Our Best Slow-Cooker Chicken Recipes

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
Photo: Caitlin Bensel

The convenience of the slow-cooker paired with budget-friendly chicken makes every one of these recipes surefire winners in our book. We've found plenty of ways to cook chicken in the slow-cooker with appetizers like Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dips and even company-ready meals like Salsa Chicken. These slow-cooker chicken recipes are great any time of the year. Our Lemon Chicken Soup is the perfect comfort food, while our King Ranch Chicken is a kid-friendly classic that they'll be asking for time and time again.

If you're looking for a recipe that you can fix, forget, and serve when you get home from a full day, we have what you're looking for. If you're willing do a little extra work whether braising the chicken before it hits the slow cooker or rounding off the meal with a fresh side, we have slow-cooker chicken recipes that will fit that category as well. Take a look through our easy and convenient slow-cooker chicken recipes and never again worry about a busy week getting the best of you.

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White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: White Chicken Chili

We recommend offering plenty of toppings like sour cream, pre-shredded cheese, chopped fresh cilantro, and fresh avocado to pack each bowl with plenty of flavor.

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Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken

Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken
Ryan Benyi; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken

From tacos to burrito bowls to salads, there are so many easy ways to enjoy this tender slow-cooker chicken.

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Lemon Chicken Soup

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling; Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Lemon Chicken Soup

Every ingredient in this comforting soup is cooked in the slow cooker, including the orzo. Just make sure to add it during the last 20 minutes of cooking and reserve the peas, parsley, zest, and juice to be added just before serving.

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Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Leeks and Mushrooms

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Leeks and Mushrooms
Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Leeks and Mushrooms

Your slow cooker will help the chicken develop plenty of flavor and make sure to reserve the stock to make a creamy sauce for your pie.

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Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Chicken Piccata

Lemons give chicken piccata a tangy twist while the capers add plenty of salty flavor.

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Creamy Slow-Cooker Tarragon Chicken

Creamy Slow-Cooker Tarragon Chicken
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Creamy Slow-Cooker Tarragon Chicken

Searing the chicken thighs before adding them to the slow cooker gives them a great color.

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Chicken Biscuit Sandwiches

Chicken Biscuit Sandwiches
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Chicken Biscuit Sandwiches

Let your slow cooker do the work of cooking tender chicken to be served up on a biscuit and topped with a homemade white barbecue sauce.

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Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Game day can be made easy and delicious with this slow-cooker version of the classic party dip.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken

Slow-Cooker Roasted Chicken
Southern Living

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken

Using your slow cooker is an easy and foolproof way to cook a whole chicken that will be extra tender.

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Slow-cooked Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches

Slow-cooked Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: Slow-cooked Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches

Cooking low and slow is how this barbecue chicken gets its flavor. To make ahead, cool shredded chicken completely. Freeze in an airtight container up to 3 months.

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Honey-Apricot-Glazed Chicken

Honey-Apricot-Glazed Chicken
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Honey-Apricot-Glazed Chicken

Add a base of basmati rice to complement the honey glaze. You're going to love the sweet and savory flavor combination in our delicious Honey-Apricot-Glazed Chicken.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti

Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti

Spend 20 minutes in the kitchen prepping this gorgeous, hearty sauce. Once the sauce simmers in the cooker, all that's left to do is cook a pound of pasta, and serve.

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Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings

Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings

Make a classic chicken and dumplings recipe even more Southern by topping the vegetable-and-chicken-packed stew with cornbread dumplings.

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Lemon Chicken Soup

Lemon Chicken Soup
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Lemon Chicken Soup

Serve up this bowl of comfort on cold weeknights for a warm dinner that your family will ask for over and over again. Lucky for you, it's easy to pull together so you won't mind fulfilling their request.

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Chicken Sausage and White Bean Stew

Chicken Sausage and White Bean Stew
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Chicken Sausage and White Bean Stew

On a cold evening, come home to a simmering slow cooker filled with comforting Chicken Sausage and White Bean Stew.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Stew with Pumpkin and Wild Rice

Slow-Cooker Chicken Stew with Pumpkin and Wild Rice
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Stew with Pumpkin and Wild Rice

Pumpkin and nutty wild rice give this chicken stew plenty of fall flavor. You can substitute butternut squash for the pumpkin if desired.

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Slow-cooked Barbecued Chicken

Slow-Cooked Barbecued Chicken
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: Slow-cooked Barbecued Chicken

Start with a whole chicken, cut up, and simmer in a homemade barbecue sauce of ketchup, cola, cider vinegar, and a splash of bourbon for a Southern barbecue flavor.

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Rosemary-Garlic Chicken Quarters

Rosemary-Garlic Chicken Quarters
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Rosemary-Garlic Chicken Quarters

The key to this dinner-party-worthy dish is to brown the chicken before it goes into the slow cooker.

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Chicken Thighs with Carrots and Potatoes

Chicken Thighs with Carrots and Potatoes
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Chicken Thighs with Carrots and Potatoes

All you need is 20 minutes to get this dish in the slow cooker, then you'll have a hearty chicken and veggie supper waiting for you when you get home.

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Chicken-and-Spinach Lasagna

Chicken-and-Spinach Lasagna
Oxmoor House

Recipe: Chicken-and-Spinach Lasagna

This hearty Italian classic features chicken slow-cooked with spinach and carrots.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Lettuce Cups

Slow-Cooker Chicken Lettuce Cups
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Lettuce Cups

These cups pair the freshness of a salad with the heartiness of a taco. Serve as an appetizer or light dinner.

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Soulful Chicken Soup

Soulful Chicken Soup
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Soulful Chicken Soup

Simply toss in the ingredients, switch on, and then walk away. We love old-fashioned, wide egg noodles for this recipe. To make sure they aren't mushy and overcooked, don't leave them in the slow cooker any longer than 10 minutes.

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Slow-Cooker Green Chile Posole

Slow-Cooker Green Chile Posole
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Green Chile Posole

Who doesn't love taco night in soup form?

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Easy Enchilada Bake

Easy Enchilada Bake
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Easy Enchilada Bake

Even the cornbread topping for this enchilada bake is made in the slow cooker.

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Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Corn Slow-Cooker Chowder

chicken-sweet-potato-and-corn-slow-cooker-chowder
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch Stelling; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Corn Slow-Cooker Chowder

Sweet potatoes, red and yellow bell pepper, and corn add great flavor and texture to this easy slow-cooker chowder that's ideal for a chilly game day or fast weeknight supper.

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King Ranch Chicken

King Ranch Chicken
Southern Living

Recipe: King Ranch Chicken

This family-favorite recipe just got a mom-approved upgrade thanks to the slow cooker.

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Chicken Enchilada Dip

Chicken Enchilada Dip
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Chicken Enchilada Dip

The corn tortillas cook into this dish and thicken it. You won't see them after they're cooked, but you'll still taste their Mexican flavor.

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Buffalo Chicken-Cheese Dip

Buffalo Chicken-Cheese Dip
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Buffalo Chicken-Cheese Dip

Cook and serve this savory dip in your slow cooker for a winning crowd-pleaser.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Tacos

Once you see how easy it is to make chicken tacos in your slow cooker, you'll want to celebrate taco Tuesday every week.

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