Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

I have to admit, I prefer to buy the rotisserie chicken at Costco because it’s cooked to perfection AND it’s cheap! You can’t buy a whole chicken for the price of a Costco chicken unless it’s a really small bird or it’s on clearance. I THINK the price is the same across the US at $4.99 per chicken.

Since I am doing a food series for the holidays, I am trying to find meats other than turkey that can be cooked and enjoyed for the holidays so I decided to share my recipe for slow cooker rotisserie chicken.

Now, I make mine a smidge different and if you don’t want to use my exact ingredients you can easily substitute with others.

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

When I shop for meat I will normally go around 3 o’clock in the afternoon as that is when the butcher marks down the meat. This chicken above was priced at $5.58 and I saved $1.69, making it $3.89. It’s perfect as I normally cook the meats I buy this way the same name or early the next morning in the slow cooker. Ask your butcher what time they mark down the meat and try to shop around that time if you want to save.

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

A few variances and substitutions if you want:

  • Regular paprika vs. smoked paprika
  • Regular pepper vs. fresh coarse ground black pepper
  • Regular salt vs Kosher / Sea salt

Note: I mix the Kosher salt into the rub mixture and then sprinkle the coarse ground sea salt over the top once the rub is on the chicken.

Once this bad boy is locked down in the slow cooker, you can concentrate on other dishes to prepare while it cooks.

This bird fed a family with 3 meat eaters (remember Bob is a vegetarian) and the cost of the chicken for $3.89 and the potato, which I price matched for $.25 per pound, was less than $4 total. Not too shabby for a quick, easy, tasty, reasonable priced meal.

Have you tried a slow cooker rotisserie chicken recipe before? Thoughts of homemade vs. Costco?

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Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken
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  • 1 whole chicken
  • cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, dried
  • ½ teaspoon salt, Kosher or Fine Sea Salt
  • ½ teaspoon sale, coarse sea salt
  • 4 gloves garlic pressed
  • 4 -6 small potatoes
  1. Line bottom of slow cooker with potato slices
  2. Wash and pat the chicken dry
  3. Add oil to the skin (I used olive oil)
  4. Place the chicken on a cooking sheet
  5. Mix all dry ingredients and garlic and blend well
  6. Rub the mix over the chicken
  7. Broil chicken in oven to desired browning and then add chicken to slow cooker {you do not have to brown but I like the presentation}
  8. Add potatoes to bottom of slow cooker to "lift" the chicken off the bottom while cooking.
  9. Cook on low for about 5 hours (varies due to size and slow cooker)



  • Penny says:

    This recipe is very similar to a paleo recipe that I use, and it’s absolutely delicious! My recipe calls for wadded up balls of aluminum foil on the bottom, rather than potato slices. I’ll have to try it with the potato slices. Will have to try it with potatoes the next time. Your recipe is actually good & done at 5 hours? Mine takes 8. And I broil mine with the seasonings on it for a few minutes before putting it in the slow cooker, so that it browns up a little.

  • Donna Hyatt says:

    The ingredients list garlic powder twice…is this an error or another ingredient? And if so, what spice/herb?

    • Menu of Musings says:

      Typeo on my part {sorry} – I write my recipes on a card and then read it 100 times and never see mistakes. LOL

  • Dawn says:

    Recipe sounds delicious but I too am curious about the cook time. Is it really done in 5 hours? How long do you put it under the broiler and do you have to adjust the cook time based on broiler time? I have tried whole chicken before and it always turns out mealy and gross. Thank you!

    • Menu of Musings says:

      Just a few minutes to brown it so it looked nice — I have tried it at the beginning and the end and think it looks more presentable at the end. {for me}

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