • Cook for 5-7 minutes in a 450 degree oven to crisp up the skin, watching carefully.
  • Remove and serve!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Remember to put it in the oven for 5 minutes (see instructions) to crisp the skin!
The nutritional facts will vary depending on what products and size of chicken you use.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 336kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 85mg, Sodium: 1107mg, Potassium: 363mg, Fiber: 1g, Vitamin A: 1835IU, Vitamin C: 1.8mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 2mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Kitner says

    I use a silicone rack that is meant to raise roasts/ chicken in an Instapot. under $15.

  2. Gloria Adams says

    The insert I found at Amazon works well in my oval slow cooker. Norpro oval silicon roast rack.I set it inside of the cooker liner. Perfect.5 stars

  3. Barbara says

    I made it today. I cooked it on high for 4 hours as I didn’t have the time I needed. Delicious. I had trouble re wanting to eat the whole bird lol. In truth I am going to slice it up and freeze some so I can make other recipes including chicken quesadillas later. Thank You. Barb5 stars

  4. Christina says

    When I make rotisserie chicken in the crock pot, I wrap potatoes in tinfoil and put the chicken on top. This makes an easy side dish!4 stars

  5. Faith Pascua-Richardson says

    U can find racks for the crock pot for 6.99 on Google. Those is something I’ll be buying shortly.5 stars

  6. Saniel says

    I was wondering if using a crockpot bag was ok? Tinfoil balls on bottom, seasoned chicken in bag, don’t want dry chicken . It makes for easy clean up.5 stars

  7. Mary says

    I used canning lids on the bottom of my Crock-Pot to keep the chicken off the bottom. Worked out great.5 stars

    • Jennifer Muniz says

      For some reason I had way more liquid and my foil balls were floating when my chicken was done!

  8. Kim Mattice says

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

    5 stars

  9. Kim Mattice says

    Stupid question but how do you truss a chicken?

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

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

    • Kim Mattice says

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

  10. The Kitchen Magpie says

    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.

    5 stars

  11. Ross Bellwood says

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

    5 stars

  12. Ross Bellwood says

    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”?

    5 stars

  13. Anna says

    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.

    5 stars

  14. jjcaldwell says

    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

  15. Dottie Bast says

    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!

    5 stars

  16. Cheryl Wilton-Clark says

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

  17. impulsively says

    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.

    5 stars

  18. JayJessicaHauers says

    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

    4 stars

    • SiggyMueller says

      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.

    • Jane says

      I know this is an old post, but I suggest you do wash out the inside of your chicken get your hands in it and really clean, just use water or salted water. Dry with paper towels after. Turkeys and other fowl too.
      I always….every time find guts that were left in the cavity, lungs and kidneys, wind pipes, crops and more.
      After giver your sink a good scrubbing and rinse well followed by a bleach rinse

  19. ToGrillAndChill says

    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.

    5 stars

  20. Joycelyn says

    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!

    5 stars

  21. Tania Hrebicek says

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

  22. xarrium says

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

    • acmemeatmarket says

      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:)5 stars

      • xarrium says

        acmemeatmarket KitchenMagpie Sold out of chickens? You mean you can’t just get more from wherever meat comes from? 😉 #realfood5 stars

        • acmemeatmarket says

          xarrium KitchenMagpie LOL. I know, right?! I guess the chicken factory stopped making them:(5 stars

  23. KitchenMagpie says

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

    • acmemeatmarket says

      KitchenMagpie oh I will have one of our monster birds in the crockpot this weekend:) thanks for a job well done!5 stars

  24. The Kitchen Magpie says

    I was thinking that a rosemary one would be next!

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