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30 Best Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

Is it even winter without a slew of slow cooker chicken recipes?

From chilis and soups to pasta and slow cooker casseroles, my trusty Crockpot gets quite the workout during this season.

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken with rice and broccoli
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Easy Crock Pot Chicken Recipes

Slow cooker meals are wonderfully simple, and you don’t usually need to do too much preparation, which I love.

But I bet we all stick to a handful of the same Crockpot recipes, right?

We know they’re delicious, so why go looking for anything else?

Well, this list of 30 sensational slow cooker chicken dinners is here to change all that!

Wooden ladle scooping on Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken
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1. Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

This simple recipe is all you’ll need for those nights you’re craving takeout.

The juicy boneless thighs are the perfect option to take on so much amazing flavor, and the slow cook practically guarantees their juiciness!

I love that the chicken and the sauce cook together in the slow cooker, and it’s easy to make.

Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings garnished with chopped parsley
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2. Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings

Depending on the dish, I sometimes prefer to use chicken breasts over thighs.

I know thighs have a touch more flavor, and they’re usually super juicy.

But the best thing about chicken breast recipes is how they effortlessly shred right into the sauce. 

Close up view of Crockpot Shredded Chicken
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3. Crockpot Shredded Chicken

Pulled pork is delicious if you can find the right cut of meat. Unfortunately, it can be expensive, and I’ve found it’s not always readily available.

That’s why I love shredded chicken. It’s one of the most straightforward Crockpot chicken breast recipes around. All you do is layer chicken breasts in the pot and wait.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with carrots, potatoes, black olives, crushed tomatoes, sliced mushrooms and red pepper flakes
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4. Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

You’ll want to come home to this Crockpot chicken ASAP! After just 10 minutes of prep, this dish needs to cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low. 

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I prefer the slower cook because I can set it before I leave the house, and by the time I’m home, dinner is ready. .

Bowl of homemade Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup garnished with sliced avocado,  lemon and cilantro
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5. Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Even though this recipe needs about a dozen ingredients, half of them are canned. Most of the other half are spices and whole chicken breasts.

Other than dicing an onion, everything else is more or less ready to go. 

As for the prep, toss it all in the slow cooker and leave it to cook. Easy-peasy!

Close up view Crockpot Chicken & Gravy with unsalted cream of chicken soup
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6. Crockpot Chicken & Gravy

This is a quick dish you can have cooking on a cold Sunday, ready to serve with mashed potatoes and lots of stuffing. 

Not only is it far more flavorful than a roasted chicken, but it’s totally hands-off and will leave the whole family reaching for seconds. 

Wooden ladle dipped in a homemade Crockpot Chicken and Rice
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7. Crockpot Chicken and Rice

Between the brown rice, lean chicken, peas, and chopped carrots, this is one healthy dinner.

I’ve even added some broccoli and corn to the mix for more colorful nutrients. 

If you don’t have Greek yogurt to add, substitute it with sour cream or heavy cream. Just keep in mind the flavor will be slightly different.

Crockpot Tuscan Chicken with artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes and baby spinach
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8. Crockpot Tuscan Chicken

The key to making some stellar slow cooker chicken recipes is to remember you can add so many incredible things into the mix.

Chicken alone can be a bit boring, and it often needs spices and veggies to bring it to life. 

This recipe is full of sundried tomatoes, garlic, and spinach.

Easy Crockpot Salsa Chicken on a casserole with slices of lime on a wooden cutting board
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9. Easy Crockpot Salsa Chicken

Slow cooker dinners don’t get much easier than this 4-ingredient dish! Chicken breast, salsa, taco seasoning, and lime are the ultimate combination.

Cook them in the Crockpot on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-8 hours.

This recipe makes perfect chicken for tacos, burritos, and enchiladas!

Bowl of homemade Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken garnished with chopped green onions and sesame seeds
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10. Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken

Tender teriyaki Crockpot chicken over a bowl of steamy rice is one of those comforting meals you’ll want on a cold night. 

This dish comes together in a snap, using chicken thighs and some staple pantry ingredients.

It’s reminiscent of Chinese takeout, but it’s much easier on your wallet!

