If you love a moist, juicy chicken that is bursting with flavor and is super easy to make, wait until you try this gluten free Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken recipe!! Even your pickiest eater will love the flavors in this simple chicken dinner. If you are looking for a new meal to add to your dinner rotation, this is a tried and true favorite.

A platter with a whole slow cooker lemon chicken.

Fall is here, and as the weather cools, I love to pull out my slow cooker to cook our dinner slowly all day. The flavors mesh together slowly and penetrate the chicken in a scrumptious way! This delicious chicken dinner is always popular! This is what I call a dump-and-go recipe, meaning you put all of the ingredients into your slow cooker at once, cover, and turn it on. There are no pre-cooking steps needed!

This chicken can feed a family of four, provide some leftovers, or feed one growing hungry teen boy. I am kidding, but wow, a teen boy can pack away the food! This chicken dinner is a great budget recipe. You will love this crock pot lemon chicken recipe because it is so easy to make. Directions to show you how to cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker.

Check out all of my easy gluten free slow cooker recipes. You may also like my Gluten Free Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie recipe. If you need more easy chicken recipes, check out these 30 gluten free slow cooker chicken recipes.

This came out so well! We loved it and I love that the slow cooker does all the work for me! We will make this one again I’m sure, very yummy!”

meagen, blog comment

Allergen Information:

This homemade crock pot chicken is gluten-free, egg-free, nut-free, soy-free, and oat-free. You can also make it dairy-free by using olive oil instead of butter.

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

  • A Whole Chicken – I try to aim for 3 pounds, but if your slow cooker is small, it is okay to make a smaller chicken.
  • Lemons – you will need fresh lemons, so you have slices to insert under the skin.
  • Butter or Olive Oil – Use salted or unsalted butter.
  • Fresh Herbs like thyme and parsley.
  • Garlic – Freshly minced garlic cloves or use jarred minced garlic.

This slow cooker recipe has all the good stuff, fresh herbs, juicy lemon…and it tastes incredible. If you love using fresh herbs in your cooking, why not try growing fresh herbs in your kitchen

🔑 Sandi says: When the chicken is done, you can boil the bones with water, salt/pepper, and vegetables and make a chicken bone broth that can be used to make a homemade soup. You get two for one this way!

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

There are only three simple steps to make this gluten free slow cooker chicken recipe.

A small bowl of herbs, garlic, and oil.

Step 1: Add your chopped herbs, minced garlic, and olive oil or melted butter to a small bowl and mix.

The raw chicken with seasoning stuffed under the skin.

Step 2: Peel up the skin and use a spoon to pour some of the herb mix under the skin. Spread it around. This delicious flavor is going to slow-cook right into your chicken! Rub the extra seasoning on the outside of the chicken.

Step 3: Insert the lemon slices under the skin over the herb seasoning.

A seasoned raw chicken in a slow cooker.

Step 4: Cover and turn it on high to cook for 4-5 hours and low to cook for 6-7 hours. That is it! It is a top-rated dump recipe!

While you are here, you may want to check out all of my delicious Gluten Free Chicken recipes on the blog. They are kid-approved and super easy to make.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you cook a frozen chicken in the slow cooker?

No, you shouldn’t cook a frozen chicken in the slow cooker.

Is it dangerous to cook chicken in a slow cooker?

It is not dangerous to cook chicken in a slow cooker. When the chicken is done, checking the internal temperature before eating is essential. You want to ensure your chicken has an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Should you flip the chicken when it is cooking in the slow cooker?

Nope, leave the chicken and resist the temptation of opening the lid. Your chicken will cook better if left to cook undisturbed.

How do you prevent the chicken from drying out?

When cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker, it will release a lot of moisture. This will prevent your chicken from drying out.

Serve this chicken dinner with my Gluten-Free Biscuits. They are easy to make and rise up big and fluffy.

More Gluten Free Slow Cooker Recipes:

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Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken

Sandi Gaertner
A slow cooker lemon chicken that is tender and juicy!
5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dinner Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 301 kcal


  • Slow cooker


  • 1 whole chicken * see note
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • Remove the chicken from the packaging and put onto a large plate.
  • Peel up the skin under the chicken breasts.
  • Slice lemon in thin round slices.
  • In a bowl, combine the minced garlic, chopped herbs, and olive oil. Stir to mix.
  • With a spoon, pour the herb blend under the skin in the chicken breasts. Make sure to get way deep under the skin so the flavors will slow cook into the chicken.
  • Insert the lemon slices under the skin and pull the skin back over them.
  • Rub the extra herb mixture all over the outside of the skin along the chicken breast, legs, thighs, and wings.
  • Add the chicken to the slow cooker.
  • Optional: add vegetables to the slow cooker around the chicken.
  • Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook on low temperature for 6-7 hours, or high temperature for 4 hours. Check the internal temperature of the chicken with a meat thermometer. The internal temperature should read 165 F degrees.
  • Serve hot.


  1. If there are giblets, remove them from their paper wrap and put them in the slow cooker.
  2. You can substitute butter for the olive oil if you are not dairy-free.
  3. The chicken will be very tender and may fall apart easily when you try to lift it from the slow cooker. Be careful of the hot juices. 
  4. This chicken will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 301kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 24gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 477mgPotassium: 265mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 194IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
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Nutrition Disclaimer

Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.

This was guest posted by me on A Day In CandiLand blog back in 2019.

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  1. 5 stars
    This came out so well! We loved it and I love that the slow cooker does all the work for me! We will make this one again I’m sure, very yummy!

  2. 5 stars
    I love that you put the seasoning under the skin giving the chicken that extra flavor that makes it so good.