Learn How to Slow Cook Chicken – Recipes Included!

If you love to slow cook chicken, this post is for you! Your slow cooker chicken meals can be even better if you use these tips. Let’s get to cookin’ some of these amazing recipes!

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Once you learn why everyone needs a slow cooker, you will understand how a collection of recipes is gold! Slow cooker meals are regularly used at my house. They save time and help me get dinner on the table a lot quicker after work. We can eat dinner earlier and not feel miserable for the rest of the evening because we ate too late.

100+ Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

Tip 1: Thaw your chicken first!

When you use frozen chicken in the slow cooker, it has to first thaw it, then cook it. This often leads to over- or under-cooking and bland food. No one wants that!

Tip 2: Sear your chicken.

Searing the chicken helps trap the juices in the meat. By doing this before tossing it in the slow cooker, you’ll find that it’s a lot more tender and the flavor is even better! You can’t get that extra flavor by using the slow cooker alone. If you prefer to leave the skin on your chicken, I always recommend searing it. Otherwise, you will end up with a rubbery, icky piece of skin on your meat that doesn’t exactly taste great!

Tip 3: Legs and thighs are the best pieces to use.

I’m a fan of flavor in my meals and to me, the legs and thighs absorb the best flavors when using a slow cooker. Breasts work best when you need to shred the chicken, but be careful not to overcook it and end up with dry meat.

Tip 4: Let your chicken warm up before cooking.

Set your chicken out on the kitchen counter for 20 to 30 minutes prior to cooking. This allows for the chicken to warm closer to room temperature and the juices will distribute through the meat better.

Tip 5: They don’t take all day to cook.

Chicken recipes in the slow cooker don’t take all day to cook like beef meals do. I like to save these for the weekend. If I’m planning on using shredded chicken for a recipe, I will often cook it while I’m using the air fryer or stove to make supper. Before bedtime, the chicken is cooked and I have shaved off time from the next night’s meal!

Check out all of the delicious options below. Click on the links above each picture, or the picture itself to get the full recipes. Each one opens in a new window so you can easily come back to this full list!


Slow Cooker Chicken Dishes

Dairy Free Chicken Alfredo from Fit as a Mama Bear

Asian Pulled Chicken Nachos from The Foodie Physician

Creamy Chicken from Platter Talk

White Chicken Chili from Two Pink Peonies

Chicken Burrito Bowl from Two Healthy Kitchens

Taco Chicken from Strength and Sunshine

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches from The Foodie Physician

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches made in the slow cooker from The Foodie Physician

Smothered Chicken Thighs from Two Pink Peonies

Fesenjan Chicken from Strength and Sunshine

Chicken with Orange Sauce from What a Girl Eats

Whole Chicken from Little Sunny Kitchen

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken from Little Sunny Kitchen

Balsamic Chicken from Life, Love, and Good Food

Dairy Free Chicken Pot Pie from Fit as a Mama Bear

Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Cranberry Chicken from Strength and Sunshine

Keto Chicken Bacon Ranch from Sorey Fitness

Chicken Adobo from Strength and Sunshine

Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder from Two Healthy Kitchens

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese from To Simply Inspire

Honey Garlic Chicken from I Heart Naptime

Butter Chicken from Princess Pinky Girl

Chicken Cacciatore from Wholesome Yum

Lemon and Garlic Whole Chicken from Two Pink Peonies

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken from Life, Love, and Good Food

Chicken Burrito Bowls from Foxes Love Lemons

Salsa Chicken from Strength and Sunshine

Shredded Chicken Tacos from Dirt and Dough

Chicken Parmesan from I Heart Eating

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings from Wholesome Yum

Teriyaki Chicken from I Heart Naptime

Buffalo Chicken Dip from The Forked Spoon

Garlic Honey Chicken from My Kitchen Serenity

Honey Sriracha Pulled Chicken from Nutmeg Nanny

Mississippi Chicken from Belle of the Kitchen

Chicken Cacciatore from The Suburban Soapbox

Whole Chicken and Pasta from iFoodReal

Chicken Marsala from Saporito Kitchen

Chicken Parmesan from Sweet Hazel Honey

Chicken Paprika from Deb’s Daily Dish

Creamy Chicken Tacos from Hot Eats and Cool Reads

BBQ Pulled Chicken from Heirloom Pantry

Shredded Chicken from Nourish Plate

Jalapeno Chicken from Saporito Kitchen

Chicken Merlot from Ask Chef Dennis

Chicken and Gravy from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

Apple Chicken from The Frugal Navy Wife

Teriyaki Chicken from Princess Pinky Girl

Buffalo Chicken from The Sugar Free Diva

Chicken Tacos from My Gluten-Free Kitchen

Sweet and Sour Chicken from Thrifty Jinxy

Salsa Chicken Tacos from Belle of the Kitchen

Sesame Chicken from The Frugal Navy Wife

Chicken Cacciatore from Christian’s Cucina


Slow Cooker Soups & Stews

Chipotle Chicken Soup – Slow Cooker – from A Taste for Travel

Creamy Chicken Stew from Food Meanderings

Slow Cooker Enchilada Chicken from I Heart Eating

White Chicken Chili from Dirt and Dough

Chicken Pot Pie Soup from The Suburban Soapbox

Keto White Chicken Chili from Ketofocus

Buffalo Chicken Chili from iFoodReal

Chicken Parmesan Soup from Foxes Love Lemons

Chicken Stew from Lana’s Cooking

White Chicken Chili with Bacon from Our Love Language is Food

Chicken Chili from If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen

Creamy Chicken & Corn Soup from Blue’s Best Life

Thai Chicken Soup from Blackberry Babe

Cream Cheese Chicken Chili from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

Chili Chicken Soup from Food Wine and Love

Chicken and Dumplings from Lana’s Cooking

Chicken Corn Chowder from Eat Love Eat

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