10 Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes for Easy Weeknight Meals
It's starting to get chilly! To warm up the dinner table, we put together a list of our favorite slow cooker chicken recipes for easy weeknight meals.
The slow cooker is one of the handiest tools in the kitchen if you have the right recipes. With minimal prep and effort, you can have a truly savory, succulent dish ready for you at the end of a long day. Slow cooker recipes are perfect for busy weeks since they require minimal prep time. All you have to do is throw in the ingredients in the morning and let them cook slowly throughout the day. You can also prep a slow cooker meal on the weekend, so you have a quick weeknight meal on hand for the week.
Ready to get started? We've rounded up several delicious slow cooker chicken recipes for you below. While the cook time for each one may vary, most of them require little more than a bit of chopping before adding ingredients to your slow cooker. When you think of typical slow cooker meals, your mind might automatically jump to chili or soups. But there's so much more you can do with this miracle kitchen tool. From tacos to lettuce wraps, you'll find a wide range of cuisines and flavors in these easy recipes.
Taco Tuesday anyone? The filling for these tacos requires just three ingredients! Skinless chicken breasts are seasoned with salsa and taco seasoning, then cooked slowly until they're fall-apart tender. You'll stuff crunchy taco shells with the juicy, shredded chicken to complete the dish. Add your go-to toppings and serve alongside your favorite brown rice recipe at mealtime for a true crowd-pleaser.
Italian Chicken with Tomatoes
Nothing says comfort food like this cozy Italian chicken dish. It's similar to classic chicken cacciatore, but so much easier. Garlic, spices, and diced tomatoes are combined to create a delicious mixture to pour over boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Top it all off with a blend of shredded mozzarella, asiago, and parmesan, before serving the cheesy crockpot creation over pasta or rice to complete the meal.
Honey Sesame Chicken
This Asian-inspired chicken dish is a healthier twist on a classic takeout order. The ingredients are simple enough that you probably already have most of them on hand. Pantry staples including soy sauce, red pepper flakes, honey, ketchup, and cornstarch are combined with fresh vegetables and added to the slow cooker. Four hours later, you're ready to shred chicken and serve it over rice.
Tex-Mex Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Tex-Mex lettuce wraps are the perfect alternative to tacos if you're eating a low-calorie diet or avoiding grains like corn or wheat. You can adjust the heat and make them as spicy as you'd like, or omit the jalapeno and use a mild salsa. Toss all your ingredients into the slow cooker, then stuff a big piece of lettuce with your cooked shredded chicken and you're ready to eat.
Pesto Chicken Thighs
These pesto chicken thighs are made with minimal effort, yet turn out loaded with flavor. The ideal slow cooker combo! All you do is combine chicken, jarred pesto, ranch seasoning mix, and chicken broth, then set it and forget it. The finished product is delicious with mashed potatoes and vegetables, plus you can add the chicken to a salad for a healthy lunch the next day.
BBQ Beer Chicken
One look at this chicken recipe and we're ready for fall activities. It would be perfect to share at an outdoor tailgate, or for watching football at home on a chilly day. Cozy up to an aromatic combo of spices, beer, and barbecue sauce simmering together for a total cooking time of eight hours. You could substitute water or chicken stock for the beer, but a crisp amber ale adds a nice flavor. Sandwich the chicken in a light and fluffy bun and dinner is served!
This easy slow cooker recipe requires just three ingredients! Combine spicy peanut vinaigrette, light coconut milk, and chicken breasts before cooking on low heat for six hours or on high heat for three hours. To complete the meal, serve alongside homemade coconut rice, or add to a soup or salad the next day for a quick and healthy homemade lunch.
Sesame Honey Chicken
This family favorite recipe is approved by even the pickiest of eaters. As a sweet and savory combination of flavors and spices, it's an amazing balance of flavors. You can adjust the spice level, depending on your preference. All you have to do now is wait three to four hours while those flavors waft through the kitchen!
Honey Garlic Chicken
All the ingredients you need for this recipe are standard pantry staples, so you're more than likely to have them on hand and ready to go! Toss them into your slow cooker with chicken thighs and you're on your way to one of the juiciest, most flavorful chicken dishes you'll ever try. This is a great meal to prep ahead of time. Load all the ingredients (including the sauce) into a freezer bag and freeze, then when you're ready to use simply thaw overnight in the fridge and pop everything into your slow cooker in the morning.
Another delicious Asian-inspired recipe, but the star of this one is cashews. You'll cook the chicken on low heat for three or four hours, and then add the cashews before serving. The flavors come together to create a sweet and slightly spicy sauce that melts in your mouth. You may never go back to takeout food again!
Honey Bourbon Crock Pot Chicken
Contrary to its name, this recipe is not actually made with whiskey (though you could certainly add a splash!) It was based on the popular American dish that originated on Bourbon Street in New Orleans—hence the name. After four hours in the slow cooker, you end up with an incredibly tender chicken, thickly coated in a sweet and savory sauce. Serve it over rice, and dinner is ready!
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