Spoon scooping on a bowl of Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup
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11. The Best Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

I love chicken noodle soup. It’s the perfect mix of healthy broth and filling pasta, not to mention the chicken and veggies.

I love the texture of this soup, keeping it clean and simple with the broth. But you can always thicken it up with a cornstarch slurry or a dash of heavy cream.

Nachos dipped on a bowl of homemade Buffalo Chicken Dip
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12. Buffalo Chicken Dip in a Crockpot

Chips and dips are classic crowd-pleasers, and you really can’t go wrong. But you can go really right with this insanely good, warm, spicy chicken dip.

This stuff is so good, I have a hard time staying away.

Serve it with French bread and sturdy pretzels to hold all that amazing chicken and cheese. 

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas with cilantro, thinly sliced, green onions, diced tomato, chopped avocado, sliced black olives
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13. Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas

The best thing about enchiladas has to be the tender shredded chicken breasts inside – and the cheese!

Given how simple it is to make shredded chicken in the slow cooker, why would you try it any other way?

The chicken is already super tasty, but I like to throw in onions and peppers for some different textures.

Plate of rice topped with Crockpot Chicken and Broccoli garnished with chopped spring onions and sesame seeds
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14. Crockpot Chicken and Broccoli

This ginger and garlic sauce is so good. I’ve even made it as a dipping sauce for my spring rolls too. 

If you like your chicken sticky, try adding the sauce to a pan and letting it come to a boil. Once it’s reduced a little, toss your chicken to coat. 

Close up view of Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Recipe
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15. Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Recipe

Shredded chicken breasts in BBQ sauce might just be heaven on a plate. Throw in some onion rings and spicy slaw, and I’ll definitely be coming back for more. 

If you’re a fan of dark meat, switch out the chicken breast and reduce the cooking time. Or use a combination of both. Just add the thighs later.

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan garnished with chopped parsley
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16. Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

Is there anything more comforting than classic chicken parmesan?

This dish has all the signature ingredients, including chicken breast, breadcrumbs, marinara sauce, and cheese.

But with this slow cooker version, you can relax all day and have a delicious dinner when you’re ready.

Crockpot White Chicken Chili with Sour Cream and Herbs in a Bowl

17. Crockpot White Chicken Chili

White chicken chili is such a tasty alternative to classic chili. It’s packed with chicken, beans, corn, and peppers for a bowl of comfort.

Letting it cook in the Crockpot all day allows the flavors to marry.

Serve it with all of your favorite toppings. I love cilantro, avocado, and sour cream.

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18. Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo

Want to know my secret for the best-ever Alfredo sauce?

I use little spice bags filled with rosemary, thyme, parsley, bay leaves, and anything else I have on hand.

Add it to the cream to infuse fantastic flavor without rooting for stalks and leaves. 

This dish is on another level!

Bowl of homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Posole with nachos and slice lime on the side
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19. Slow Cooker Chicken Posole

If you’ve never had chicken posole, you’re in for a treat!

It’s made with stewed chicken, hominy, and toppings like radishes, avocado, and shredded cabbage.

Use skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts for more flavorful meat. And don’t forget the fresh cilantro for a finishing touch!

Bowl of homemade Chicken Pot Pie Crockpot Recipe with mix celery stalks, beans, carrots, green beans, green peas and potatoes
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20. The Best Chicken Pot Pie Crockpot Recipe

When you serve your chicken pot pie, do you dig under the pastry for extra filling? Yeah, me too. It’s just too creamy and rich to resist.

As much as I love pastry, I don’t always have the time to make a pie.

With this recipe, you can have as much filling as you like.

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas strips of chicken breast, bell peppers and garnished with parsley
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21. Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

It’s Taco Tuesday, and you come home to a slow cooker full of fajita filling. The chicken is tender, and the peppers are just right. 

Add lots of jalapeños to the mix if you like it spicy. All you need is to grab the tortillas and make a batch of chunky guacamole.

Crockpot Chicken Marsala with sliced mushrooms and garnished with chopped parsley
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22. Crockpot Chicken Marsala

Mushrooms and wine are the stars of this dish, taking your simple chicken breasts up to a whole new level of flavor.

