by the Chef Marshall O’Brien Group

Savory slow cooker chickenYou will have a tasty, healthy meal ready to eat when the family walks in the door when you use a slow cooker. This one pot chicken dinner is just the ticket on a cold winter day!

Serves 8

Preparation time: 20 minutes 

Cooking time: 9 hours


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1½ teaspoon basil, dried
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or as needed
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, dried
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 (4 pound) whole chicken, giblet/neck packet removed from cavity
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups potatoes, quartered
  • 2 cups carrots, peeled and chopped 
  • 1½ cups onion, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika


  • Pour 1 tablespoon oil into empty slow cooker. Use paper napkin or toweling to grease slow cooker by rubbing oil around bottom and lower half of walls.
  • Turn on slow cooker at low setting.
  • Place potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and onions in slow cooker and mix with half of salt, pepper and dried herbs.
  • Rub whole chicken with remaining olive oil, lemon juice, dried herbs, minced garlic, salt and pepper. 
  • Place whole chicken, breast side down, in slow cooker pot on top of vegetables. Sprinkle chicken with paprika and cover and cook for about 9 hours.
  • Remove chicken from slow cooker, cut into pieces, return chicken to slow cooker and serve family-style.

Chef Marshall O’BrienThe Chef Marshall O’Brien Group is a dedicated assembly of professionals based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, committed to the goal of using nutrition to get kids and families to lead happier, healthier lives.