Whether you’re in need of some quick and easy dinners, or you’d just like to change up your usual chicken dinner routine, this collection of the best chicken crock pot recipes will have something for you!
I gathered some of my favorite slow cooker chicken recipes to level up your dinner lineup.
Chicken Crockpot Recipes
Crock pot chicken recipes are some of my most popular, and favorite, recipes. They’re easy and convenient and perfect for busy families.
I avoided slow cookers for a long time because my mom never used one so they were foreign to me.
The first time I tried out a crockpot recipe, I pulled up to my house after work and was surprised to see it still standing. I really thought it might burn the house down.
I might be dramatic but have you seen This is Us? It could happen.
Before we get to the recipes, let’s go over some common slow cooker questions I have been asked:
What’s the difference between a slow cooker and a Crock Pot?
There is no difference between a slow cooker and a crock pot. Crock Pot is a brand of slow cooker that came out in the 70s. Slow cooker is just a type of appliance. I use the terms interchangeably throughout my site because I find that most everyone calls it one or the other.
In short, a Crock Pot is a brand of slow cooker, but not every slow cooker is a Crock Pot (mine is a Hamilton Beach).
Can you put raw chicken in a slow cooker?
Yes, you can put raw chicken in your slow cooker. Some recipes call for you to brown or sear the meat before you put it into the slow cooker (like my garlic parmesan chicken thighs) but I usually skip that step. I find it defeats the purpose and convenience of slow cooker meals.
Some recipes, like my buffalo chicken dip, call for you to add pre-cooked chicken to the slow cooker. Just pay attention to the recipe and instructions.
Generally, meat (chicken and otherwise) goes in raw.
Can you put frozen chicken in the crock pot?
You should not put frozen chicken in your crock pot. Can you? Yes. Should you? No.
The whole purpose of a slow cooker is to cook….slow. When you put frozen chicken in the slow cooker, it doesn’t reach a safe temperature quick enough. This opens up an opportunity for bacteria to present itself.
Thaw your chicken before you add it to the slow cooker.
Still not convinced? Here’s the USDA’s chicken safety guidelines.
Is it better to slow cook chicken on high or low?
Whether you slow cook your chicken on high or low depends on a few things. First, time constraints.
Do you have 6-8 hours for your meal to cook? If you do, low will work. If you need dinner ready in 3-4 hours, you’ll want to opt for high.
If you plan to shred the chicken, low & slow with enough liquid to keep the chicken moist would be my recommendation.
It’s also important to remember that each slow cooker runs differently (many run hot) so the times listed on recipes are a suggestion, but you’ll need to monitor yours for the best results.
Once chicken hits an internal temperature of 165°, it is ready to eat.
Which slow cooker should I get?
For the past few years, I’ve been using a Hamilton Beach Set & Forget It slow cooker and I love that once it’s done cooking for the designated time, it automatically switches itself to warm. That is handy.
Read my full Hamilton Beach slow cooker review here.
Any other questions? Feel free to comment below & ask.
Now, let’s get to some of the best chicken crock pot meals…
Crock Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken
My most popular recipe for the past few years, this easy bourbon chicken is great over rice or with potatoes.
Crockpot Lemon Chicken
Not only is this lemon chicken delicious, it only requires 4 ingredients and it’s super easy!
Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken & Potatoes
Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken is a super easy, super comforting, super flavorful dinner!
Crockpot Marry Me Chicken
This one is so good, it’s said to encourage marriage proposals!
Slow Cooker Mushroom Chicken
Creamy mushroom sauce with tender chicken is perfect over noodles, rice, or mashed potatoes.
Slow Cooker Honey Lime Chicken
Save this one for Taco Tuesday and use it for tacos, nachos, burritos, etc.
Crockpot Crack Chicken
The popular chicken bacon ranch slow cooker meal piled onto soft buns!
Crockpot Sweet & Sour Chicken
Like takeout but with only four ingredients!
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken & Noodles
Inspired by a viral TikTok, this one is so good!
Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Potatoes & Carrots
Juicy boneless chicken thighs cooked with red potatoes and carrots for a whole meal done at once!
Crockpot Buffalo Wild Wings Parmesan Garlic Chicken Pasta
Only 6 ingredients in this easy comfort food pasta.
