29 Ways to make Chicken in the Slow Cooker

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Does your family eat a lot of chicken? In our house, I sometimes joke that we eat so much chicken that we could start clucking at any moment. I’m not complaining! I love chicken, and so does my family. Chicken has to be one of the most versatile meat. You can fix it in dozens of ways–Tex-Mex, Italian, Asian and good old American BBQ. It’s a huge plus that chicken also fairly affordable and some of the stores often put a good sale out on it, too!

Now that summer is here, I’m trying to avoid heating up my house as much as possible. So, if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I use my slow cooker a lot. It’s a time-saver and a great way to keep the kitchen cool as well. I love trying new things in my slow cooker, and over the years have created a nice little stash of favorite chicken dishes that I can whip up in there.

From mouth watering curry to our favorite Asian chicken to some of my cheater barbeque go-to’s, here are 29 ways I use my slow cooker to cook a winning chicken dinner for my family. Some of these recipes are also freezer friendly. That means you can stock your freezer and then pull one out in the morning on a busy day and pop it in and let the slow cooker do its thing. That’s a huge plus for me, especially during these busy, glorious summer days.  (If you are looking for even more freezer friendly slow cooker recipes, check out this post with 18 of my favorites!)

Now I want to know, what’s your favorite way to cook chicken in the slow cooker?

29 ways to make Chicken in the slow cooker

  1. Chicken Curry 
  2. Chicken Spaghetti
  3. Thai Peanut Chicken
  4. zesty crockpot chicken
  5. apricot soy ginger chicken
  6. Black Bean and Salsa Chicken 
  7. King Ranch Chicken
  8. Italian Chicken with Tomatoes
  9. Lemon Chicken baked on Sauerkraut
  10. Chicken Cacciatore
  11. Creamy Jalapeno Chicken Tacos
  12. Chicken Fajitas
  13. Teriyaki BBQ Chicken Legs
  14. Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet Potatoes 
  15. Chicken Tacos
  16. Italian Parmesan Herb Chicken and Potatoes 
  17. Chicken Shwarma
  18. Zingy BBQ Chicken
  19. Maple Apple Chicken 
  20. Chili Sauce Chicken Legs
  21. Chicken and Gravy
  22. Chipotle Chicken Tacos
  23. Honey Mustard Chicken
  24. Baked Chicken with Summer Veggies
  25. Garlic Chicken with More Garlic
  26. Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken
  27. Garlic Rosemary Chicken
  28. Italian Seasoned Salt Chicken
  29. Chicken and Broccoli “Stir Fry

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18 Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Meals {Plus Tips and Tricks!}

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Stocking up the freezer is one of the things I do to save me time in the kitchen. And if there’s any season where I want to minimize my time in the kitchen, it’s summer time. There are lots of things I can think of that I’d much rather be doing than spending hours prepping food, or working over a stove. So slow cooker meals that I can pull right out of the freezer are a double win in my book!

Since summer’s just around the corner and I have all kinds of plans and activities coming up, I’m glad to take a little bit of time to stock up the freezer with slow cooker meals. If I do it right, I can get 7 meals knocked out of the way in just about an hour’s time. That’s what I call being a smart cook!

If you’ve never really done freezer cooking, I’ve written a couple of posts with my best tips and tricks for everything from streamlining the process to maximize what you get out of your time to what supplies to have on hand before you start. I also have done several videos to walk you through a couple of my freezer cooking sessions.  If you are more of a visual learner, these may help you get started too. I’ve linked those at the bottom of the list, in case you’d like to take a peek.

With the freezer all stocked and our slow cookers ready to go, bring on the heat, summertime!

