Our Best Slow-Cooker Chicken Recipes

From creamy chicken and noodles to zesty chili, these 34 favorites are sure to dazzle the crowd.


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Tomatillo Chicken Soup

    Tomatillos, jalapenos, and lime juice give this slow-cooker chicken soup recipe a Mexican twist.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Slow Cook  6 hrs  to 7 hrs (low ) or 3 to 3-1/2 hours (high)
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Kickin' Chicken Chili

    With frozen veggies and pantry staples such as salsa, diced tomatoes, and cannellini beans, this zesty chicken chili is convenient and delicious.

Serving size: 4 (1 1/2-cup) servings + reserves
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  4 hrs  to 5 hrs (low) or 2-2.5 hours (high)
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Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks with Blue Cheese Dip

    Here's game day recipe the whole crowd will love. The creamy four-ingredient dip cools the heat of the spicy slow-simmered chicken.

Serving size: 4 servings plus reserves
Prep   30 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3 to 4 hours (high)
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Hot and Spicy Braised Peanut Chicken

    Chicken thighs and vegetables slow cook with a blend of Thai spices to create a rich and satisfying supper.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cook  5 hrs  to 6 hrs (low) or 2-1/2 to 3 hours (high)
Stand   5 mins 
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Slow-Cooked Moroccan Chicken

    Slow-simmered chicken thighs, spiced with curry and cinnamon, make a serendipitous match with plums, baby carrots, and onion.

Makes: 4 servings
Roast  8 hrs  to 10 hrs Low temp
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Chicken and Biscuits

    Fluffy, cheesy biscuits are smothered in a creamy chicken and veggie sauce -- comfort food at its finest.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cook   10 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 7 hrs (low) or 3-3.5 hours (high)
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Barbecue Chicken and Cheddar Quesadillas

    Tender shredded chicken, zesty barbecue sauce, chile peppers, green onion, and lots of cheese fill flour quesadillas. Serve it with sour cream and salsa.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook   4 mins per batch
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Cashew Chicken

    Almost as easy as takeout, this savory dish is a delicious way to unwind at the end of a hectic weekday.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3-4 hours (high)
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Chicken and White Bean Stew

    Bottled Alfredo sauce lends a creamy texture to this hearty stew featuring chicken thighs. Green chile peppers add a touch of heat.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Slow Cook  4 hrs  to 5 hrs (low) or 2 to 2-1/2 hours (high)
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Saucy Sweet and Sour Chicken

    Slow-simmering makes this tangy sweet and sour chicken melt in your mouth. Serve it with vegetable fried rice.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 7 hrs 
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German-Style Chicken Thighs

    Chicken thighs mingle with sauerkraut and spaetzle, creating a zesty, hearty dish with German flair.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  7 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3-3.5 hours (high)
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Sloppy Chicken Joes

    The filling for this crowd pleaser takes 15 minutes of prep time and then simmers in your slow-cooker all day, making the ideal supper for a busy weeknight.

Serving size: 8 sandwiches
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3-4 hours (high)
Broil   1 min 
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Nacho Cheese Chicken Chowder

    This thick chowder is a good way to lure picky eaters from macaroni and cheese. Serve it with breadsticks for dipping.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Cook  4 hrs  to 5 hrs (low) or 2-2.5 hours (high)
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Caramelized Onion, Walnut, and Cilantro Chicken Salad

    Creamy chicken salad, along with fresh spinach leaves and juicy tomato slices, is layered on toasted sourdough bread.

Makes: 5 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Cook   16 mins 
Slow Cook  7 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3-1/2 to 4 hrs. (high)
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Coq au Vin Stew

    Beefy onion soup mix and red wine combine with chicken thighs, mushrooms, and onions for a stew that's luscious and comforting on a cold winter day.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  5 hrs on low or 2-1/2 hours on high
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Creamed Chicken and Corn Soup

    A thick and creamy broth is filled with tender chicken, carrot, onion, corn, and celery. Top with crisp bacon.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  5 hrs  to 6 hrs (low) or 2.5-3 hours (high)
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Chicken and Vegetables with Herbs

    These slow-simmered chicken legs are comfort food at its finest. Simmered in wine and seasoned with thyme and rosemary, they're the perfect partner for fluffy mashed potatoes.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  7 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3-1/2 to 4 hours (high)
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Chicken Stroganoff

    Cream of mushroom soup laced with roasted garlic and meaty chicken chunks puts a new spin on traditional stroganoff.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  6 hrs on low or 3 hours on high
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Easy Italian Chicken

    Bottled spaghetti sauce makes this chicken-and-cabbage combo as easy to put together as it is to enjoy. Serve it over your favorite pasta noodles.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 7 hrs (low) or 3 to 3-1/2 hours (high)
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Chicken Chili

    Brimming with tender chicken and white kidney beans, this fiery chili owes its bold flavor to a zesty mix of cumin, oregano, garlic, and jalapeno chili pepper.

