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.

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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.

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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.

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Crock Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken
If you love bourbon chicken from the food court at the mall, you’ll love this version of Crock Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken that’s made right in your slow cooker!
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Crockpot Lemon Chicken
Not only is this lemon chicken delicious, it only requires 4 ingredients and it’s super easy!

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Crockpot Lemon Chicken
This Crockpot Lemon Chicken is so easy and perfect for a busy weeknight. This 4 ingredient, slow chicken dinner is amazingly flavorful and sure to be your new favorite meal. Serve with vegetables and ready to serve rice for a fast healthy dinner!
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Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken & Potatoes
Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken is a super easy, super comforting, super flavorful dinner! 

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Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Potatoes
Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken is a super easy, super comforting, super flavorful dinner! Because it's made in the crockpot, there is very little hands-on time. Let the slow cooker do the work and cook your meat and potatoes at the same time.
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Crockpot Mississippi Chicken

If you love Mississippi pot roast, you’re going to love this chicken version even more!

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Slow Cooker Mississippi Chicken
This recipe is the chicken version of the classic Mississippi pot roast. We're replacing chuck roast with chicken breasts for a lighter, yet just as flavorful twist! Slow cooker Mississippi chicken is made with au jus mix, ranch seasoning, butter, and those signature pepperoncini. Cooked low and slow until the flavors come together for pure comfort food!
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Crockpot Marry Me Chicken

This one is so good, it’s said to encourage marriage proposals!

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Slow Cooker Marry Me Chicken
Slow cooker marry me chicken is an Italian-inspired recipe made with tender, juicy chicken slow-cooked in a seasoned, rich, buttery cream sauce with sundried tomatoes and basil. It’s fancy enough for a special occasion but easy enough to make throughout the week. Serve over pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes for a tasty meal everyone will devour!
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Slow Cooker Mushroom Chicken

Creamy mushroom sauce with tender chicken is perfect over noodles, rice, or mashed potatoes.

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Crockpot Cream of Mushroom Chicken
Slow Cooker Mushroom Chicken has chicken in a creamy mushroom gravy cooked in the crockpot and ready to serve over rice, noodles or potatoes.
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Slow Cooker Honey Lime Chicken

Save this one for Taco Tuesday and use it for tacos, nachos, burritos, etc.

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Slow Cooker Honey Lime Chicken Tacos
The meat in these slow cooker honey lime chicken tacos is tender, juicy, and full of flavor. With just 5 minutes of prep time, the crockpot does the heavy lifting, and because there are so few ingredients involved, you may already have what you need on hand! Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy a bright and zesty new taco recipe!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

No sizzling skillet but these slow cooker fajitas are so good!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
Recreate your favorite Mexican restaurant meal right at home! Slow cooker chicken fajitas are a hearty and satisfying meal that everyone will love, especially when there are plenty of toppings to choose from! This recipe easily feeds six people, so it's a great family-style dinner idea.
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Crockpot Crack Chicken

The popular chicken bacon ranch slow cooker meal piled onto soft buns!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches
Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches (aka Crack Chicken) are an easy hit!  Chicken, cream cheese, and ranch seasoning cook together in the crockpot before getting mixed with cheddar, bacon, and scallions and then piled onto soft buns.
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Crockpot Sweet & Sour Chicken
Like takeout but with only four ingredients!

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Crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken
Crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken made with FOUR ingredients that tastes just like takeout. This slow cooker recipe is the perfect easy weeknight dinner.
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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken & Noodles
Inspired by a viral TikTok, this one is so good!

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken & Noodles
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken combines tender chicken, red bell peppers, and onions in a super flavorful honey garlic sauce made easy right in the crockpot. Before serving, toss your favorite noodles in the sauce for a full dinner that everyone will love.
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Slow cooker French Onion Chicken

Like French Onion Soup? Try it in flavorful chicken form!

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Crockpot French Onion Chicken
Crockpot French onion chicken is a complete meal that tastes just like your favorite French onion soup! Tender chicken breasts smothered in caramelized onions, melted Swiss cheese, crispy fried onions, slow cooked in French onion flavors, making a rich gravy. It's comfort food heaven, especially when served over egg noodles or mashed potatoes!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Potatoes & Carrots

Juicy boneless chicken thighs cooked with red potatoes and carrots for a whole meal done at once!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Potatoes & Carrots
Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Potatoes & Carrots is an easy recipe that makes your entire dinner right in the crockpot! Juicy chicken thighs, tender potatoes and carrots, and a flavorful chicken gravy to pour over the top.
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Crockpot Buffalo Wild Wings Parmesan Garlic Chicken Pasta

Only 6 ingredients in this easy comfort food pasta.

