This Crock Pot whole chicken and stuffing is cozy, comforting, and so easy to make it’s almost embarrassing. This recipe is a life-saver on those busy days when you want a satisfying meal but don’t have the time or energy to spend hours in the kitchen.
And what’s not to love about a Crockpot chicken recipe that lets you toss everything in one pot and forget about it until a few minutes before dinnertime? The stuffing is mixed with the chicken drippings to soak up all that goodness and make a complete meal.
In this post, I’ll walk you through crafting the perfect crock pot chicken recipe. And don’t worry if you’re not a seasoned cook – this recipe is beginner-friendly. By the end of it, you’ll have a savory, juicy chicken that even the pickiest eaters will love.
For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below
- Whole chicken: Make sure to clean out the inside of the chicken and throw away the giblets.
- Dry stuffing mix: A 6-ounce box of any flavor will do. We’re going to mix this in with the chicken drippings.
- Poultry seasoning
🥣How to Make Crock Pot Chicken and Stuffing
- Dice the carrots, onions and celery. Then put them in the bottom of the cooker. This is the aromatic base for our chicken.
- Now, place your cleaned whole chicken on top of the veggies.
- Pour the melted butter all over that bird, then sprinkle the seasonings on top.
- Put the lid on your slow cooker and set the high timer for 5-6 hours. Now, you can go about your day or run errands while your slow cooker does all the hard work.
- When the time is up, remove the chicken and set it on a platter. Cover it with foil and let the chicken rest while you make the stuffing.
- Remove all of the liquid and put it in a measuring cup. Return about 1 1/2 cups of it into the slow cooker, along with all the veggies. Add your stuffing mix to the slow cooker, give it a good stir, cover, and let it cook for an additional 10 minutes.
- Once the stuffing is done, fluff it with a fork. Now, you can serve your chicken and stuffing however you like. I usually slice the chicken and serve it alongside the stuffing. But you can also put the chicken back in the slow cooker for a pretty presentation.
You’re thinking, “It’s chicken and stuffing; what more do I need?” Well, you’re not wrong, but an extra side dish can take your dinner time from good to fabulous. My favorites:
- Gravy: I just buy a jar of gravy for this meal. But you can make homemade gravy from the extra drippings if you are an overachiever.
- Air Fryer Green Beans: This simple recipe features garlicky green beans cooked quickly in less than 10 minutes with the air fryer.
- Cranberry Sauce: It’s not just for Thanksgiving. Whip up a quick homemade cranberry sauce, or even use a can (I won’t tell). The slightly tart flavor complements the savory chicken and stuffing perfectly.
- Roasted Veggies: Got a bit more time on your hands? Toss some veggies in olive oil, sprinkle with your favorite seasoning, and roast ’em in the oven. It’s a simple way to add color and nutrition to your plate.
💭How to Store Your Crock Pot Chicken and Stuffing
If you’ve got leftovers, allow them to cool completely before transferring to an airtight container. Your chicken and stuffing will be safe and sound in the fridge for 3-4 days.
When you’re ready to enjoy your leftover chicken, reheat it in the microwave or oven until heated through.
Be sure to check out the step by step instructions
- Make sure your slow cooker is big enough to handle the whole chicken. If you’re in doubt, use a bigger model. Remember, it’s always better to have too much space than too little.
- You can also cook this on low for 7-8 hours. But I think the chicken meat has better texture when cooked on high.
- Make sure you don’t leave any stray chicken bones in the cooking liquid when you take chicken out. If the chicken falls apart when you remove it, strain the cooking liquid to avoid unpleasant crunchiness in the stuffing!
Absolutely. It will probably cook a bit faster, so keep an eye on it.
No. Never, and I mean never, put a frozen chicken in your slow cooker. It’s a food safety no-no. Always make sure your chicken is fully thawed before it hits the slow cooker.
No problem! You can also make this recipe in the oven. Roast the chicken at 350°F for about 1 1/2 hours in a deep roasting pan.
Chances are, you’ve added too much liquid or over-packed the stuffing. Measure the liquid and only mix 1 1/2 cups to mix with the stuffing.
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Stuffing Recipe
- 5 pound whole chicken
- 2 carrots diced
- 1 small yellow onion diced
- 2 celery ribs diced
- 1/2 cup salted butter melted
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 6 ounce box stuffing mix Like Stove Top, any flavor
- Clean out the inside of the chicken and throw away the gizzards.5 pound whole chicken
- Dice the carrots, onions and celery. Put them in the bottom of the slow cooker.2 carrots, 1 small yellow onion, 2 celery ribs
- Put the chicken on top of the veggies. Pour the melted butter over the chicken, add the seasonings on top, and rub it all over. Season with salt and black pepper if you want.1/2 cup salted butter, 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning, 1 teaspoon paprika
- Place the lid on and cook on high 4-6 hours.
- Remove the chicken, set it on a platter, and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm. Pour the liquid from the crock pot into a measuring cup. Return 1 1/2 cups of liquid to the slow cooker along with all the veggies. Discard the additional liquid.
- Add the box of stuffing mixture to the slow cooker and stir well. Put the lid back on and let cook for another 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork when done.6 ounce box stuffing mix
- Slice the chicken and serve with the stuffing.
- You can also cook this on low for 7-8 hours. However, in my opinion the chicken has a better texture when you cook this on high.
- A 7 or 8 quart slow cooker is necessary to fit the whole chicken.
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
- You can also make this with skinless chicken breasts, although they will cook a little more quickly, so adjust the time.
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Nutrition facts are estimates.