Crockpot Roasted Lemon Garlic Chicken

I love roasted chicken – it reminds me of my childhood. It doesn’t hurt that chicken is also such a great source of lean protein. Unfortunately with work and life I usually don’t have the time to roast a chicken in the oven on weeknights (it wouldn’t be ready until like 9pm) so I do the next best thing: crockpot whole roasted chicken! With lemons and garlic stuffed under the skin and a tasty spice rub, it’s a delicious and super easy replacement for the traditional oven-roasted chicken. I also love that the chicken generally lasts us through a few dinners – I like to use the leftovers to make chicken tacos. Yum.


  • 1 whole chicken (I prefer to use an organic, free-range and antibiotic-free chicken from Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 lemons
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 4 teaspoons salt (per recipe reviews, 2 tsp is better)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

How to do it:

  1. Clean and rinse the chicken, remove the bag of giblets if it’s in the carcass
  2. Remove some of the skin from the chicken (this is optional). I like to leave on enough skin to stuff the lemons underneath but I don’t want excess fat while the chicken is cooking so I generally remove it from breast area, which is the side I place down in the crockpot
  3. Slice lemons into thin slices and stuff under the skin – you may have to use a knife to separate the skin from the meat so that you can get the lemons into all parts of the chicken
  4. Chop garlic cloves and stuff under skin with the lemons – I generally put some whole cloves and lemon slices in the chicken carcass as well
  5. Combine spices and salt in a bowl, mix together well, and then rub all over the chicken. Don’t be shy – you can not overdo it!
  6. Set your crockpot to 8 hours on low and let everything cook. You don’t need any added liquid, the natural juices from the chicken will provide plenty of liquid
  7. Serve and enjoy!