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Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta
Slow cooker garlic parmesan chicken pasta is made with ready-made garlic parmesan sauce, fresh chicken breasts, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, and tender pasta noodles combined into a creamy, cheesy, garlicky comforting pasta dish. This crock pot meal is perfect for getting the whole family running to the dinner table!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Cobbler

Seven ingredient, hearty comfort food.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cobbler
This Slow Cooker Chicken "Cobbler" is a simple recipe made in the crockpot filled with creamy chicken and vegetables and topped with a biscuit cobbler topping. Cobblers don't just have to be for dessert!
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Slow Cooker Firecracker Meatballs

Sweet and a bit spicy, these chicken meatballs are a hit!

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Easy Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Meatballs
Slow cooker firecracker meatballs come together in minutes, are quickly seared, and then smothered in a sweet and spicy firecracker sauce and cooked low and slow until tender and juicy. Serve these flavorful meatballs over rice as a meal or on their own as an easy appetizer!
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Slow Cooker Cajun Chicken Alfredo

A mix of chicken and sausage in this semi-spicy pasta dish.

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Slow Cooker Cajun Chicken Alfredo
This Slow Cooker Cajun Chicken Alfredo is full of chicken, peppers, andouille sausage, and a homemade alfredo sauce made right in your crockpot.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This Olive Garden copycat soup is made super easy in the crockot.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)
This creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup is an Olive Garden copycat recipe. Filled with shredded chicken, potato gnocchi, and spinach, this soup is super simple to throw together in the crockpot!
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Slow Cooker Dill Pickle Chicken

Only five ingredients in this easy, flavorful chicken dinner.

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Slow Cooker Dill Pickle Chicken
This Slow Cooker Dill Pickle Chicken delivers a hearty homestyle dinner that is brimming with flavor! Thighs are cooked low and slow in dill pickle juice, ranch seasoning, and melting butter resulting in tender chicken smothered in a delicious gravy. Serve it over mashed potatoes or noodles for a yummy meal idea any day of the week!
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Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
Need something to warm you up on a chilly day? This chicken tortilla soup is perfect!

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Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is a healthy and flavorful soup made right in your slow cooker. Chicken, tomatoes, black beans, corn – customize the heat to your liking and add your favorite toppings, including homemade, crispy tortilla strips!
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Crock Pot Orange Chicken

This copycat Panda Express dish is so good!

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Slow Cooker Orange Chicken
This slow cooker orange chicken is made with tender bites of chicken drenched in a sweet and savory glaze. It's so easy to make with just a quick browning of the meat then everything gets dumped in the crockpot. Make this copycat recipe and serve it with rice and a side of steamed broccoli the next time you're craving your favorite takeout!
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Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken

Another Panda Express copycat, this spicy & savory dish is so good!

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Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken
Slow cooker firecracker chicken is an Asian-inspired dish jam packed with flavor and so easy to make! Cubes of juicy chicken bites browned and then slow cooked in a sweet, spicy, and tangy sauce. This dish is made right in the crockpot so you can set it and forget it, allowing the flavors to meld together and the chicken to become perfectly juicy and tender.
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Crock Pot King Ranch Chicken
No more boring chicken dinners! This king ranch chicken is full of flavor and it’s easy to make.

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Crock Pot King Ranch Chicken
This King Ranch Chicken casserole made in the crock pot is an easy weeknight recipe that everyone will love. Just a few minutes of prep in the morning and your dinner is ready in the evening.
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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.

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip has just FIVE ingredients and it makes a big batch that's perfect for parties, get-togethers, or game days! This dip couldn't be easier to make because it's a slow cooker dip recipe! Put the ingredients into a crock pot and you can serve the dip right from the slow cooker, too!
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Slow Cooker Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup
If you like chicken enchiladas, you are going to LOVE them in this delicious soup form!

