For us, winter means a few different things. For example, winter means being curled up in flannel PJs with a good book, sipping hot cocoa in front of the fire, and of course, slow cooker chicken recipes.
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We love chicken recipes because when it comes to easy cooking, it’s hard to beat chicken. Cooking chicken in the slow cooker is easy, and you don’t even have to heat up your kitchen. Another thing we love about the slow cooker is that dinner is ready when we get home.
Do you ever feel stuck in a rut with your cooking? Most of us tend to make the same chicken crockpot meals over and over, don’t we?
Let’s get some variety going in our kitchens!
There are so many different crockpot chicken recipes to try. How in the world does one choose the best chicken crock pot recipes?
There are slow cooker chicken chili recipes and slow cooker chicken soup recipes. You can make slow cooker chicken pasta and crockpot chicken casseroles.
The possibilities for crockpot chicken recipes are endless. From decadent cheesy chicken crock pot meals to healthy chicken crock pot recipes, this list runs the gamut.
Ready to dive in? Let’s check out these 31 fantastic slow cooker chicken recipes.
1. Slow Cooker Garlic Butter Lemon Chicken Thighs
Chicken thighs are one of the juiciest and most flavorful parts of the chicken.
And when you cook these delicious crock pot chicken thighs, you end up with some amazing flavors.
Lemon and garlic were basically born to be together and this crock pot chicken recipe proves that. With lemon juice, lemon zest, and lemon slices for garnish, this is one lemony dish.
The spices are what send this dish over the top: garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red chili pepper flakes, smoked paprika, and Italian seasoning.
And don’t forget all of that divine butter and a whopping four cloves of garlic.
2. Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken
Do you love grabbing a rotisserie chicken when you’re at the market? It sure makes dinner easy, doesn’t it?
But what if you’re craving a slow-cooked chicken and don’t want to get out?
Well, you can cook your own at home, and all without a rotisserie roaster.
That’s right, you can use your crockpot to cook a whole crock pot chicken and it will rival the Costco version in flavor.
The key to getting rotisserie-style chicken from the slow cooker is to make sure it doesn’t sit in the liquid at the bottom.
3. Chicken Vegetable Soup
Sometimes you just want something light and simple, but also comforting. This chicken vegetable soup totally hits the spot.
It’s easy to pull together a wonderful crock pot vegetable soup with canned veggies, but we love that this one calls for diced carrots and celery. Using fresh carrots and celery just makes a soup so nice, doesn’t it?
For the corn and green beans, you can also use fresh, but using frozen or canned is also fine.
To bulk up this soup some more, you can add in some small pasta like macaroni, any type of beans (canned is OK), lentils, barley, or quinoa.
4. Easy Chicken Enchiladas in a Slow Cooker
Making enchiladas requires a bit more work than most of us have time to do on a busy evening.
However, when you make your enchiladas in your crockpot, most of the work is done for you.
To make these crock pot chicken enchiladas, you need boneless skinless chicken breasts. The flavoring comes from mild green enchilada sauce.
Corn tortillas are cut into strips and the sour cream makes this dish so creamy and delicious. Grated cheddar cheese brings all of the cheesiness you love with enchiladas.
Serve these chicken enchiladas with sour cream, guacamole, and pico de gallo.
5. Crockpot Chicken and Rice
With brown rice, lean chicken breast, and tons of veggies, you can create this classic comfort food dish in a way that’s super healthy and full of protein.
We don’t often see a chicken and rice recipe that calls for cheddar cheese, so this is an exciting dish.
The recipe calls for chicken broth and cream of chicken soup, which makes it incredibly flavorful and creamy.
All you need to season this chicken and rice is minced garlic, black pepper, salt, and onion. The chicken and cheese provide the rest of the flavor.
Serve this crock pot chicken recipe with some green beans for a full meal.
6. Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken
This crock pot honey garlic chicken with veggies may be the easiest crockpot recipe ever.
When you want a full-course meal in one pot, this recipe is your go-to and is guaranteed to become a family favorite.
The veggies are so filling, with green beans, baby carrots, and baby red potatoes.
The secret is in the sauce. To make the sauce, you need soy sauce, honey, garlic, ketchup, dried oregano, dried basil, crushed red pepper flakes, and black pepper.
If you use juicy boneless thighs, the meat takes on the incredible flavor of the sauce.
7. Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
If you love Indian food and curry, you’ve got to try this easy slow cooker butter chicken recipe.
The sauce is so creamy and rich, and it’s just spicy enough to be yummy without being too much.
