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These Easy Crock Pot Chicken Recipes are ready to come to the rescue on busy weeknights. Give your oven the night off, because I’m sharing some of my best healthy chicken recipes that you can make in your slow cooker.
I’m always looking for new crock pot and slow cooker recipes, and chicken is one of my most-loved ingredients. Whether I’m buying chicken breast, chicken thighs, or drumsticks, chicken is lean, it’s cheap, and it always comes out of the crock pot ultra tender and juicy. Below, I’ve rounded up my best crock pot chicken recipes for you to try. Add your ingredients to the pot, set it to cook, and come home to the coziest home-cooked chicken dinner. It’s perfect for weeknights!
I like to think of slow cooking as the culinary equivalent of the saying “Look, ma, no hands!” And I always turn to my crock pot whenever I’m after the juiciest chicken with the least amount of effort. Here’s why you’ll love these recipes:
So, “crock pot” and “slow cooker”, potato, potato, am I right? Well, not quite. It’s true, both terms are often used interchangeably, and both appliances have very similar MOs: slow cookers and crock pots cook food by simmering over long periods. The main difference is that Crock-Pot® is a brand name for a style of slow cooker. Not all slow cookers are Crock-Pots.
Crock pots have a stoneware crock, whereas a slow cooker is a pot that sits on top of a heating element. Crock pots also have two settings: High and Low, while slow cookers sometimes have multiple. No matter which type of slow cooker your countertop is rocking, it’s more than perfect for the chicken recipes below.
You’re sure to find a new family favorite in the chicken recipes below. These crock pot recipes are healthy and full of flavor (I won’t settle for anything less!), and ready for a spot at your dinner table.
Bring the taste of New Orleans to your table with this easy slow cooker recipe brimming with Creole-inspired flavors. Made with chicken simmered for hours along with juicy Andouille sausage in a rich and zesty tomato broth. Serve it for Mardi Gras celebrations, or anytime you’re craving a southern kick!
The crock pot is my first choice when making this insanely flavorful chicken a la criolla. This is a traditional Latin recipe made from boneless chicken thighs stewed with veggies, olives, herbs, and spices in a savory tomato broth. Cozy and comforting!
Prepare your tastebuds for a Mediterranean vacation! These easy crock pot chicken drumsticks are slow cooked with fresh lemon and herbs, then topped with salty feta cheese. It’s a simple recipe with only 5 ingredients, but it’s anything but simple in terms of flavor.
A classic Italian dish gets a weeknight makeover with this delicious crock pot chicken cacciatore. Slow cooking really lets all those delicious, saucy tomato flavors develop, rounded out with tender bell peppers, onion, and herbs. Serve this easy chicken recipe over pasta or rice and dig in. Prego!
I call this recipe embarrassingly easy, but there’s absolutely no shame in this 2-ingredient, zesty crock pot salsa chicken! It’s the perfect family-friendly weeknight meal that comes together with zero effort. Serve this chicken over salads or rice, in tacos, or as-is. You can’t beat it.
I never run out of ways to turn this crock pot salsa verde chicken into delicious, healthy meals, whether it’s tacos, burrito bowls, tostadas, and more. This recipe couldn’t be easier to make, too. Simply throw chicken breasts into the crock with jarred salsa and spices, cook, and enjoy!
There are many ways that you can make this simple yet savory braised chicken recipe, but the crock pot is by far my favorite! Combine your chicken drumsticks in the slow cooker with tomatillo sauce, jalapeños, herbs, and seasonings, then let the magic happen.
Ropa vieja is Spanish for “old clothes” – one look at this classic Cuban dish made from shredded meat and vegetables tossed together in a colorful heap, and you’ll see why! I’ve traded traditional shredded beef for lean chicken, and kept all those healthy, tender-crisp vegetables in this easy crock pot chicken dinner.
Most chicken recipes will take between 6-7 hours to cook on low, and 3-4 hours on high. Low and slow is always the first choice, especially with cuts like boneless chicken breast. Your chicken is done cooking when the internal temperature reaches 165ºF at the thickest part of the chicken.
No, you should never use frozen chicken when slow cooking. While it’s safe to cook raw (thawed) meat in the slow cooker, the frozen chicken won’t come to temperature quickly enough, risking foodborne illness. Always, always defrost your chicken pieces completely prior to placing them into your crock pot.
Yes, that’s what it’s made for! It’s safe to switch on your crockpot in the morning before you leave the house, or before you head to bed at night, and leave it to cook unattended. That’s the beauty of the slow cooker.
Turning these easy crock pot chicken recipes into a satisfying family dinner is easy. Here are some of my best chicken sides: