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The slow cooker is a busy mom’s best friend! Crockpot chicken recipes offer a variety of cuisine styles and flavors, so dinner is never boring!

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Slow Cooker to the Rescue!

Dinner time never looked so good, or was so easy! Between the crock pot and instant pot, you have a personal sous chef at your side, making life much more doable.

Slow Cooker Recipes range from breakfast to dinner, don’t heat the kitchen, and offer a variety that is unmatched.

One of our favorite dishes to prepare in the crock pot is chicken, and this collection is full of crockpot chicken recipes. From soups to pasta to tacos, there is sure to be a slow-cooker chicken recipe for you!

Crockpot chicken alfredo topped with parsley and parmesan cheese.

Chicken Tips

Since all of these fabulous recipes utilize chicken as the star ingredient, I thought I’d include some chicken musts!

Best kind of chicken to use. Boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs are my favorites to use.

  • Thighs do particularly well because the added fat basically melts off and makes the chicken so very moist and tender.
  • Use bone-in chicken as the meat cooks so tenderly that it falls right off the bone. However, I would recommend removing the skin as it will not crisp up as it does in the oven. 

How to thaw chicken quickly. You can use precooked chicken in the slow cooker as well as raw chicken. However, do not use frozen chicken. It’s best to place frozen chicken in the fridge to thaw overnight.

If you forgot, quickly thaw the chicken in a bowl of water:

  • Place the chicken pieces in a plastic bag and then put them in a bowl of cold water.
  • Change the water every 30 minutes until the chicken is thawed.
Crack chicken in the slow cooker.

heating + Cooking

Preheat your slow cooker. Though this isn’t necessary it does allow the pot to immediately start heating the food as opposed to letting the food sit in a cold pot waiting for it to heat up. Just turn to the setting you want to use, add the lid, and let it heat for about 20 minutes before adding the food. 

Cook times. I’ve noticed that, in general, cooking on LOW heat takes about twice as long as HIGH heat. The LOW setting is about 200°F and the HIGH setting is about 300°F. One is not better than the other, it just depends on how much time you have.

If you remove the lid to peek, taste, or stir, you will lose heat and need to add about 20 minutes to the cooking time.

When cooking on LOW heat:

  • Chicken breast: 2-3 hours
  • Thigh filets: 3-4 hours 
  • Wings: 4 hours 
  • Bone in pieces: 4-5 hours
  • Whole chicken: 6 hours
Dipping a tortilla chip in crockpot buffalo chicken dip .

Crock Pot Recipe Tips

Whip up your perfect crockpot meals using these general tips.

End of cook-time ingredients. Be sure to take note if there are any ingredients that should be saved to add at the end. This often includes dairy-based ingredients such as cream cheese, tender vegetables, precooked pasta or rice, and fresh herbs.

Fresh herbs add a lot of bright flavor to a soup. Keep in mind that 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs = 1 teaspoon of dried herbs. Also, don’t add the fresh herbs until the last 30 minutes of the crock pot cooking time. 

Don’t overfill. Most crockpot meals are designed to be cooked in a 5-6 qt pot. For the best cook, it should be about ½ to ¾ full.

Liquid. Most recipes will call for some liquid (usually water or chicken broth) to be added to help create steam during the cooking process. This will also ensure that your chicken turns out moist, juicy, and delicious.

Adding veggies. Normally you want to keep raw chicken and vegetables separate. However, it is completely ok to add raw chicken and vegetables to the same crock pot to cook. Be sure to cut all the larger vegetables, such as beets, potatoes, broccoli, onions, turnips, and carrots, about the same size. Don’t add tender vegetables like baby spinach, peas, mushrooms, or corn until the last 5-10 minutes of cooking time.

Activate the aromatics. Onion, bell peppers, celery, garlic, and ginger are some commonly used aromatics and should be activated before use. They are typically sautéed in a pan to get their flavor going, then added to the crock pot. Once the dish is done you can season it with salt and pepper to taste.

Crockpot orange chicken in a white bowl.

Storing Tips

Prep ingredients the night before and keep them in the fridge. All you have to do the next day is toss them in the cooker and go. 

Freezer dinners are great for crockpots. Be sure to place it in the fridge to thaw overnight. Otherwise, it may take too long to thaw properly and heat up in the pot within a safe amount of time.


BEST Crockpot CHICKEN RECIPES

Whenever I decide a crockpot chicken recipe is on the docket for the night, these recipes tend to be some of my top picks! There’s plenty of variety from pasta, to sandwiches, and even Asian dishes!

Crock Pot Cashew Chicken

Crock pot cashew chicken is an easy and delicious dinner that takes little time to prep and has a delicious sauce!

1 Crock Pot Cashew Chicken Recipe

crockpot cashew chicken over rice on plate
Main Course Crock Pot Cashew Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 6 minutes
4.88 from 16 votes
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CrockPot Lo Mein

Deliciously saucy crock pot chicken lo mein is filled with edamame, snow peas making it an easy favorite dinner recipe.

2 Crock Pot Lo Mein Recipe

Main Course, Side Dish Crock Pot Lo Mein Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours
5 from 14 votes
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Crack Chicken

Crack chicken in a crock pot is simple and tasty. Everyone is sure to love this creamy, cheesy chicken dish, especially served on a bun with crispy bacon.

3 Crack Chicken Recipe

Main Course Crack Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken

This slow cooker shredded chicken is juicy and flavorful. It is Beyond simple and is great for holidays, parties and potlucks!

4 Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Recipe

Main Course Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 42 votes
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Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo

Creamy and delicious crock pot chicken alfredo is an easy make ahead meal. It is filling and flavorful, perfect for busy weeknights!

5 Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo Recipe

Main Course Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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Crock Pot Orange Chicken

This crockpot orange chicken is simple, and tastes even better than takeout. With breaded chicken pieces covered in a phenomenal orange sauce and cooked to perfection in a slow cooker, it’s a recipe the whole family loves!

6 Crockpot Orange Chicken Recipe

Main Course Crockpot Orange Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes

Recipe Video

4.25 from 12 votes
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easy chicken crockpot recipes

As though crockpot recipes couldn’t get any easier! These recipes are some of the simplest “dump and go” chicken crockpot recipes.

Shredded Chicken

Tender, moist, shredded chicken cooked in the crockpot. This shredded chicken can be used in soups, salads, casseroles, and even appetizers!

7 Shredded Chicken Recipe

Main Course Shredded Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
5 from 28 votes
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Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Make this super easy crock pot teriyaki chicken in your slow cooker, and serve over warm white rice for a delicious teriyaki bowl!

8 Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Main Course Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Recipe Video

4.87 from 45 votes
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Crock Pot Ranch Chicken

You’ll love how simple, yet flavorful, this delicious chicken is. Made entirely in the crockpot, creamy ranch chicken is perfect on its own or served over rice or egg noodles.

9 Crockpot Ranch Chicken

Main Course Crockpot Ranch Chicken
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
4.75 from 8 votes
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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas

Hot and cheesy slow cooker chicken enchiladas to feed your family any day of the week! So easy to throw all the ingredients in and let the crock pot do the work for you.

10 Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Main Course Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes

Recipe Video

4.98 from 42 votes
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Slow Cooker Roast Chicken

Juicy and flavorful roasted chicken made in the slow cooker! So simple to make an entire chicken with the help of your crock pot.

11 Crockpot Roast Chicken Recipe

Main Course Crockpot Roast Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
5 from 25 votes
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Cafe Rio Shredded Chicken

Copycat Cafe Rio shredded chicken – a simple and delicious chicken recipe that is perfect for salads, burritos, quesadillas and tacos!

12 Cafe Rio Chicken Recipe

Main Course Cafe Rio Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
5 from 109 votes
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Slow Cooker Creamy Fiesta Chicken

Slow cooker creamy fiesta chicken is such a simple, flavorful crock pot recipe! It is a tasty crock pot meal made with pantry staples!

