Best Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

Just say NO to boring, dried out chicken!

All recipes are completely gluten-free. If you are not gluten-free, simply ignore my notes, or file them away in case you ever need to cook for someone with a gluten sensitivity.

Over 70 different ways to cook chicken in the crockpot slow cooker.

If you are like most Americans, you eat chicken 3 to 5 times a week. 

That's a lot of chicken!

:-) I don't know about you, but I can't stand dry, tough, tasteless chicken, which is why I LOVE to plop them into the slow coooker and let them cook all day.

For best results, opt for boneless skinless chicken thighs for the crockpot because they hold up a bit better because dark meat has a touch more fat and moisture in it already.

If you really really want to use chicken breast, you absolutely can, but my suggestion would be to shred the chicken completely after it's done cooking so it can absorb the moisture from the sauce within the pot.

I hope this helps a bit!

Happy Slow Cooking!! steph

I hate dry chicken. I love these recipes from a year of slow cooking -- moist, juicy, crockpot chicken!

Here are Over 70 Different CrockPot Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

  1. 20 to 40 Clove Garlic Chicken
  2. Applesauce Chicken
  3. Apricot Barbecue Wings
  4. Apricot Chicken
  5. Bacon and Cheese Chicken
  6. Bacon Wrapped Cornish Game Hens
  7. Balsamic Chicken with Spring Vegetables
  8. Barbecued Chicken and Cornbread Casserole
  9. Basil Chicken with Feta
  10. Brown Sugar Chicken Recipe
  11. Buffalo Chicken Dip
  12. Buffalo Chicken Lasagna
  13. Buffalo Wing Soup 
  14. Caribbean Jerk Chicken
  15. Chicken Adobo
  16. Chicken and Brown Rice Casserole
  17. Chicken and Dumplings Soup
  18. Chicken and Rice Soup
  19. Chicken and Sweet Potato Southwestern Stew
  20. Chicken Cordon Bleu
  21. Chicken Enchilada Chili
  22. Chicken Korma
  23. Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  24. Chicken Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken)
  25. Chicken Nachos
  26. Chicken Nuggets
  27. Chicken Parmesan
  28. Chicken Pot Pie
  29. Chicken Teriyaki
  30. Chicken with Apricots and Dates
  31. Chicken with Gingered Peaches  (flop!)
  32. Chinese Lemon Chicken
  33. Chipotle Chicken with Sweet Potatoes (flop!)
  34. Coq au Vin
  35. Cream Cheese Chicken
  36. Easy Taco Night Thanks to the CrockPot
  37. Ethiopian Chicken Stew (Doro Wat) 
  38. Fiesta Chicken Casserole
  39. Fried Chicken 
  40. General Tso's Chicken
  41. Green Pepper Chicken
  42. Herb Garden Chicken
  43. Herb Roasted Chicken with Summer Tomatoes
  44. Hoisin Chicken Wings 
  45. Honey Garlic Chicken
  46. Honey Nut Chicken CrockPot Recipe
  47. Indian Chicken
  48. Indian Curry
  49. Indian Spiced Lentils with Chicken
  50. Indonesian Chicken
  51. Lemon and Herb Roasted Chicken
  52. Maple Dijon Chicken
  53. Margarita Chicken
  54. Marmalade Curry Chicken
  55. Mediterranean Chicken
  56. Moroccan Chicken
  57. Old Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup
  58. Orange Chicken 
  59. Peanut Butter Chicken
  60. Pesto Chicken and Sweet Potatoes Layered Dinner
  61. Pineapple Chicken 
  62. Pizza Chicken
  63. Rotisserie-Style Chicken
  64. Salsa Chicken
  65. Salsa Chicken and Black Bean Soup
  66. Shredded Chicken
  67. Spanish Braised Chicken
  68. Sweet and Sour Chicken with Mango Lettuce Wraps
  69. Tandoori Chicken
  70. Tangy Lemon Chicken
  71. Thai Curry
  72. Tortilla Soup (chicken)
  73. Vietnamese Roasted Chicken
  74. Whole Chicken

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Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at December 07, 2016

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  1. I would love it if you would organize this list by maybe some stars after the title of the recipe. It would be so much easier.. looking for a great chicken crockpot recipe. I want something that is excellent and tested. If there were stars or something to indicate the level of how your family liked it .. I could narrow down my search.

  2. Just found your blog and I LOVE it! It's so nice to see crock pot recipes that don't just call for processed junk thrown together! I love that it's organized by meat type also. I can't wait to try some of these recipes. Everything I've seen so far looks great! Thanks Stephanie!

  3. oldgrandma7110/24/2012

    Perhaps I'm missing something but where can I search for, say, Chicken THIGH recipes or Chicken BREAST recipes, etc.? The titles of the recipes pretty much don't say which PARTS are used. I love your column Stephanie and have (quietly) followed you since well, day 2 or 3 and used many,many of your concoctions. keep on keepin' on.

  4. You aren't missing anything! The recipes will work with whatever chicken parts you have on hand. I usually prefer thighs because they have more flavor, but will use breast halves interchangeably if I have them on hand.
    The cooking time remains the same--- I hope this helps a bit!
    and thank you for your kind words and support.

  5. Not once have I ever cooked a crock pot meal that I REALLY enjoyed. So I haven't used my c.p. for 2=3 years. Something tells me I'm going to change all that. .

  6. Anonymous9/15/2016

    Hi! I love your blog! I'm out of the house for about 10 hours each day and want to use these recipes by making it in the morning and coming back to it. I have a timer on my slow cooker so it will go to warm after the cook time. The 1 time it tried it (lemon garlic recipe), it was terrible/burnt/dried out - not edible actually (I use boneless chicken breast mostly). Any tips? Specific recipes that will work for this?

  7. Hi Anon,

    Sure thing. 1) make sure the pot you are using is 2/3 to 3/4 of the way full. 2) the cooking time is a range -- so if the recipe says 6 to 8 hours and you are out of the house for 10, opt for the 6 hour cooking time. WORST case scenario you need to flip it to high when you get home for a bit longer, but usually not.
    3) thighs usually work better but if you are using breasts, realize that they don't have as much moisture as thighs so you will need to add a bit more fluid to the pot. I write in all the recipes whether or not I recommend breast halves, pieces, or thighs.

    I hope this helps a bit!! good luck! steph

  8. Anonymous9/16/2016

    Thanks for your response! you are amazing! So I am NOT a good cook so forgive me for my dumb question - when you say fill it 2/3-3/4 lets say the recipe is with seasoning etc would I just add some water on top of all of it?


  9. Hi Anon, no problem! everybody starts somewhere... it's all good.
    No, do not add water -- you don't want to drown the meat. I mean that the pot with the chicken, sauce, etc. should mound up and fill the majority of the pot. If that isn't happening for you, then use a smaller pot or put an oven safe dish into the pot (corningware, pyrex) and then put the food in to that.
    that will help insulate the food. in all of my recipes I suggest a pot size. :-)

  10. Barbie5/01/2017

    Stephanie, do you plan to put these into a CCC (Crockpot Chicken Cookbook) I am of the old school and hate cooking from a notebook, computer or other such technologic nonsense.