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This Lemon Herb Slow Cooker Roast Chicken recipe is an easy way to enjoy a delicious dinner with all the flavors from roasting it in the oven. But when it is roasted in a crockpot, you can keep your kitchen cool while you make a flavorful, healthy chicken dinner. Fancy enough for a Sunday meal or dinner guests, yet simple enough to become one of your favorite crock pot recipes for busy weeknights too!
I’ve got to be honest with you. I have a “Black Thumb”. I cannot be trusted with plants. I swear, the minute they get close to me, they keel over. But as a foodie and a mom, I want a garden.
I love the flavor that fresh herbs bring to dishes, but I really only buy herbs when I am planning a recipe that specifically calls for them. So it’s rare that I spontaneously toss in a sprig of thyme or handful of parsley, or finish off a dish with some chiffonade of basil.
This really is a shame because not only are herbs delicious, but they also make food photos look even better.
What’s a gal to do? Enlist her kids and uber-geek hubby to get the Aerogarden going again. With LED lights and a computer that controls the lights and tells you when to add water and nutrients, maybe I can even keep these alive!
Then I will always have an assortment to add to this slow cooker roast chicken recipe. Because one of the best things about it is that you can use any herbs you have and love!
Lemon Herb Crockpot Roast Chicken Recipe
Whether you are harvesting your herb garden or using up leftover packages and bunches of parsley and thyme and rosemary and sage from this grocery store, a roasted chicken dinner doesn’t get much easier than this.
In fact, it’s so easy it almost seems embarrassing to post as a recipe. Really, all I do is season the bird with salt and pepper, chuck a bunch of flavorful and aromatic stuff that I have lying around inside or around the chicken, and turn on the slow cooker. Hours later, my whole house smells like roast chicken. The flavors and aromas of the lemon and onion and herbs permeate the meat and make it incredibly delicious.
Now I will be honest, if you like crispy skin, this isn’t the method for you. But crispy or not, I remove the skin anyway, so this is perfect for me.
Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
But don’t skip my PRO TIPS below!
What You’ll Need
- 5-7 pound whole chicken
- Salt and pepper
- Fresh herbs
- Place the chicken in your slow cooker.
- Squeeze the lemons over the chicken and season inside and out with salt and pepper.
- Place the squeezed lemon halved, chunks of onion, and herbs inside and around the chicken.
- Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until fully cooked through.
As simple as it is, there are some questions I commonly get about roasting a whole chicken in a slow cooker.
Can you really put a whole chicken in a crockpot?
Yes, you can as long as you have one that is large enough. I usually make a 5 to 7 pound bird, and it fits in my oval-shaped 6-quart slow cooker.
Do you need to add any liquid?
No, the juices from the chicken are enough to keep it moist.
What kind of herbs do you use?
I like to use lots of thyme and rosemary, but pretty much anything will do. This time I also had a few sprigs of leftover sage and parsley, so those went in, too. In a pinch, you can even use dried herbs. Because of the long cooking time, they will absorb moisture and have an opportunity to flavor the chicken.
How do you know it is done?
The meat should fall off the bone and juices run clear. If you have a meat thermometer or your crockpot has a built-in thermometer, cook until the breast reached an internal temperature of 165°F.
I use the Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Set & Forget Slow Cooker. It is large enough to fit a whole chicken or even a really big batch of my favorite chili recipe. It also has a lockable lid, so you can completely seal in the juices, even if your chicken is a bit large. And with the thermometer, you can set it to cook to the desired temperature versus just going by time so you are guaranteed to have a fully cooked but still super moist roast chicken.
Make it a meal
Crockpot roast chicken makes dinner a breeze at any time of the year. Just pair it with your favorite side dishes. All of these meals are gluten free, but since this roasted chicken recipe is also low carb and paleo, you can make keto dinners too!
In the summer
- Browned Butter Summer Vegetable Saute
- Foil Pack Potatoes (for the Grill or Oven)
In the fall
In the spring
In the winter
And if you have any leftovers, you can use it to top one of these salads:
- Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad
- Strawberry Mango Avocado Salad
- Greek Chicken Salad from Will Cook for Smiles
Or one of these leftover rotisserie chicken recipes. My favorite is this Costco Copycat Tzatziki Chicken Salad!
More chicken recipes
- Lemon Herb Yogurt Marinated Chicken Breast
- Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken with Tomatoes and Basil
- Rosemary Balsamic Roast Chicken
- Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken
- Slow Cooker Orange Saffron Roast Chicken
- Rosemary and Lemon Chicken Thighs with Asparagus by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
Lemon Herb Slow Cooker Roast Chicken
- One 5-7 pound chicken
- two lemons halved
- 1-2 teaspoons kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- One medium onion peeled and quartered
- One large handful fresh herbs I like parsley, thyme, rosemary and sage
- Remove the giblets and place the chicken in your slow cooker. Squeeze one lemon over the chicken, and save the squeezed lemon to place in the slow cooker.
