Sugar Free Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Recipe


My slow cooker has really only ever been used for a Velveeta dip I make every Super Bowl season and the occasional chili during the winter.  One of the (many!) things I have been having difficulty finding is a good sugar free chicken stock off the shelf.  In fact, not even Whole Foods had a variety that didn’t add at least trace amounts of Fructose.  So now I had a mission, I wanted a delicious slow cooker recipe for a whole chicken that I could turn around and use the chicken carcass to make a stock I could freeze.  Fortunately Half Price Books had a huge clearance sale last week and I was able to get about a dozen different cookbooks for about $20 and one had a recipe that looked interesting.

This recipe was eye-opening to me for one major reason, I have never cooked anything in a slow cooker that wasn’t mostly liquid.  When it said to just put the chicken in with no liquid I thought for sure I was reading it wrong but it turned out great!  It was literally falling off the bone as I tried to cut it to serve and was so moist and delicious.  I’ll put the recipe for the stock up later this week. (although you might have seen it on my Instagram feed)  The other thing you need to know is that it’s important to line the bottom of the slow cooker with the onions and celery in order to get the chicken off the bottom of the pot.  I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!

Be sure to save the bones to make a tasty Chicken Broth!

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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
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Serves: 8-10
A delicious Slow Cooker recipe for a whole chicken.
  • 1 large chicken
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 Celery stalks
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp Red Pepper (I like it a little spicy, reduce to ¼ tsp for less spice)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp oregano
  1. Dice onion and chop celery, line bottom of slow cooker
  2. Mix all spices in bowl
  3. Be sure you have removed all giblets and rub spices into entire surface of chicken. Put any remaining spices in cavity.
  4. Place chicken in slow cooker, cook on high for 4-5 hours


Sugar Free Product Spotlight: Pederson’s Bacon

Pederson's Bacon

There are certain things that are dang near impossible to find sugar free.  One of the things I missed most was bacon.  I tore my local supermarkets apart, scouring dozens of packages of bacon looking for a variety that left sugar off the ingredients list but looked in vain.

Finally my search came to an end at my local Whole Foods.  After looking through about 15 different varieties of bacon I finally saw my bacon flavored Holy Grail.  Pederson’s bacon is uncured with no preservatives or sugar. It has no Gluten, no Lactose, and no MSG.  In fact it only has 5 ingredients; pork, water, salt, vinegar and celery powder.

The best part is that it tastes great!  Just like bacon should taste.  It’s a little pricey at $8.99 for a 10oz package, that works out to about $14.24 a pound.  But honestly, it’s worth it.  Now that I’ve got bacon and eggs back in my breakfast rotation, life is sweet even without the sugar.

UPDATE: You can now order a box of 10 from Amazon!

Disclosure: I am not affiliated with Pederson’s Bacon,\ and no one gave me a package to sample..  This is just my honest opinion.