Slow-Cooker Lemon, Garlic & Sage Chicken

When making a whole, slow-cooker chicken, it's best to buy a better-quality chicken such as one from a farm stand. The flavor and texture of the bird will hold up best over the long cook time. Also, leaving the skin on during cooking will ensure that the chicken stays moist. If you have leftover chicken, use it for a chicken soup or in a chicken salad sandwich. For a beautiful presentation, serve the chicken surrounded by fresh sage leaves and roasted, halved lemons and garlic heads.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
5 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 30 mins
4 servings
Nutrition Profile:


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 teaspoons)

  • 1 (3 1/2) pound whole chicken

  • 15 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • Cooking spray

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)


  1. Stir together the butter, sage, salt, pepper, and garlic in a small bowl. Remove and discard the giblets and neck from the chicken. Trim the excess fat. Starting at the neck cavity, loosen the skin from the breasts and drumsticks with your fingers, without totally detaching the skin. Rub half of the butter mixture under the skin, and carefully replace the skin. Rub the remaining butter mixture over the outside of the chicken. Tuck the wingtips under the chicken. Place 12 of the parsley sprigs into the chicken cavity.

  2. Place the chicken, breast side up, on a small rack coated with cooking spray. Place the rack inside a 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW until a thermometer inserted into the meaty part of the thigh and not touching the bone registers 165 degrees F, 5 to 6 hours.

  3. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker, reserving the cooking liquid in the slow cooker. Let the chicken rest 10 minutes. Discard the skin and the 12 parsley sprigs, and cut the chicken into 8 pieces.

  4. Skim the fat from the surface of the cooking liquid. Pour the cooking liquid into a saucepan; bring to a boil over high. Whisk together the cornstarch and water in a small bowl; whisk into the cooking liquid. Boil, whisking often, until the sauce thickens, about 1 minute. Stir in the lemon juice. Remove the leaves from the remaining 3 parsley sprigs. Chop the parsley leaves, and stir into the sauce. Serve the chicken with the sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

289 Calories
11g Fat
3g Carbs
42g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 289
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Protein 42g 84%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Sodium 515mg 22%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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