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Slow Cooker Green Enchilada Soup with Chicken
Slow Cooker Green Enchilada Soup takes everything you love about salsa verde chicken enchiladas and puts it in soup form. It's especially easy because it's a crock pot recipe!
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Crockpot Chicken Ramen

Upgrade your ramen noodle packages to this grown-up dish that’s full of flavor and fresh vegetables!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Ramen
Slow Cooker Chicken Ramen is a light, yet hearty noodle dish made in the crockpot using budget-friendly ingredients and a ton of flavor! It's made with slurpy noodles, chicken, veggies, and a sweet and savory broth that comes together with just 10 minutes of prep time!
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Creamy Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken
Easy weeknight dinners don’t get much better than this slow cooker chicken! Creamy, delicious and only 6 ingredients!

Creamy Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken
Five ingredient, very simple Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Chicken can quickly be thrown together in the crock pot for a meal the whole family will love!
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Crockpot Chicken Parmesan with Tortellini
Take chicken parm up a notch when you serve it with tortellini instead of regular noodles!

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Crockpot Chicken Parmesan with Tortellini
Quick & easy chicken parmesan made right in the crockpot! Pair it with tortellini pasta for a delicious easy weeknight dinner.
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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 Chicken Alfredo
Five ingredient, super simple, slow cooker chicken alfredo with sun dried tomatoes and spinach.
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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!

Three ingredient Crock Pot Salsa Chicken is in my regular dinner rotation because it's so easy & so good! Flavorful and versatile, this slow cooker chicken can be made into burritos, taco bowls, nachos, whatever you feel like!
Crock Pot Salsa Chicken
Three ingredient Crock Pot Salsa Chicken is in my regular dinner rotation because it’s so easy & so good! Flavorful and versatile, this slow cooker chicken can be made into burritos, taco bowls, nachos, whatever you feel like!
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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!

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Crockpot Lemon Chicken
This Crockpot Lemon Chicken is so easy and perfect for a busy weeknight. This 4 ingredient, slow chicken dinner is amazingly flavorful and sure to be your new favorite meal. Serve with vegetables and ready to serve rice for a fast healthy dinner!
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Slow Cooker Chicken & Zucchini
This chicken and zucchini is perfect for an easy, low carb weeknight dinner!

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Slow Cooker Chicken & Zucchini
Make this Chicken, Zucchini, and Spinach right in the slow cooker. Eat alone or spooned over your favorite noodles.
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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!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Potatoes & Green Beans
Chicken breasts, red skin potatoes, and green beans – an entire healthy dinner made right in the crock pot!
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Three Ingredient Spicy Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken
You can throw this spicy ranch chicken dinner together in no time thanks to your crock pot!

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Three Ingredient Spicy Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken
It doesn’t get much easier than three ingredients in the slow cooker! Throw together this delicious dish of Spicy Ranch Chicken
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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!

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Creamy Italian Crock Pot Chicken
There are only five ingredients in this Slow Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken so it can quickly be thrown together in the crock pot for a meal the whole family will love! Serve over rice or noodles for a very easy dinner.
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Crockpot Honey Teriyaki 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!

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Slow Cooker Honey Teriyaki Chicken
This sweet and savory, slightly sticky, and super saucy slow cooker honey teriyaki chicken is made with simple ingredients and just 10 minutes of prep time. Everything gets dumped and set in the morning and the chicken is pull-apart tender by the time dinner time rolls around, which makes it perfect for busy weeknights and lazy weekends!
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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

Making a whole chicken in the crock pot makes it tender & juicy. Perfect for meal prepping other dishes or just eating as a meal!

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Easy Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
Make this easy slow cooker whole chicken when you want a complete dinner ready at the end of your day with very little effort. Tender, juicy whole chicken is seasoned to perfection and then cooked low and slow in the crock pot with chunky veggies that absorb all of those flavorful juices. Plus, you have the option of broiling it for crispy skin and making gravy from the drippings. This complete meal is one your whole family will love!
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Crockpot Chicken & Noodles
Looking for something both comforting and easy? This chicken and noodles recipe is a total comfort food win!

Crockpot Chicken and Noodles
There are few things better than a hearty dish of Crockpot Chicken and Noodles, no matter what season it is! You can even serve it over mashed potatoes for the ultimate comfort food.
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Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken
With fresh ingredients like celery, bean sprouts, onion and peppers, this cashew chicken is a favorite!

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken
Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken is a favorite chicken crock pot recipe using lightly breaded chicken with a flavorful cashew sauce, celery, bean sprouts, onion and bell pepper!
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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 Coca Cola Chicken Sandwiches
These Slow Cooker Coca Cola Chicken Sandwiches take less than 5 hours to make and only needs a few minimal ingredients!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Bolognese
Combine pasta night and chicken night into one delicious dish with this chicken bolognese!

