Recipe: Slow-Cooked Chicken with Spice Rub

By on February 15, 2013 in Recipes with 6 Comments

Slow Cooker Chicken with spice rub

I’ve been a little slow to warm up to the idea of using a slow cooker (no pun intended), but I’m finally on the crock pot bandwagon. I’ve cooked more crock pot recipes in the last few weeks than I think I have in the last 10 years. And every one of them has turned out exceptionally well. Including this recipe which is as simple as can be.

Slice some onions, rub a spice mixture on the chicken, and place the whole chicken in the crock pot. Six hours later you have the most tender, juicy meat. And that, I think, is my favorite thing about cooking in a crock pot. No risk of dry, overcooked meat. This chicken is delicious on its own, in a wrap, a quesadilla, or on top of a salad.

slow cooker chicken with spice rub

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slow cooker chicken with spice rub

Slow-Cooked Chicken with Spice Rub

  • 2 sweet onions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (5 to 6-pound) organic chicken, rinsed and patted dry
  1. Line bottom of slow cooker with onion slices.
  2. In a small bowl, mix all spices. Rub spice mixture over the whole chicken.
  3. Place chicken on top of onions. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.

Recipe Source: adapted from Everyday Paleo

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  1. This chicken looks wonderful! I’ve never cooked the way you described: basically placing chicken in the slow cooker without adding any liquid ingredients (stock or wine). So, using this “dry” method of slow cooking, the chicken still came out juicy? I am curious because I just love the look of your chicken – it doesn’t even look like it was in a slow cooker!
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    • Christin M says:

      Yes, it came out very juicy and there’s no need to add any liquid since nothing can evaporate from the slow cooker.

  2. Laurie Donlon says:

    What size slow cooker for this recipe?

  3. Ann says:

    I was looking for a slow-cooker recipe on Pinterest & this one fit the bill. I cooked it exactly as stated only thing different I did was slide whole potatoes length-wise & rubed the cut edges with left over spice rub. I put the potatoes on top of the onions & set the whole chicken on top of that. All done & excellent. Thanks for quick/easy and tasty recipe.

    • Christin M says:

      So glad you enjoyed it Ann! And what a wonderful idea to put potatoes on top. I will have to try that!

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