35 Slow-Cooker Chicken Recipes for Easy Weeknight Meals
It's like someone's making dinner for you.
Ever wish you had dinner on the table without, ya know, having to cook it? Well, thanks to your slow cooker, these chicken dinners basically make themselves. And since chicken and slow cookers are a match made in dinner heaven, you're only a few minutes of prep away from tender, fall-apart chicken for tacos, pasta, soups, and more. After you try our recipes for slow-cooker chicken thighs, Crock Pot chicken fajitas, and brown sugar BBQ chicken, you'll be setting it and forgetting it to make some truly unforgettable meals.
These slow-cooker chicken recipes just might be the easiest recipes ever, and perfect for the beginner cook. It's basically impossible to overcook your slow-cooker chicken cacciatore when it's being cooked low and slow. And did you know you can even cook a whole rotisserie-style chicken right in your Crock Pot?! Now you do. You'll be so glad you have leftover rotisserie chicken when it looks this good.
New to slow-cookers and Crock Pots? We tested all the best slow cookers, so you can find the perfect one for your kitchen. Slow cookers also make parties and the holidays so much easier (and help you save on oven space), making it even simpler to have party-ready slow-cooker dips and even a whole Thanksgiving dinner in your slow cooker.
And if you're looking for more slow-cooker recipes, we've got something for everyone, like our healthy Crock-Pot recipes, beginner slow-cooker recipes for two, and fall slow-cooker recipes. Loving that countertop appliance life? Don't miss our best air fryer recipes and Instant Pot recipes.
When you think Parm + chicken, you may be thinking of the melty, saucy chicken Parm, but you might like this version even more. All the flavor from the chicken thighs, butter, garlic, and thyme seep into the tender baby potatoes for a fully satisfying, comforting meal.
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We love slow cookers because they do all of the work for us, meaning we can do literally anything else while the chicken cooks. Need dinner faster? Make our classic chicken cacciatore instead.
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We love a nice creamy Alfredo, and this zero-effort version of chicken Alfredo might be our new favorite. It's a perfect recipe for a date night or busy weeknight.
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We will always be the first to say that chicken thighs are FAR superior to chicken breasts. For those that may have some trepidation about entering into the world of cooking with dark meat, this recipe is just for you.
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These chicken drumsticks are the perfect game-day treat. They're super tender and crazy flavorful with a gingery, garlicky glaze. Broiling is an optional step, but it really takes them to a whole other level. Fall apart meat and crispy skin? Sign us up!
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Sure, everyone loves chicken noodle soup. But for some of us, there's nothing that soothes the soul like a big bowl of chicken tortilla soup. The slight kick from chili powder and fire-roasted tomatoes gives what could easily be a very boring bowl of soup a jolt of flavor and depth.
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We know it sounds crazy, but you can replicate the deliciousness of a rotisserie chicken at home...in your slow cooker. To get that iconic crispy skin, add a brown sugar spice rub and do a quick broil after slow cooking to get that beautiful, caramelized finish.
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When the temperature drops below 60°, all we want for dinner is soup. Make it a slow-cooker soup and it's even better. With extremely little effort, you'll end up with a soup that's so warm and comforting, you'll completely forget there's a blizzard outside.
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Pulled chicken is made so easy in the slow cooker, and this version includes brown sugar, a little Italian dressing, and bourbon for a bit of smokiness. Dress these up with homemade coleslaw for the greatest dinner with zero effort.
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Out of all the ways to cook chicken, slow-cooking breasts is one of our favorites. All you need to do is throw several chicken breasts in the slow cooker in the morning and let them go. To round out the meal and add flavor, we add potatoes, rosemary, and lemon. You can also change it by adding sweet potatoes instead, use lime juice, and different herbs and spices, like cumin or chili powder.
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Chicken noodle soup is already the most comforting soup ever; tortellini just adds that perfect hint of indulgence.
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Who says boneless, skinless chicken breasts have to be boring? This chicken has TONS of flavor! It's got spice from the chiles, some tang from the lime juice, and just a hint of sweetness from the brown sugar.
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Is there anything more comforting than chicken and dumplings? This recipe makes the classic even easier to whip up, so you're never too far away from this ultimate comfort food.
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Enjoy the comfort of this Mexican favorite without any of the work. If you're looking for something more classic, check out our best-ever pozole.
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Don't have one of those huge, intimidating paella pans? No worries. A slow-cooker is all you need for this paella made easy!
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Beef & broccoli is one of our favorite stir fried dishes, but when we're trying to cut down on our red meat, we swap out the beef for boneless skinless chicken breasts. The sauce, made simply with soy sauce, sesame oil, and ginger, is one you will turn to again and again again.
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Slow cookers can not only make your lives easier, but they can also make fajitas easier. You won't get a smoking hot sizzle tray, but you will get perfectly tender fajitas that are full of flavor. Make sure to top with sour cream, cheese, and pickled red onions.
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Our slow-cooker white chicken chili couldn't be easier, and we love the texture it takes on once the beans are partially mashed. It might feel weird to use a potato masher in your slow cooker, but trust us, it's worth it!
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Sliders—in any variation—are a BBQ must-have. We find this recipe for mini BBQ chicken sliders impossible to resist. It's got some homemade coleslaw on top and served on super soft, super fluffy rolls.
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Any true sports fan knows that Game Day isn't complete without Buffalo ranch something. These are doused in ranch seasoning and sprinkled with fresh chives for extra flavor.
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A slow-cooker meal made with only 4 ingredients is really something to celebrate. The chicken falls apart and becomes immensely tender, with the familiar flavors of chunky salsa and taco seasoning, and brightened up with bursts of lime juice. Serve this over rice, in lettuce cups, or as tacos.
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You don't need to sear the chicken first, but it's key for crispy skin. If you'd like to skip this step, we recommend using boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead.
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We decided to honor that flavor marriage of ranch and Buffalo sauce with this simple and totally delicious dish. This hands-off recipe ups the flavor and tenderness that you'd find in a normal Buffalo wing and turns it into the perfect thing to serve on a slider.
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Homemade chicken noodle soup is already easy to whip up, but tossing all of your ingredients in a slow cooker makes it even easier. Want to make chicken noodle soup in your Instant Pot? See this recipe here.
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Fact: A game day party or movie night-in is only as good as the Buffalo dip you serve. The best part? Your slow cooker will keep it warm and ready for dipping! Go all out and make a batch of homemade soft pretzels to serve with it.
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Got a leftover rotisserie chicken you need to use up? Toss it with enchilada sauce and pepper jack, and it will really shine in this gloriously cheesy dip.
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Inspired by chicken marsala, this easy slow-cooker meal takes almost no effort at all and nearly impossible to mess up. The creamy, slightly sweet sauce is almost drinkable.
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This recipe, if you can believe it, is SO much easier than take-out. If you have time, sautéing the onions and searing the chicken would add a ton of extra flavor to this dish.
Trust us: Bring these to your next tailgate and your friends will love you forever. These meatballs will give your regular ol' Buffalo wings a run for their money.
The most amazing part of this, and most slow-cooker recipes, is that everything cooks in the same vessel—including the pasta. After the chicken is cooked, it took us a little less than 20 minutes until the noodles were perfectly al dente.
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