18 Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Meals

  1. French dip sandwiches
  2. Zesty crockpot chicken 
  3. Pork carnitas
  4. Chicken cacciatore
  5. Maple apple chicken
  6. Easy shredded taco beef (For Tacos, Salads, Nachos and more! Super versatile.)
  7. Chicken fajitas
  8. Beef fajitas
  9. Chicken fiesta
  10. BBQ chicken fajitas
  11. Sweet and sour meatballs
  12. African pulled beef 
  13. Hawaiian luau meatballs
  14. Chicken broccoli stir-fry 
  15. Ravioli
  16. Cube steaks and gravy
  17. Beef teriyaki 
  18. Pulled Pork (For Sandwiches, loaded baked potatoes, and more!)

plus bulk cooking meats for the freezer in your slow cooker!

Other Freezer Cooking Resources & Videos (Slow Cooker and Non-Slow Cooker)

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Easy Meals for After Church

Easy Meals for After Church

What do you do for dinner after church?

We usually come home to eat, but everyone is always starving.  If I don’t get some food on the table quick, their bellies aren’t the only things grumbling.

There are lots of options for quick meals after church.  Here are a few tips on choosing your menu items.   [Read more…]

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Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwiches

Slow cooker cilantro lime chicken sandwiches

Slow cooker sandwiches are one of my favorite meals.  They work so well for several scenarios:

  • They can handle a long cook time.
  • They are perfect for feeding people in shifts.
  • The leftovers make great lunches or dinners.
  • Sandwiches don’t require complicated side dishes – also great for shift eating.

For these Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwiches, I used a new Hidden Valley® Ranch Dressing flavor. Hidden Valley® has four new flavors :

  • Hidden Valley® Ranch Buffalo dressing
  • Hidden Valley® Ranch Honey BBQ dressing
  • Hidden Valley® Ranch Sriracha dressing
  • Hidden Valley® Ranch Cilantro Lime dressing

Any of the flavors will work in this recipe, but we really liked the taste of the Cilantro Lime dressing.  It added a brightness to the chicken with the fresh taste of cilantro and the citric splash of lime.

The dish starts with chicken and seasonings.  Creamy dressing is added near the end of cooking and served with the sandwiches too.

I picked up my ingredients from Walmart.  It’s so easy to run into Walmart and grab everything I need at once.  There’s a coupon for Hidden Valley® you can download here that will save you $0.75 on a 12oz or 16oz bottle.

In addition to the Hidden Valley® Ranch Cilantro Lime dressing, I used quite a few spices to season chicken tenders.

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Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwiches

Serves: 8 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 - 2.5 lbs. boneless chicken or chicken tenders
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. thyme
  • ½ - 1 cup Hidden Valley Ranch Cilantro Lime dressing
  • 8 sandwich buns
  • lettuce and tomato for serving, optional
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle spices over chicken, tossing to coat chicken with spices.
  3. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low 7-8 hours.
  4. Shred chicken.
  5. Stir dressing into chicken, using enough to make it as creamy as you'd like.
  6. Serve on sandwich buns, topped with lettuce and tomato if desired.


Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwich

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf ofHidden Valley® Ranch. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Chicken Curry in the Slow Cooker

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Slow Cooker Chicken Curry has become one of my favorite weeknight dinner recipes.  Rachael first shared the recipe on Eat at Home a few years ago.  I’ve made it so many times since then.

One reason this recipe is perfect is that it is so simple.  I have it memorized, which makes it even faster – no need to go searching for the recipe.  Four ingredients go into the slow cooker, with one ingredient added just before serving.  So easy!

We love this served over rice with baked sweet potatoes along side.  You can also make it paleo/low-carb by serving it over cauliflower instead of rice.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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You can use any cut of boneless chicken – breasts, thighs or tenders.  Control the heat by using mild salsa, or hot salsa if you like it spicy.  I use mild and the dish isn’t spicy at all.  Mild curry powder also keeps it from tasting too hot.

Chicken Curry in the Slow Cooker

Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 3 lbs. boneless chicken
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 3 Tbs. curry powder
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 cups rice, cooked
Instructions
  1. Place chicken, onion, salsa and curry powder in slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low 7-8 hours.
  3. minutes before serving remove chicken from slow cooker.
  4. Add coconut milk to slow cooker. Stir into sauce.
  5. Return chicken to pot.
  6. Serve over cooked rice.

