Crock Pot Spiced Whole Chicken

Oh wow, check out what Henry whipped up for us this morning before he left for work!  We paired this with our Rosemary Roasted Sunchokes.  He quickly whipped up the rubbing ingredients and had this incredible dish finished in 10 minutes.  No utensils required folks the meat and bones will literally melt in your hands.

This could feed 3 hungry Svendblads with the side dish, or two that haven’t eaten all day and are ready to ravage Mary’s fabulous chicken.


  • 1 large free range whole chicken
  • 1 very large yellow onion or 2 large onions, sliced very thin (we used a mandolin)
  • 5 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1 tbsp fat (coconut oil, pastured butter, ghee, lard, etc)
  • 2 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp crushed pepper
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbps fresh thyme

Preparation instructions:

a slow cooker Oval Crock Pot
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  1. Add onion and garlic to bottom of crock pot
  2. In a separate bowl, mixed melted fat & spices into a thick paste
  3. Rub both sides of chicken with spice mixture until completely covered
  4. Add chicken to crock pot and cook for at least 6-8 hours on high setting

Note: you won’t need to add any additional water or vinegar to the crock pot

Enjoy with our fabulous Rosemary Roasted Sunchokes!


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Kristy A. says:

    I tried this recipe in the slow cooker on Sunday and just dined on it yesterday. One word: outstanding! I loved the spice combination and was thrilled with the juices I could saturate the chicken with. And the chicken was tender and flavorful. I think I overcooked it a little, but I decided to use the slow cooker directions for settings with a whole chicken (6hrs on low) instead of high for 6-8hrs like your recipe suggested. I imagine each slow cooker is different with temp and setting. Anyway, it was delicious! Next time I’ll have to make cauliflower rice to sop up the stew-like juices that were so beautiful and sunset-hued. I can’t wait to have this again for lunch today! Thank you!


    1. Kristy, thank you so much for this wonderful comment. It is so good, and we’re going to have it again this week. Cauliflower rice sounds perfect with this; I pigged out on the sauce with a spoon like a soup. Thank you again! Jo


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