This butter chicken gets its wonderful creaminess from butter and heavy cream.
The spices used are turmeric, garam masala, cinnamon, grated ginger, garlic cloves, and cumin.
Serve this butter chicken up with some basmati rice, brown rice, or warm naan and you have a delicious and flavorful comfort food meal.
8. The Best Ever Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
How does a crockpot chicken pot pie with just 20 minutes of prep time sound to you? It sounds pretty amazing to us!
This pot pie calls for one large russet potato that is peeled and diced, but the rest of the veggies are frozen.
The frozen vegetables make this dish incredibly easy, but you can easily substitute fresh veggies. Green beans are also great in this crock pot chicken pot pie.
One thing to keep in mind is that milk doesn’t hold up well in slow cooker recipes, so using canned cream of chicken soup is a good alternative.
9. Crockpot Chicken and Broccoli
Once you see how easy it is to make your own chicken and broccoli in the crockpot, you may never want take-out food again.
The chicken is cooked in the sauce on low for four hours, then you stir in some cornstarch to help the sauce thicken a bit. This is totally optional, though. Some people like a thinner sauce.
This dish has four cloves of garlic, and that gives it tons of flavor.
Use dark brown sugar to make it a little bit sweet and you will think you’ve taken a trip to heaven.
10. Crockpot Tuscan Chicken
Tuscan chicken is one of those easy one-dish slow cooker meals that are both comforting and elegant.
This recipe uses juicy chicken thighs that are cooked in a wonderfully flavorful sauce.
The red chili pepper flakes and sun-dried tomatoes give this dish loads of explosive flavor, and the heavy cream and chicken broth make it nice and creamy.
Here’s a hot tip for you: add some tangy chopped artichoke hearts to this recipe for even more flavor and nutrition.
Serve this crockpot Tuscan chicken over rice or pasta with a side salad and you’ve got a full meal.
11. Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings
It seems like chicken and dumplings are the ultimate comfort food.
In fact, we’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love this classic one-pot meal.
For this recipe, the juicy chicken breast is cooked until it is perfectly tender in a creamy rich sauce.
The dumplings come from refrigerated biscuits, but of course, you can make your own dumplings if you like.
Using cream of celery soup and cream of chicken soup make these chicken and dumplings absolutely perfect.
The recipe calls for chicken broth, or you can use chicken stock. The veggies are frozen, so it’s as easy as can be.
12. Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken
Sweet and sour chicken smells so delicious when it’s cooking and you will be overjoyed to come home to this dish.
This recipe is full of colorful veggies, including carrots, bell peppers in different colors, and onion.
The sauce is made with honey, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. The pineapple chunks make this dish super sweet.
If you want your sweet and sour chicken to be like the one you would get at a restaurant, the secret is to coat your chicken with cornstarch and then brown off the cornstarch before you toss the chicken into your slow cooker.
13. Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
Tex-Mex and Mexican foods are always a hit in most households, and chicken fajitas are one of the best slow cooker chicken breast recipes.
We love that you can make these delicious fajitas right in your slow cooker, complete with bell pepper and onion.
For spices, the recipe calls for traditional Mexican food spices like chili powder, paprika, and cumin. There are also four cloves of garlic in these slow cooker fajitas.
Near the end of your cooking time, toss in some honey and fresh lime juice. That’s what makes these fajitas so special.
Serve your fajitas with warm flour tortillas and shredded cheese. You can use leftovers (if there are any!) to make quesadillas or chicken tacos the next day.
14. BBQ Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe
Is there anything more delectable than shredded chicken in BBQ sauce?
The best thing about this recipe is that you can use any chicken parts you have on hand. It’s equally delicious with chicken thighs or slow cooker chicken breast.
Use a store-bought BBQ sauce, and simply add the listed ingredients to the slow cooker with your chicken. All you need is apple cider vinegar, onion powder, and garlic powder to enhance your sauce.
Serve this up on buns as BBQ sandwiches. Side dishes of coleslaw, potato salad, and onion rings make this the perfect BBQ meal.
This is a great crock pot chicken recipe for using frozen chicken.
15. Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks
To cook these yummy chicken drumsticks, you’re going to use barbecue sauce and a spice rub for maximum flavor.
This is a recipe that’s super easy because it has only three ingredients.
You can make your own spice rub and BBQ sauce or you can buy some that are pre-made at the supermarket.
To make sure all of the delicious sauce can be spooned out (and not stuck to the side of the pot!), be sure to spray your slow cooker with cooking spray before adding your ingredients.
