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easy lemon garlic chicken

This Slow Cooking Lemon Garlic Chicken Will Be Your New Favorite Easy Crockpot Recipe

  • Author: Heather Burnett
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This slow cooker lemon garlic chicken is a fabulous way to cook a whole chicken in the crockpot, Instant Pot, or oven that’s tender, flavorful, and delicious. Low carb, keto, and family-friendly, this simple dinner recipe is always a favorite.  


  • 2 kg / 4 lb whole chicken
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme 
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 ½ tablespoons olive oil or melted butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 large lemon (zest and juice) 

Lemon Sauce 

1 tablespoon cornflour or cornstarch (use almond flour if you are keeping it low carb) 

1 tablespoon water 


Start with the rub: Mix the thyme, parsley, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix with olive oil and lemon juice. (Do not throw away the lemon peel!) The rub combination will be slightly thick – you can adjust it with extra oil if it’s too thick to baste. 

Loosen the skin: Use the upside of a spoon to loosen the skin of the chicken. Spoon most of the rub under the skin, leaving about one tablespoon of oil for the skin. Use your hands or a spoon on the skin to spread the paste. Do not overthink it – this doesn’t need to be perfect.

Finally, place the used lemon inside the chicken. 

Place a rack inside your slow cooker, and place chicken on top. Spread with the remaining rub, and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Slow cook for 5 hours on low or 3 hours on high, or until juices run clear or internal temperature is 165° using a meat thermometer. (Note 4 for other cook methods)

Brown skin: Remove chicken from slow cooker, drizzle with a bit of extra oil. Grill/broil on medium-high for 5 to 10 minutes to brown the skin (~25cm /10″ from heat source). Or in your oven, set at 450° for 10 minutes.

Spoon over pan juices, then serve with the lemon sauce! 



Pour all slow cooker liquid into a saucepan, add the cornflour water mixture. Mix.

Bring to simmer over medium-high and cook until liquid thickens. ( This usually takes 3-5 minutes). Adjust salt and pepper to taste; add more lemon if desired (the extra lemon). Pour into a container and set aside until you are ready to serve. 

Pressure Cooker Instructions 

Add ½ cup water and pressure cook for 24 minutes on high (depressurize naturally 10 min before releasing valve).

Oven Instructions 

Set oven to 450°

Roast for 10 minutes, then turn the oven down to 350° and roast for another 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 165° F (or until juices run clear when pierced). Baste twice by spooning the pan’s juices over the chicken’s skin: once after 30 minutes and again at the one-hour mark.  



Time To Cook In Crockpot Based On Size/Weight 

1-1.5kg / 2-3 lb – 4.5 hrs on low

1.75-2.25kg / 3.5-4.5 lb – 5 hrs on low

2.5kg / 5lb – 6 hrs on low

For “fall apart” swoon-worthy chicken, add 1 to 2 hours onto the cook times. 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: crockpot, oven, Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: healthy dinner, crockpot recipe, Instant Pot dinner recipe, easy dinner recipe, low carb recipe, keto-friendly recipe