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Lazy Slow Cooker Whole Chicken & Barley

This slow cooker whole chicken recipe is the simplest way to make a homemade, rotisserie-like chicken. Add some barley to absorb all of the chicken's savory juices and you and have a delicious and easy meal!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Course: Brunch, dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crockpot whole chicken, slow cooker whole chicken, whole chicken in a crockpot
Servings: 3 oz
Calories: 170kcal
Author: The Lazy slow cooker


  • 6 qt slow cooker
  • Tongs, serving spoon



  • 1 16oz package pearl barley
  • 4 cups chicken broth


  • 1 5-6 lb whole chicken
  • 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • rinse barley and check for stones (as per package)
  • place barley in slow cooker and add in chicken stock.
  • place chicken in slow cooker, breast side down (so the juices will run into in and keep it moist)
    Raw whole chicken with spices in slow cooker
  • mix paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper together and rub over chicken skin
  • cover and cook 5-6 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high. Be sure to check the internal temperature of your chicken to confirm it is fully cooked. It should be 165°F at the deepest part of the thigh without the temperature probe touching bone.
  • Optional step: to crisp chicken skin, carefully remove chicken from slow cooker and place in an oven safe pan, spray with a little olive oil and place under the broiler for a few minutes.
  • enjoy!