Slow Cooker Chicken Bolognese
This Slow Cooker Chicken Bolognese is not only a hearty delicious pasta meal featuring chicken thighs, but is easy to make! It takes just a few minutes to do the prep work for this recipe, then just forget about it until the family is ready for dinner.
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Honey Sriracha Chicken & Waffles
Chicken and waffles just got a sweet and spicy twist with this honey sriracha pulled chicken recipe!

Honey Sriracha Pulled Chicken and Waffles
Tender chicken slow cooked with honey and sriracha, then shredded and served on buttery buttermilk waffles with a buttermilk ranch dressing. Honey Sriracha Pulled Chicken and Waffles is a dish foodie dreams are made of!
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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 Rosemary Chicken
This Rosemary Chicken takes foolproof and delicious to a whole new level! The entire chicken is cooked in a slow cooker with incredible flavors like garlic, onion, paprika and thyme resulting in an unbelievable flavor that’s beyond irresistible!
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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Indian-inspired butter chicken made in the crockpot!

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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken is a delicious meal that is rich and creamy without adding lots of butter! This healthy Indian-inspired dish is easy to make and perfect for a weeknight dinner in the crockpot. It’s a meal that everyone in your family will love. 
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Slow Cooker Chicken Korma
If you like strong flavors like curry, you are going to love this chicken korma recipe!

Slow Cooker Chicken Korma
Slow Cooker Chicken Korma is a delicious red curry recipe that is filled with amazing flavors. Set it and forget it in a crockpot, to make this amazing dish for your whole family to enjoy!
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Shredded BBQ Chicken Nachos
Whether you make them for game day or even dinner, these BBQ chicken nachos are delicious!

Shredded BBQ Chicken Nachos
These delicious Shredded BBQ Chicken Nachos are perfect as an appetizer for game day, but hearty enough for a weeknight dinner, too!
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Thai Peanut Chicken
Forget the takeout! This peanut chicken is easy to make at home and even more delicious!

Thai Peanut Chicken
Thai Peanut Chicken made in the slow cooker features tender chicken stewed in a flavorful coconut milk and peanut sauce, served over rice or rice noodles!
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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 Chicken and Black Bean Chili
This Slow Cooker Chicken and Black Bean Chili is hearty and filling. Make it in your CrockPot for an easy make-ahead dinner!
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Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken
No need to go to the Chinese takeout restaurant when you have this sesame chicken recipe!

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken
This is the best Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken recipe! It’s made with a sweet honey sesame sauce, and it’s so much better than takeout!
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Crockpot Chicken Shawarma
Full of Mediterranean flavors, this chicken shawarma is a recipe that the whole family will enjoy!

Crockpot Chicken Shawarma
This Crockpot Chicken Shawarma is a hearty meal packed with Mediterranean flavors. A quick slow cooker recipe, just dump and go. High protein and feeds plenty!
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Crockpot Cornish Hens

Easy idea that is perfect to shred up for meal prep or have for dinner!

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Crockpot Cornish Hens
Slow Cooker Cornish Hen –  fall of the bone juicy and delicious whole chicken made right in your crockpot. Fresh rosemary, garlic, onion powder, paprika, and thyme simmer in a chicken broth and butter stock for a mouthwatering, flavor-infused chicken like no other.
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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

If you like pasta with your chicken along with some little spice, you’ll love this one!

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese
Slow cooker Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese is the perfect comfort food made easy in the crock pot. With tender shredded chicken breasts, homemade cheese sauce, and tangy buffalo wing sauce, this is the best buffalo mac you will ever have. 
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Slow Cooker Hot Honey Chicken Sandwiches

Shredded chicken cooked in a delicious tangy, spicy and sweet sauce.

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Slow Cooker Hot Honey Chicken Sandwiches
Slow Cooker Hot Honey Chicken Sandwiches are an easy, spicy dinner idea made right in the crock pot. Pulled chicken cooked in a hot honey sauce and then piled onto your favorite bun. The perfect slow cooker meal for any time of year!
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Now 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…

If you want REALLY easy, check out my collection of 3 ingredients crock pot recipes.

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  1. This is my first time trying the Honey Bourbon Chicken. Will give an opinion in a couple of days from now.