16. Crockpot Shredded Chicken
One of the easiest ways to get dinner on the table is to have some shredded chicken in your slow cooker.
When you get home, all you have to do is add whatever gravy or sauce you like, steam a bag of veggies, and you’re ready to eat.
It’s also great to have some shredded chicken pre-cooked and in the freezer. Freeze in one cup or two cup amounts and you have cooked chicken ready for recipes at all times.
Here is what you need to cook this chicken: chicken broth, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and salt.
Want an even easier shortcut? Make this crockpot chicken recipe with frozen chicken breast.
17. Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken
Thai food is one of the world’s most popular cuisines, and with good reason.
For this recipe, the good thing is that you probably already have most of these ingredients in your kitchen.
To get the signature peanut flavor, you use peanut butter with chopped peanuts for garnish and more flavor.
Soy sauce, sugar, and lime juice add even more flavor, and the chopped cilantro packs a punch. This delicious recipe even has veggies (shredded zucchini).
Serve your peanut chicken over your choice of pasta or rice.
18. Crockpot Chicken Marsala
When it comes to chicken marsala, wine and mushrooms are the stars of the show, but we are in love with the garlic, too.
What type of mushrooms should you use to make chicken marsala? Well, you can use the little button mushrooms or any other type you like.
Hopefully, you have the sweet marsala cooking wine in your kitchen, but if you don’t, you can substitute chicken broth or dry white wine.
Garnish this dish with chopped fresh parsley for color and flavor.
19. Crockpot Balsamic Chicken
The sweet-salty flavor of balsamic vinegar is divine, and when you add savory spices to chicken in a slow cooker, you’ve got a wonderful meal in the making.
This recipe uses chicken breast with the bone in and skin on because it adds more flavor, but there’s no reason you can’t substitute boneless skinless chicken breast.
The spice mixture is dried basil, dried thyme, dried rosemary, dried oregano, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.
And, of course, this recipe has lots of fresh garlic. Garnish with fresh parsley leaves for even more flavor and color.
This dish is excellent served with mashed potatoes and chicken gravy. You can also use frozen chicken to make this recipe.
20. Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken
When you have juicy tender chicken breasts simmering in a savory sauce that requires only six ingredients, you basically have heaven in a slow cooker.
The two teaspoons of ginger in this recipe add not just flavor, but a nice nutritional kick, too.
If you don’t want to use soy sauce, you can substitute coconut amino or tamari. If you don’t have mirin, you can use white wine, sake, rice vinegar, or sherry.
This recipe calls for honey, but you can use maple syrup or brown sugar if that’s what you have in your pantry.
Garnish your teriyaki chicken with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.
21. Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
This easy slow cooker chicken cacciatore recipe requires only 10 minutes of prep time and it’s an elegant meal you will love coming home to.
We love chicken cacciatore because it’s simple enough for an easy weeknight meal, but it’s also special enough to serve guests for dinner.
The recipe can be cooked on high for four hours or on high for eight hours.
This recipe is seasoned with black pepper, kosher salt, onion, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and green bell pepper.
You can serve chicken cacciatore over pasta or rice.
22. Crockpot Mexican Chicken
If you’re tired of having plain old tacos on Taco Tuesday, why not try some different Tex-Mex or Mexican food flavors?
This Mexican casserole checks off all the boxes, and we can’t get enough of it.
It’s easy to get tons of flavor from a packet of taco seasoning, and the Rotel tomatoes add just the right amount of spice.
With veggies like black beans and corn, you get loads of nutrition.
Cilantro gives this recipe an authentic Mexican flavor and the fresh lime juice gives this dish a great zing.
Serve this casserole with rice, salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.
23. Crockpot Rice and Chicken Burrito Bowl
If you’re craving Chipotle but don’t want to get out of the house, you can easily make your own burrito bowl with your slow cooker.
For this recipe, you need boneless skinless chicken breasts. Most of the seasoning comes from a taco seasoning packet (or you can make your own taco seasoning).
To really make this bowl special, add tons of veggies, including canned black beans, whole kernel corn, and diced tomatoes (Rotel tomatoes are great in this recipe).
Serve your burrito bowl with your favorite rice, and you can keep this easy crockpot chicken recipe healthy with brown rice or cauliflower rice.
24. Crockpot One-Pot Chicken Casserole
The only thing more comforting than a classic chicken and noodle casserole is one that’s cooked in the slow cooker (because it means less work for you!).