13 Slow Cooker Creamy Fiesta Chicken Recipe

Main Course Slow Cooker Creamy Fiesta Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 35 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Crock Pot Buffalo Dip

Cheesy, spicy crockpot buffalo chicken dip is a flavorful party dip that can be easily made in the slow cooker! It’s great for game days and get togethers.

14 Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

Appetizer Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Hawaiian Haystacks

A pile of fluffy rice stacked with chicken, gravy, and all your favorite toppings! Totally customizable, and great for feeding a crowd!

15 Hawaiian Haystacks Recipe

Main Course Hawaiian Haystacks Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 16 votes
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Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

We love this slow cooker version which involves salsa, taco seasoning, cilantro and more. You’ll never find an easier way to enjoy chicken tacos!

16 Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos Recipe

Main Course Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos Recipe
Total Time: 7 hours 5 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 13 votes
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crockpot chicken soup Recipes

Most of these soups are made strictly in the crock pot, while a few are stovetop soups with crockpot instructions in the post!

Chicken Tortilla Soup

The BEST slow cooker chicken tortilla soup is filled with chunks of chicken, beans & corn. It is easy to make and full of flavor!

17 Chicken Tortilla Soup

Main Course, Soup Chicken Tortilla Soup
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 380 votes
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Crock Pot Chicken Stew

A simple, convenient, and TASTY stew recipe made in the crock pot! Made with chicken, potatoes, carrots, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, ranch dressing mix and more, this slow cooker chicken stew recipe is BURSTING with flavor!!

18 CrockPot Chicken Stew Recipe

Soup CrockPot Chicken Stew Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

Recipe Video

4.98 from 38 votes
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Green Chili Chicken Soup

Perfectly spiced green chili chicken soup is like an enchilada in soup form! It’s hearty, delicious, and is always a crowd pleaser.

19 Green Chili Chicken Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Green Chili Chicken Soup Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 56 votes
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Chicken Florentine Soup

With a combination of chicken, potato, white beans, carrots, spinach and more, this chicken florentine soup is hearty and absolutely delicious. It tastes similar to Olive Garden’s recipe, but it’s made in the slow cooker!

20 Chicken Florentine Soup Recipe

Soup Chicken Florentine Soup Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Chicken Taco Soup

Perfectly spiced chicken taco soup can be enjoyed all year long. It’s hearty, delicious, and packed with flavor!

21 Chicken Taco Soup Recipe

Soup Chicken Taco Soup Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

Recipe Video

4.98 from 42 votes
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Chicken Pot Pie Soup

This creamy, delicious chicken pot pie soup can be made on the stovetop or in a crock pot! It has all your favorite vegetables, big chunks of chicken, and even a delicious heart-shaped pie piece on top.

22 Chicken Pot Pie Soup Recipe

Soup Chicken Pot Pie Soup Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 15 votes
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Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup

Crock pot green chile enchilada soup is a new favorite soup packed with chicken, green chiles, corn, rice, and mixed with lots of spices and cheeses. 

23 Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 155 votes
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Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup

This copycat of Chili’s chicken enchilada soup tastes just like the restaurant’s version. It’s a new favorite dinner meal!

24 Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup

Main Course, Soup Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup
Total Time: 40 minutes

Recipe Video

4.98 from 220 votes
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Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Nothing like a warm bowl of tortilla soup on a chilly winter day! This lighter version of chicken tortilla soup is healthy, flavorful, and packed with delicious ingredients.

25 Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
4.99 from 53 votes
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easy crock pot chicken dishes

Cooking chicken in the slow cooker is one of the easiest ways to make a tender, delicious meal with minimal effort. These recipes will help you do just that and are sure to become new family favorites!

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5 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    This list has just proved I don’t utalize my crockpot nearly enough. Can’t wait to try these recipes this winter.

  2. Olivia says:

    My crockpot is truly my best friend in the kitchen. I use it for just about everything. I’m excited to try some different recipes from this great variety.

  3. Joy says:

    The crockpot is my favorite kitchen tool!! I am always using it to cook up chicken & make your delicious recipes!! I recently made your Hawaiin Haystacks! My family loved it!

  4. Lisa Welsh says:

    love your recipes

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Thank you so much!!