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Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken

Sandi Gaertner
A slow cooker lemon chicken that is tender and juicy!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Course Gluten Free Dinner Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 301 kcal



  • 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.


Serving: 1gCalories: 301kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 24gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 477mgPotassium: 265mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 194IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy slow cooker lemon chicken, gluten free lemon chicken, slow cooker lemon chicken, Slow cooker whole chicken
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