A Chicken in Every (Crock) Pot

Slow Cooker Tips and Recipes for Boneless and Bone-in Chicken

Creamy Italian Chicken
Linda Larsen

The phrase "a chicken in every pot" has been repeated throughout history, beginning with King Henry IV in France. The words promise good times, with enough to eat and time to relax and enjoy it.

Today, the pot is often a crockpot or slow cooker. You can throw in a few ingredients, turn it on, leave the house all day, and come home to a home filled with incredible scents and a complete hot dinner waiting for you. Combine your slow cooker with chicken for fabulous meals.

Cooking Tips for Chicken in a Slow Cooker

You'll find that many crockpot recipes that cook for eight to 10 hours will call for chicken thighs or legs. Chicken breast meat can become tough and dry when cooked for longer than six hours on low. Using boneless chicken thighs will not only solve this problem, but this cut of meat is cheaper than chicken breasts and has a richer flavor.

However, if your family prefers white meat, just make sure to cook for a shorter period of time and everything should turn out perfectly. If you have a newer crockpot, watch the cooking time carefully. The chicken breasts may be done in as little as four hours. Test the chicken with a food thermometer. Chicken breasts are done at 160 F; thighs and drumsticks at 165 F.

Bone-in and boneless chicken have different cooking requirements. Chicken cooked on the bone takes longer to cook, and is also less likely to overcook. Check boneless, skinless thigh, drumstick, and breast meat for doneness earlier.

Most crockpot recipes call for removing the skin because it adds fat and doesn't become crisp enough to be appetizing. If you choose to leave the skin on your chicken, brown it first in a skillet in olive oil to help improve the appearance of the finished dish.

Vegetables in crockpot recipes should go into the bottom of the crockpot, with the meat on top, because vegetables cook more slowly than meat. This arrangement will also help prevent the chicken from overcooking.

Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

Get started with these crockpot chicken recipes:

Salsa Crockpot Chicken: It doesn't get easier than this two-ingredient recipe made with boneless, skinless chicken thighs or chicken breasts and salsa.

Crockpot Chicken and Sweet Potatoes: You can vary the spices you use for this recipe made with boneless, skinless chicken thighs.

Crockpot Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken: Use boneless chicken breasts for a sweet and sour favorite.

Sour Cream and Bacon Chicken: It's better with bacon. This is another easy recipe using mushroom soup, bacon, sour cream, and boneless, skinless breasts.

Chicken Supreme: Alfredo sauce makes the difference in this recipe for boneless, skinless breasts.

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Carrots: Enjoy this recipe for chicken thighs over rice or noodles.

Crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken Stew: Use cubed chicken breast for a one-dish entree.

Creamy Mexican Crockpot Chicken: Use leftover cooked chicken or turkey, canned soup, tortillas, and spices.

Crockpot Orange Curried Chicken: Take boneless, skinless breasts to the subcontinent with this recipe.

Chinese Roasted Chicken: Use a fryer cut into pieces to roast chicken in the crockpot.

Chicken Curry: This recipe uses skinned chicken pieces and curry spice.

Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings: Use boneless, skinless breasts or thighs to make the base, then add dumplings to finish.

Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Casserole: This one-dish meal uses cubed boneless, skinless chicken.

Crockpot Sticky Chicken: You can use a cut-up fryer or boneless, skinless chicken pieces to make this delight. However, you'll have to know your slow cooker well so as not to burn the chicken.

Pizza Chicken: Make pizza-flavored chicken with boneless, skinless breasts.

Crockpot Jambalaya: Cubed chicken breasts and sausage go into this Creole dish. Cooked shrimp is added at the end, and you serve it over rice cooked separately.

Spanish Crockpot Chicken: Boneless, skinless thighs are cooked with sausage, artichoke hearts, and olives.

Crockpot Chicken Rice Soup: Cut-up boneless, skinless chicken breasts go into this heartwarming soup.