Slow Cooker Buttered Lemon & Herb Rotisserie Chicken

Everyone, especially busy moms love shortcuts when it comes to meal time. That’s probably why those grocery store rotisserie chickens are so popular. In stores near me they are around $7 for a rotisserie chicken, but I can buy a pretty large uncooked whole chicken when it’s on sale for about $3.50.

I posted how to make your own rotisserie chicken back in 2010 and it’s been one of my most-read posts. I love how so many people made it and then came back to gave their opinion. With those suggestions I think I made an even more delicious slow cooker “rotisserie chicken,” this go around.

Slow Cooker Buttered Lemon Herb Rotisserie Chicken

Some complaints about the previous recipe is the skin wasn’t crispy enough like a regular rotisserie chicken. Cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker will not produce the exact same results as a regular rotisserie, but you can get pretty darn close by doing two things (suggested by you, the readers): 1) ball up several aluminum foil balls and place them under the chicken to prevent it cooking in it’s broth 2) at the end of cooking, place the chicken under the broiler for a few minutes.

Slow Cooker Buttered Lemon Herb Rotisserie Chicken

1 whole chicken 3.5-4 lbs.
2 lemons, sliced
1 stick of butter, room temperature
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
2 Tbl. minced garlic
1 tsp onion powder
1.5 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt

1. First, chop up two sprigs of the rosemary. Combine with the butter, garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper. Mash together to create a paste.

2. Rub the chicken with the butter mixture, including beneath the skin and inside the chicken. Same thing with the lemons. Be sure to place them inside the chicken and underneath the skin.

3. Cover and cook on low 6-7 hours or on high 3.5-4.5 hours.

Slow Cooker Buttered Lemon Herb Rotisserie Chicken!


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  1. Emily says

    Thank you Parthenia! You could make so many different variations/flavors of the crock pot chicken. It definitely is one of my favorite meals. I’m glad you liked it!

  2. says

    Hi Emily,
    I have not made your other Rotisserie Chicken in a while and when I came back to your blog, I saw the link for this Lemon & Herb version. I am looking forward to trying this one with these new flavors. The first one was quite fun. I had never created a rub before, so I am grateful for your tips!

  3. says

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  4. says

    @ Emily@ Emily:
    thank you so much for taking the time to share with us, always looking for healthy easy recipes and i have 5 crockpots my family loves everything out of these instead of takeout! :)

  5. Kandy says

    This looks absolutely delicious, my favorite flavors for chicken, lemon and rosemary. I had commented on your other page regarding the cp/rotisserie chicken and you have answered my questions here, lol. Great recipe and will be trying it very soon. Thank you! I agree with your other followers, that we are not caught up in a name but the method that WORKS.

  6. Autumn W. says

    If I don’t have fresh rosemary, how much dried should I use? Thanks for recipe, sounds sooooo good!

  7. Kim says

    Emily, this sounds like a wonderful recipe! Who cares what it’s called as long as it tastes great. Don’t worry about rude and negative comments such as the one above. You do not need to defend yourself against people who look to put down others. I (and others) appreciate your recipes. Thank you for taking the time to share w/ all of us out there looking for healthy short-cuts!

  8. Jennifer says

    @ Orva Linde:

    Your comment makes you look ignorant and lacking in common sense. It also shows you to be something of a jackass.

  9. Emily says

    @ Orva Linde: Actually Orva, I think you may be the one looking “weird and uninformed” with this comment. If you read the post, you would know that I know this is not a regular rotisserie chicken. The last slow cooker “rotisserie chicken” recipe had over 1 million views and many comments. I call this “rotisserie chicken” because many people who buy them (and google search for recipes like this) are just looking for the convenience of a meal-helper like a store-bought rotisserie chicken and aren’t too caught up in the technicality of the name of the cooking process. If you want the crispy skin you can certainly put it under the broiler for a few minutes :) Thanks!

  10. Orva Linde says

    Why do you insist on calling it “rotisserie chicken”? Nothing about this has anything to do with a rotisserie. The entire point of rotisserie’s is to get crispy skin and to not roast the chicken in it’s own juices and steam. What you’re doing is literally the exact opposite of that method, you’re slow-roasting a chicken in it’s own juices and steam. I’m certain that your recipe tastes just fine, but why you’re so hung up on this rotisserie thing is weird and makes you look uninformed.

  11. says

    That looks so amazing! Was just complaining that I was tired of the same old meals, now I can thank you for a new dish :)

  12. says

    Wow, this looks so simple and delicious.
    I’m amazed that you don’t need any other liquid other than the lemon juice, that’s cool.
    Thanks or sharing, I’m definitely going to try this.

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