Simple Fall-Apart Crock Pot Chicken

Total Time
5hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 hrs

I came up with this recipe when I realized that I needed to use a whole chicken in the freezer. I did a cold water bath for an hour before I put it in the crock pot and it defrosted to the perfect point for me to work with. You may need to adjust your time based on a frozen/thawed chicken and your size. All I know is that this chicken fell apart in the crockpot before I could even serve it! I highly recommend green beans and mashed potatoes with this. And the broth can be used to make a gravy if you'd like


  1. Defrost chicken to at least 75%. This can be done safely in about an hour doing a cold water bath in the sink. When defrosted rinse and pat dry.
  2. Stuff chicken with celery and onion.
  3. Set chicken breast up in the crockpot. Sprinkle generously and evenly with paprika, poultry seasoning. Use black pepper to taste.
  4. Pour cream of celery soup directly on top on chicken.
  5. Pour 3 cups of chicken broth around the outside of your chicken.
  6. Cover and start crock pot on high for approximately 5-5.5 hours depending on the size of your chicken chicken size and how frozen it is.


Most Helpful

Flavorless and dry (maybe it was dry because I went 8 hours rather than 5 1/2, the last hours on low). But still flavorless! The broth created would have made a good base for a dumpling soup though! I must admit that the chicken did "fall off the bone", in fact so much so that I had to retrieve much of it from the crock pot with a slotted spoon (even that was dry and flavorless). The meat left over won't even make a good sandwich without a lot of mayonaise! I'm sticking with the "beer can", rotisserie or baked chicken from here on out. Or, stewed with veggies to make soup with dumplings...

randy.w.lyons October 07, 2009

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