Makes: 2 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  5 hrs  to 6 hrs (low) or 2-1/2 to 3 hours (high)
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Cacciatore-Style Chicken

    Similar to the familiar Italian classic, this hearty dish is brimming with onions, mushrooms, and seasoned tomatoes.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 7 hrs (low) or 3 to 3-1/2 hours (high)
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Fennel-and-Pear Chicken Thighs

    The licorice-like flavor of fennel makes a serendipitous match with pears. Because the fruit is dried rather than fresh, you can make this dish any time of year.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  7 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3-1/2 to 4 hours (high)
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Chicken Osso Buco

    Although classic Italian osso buco is made with veal shanks, this slow-cooker version is tasty proof that chicken drumsticks can be a first-rate substitute.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Cook  5 hrs  to 6 hrs (low) 2-1/2 to 3 hours (high)
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Easy Chicken Rarebit

    The cheese pasta sauce and the Worcestershire sauce make this dish reminiscent of Welsh rarebit. Serve the creamy mixture on a whole wheat bun.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  4 hrs  to 5 hrs (low) or 2 to 2-1/2 hours (high)
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Creamy Basil Chicken

    Prep for this beautiful dish is a snap. Simply put the chicken and vegetables in a slow cooker and let it work its magic.

Makes: 4 servings
Serving size: 4 servings plus additional chicken for Chicken and Wild Rice Chowder
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  3 hrs 30 mins (high) or 6 hours (low) + 30 minutes(high)
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Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Save time by making this soup with Mexican-seasoned chicken broth and canned tomatoes. Fresh jalapenos add a touch of heat.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 7 hrs (low) or 3 to 3-1/2 hours (high)
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Zesty Tomato-Ginger Chicken

    This light dish gets its great flavor from a just-right balance of tomato, ginger, garlic, crushed red pepper, and a touch of brown sugar for sweetness.

Makes: 6 servings
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Moroccan Chicken Stew

    Raisins, apricots, and a delicious blend of spices make this slow-cooker stew hard to resist; serve it at a casual weeknight get-together.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cook  6 hrs 30 mins (low) or 3-1/2 hours (high)
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Barbecue-Style Chicken

    This slow-simmering barbecue makes a delicious weeknight dinner -- or game day treat for the crowd.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  10 hrs  to 12 hrs (low) or 5 to 6 hours (high)
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French Chicken Stew

    Tender chicken, herbs, and fresh vegetables make this slow-cooker dish a surefire crowd pleaser; time-saving ingredients such as premade pasta sauce make preparation a snap.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Slow Cook  6 hrs  to 7 hrs (low) or 3 to 4 hours (high)
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Thyme Chicken and Mushrooms

    This fuss-free dinner is perfect for casual entertaining. For a brighter flavor, add more thyme and basil 10 minutes before serving.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  7 hrs  to 8 hrs 
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Chicken Edamame Chowder

    Make chicken soup a weeknight favorite with this Asian-inspired twist. Serve it with veggie spring rolls.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cook   20 mins  to  30 mins 
Cook  7 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3-1/2 to 4 hrs. (high) Slow Cooker: 3-1/2 or 4 qt.
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Chicken Curry

    Sweet raisins and peanuts balance spicy curry in this mouthwatering dish.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3 to 4 hours (high)
Cook   30 mins 
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Chicken & Vegetable Bean Soup

    With a captivating mix of Great Northern beans, fennel, carrots, and tomatoes all simmered with rosemary, parsley, and garlic, this chicken soup is a notch above the rest.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  4 hrs 30 mins  to 5 hrs 30 mins (low) or 8-1/2 to 10-1/2 hours (high)
Stand  1 hr 
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Crock Posole

    Turkey or chicken adds filling protein to this hearty Southwestern-inspired soup of hominy, tomatoes, and herbs. Heat up leftovers in the microwave for lunch the next day.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  2 hrs 30 mins 
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