Slow Cooker Chicken Cobbler
Seven ingredient, hearty comfort food.
Slow Cooker Cajun Chicken Alfredo
A mix of chicken and sausage in this semi-spicy pasta dish.
Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup
This Olive Garden copycat soup is made super easy in the crockot.
Slow Cooker Dill Pickle Chicken
Only five ingredients in this easy, flavorful chicken dinner.
Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
Need something to warm you up on a chilly day? This chicken tortilla soup is perfect!
Crock Pot King Ranch Chicken
No more boring chicken dinners! This king ranch chicken is full of flavor and it’s easy to make.
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip
This dip was one of my first crockpot experiences and it convinced me that it was a really convenient way to cook. This dip is always highly requested.
Slow Cooker Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup
If you like chicken enchiladas, you are going to LOVE them in this delicious soup form!
Creamy Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken
Easy weeknight dinners don’t get much better than this slow cooker chicken! Creamy, delicious and only 6 ingredients!
Crockpot Chicken Parmesan with Tortellini
Take chicken parm up a notch when you serve it with tortellini instead of regular noodles!
Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo
You only need 5 ingredients to make this super easy chicken alfredo. It’s sure to become a family favorite!
Crock Pot Salsa Chicken
Whether you turn this salsa chicken into tacos, put it on top of nachos or put it in a burrito, the flavor is out if this world delicious!
Crockpot Lemon Chicken
Crock pot chicken recipes don’t get any simpler than this lemon chicken. Only 4 ingredients and you have a dinner that the whole family will love!
Slow Cooker Chicken & Zucchini
This chicken and zucchini is perfect for an easy, low carb weeknight dinner!
Slow Cooker Chicken Potatoes & Green Beans
An entire dinner made in one pot! This slow cooker chicken makes both your entree and sides at the same time for an easy peasy meal!
Three Ingredient Spicy Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken
You can throw this spicy ranch chicken dinner together in no time thanks to your crock pot!
Creamy Italian Crock Pot Chicken
If you have 10 minutes, you have just enough time to get this creamy chicken prepped and into the crock pot! The perfect easy weeknight meal!
Crockpot Chicken & Noodles
Looking for something both comforting and easy? This chicken and noodles recipe is a total comfort food win!
Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken
With fresh ingredients like celery, bean sprouts, onion and peppers, this cashew chicken is a favorite!
Slow Cooker Coca Cola Chicken Sandwiches
These easy chicken sandwiches would be great for game day or a small get together! They have just the right amount of sweet.
Slow Cooker Chicken Bolognese
Combine pasta night and chicken night into one delicious dish with this chicken bolognese!
Honey Sriracha Chicken & Waffles
Chicken and waffles just got a sweet and spicy twist with this honey sriracha pulled chicken recipe!
Slow Cooker Rosemary Chicken
Did you know you could cook an entire chicken in the crock pot? That’s exactly what this rosemary chicken recipe does!
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Indian-inspired butter chicken made in the crockpot!
Slow Cooker Chicken Korma
If you like strong flavors like curry, you are going to love this chicken korma recipe!
Shredded BBQ Chicken Nachos
Whether you make them for game day or even dinner, these BBQ chicken nachos are delicious!
Thai Peanut Chicken
Forget the takeout! This peanut chicken is easy to make at home and even more delicious!
Slow Cooker Chicken & Black Bean Chili
Warm yourself up with a bowl of this chicken and black bean chili! Great for a chilly day.
Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken
No need to go to the Chinese takeout restaurant when you have this sesame chicken recipe!
Crockpot Chicken Shawarma
Full of Mediterranean flavors, this chicken shawarma is a recipe that the whole family will enjoy!
Crockpot Cornish Hens
Easy idea that is perfect to shred up for meal prep or have for dinner!
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese
If you like pasta with your chicken along with some little spice, you’ll love this one!
Slow Cooker Hot Honey Chicken Sandwiches
Shredded chicken cooked in a delicious tangy, spicy and sweet sauce.
If you want REALLY easy, check out my collection of 3 ingredients crock pot recipes.
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V Warren says
This is my first time trying the Honey Bourbon Chicken. Will give an opinion in a couple of days from now.