Once you add the wine and shallot reduction to the pot, the chicken and mushrooms will release so much incredible juiciness.

Sliced Slow Cooker Chicken Breasts served on a plate with roasted potatoes
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23. Slow Cooker Chicken Breasts

This is such a fantastic weeknight dish. It’s easy, full of flavor, and pretty healthy to boot. 

This recipe results in perfectly seasoned, juicy chicken breasts the family will love.

Serve it with a side of mashed potatoes, rice, or noodles, along with a side salad. Voila! Dinner is served.

Fork scooping on a creamy  Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti
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24. Ultimate Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti

I fell pretty hard for this recipe because it has so many elements that I find hard to resist: creamy soup, chicken, cheese, and spaghetti.

My only issue was the Velveeta, which I’m not a massive fan of, so I switched that out for cream cheese and extra cheddar, and it came out so good.

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken with seasoning, rosemary and thyme
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25. Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

Rotisserie chickens are just too good to resist, aren’t they? Whether it’s Costco or Walmart, I can’t pass that hot counter without picking one up.

They’re convenient, go with everything, and are always delicious. 

Better yet, there are so many incredible leftover rotisserie chicken recipes, so nothing goes to waste.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Curry garnished with chopped fresh cilantro
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26. Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Curry

If it’s your first time attempting to make curry, I highly recommend this slow cooker butter chicken.

It’s rich, creamy, not too spicy, and such a cinch to make.

The most you’ll have to do is cook the onions with the spices to help extract all that natural flavor.

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken with cubed bell peppers and pineapples
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27. Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken

What’s the trick to getting this homemade sweet and sour chicken just like they make it in the restaurants?

Coat it with cornstarch and brown it off before adding it to the slow cooker.

The sauce is a heavenly mixture of pineapple juice, ketchup, honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and salt.

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken garnished with peanuts and chopped cilantro
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28. Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken

There’s something so incredible about that amazing peanut butter flavor being turned into something savory. 

To get the most out of the sauce, add coconut milk, honey, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, lime juice, ginger, and garlic to the peanut butter.

Pour that right over the chicken and leave the slow cooker to do its thing.

Wooden ladle dipped on a Crockpot Mexican Chicken Tacos
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29. Crockpot Mexican Chicken Tacos

If you’ve never tried chipotle peppers in adobo, I can’t recommend it enough. They’re smoked jalapeños, and you can find them in most grocery stores.

Their smoky spice is out of this world, and they can be used in everything from chili to spicy mayo.

For extra flavor in the meat, use boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts.

Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Chow Mein garnished with toasted sesame seeds
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30. Slow Cooker Chicken Chow Mein

I love going out to eat. But it’s also fun recreating restaurant dishes and takeout favorites at home. 

This chow mein came out so good! I’ve made it at least a dozen times! You can even speed up the prep and buy a bag of pre-cut veggies.

30 Best Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

Course: Dinner, MainCuisine: American
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

4

hours 
Calories

226

kcal

Experience the magic of tender, flavorful slow cooker honey garlic chicken, a dish that promises to please.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into chunks

  • Salt and black pepper

  • 1/3 cup honey

  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 teaspoon chili paste

  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • Optional toppings: Sliced green onions, toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, garlic, tomato paste, chili paste, red pepper flakes, and rice vinegar.
  • Place the chicken in the bottom of a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Pour the prepared sauce over the chicken.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir the chicken halfway through cooking to ensure it is evenly coated with the sauce.
  • Once cooked, remove the chicken from the slow cooker and set aside.
  • Whisk cornstarch into the cooking liquid in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for an additional 15 minutes to thicken the sauce, stirring occasionally.
  • Return the chicken to the slow cooker and stir to coat. Let sit for 5-10 minutes to allow the chicken to absorb the flavors.
  • Garnish with optional toppings. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Add a splash of orange juice to the sauce for a subtle citrus twist.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley for a burst of color and fresh flavor.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 226kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 31g
  • Protein: 18g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 49mg
  • Sodium: 1322mg
  • Potassium: 205mg
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 25g
  • Calcium: 19mg
  • Iron: 1mg
Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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