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**Slow Cooker Beer Whole Chicken

Slow Cooker Beer Whole Chicken

  • Cooking Time:

    6-8 hours
  • Servings:

    8

Ingredients

1 T. olive oil
1oz. package of Ranch dressing mix (dry)
1/4 c. butter, softened
4-5 lb. Whole Chicken
6 slices thick-cut bacon
1 c. of beer



Too cold to grill outside?  This recipe for Slow Cooker Beer Chicken delivers a very moist and flavorful bird! (Inspired from the classic grilled recipe: Beer Can Chicken)

  1. Grease inside of large crock with olive oil.
  2. Stir butter and 1/2 the ranch dressing mix together in a bowl until completely combined.
  3. Carefully loosen each side of the skin of the chicken breast and spread the butter-ranch mixture under the skin. Transfer chicken, skin-side up, to crock.
  4. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 ranch dressing mix over chicken. Next, lay bacon strips evenly across bird.
  5. Pour beer around edges of chicken.
  6. Cover and crock on LOW 6-8 hours, or until chicken is tender.

NOTE: For added browning, place in an baking dish and broil for a few minutes!

Happy Crocking!

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Kristine
Kristine
8 years ago

Is that 695 calories per serving?

Ageliki
Ageliki
8 years ago

I tried using beer in your pork chop recipe, and the taste was too bitter for me…and Im afraid the same will happen here. What else can we use instead of beer? Chicken broth? Also, is 1 cup okay for any other liquid substitute?

debbie
debbie
7 years ago
Reply to  Ageliki

I make beer butt chicken and it is outstanding!! This should be also

Lisa
Lisa
7 years ago
Reply to  Ageliki

I would suggest apple cider instead of beer if you didn’t like the beer taste. have used it and works great.

dawn
dawn
7 years ago

Marsala wine would be nice too!

Stacey
Stacey
7 years ago

Do you have to use the bacon? Can it be turkey bacon then?

Sharon
Sharon
7 years ago

Hello! How big of a crock pot are you using when you make this and how many people are you (comfortably) able to serve?

Marcia
Marcia
7 years ago

This has always been an easy and favorite Chicken recipe for me…just recently I used an Apple Ale Beer….YUMMY!!! It just added a little “something” extra along with the already wonderful smokey bacon & ranch taste!!

Angela
Angela
7 years ago

does the chicken come out moist? The problem I have with crock pot recipes, is that the chicken always comes out dry!

NANCY
NANCY
2 years ago
Reply to  Jenn Bare

What brand/size do you recommend because mine seems to cook too hot on everything. I have a 6 qt CrockPot brand.

Monica
Monica
7 years ago

Does chicken need to be thawed? Or is frozen ok

heather
7 years ago

this sounds delish thanks so much for the reply

Sally
Sally
7 years ago

Does the skin get crunchy?

Jolindsay
Jolindsay
7 years ago

I wish you had a pin it button!

Jolindsay
Jolindsay
7 years ago

LOL nevermind I found it , dummy here.

Eugene taxi
7 years ago

Whole garlic under the skin and the ranch butter mix would do way better melted and injected into the bird instead of just under the skin.

lori
lori
7 years ago

Wondering if you could use a whole breast or split breasts

Sarah
7 years ago

This was fabulous! I made it today without the bacon — I saw someone ask about this. It isn’t dry at all and spent about 6.5 hours on low in the crockpot. The only thing different that I did to kind of try to make up for not having the moisture from the bacon is I stuffed it with a lemon cut in half. I also just smothered the chicken in the butter and ranch mixture — I put some on the bottom before cooking it, too. I also can attest that using Pumpkin Spice ale (because it’s all I… Read more »

Sarah
7 years ago
Reply to  Sarah

(P.S. and then I threw the softened, cooked lemon down the garbage disposal for some cleaning/deodorizing — does double duty!)

Linda S
Linda S
6 years ago

Does this recipe call for 1 CUP or 1 CAN of beer?

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