- Season liberally, inside and out, with the salt and pepper.
- Place the lemons, onion and herbs inside the chicken. If it cannot fit, you can place some of the lemon and onion around the chicken.
- Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until fully cooked through. You do not have to add any liquid to the slow cooker.
I have made this recipe several times over the years. It’s VERY simple, perfect for a last-minute throw-together before work when I have nothing thawed and relatively inexpensive. However, what I like the MOST about it is it’s versatility. This is actually THREE recipes in ONE! 1. I can serve as is on a plate OR 2. I can stir it all up, thereby tearing apart the chicken breasts, and make a lovely filling for a flour tortilla OR 3. I can stir it all up, again tearing apart the chicken breasts, and it’s a hot dip served with tortilla chips for my Bunco group. I use generic brand ingredients and it’s a great way to use that jar of leftover salsa sitting in the frig. Thanks for this awesome recipe!
We are always looking for slow cooker dishes and this looks yummy!
The slow cooker is the best!!
There is hope for your little one, trust me! My kids, especially my daughter AKA Miss Picky Pants, HATED veggies. It wasn’t until I stated gardening that they got interested and now, especially my son, they can’t get enough and will eat anything I make! Your recipe is making me think I need to try slow cooker chicken again. When I tried it came out mushy from the fat that cooked off in the bottom of the slow cooker 🙁
Hmm, try putting the chicken on top of the onions or some veggies, and don’t add liquid. Luckily my little guy is pretty good, other than zucchini or tomatoes.
Love slow cooker recipes! This one looks perfect with the lemon and rosemary.
Thanks Heather! My slow cooker is such a lifesaver!
I’ve always wanted to try one of the aerogardens but someone my black thumb isn’t killing my herbs this year! This is great recipe, set and let it go and come back to an awesome smell and dinner.
Part of me thinks my hubby just wanted a toy, because he could totally keep herbs alive for me the “normal” way.
This is making my stomach rumble! I am craving chicken right before I am going to bed. Now how will I sleep?
Pop one in the slow cooker at night, and you’ll have it in the morning 🙂
how exciting! I’m going to start growing herbs soon myself, fingers crossed that they survive!
I am all about this chicken, it’s exactly the kind of dinner that I loooooooooooove!
Good luck! We foodies need herb gardens!
Never knew you could do a whole chicken in a crockpot!
Yup, it works amazingly well!
I so need this recipe! I’ve always been intimidated by cooking whole chickens. I have no idea why. I love how easy you make this seem!
I do them in the oven, but I like that I don’t have to wory about being home all afternoon to make it this way.
I love that you are making it a priority to show your son these things! I always kill plants too but mine are thriving and I’m so proud! I can’t wait to try this dish!!
Aww, I am so happy your plants are doing well. It is so important we try so that we can show our kids!
Started doing chicken this way years ago when my 2 boys were little, but with a bit of a difference. On the bottom of the slow cooker, I put a couple of celery ribs (cut into 3 or 4 pieces), several carrots (also cut up in similar manner), then a cup or 2 of chicken broth over all. It was a real kid pleaser.
I sometimes do carrots and celery, but when I am doing the lemon herb version, I usually leave them out.
I’m all about simple, easy and flavorful recipes and can’t wait to try making this lemon herb slow cooker recipe!
The slow cooker is the best for feeding a bunch of hungry kids!
Your chicken looks so moist and delicious! You can’t go wrong with lemon and herbs!
Thanks Conni! I agree!
We should never be embarrassed by our “simple” recipes. Often, they are the best! Your chicken looks scrumptious!
It is so funny, because we always think people want the most unique, creative ideas, but really people want stuff they can make everyday!
You are absolutely right about this!
I think our kids would get along very well…my 4 year old LOVES to garden! This chicken looks fabulous – nice, juicy and tasty.
Thanks Alida, and I loved seeing the pics of your son. It would be so cool if we could get them together.
I really want a garden but I’m afraid I’ll end up having a “black thumb” too lol. This contraption you have sounds like it could work for me! I’ll have to look into that..
So far, so good!
Love lemon and herbs with chicken! Good luck on your garden!
I just made a very similar roasted chicken on Monday. One of our favorite dishes. You can’t go wrong with it.
Definitely a classic combo!
SO easy! And extremely versatile depending on what herbs are ready to harvest. Using the slow cooker is just as perfect for the hot summer months as in the winter….I need to dig it out more often!!!
Yes, I think I love my slow cooker even more in the summer. Just have to lighten the ingredients.
Slow cooker chicken sounds perfect, no oven time! Good luck with your garden!
Especially when it gets hot outside!!
So great how your son was the one who got the family into gardening. I’ll even bet your black thumb turns green. I’m sure of it.
I hope so!
Yum! Your chicken looks amazing! I bet with the lemons and herbs it tasted out of this world!! Beautiful dish!
Thanks Jennifer. By sitting in the slow cooker all day, the flavors really
Infuse the chicken.