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

    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

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

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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.