You don’t even need canned soup for this crock pot chicken recipe. It relies on chicken broth, herb and garlic seasoning, and sour cream to bring the creamy delicious flavors.
The recipe calls for spaghetti noodles, but you can use other pasta if you want.
Also, don’t skip the crushed potato chips on top. They make this casserole have a nice salty crunch.
25. The Best Ever Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup
Everyone should have an easy and reliable slow cooker chicken noodle soup recipe on file.
Chicken noodle soup is soothing and comforting, and it’s great to have some simmering in a pot on a cold day.
Most homemade chicken noodle soup recipes call for egg noodles. We love that this recipe calls for broken spaghetti, because while we may not always have egg noodles, most kitchens always have some spaghetti in the cabinet.
The spices make this soup divine. With dried thyme, dried rosemary, and two bay leaves, you know it’s just delicious.
26. Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup
For this crock pot chicken tortilla soup recipe, the base is a chicken broth that’s paired with chicken breasts, tomatoes, and a nice kick from jalapeno peppers.
One thing we recommend is to sauté the garlic, onion, and jalapeno in olive oil to soften them before you add them to your slow cooker.
For the black beans, you can use a black bean recipe you cook or a canned variety. The corn can be canned or frozen.
This crock pot chicken recipe calls for crushed tomatoes, but you can use diced tomatoes or even a can of Rotel. For extra flavor, use some chipotle pepper in your recipe.
27. Slow Cooker Chicken Chow Mein
There are so many great Asian-inspired slow cooker recipes on this list, and we couldn’t skip this recipe for delicious chicken lo mein.
Lo mein sauce is traditionally made from sesame oil and soy sauce. It has seasonings like oyster sauce, ginger, and garlic.
This version has grated fresh ginger, which is so fragrant and delicious.
When you use both light and dark soy sauce, you get a wonderful and interesting flavor.
A bit of sriracha sauce gives the sauce a nice kick. Serve this chow mein with rice, spooning the gravy over the top.
28. Ultimate Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti
There are so many great reasons to love chicken spaghetti.
Sometimes a chicken spaghetti recipe calls for Velveeta, and hey, there’s nothing wrong with that if you like it.
However, we love that this one uses American cheese. Be sure to spring for the real stuff, not the “cheese food” in plastic wrappers.
We also love that you don’t have to cook the spaghetti first.
The American cheese, along with the cream cheese and half and half, makes this recipe so creamy.
The great thing is that all you have to do is dump all the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it cook.
29. Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo
Chicken Alfredo is a dish that is nearly universally loved because it is so rich and creamy.
This slow cooker chicken recipe requires just a few ingredients and it gives you a wholesome home-cooked meal.
Chicken broth is used to cook the chicken, so it has tons of flavor.
The creaminess comes from unsalted butter, heavy cream, and cream cheese.
The spices used are garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning, and it’s absolutely perfect.
You can use penne pasta or any similar pasta to make this dish.
30. Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip
Although chips and dip are great for parties and gatherings, they can also make a wonderful casual meal.
Even better, this crock pot chicken dip with Buffalo seasoning is sure to please your family on a busy weeknight or lazy weekend afternoon.
Can we just say this: So. Much. Cheese. With two blocks of cream cheese, blue cheese crumbles, and two cups of shredded cheddar cheese, this is so gooey and yummy.
The ranch dressing and sour cream also make it super creamy.
Besides chips, you can also serve this yummy cheesy dip with sturdy pretzels or thick French bread slices.
31. Crockpot Chicken and Gravy
Believe it or not, you can have a down-home country meal on the table using stuff you already have in your kitchen and your crock pot.
This crock pot chicken and gravy uses chicken, cream of chicken soup (or cream of mushroom soup), gravy mix, sour cream, some basic seasonings.
When the chicken and gravy are nearly finished cooking, sprinkle some sliced green onions (scallions) on top for garnish and extra flavor.
Serve this delicious dish with some stuffing or mashed potatoes and gravy and you’ve got a meal that’s good enough for the holidays.
In the video below, you can watch Martha Stewart make slow cooker chicken in three different ways.
Our BEST Easy Crockpot Chicken Recipes (+Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken)
- 1 whole chicken
- 1/2 Tablespoon each chili powder and paprika
- 1 teaspoon each thyme garlic powder, onion powder
- Black pepper and sea salt
- Add aluminum foil balls or a trivet to the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Put the chicken on top.
- Add all the spices.
- Broil for 10 minutes to brown.
Organize all the required ingredients.
Enjoy the food.
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