One easy way to remember the ingredients is this:

3 ingredients go in – chicken, salsa, onion.  Then 3 Tbs. curry powder.  Three (ingredients) before three (tablespoons).  Finish with the coconut milk.

 

 

 

 

 

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Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti

Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti

This is one of those classic recipes that gets passed around because it is so good.  There are a million different variations.

I like this crockpot version.  The chicken and veggies cook in the crockpot and the spaghetti and cheese get added later.  It splits the meal prep into two easy parts and makes dinner fit into your day.

The next time I make this, I’m planning to add a can of diced green chilies and a can of drained, diced tomatoes.  Or maybe just a can of tomatoes and green chilies.  I kept it simple this time, and it’s good either way.  Change it up to suit your family and what you have on hand in the pantry.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Slow Cooker Sausage Jambalaya

You’re going to love this slow cooker recipe from Kate! It’s perfect comfort food for fall and winter.

We’re having a beautiful fall here – cool mornings that turn into warm afternoons and so many gorgeous leaves. I’ve been spending a lot of time outside so I’ve been adapting some of my favorite stove-top dinners into slow cooker meals to make dinner easier. This is a meal I’ve been making forever but I’d never tried it in the slow cooker because I wasn’t sure how the rice would come out.

Jambalaya

It was great! And so easy – a dump and go, my favorite kind of slow cooker recipe. It starts with the trinity of all jambalaya recipes – onion, celery and garlic – and then adds a few more simple ingredients to make a great dish. The flavors here are just a little spicy – if you like things more mild you can decrease the amount of chili powder. And if it starts to thicken up too much, you can stir in some additional chicken stock.

Ready to get started? Here’s what you’ll need:

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Slow Cooker Sausage Jambalaya

Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1½ cups chicken stock
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • ¾ cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 lb. precooked Andouille sausage, coin sliced
Instructions
  1. In the slow cooker, stir together the onion, garlic, celery, red pepper and spices. Stir in tomatoes and broth. Stir in brown rice until thoroughly combined. Fold in sausage.
  2. Cook on low for 7-8 hours.

Kate is a home cook and mom  from New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

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Green Chile Chicken Casserole

This recipe for Green Chile Chicken Casserole from Kim looks like a new family favorite!

“Mash-Ups” have been popular recently. It is when you take two different dishes and combine them into one, for example, a brownie + cookie = “brookie”.  I’m calling this Green Chile Chicken Casserole a mash-up of sorts. I was in the mood for some comfort food, and could not decide between Chicken Casserole and Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas. I decided a would kind of smoosh (technical cooking term) the two together!

Green Chile Chicken Casserole EAH

The end result was quite tasty and the comfort food I was looking for. My version isn’t spicy, so it’s great for the kids too, however, you could certainly bump up the heat if desired. Rotisserie chicken is great for dish, because the chicken is already seasoned and flavorful. Also, the slow cooker can be used to cook your chicken during the day, then it’s ready to use at dinner.

Green Chile Chicken Casserole

Green Chile Chicken Casserole
A little twist on the classic chicken casserole. Green chiles, sour cream and buttery crackers make this the ultimate comfort food!
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. (6 cups) chicken, cooked, shredded & seasoned if not using Rotisserie chicken*
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (or homemade equivalent)
  • 1 can green chiles (add more for stonger green chile flavor)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 sleeve Ritz (or equivalent) crackers, crushed
  • ½-1 cup Mexican blend cheese (optional)
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • *I used salt, pepper, and just a sprinkle of cumin and chili powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Add chicken to the casserole dish in an even layer.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the cream of chicken, green chiles, chicken broth and sour cream.
  4. Pour mixture over chicken.
  5. Top with cheese if desired.
  6. Sprinkle crushed crackers evenly over casserole.
  7. Pour melted butter over the crackers.
  8. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

Kim M. is a contributing writer for Eat at Home, as well as the mom behind the mayhem at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. There you will find kid-friendly recipes, quick and easy meals, and an embarrassing number of desserts!

