Slow Cooker Engagement Chicken with Gravy


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This Slow Cooker Engagement Chicken is a whole chicken kicked up a notch, it also makes enough broth to prepare a decadent gravy.

whole engagement chicken in a slow cooker.

I found this recipe for engagement chicken about the same time I found the recipe for Land your Man Baked Beans. I’m a very curious person and had to know how good these recipes were since they have such confident names. 

This is a vintage recipe that supposedly, if you make this for your boyfriend, you will get a proposal. As you know I have no interest in getting married again, one time is enough for me, LOL. My poor husband, I made this elaborate meal (you must see the video at the bottom) and what he got was his plate heated in the microwave when he arrived home from work since I do all my filming at 3 pm most days. He said the honeymoon is over. We had a good laugh about it, we have a great time joking about our relationship since we’ve been married for 18 years. Another funny named recipe I have is Marry Me Chicken which is just as good as this recipe!

wine, seasonings, butter, onion garlic and lemon on a wooden table.

I’ve made many whole chicken recipes in the crock pot, but seriously nothing this tasty. I don’t know if it was the garlic, wine or butter, or possibly a combination of the 3 things being cooked with the chicken that made this recipe stand out from others that I have tried.

raw whole chicken in a slow cooker with garlic. Paprika on top.

The best part of this recipe is the gravy, it is made from the drippings and broth that is created while cooking the chicken. I researched the best way to make gravy from hot broth. What I did was, I ladled the grease off the top of the broth, used that to make a roux with flour in a skillet, then whisked in the broth.

whole chicken in a slow cooker with lemons

Easy peasy and there are measurements below in the recipe box to get the same results I did. I am going to use this gravy method next thanksgiving, we usually use cornstarch in cold water, this method with the drippings and flour makes the best gravy ever. The gravy made from this chicken broth has lots of great garlic, butter and wine flavor.

gravy in a skillet.

Other slow cooker whole chicken recipes:

close up of chicken and mashed potatoes.

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whole chicken in a slow cooker with lemons

Slow Cooker Engagement Chicken with Gravy

5 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 6
A vintage whole chicken recipe, rumored to elicit romantic overtures, yields a decadent gravy for a delicious meal.


  • 2 sweet onions, (large); sliced
  • 1 whole chicken, small, about 5 pounds
  • 2 garlic bulbs, cut in half
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup butter, (1 stick); melted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup dry white wine, I used chardonnay

For the gravy

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup chicken renderings, separated fat; from under chicken after it's cooked
  • 2 cups broth, from under chicken after it’s cooked


  • Remove any extra parts from the inside of the chicken and discard.
  • Add the onions to the slow cooker and lay chicken over them.
  • Add the garlic head halves around the chicken wherever they fit.
  • Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juices over the chicken.
  • Pour over the melted butter, then sprinkle over the salt, pepper, thyme and paprika.
  • Pour the wine down the side of the chicken.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours, or 7 if your chicken is larger.
  • When the cooking time is done, remove the chicken to a serving platter.
  • Using a slotted spoon, strain out the onions and put them next to the chicken.
  • Let the liquid from the chicken rest for at least 5 minutes; allowing the broth and renderings to separate.
  • The grease will rise to the top, the broth will be at the bottom.
  • Carefully spoon out all of the grease, reserving ¼ cup for the gravy.
  • Measure out 2 cups of the broth from the slow cooker.


  • On the stove, heat a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Once hot add the ¼ cup of grease and whisk in the flour; continue whisking the roux for 1 minute.
  • Pour in the 2 cups of broth, whisking constantly until a smooth gravy forms, about 5 minutes for the gravy to thicken.
  • Carve the chicken and serve with the onions and gravy.
  • Enjoy!



Calories: 585kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 743mg | Potassium: 432mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 982IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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  1. Lubna says:

    Thank you for the recipe! I’m new to slow cooking. I usually cook for just me and my husband. 5 lbs chicken is too much for us. What would the cooking time be for a 3 pound chicken so it’s cooked but not falling apart?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      It’s hard to say; most likely 5 hours.

  2. Susan says:

    5 stars
    So good!!!
    I made glamour engagement chicken for my boyfriend years ago and he asked me to marry him. Close to the original and very easy. I love it!