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100 + Recipes for Fall

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I love fall. The crisp air. The gorgeous colors. And of course, most of all, the wonderful, aromatic flavors of autumn ingredients. Pumpkins, winter squash apples, cinnamon, caramel and spice! There’s nothing better than that. And this collection of recipes is proof of my love for cooking with these things.

From Breakfast to Dinner, to Dessert, you’ll find over 40 recipes that are inspired by fall and the delicious ingredients available during this time of year. Plus, you’ll find a link at the end to 75 more fall recipes to add to your menus in the months ahead. Enjoy the season!

Sweet Breakfast Dishes

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  1. Spiced Chai Tea Muffin
  2. Pumpkin Pecan Sticky Rolls
  3. Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
  4. Cranberry Strudel 
  5. Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal
  6. Gingerbread Oatmeal
  7. Gingerbread Muffins
  8. Cinnamon Chip Scones

Savory Dinner Dishes

  1. savory dinnerApple BBQ Pork Chops
  2. Honey Dijon Pork Chops and Apples
  3. Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet Potatoes
  4. Keilbasa with Potato Apple Slaw
  5. Pork Chops & Apples (a Sheet Pan Dinner)

Soups & Stews

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  1. 15 Minute Creamy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
  2. Chicken Cock Leekie Soup
  3. Pumpkin Black Bean Chicken Chili
  4. Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili
  5. Chicken Vegetable Soup
  6. Smoked Sausage Sauerkraut Soup
  7. Split Pea Soup with Ham
  8. Creamy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
  9. Chicken and Dumplings with Gnocchi
  10. Potato Soup

Flavorful Sides

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  1. Carrots Parsnips and Potatoes
  2. Easy Butternut Squash Skillet
  3. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  4. Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  5. Corn Casserole
  6. Slow Cooked Apples and Butternut Squash
  7. Roasted Butternut Squash or Sweet Potatoes
  8. Winter Squash in the Slow Cooker
  9. Pecan, Cranberry  & Orange Marmalade Cream Cheese Trio

Delicious Desserts

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  1. Pumpkin Ice Cream 
  2. No Bake Pumpkin Spice Caramel Cheesecake Dessert
  3. Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie with Caramel and Gingersnaps
  4. Pumpkin Spice Eclair Cake
  5. Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cake
  6. Spiced Chai Latte Cookies
  7. 1 Min Brown Sugar Cinnamon Apples
  8. Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze
  9. Butter Pecan Pumpkin Cake
  10. Chocolate Pumpkin Cake
  11. Cranberry Fudge Pie
  12. Apple Crumb Cake
  13. Apple Crumb Pie
  14. Gingerbread Bars 

Plus 75 more fall recipes!

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Slow Cooker Kielbasa with Potato-Apple Slaw

This slow cooker recipe from Kate sounds amazing!  Don’t be afraid to try the sauerkraut.  I’ve found that in recipes it isn’t nearly as “krauty” as it is when you have it straight from the jar or can.

Apple season is my favorite. As soon as they start appearing in the market, they start working their way into every meal I can possibly squeeze them into. This is one of our standard fall dinners.

Apples pair so well with kielbasa. The potatoes bulk up the slaw to make the whole dish more filling and the sauerkraut adds a great bite. The whole thing just tastes like fall and couldn’t be easier! If you’re looking for a simple, seasonal dish, this is a great go-to.

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To make it, you’ll only need a few simple ingredients:

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Slow Cooker Kielbasa with Potato-Apple Slaw

Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 3 large potatoes, shredded
  • 3 Gala apples, peeled and shredded
  • 1 15 oz. can sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup sherry cooking wine
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. kielbasa, coin-sliced
Instructions
  1. In the slow cooker, toss together the shredded potato, shredded apple and rinsed sauerkraut.
  2. Stir in cooking wine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If it's still too bitter, stir in a teaspoon or two of sugar.
  3. Stir in sliced kielbasa.
  4. Cook on low for 6 hours.

Kate is a home cook and new mom  from New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

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