Easy Crockpot Chicken Recipes

Creamy Chicken in the Crockpot
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Easy crockpot chicken recipes make weeknight meals a breeze. Plus, the moist environment and low cooking temperature of a crockpot help the chicken's flavor and texture blossom. Dark meat, like chicken thighs and legs, has a richness enhanced by the slow cook time of a crockpot. However, boneless chicken breasts can become dry and overcooked in the same setting. Opt for whole chicken or chicken pieces with the bone on, should you go the crockpot route. And be sure to follow the layering...MORE instructions to achieve melt-in-your-mouth consistency. 

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    High Angle View Of Lemon Chicken With Roasted Potatoes On Plate
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    Together, lemon and chicken make the perfect pair. And adding carrots (or even potatoes) to this crockpot recipe creates a dish that's both tangy and sweet. Make this one-pot meal a staple in your weeknight lineup. 

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    Crockpot chicken alfredo

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    A classic Italian dish, crockpot chicken alfredo cooks both the chicken and the pasta right in the same appliance, saving both cooking and cleanup time. Plus, the creamy, cheesy sauce in this dish makes it the ultimate comfort food. 

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    Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

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    Cacciatore means "hunter" in Italian and cooking "hunter style" always includes a rich, well-seasoned sauce. Here, our crockpot chicken cacciatore recipe uses boneless breasts (easy peasy) but assures a juicy outcome due to its drenching tomato sauce. Serve this dish over spaghetti or penne.

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    crockpot chicken curry

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    This delicious crockpot chicken curry recipe boasts a wonderful color and flavor combination. If your family is up for spicy Thai fare, serve this dish over jasmine rice (in typical Asian style) and with a side of steamed veggies. 

     

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    Chicken and Shrimp Alfredo
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    This elegant ​crockpot chicken and shrimp recipe has a marvelous combination of flavors and textures. Loaded with chicken, shrimp, and veggies, this dish makes a wonderful main course. And if your family doesn't like artichoke hearts or green peppers, simply leave them out without any effect on the taste.

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    Creamy Italian Chicken
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    Creamy Italian chicken makes the perfect home-cooked meal for cheese lovers. And with very little ingredients (just add condensed soup, Italian dressing, and cream cheese), you can whip it up before heading out the door to work and serve it immediately upon arriving home.

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    Sticky Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks

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    If you like rotisserie chicken or spicy chicken wings, this sticky drumstick slow cooker recipe is right up your alley. The long cook time yields fall-off-the-bone meat and a melding of flavors that likens this recipe to your favorite gourmet bar wings (only better, because you're making them at home).

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    Crockpot Apricot Chicken

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    Start with frozen chicken breasts (no need to thaw), add apricot preserves, apple cider vinegar, and onion soup mix for an interesting outcome of sweet and spicy goodness. This recipe is super convenient for working home cooks. Just combine four ingredients and you're done!

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    Depending on your tie crunch, you can either brown the skin of the chicken first for this recipe, before adding it to the crockpot, or remove it altogether. Browning the skin seals in the flavor, but either way, this one-dish meal cooks the chicken to perfection, while integrating a few vegetable options to boot. 

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    Sweet and Spicy Crockpot Chicken
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    Sweet and spicy crockpot chicken uses only five ingredients to make a favorite Asian-inspired dish. Serve it hot over cooked couscous or rice. And if you want to switch things up a little, add in Thai chilies or fish sauce for a flavor boost.

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    Tuscan Chicken Sandwiches
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    This Tuscan chicken sandwich recipe creates an anytime meal with leftovers for lunch. Think pulled chicken, with an Italian flair, when adding complimentary spread, like our tomato pesto spread, to your sandwich. Serve the filling between two slices of crusty, panini-style. Italian bread.

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    Chicken thighs and green salad

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    Dried fruit plump as they cook in the crockpot, releasing their sweetness and making the chicken melt-in-your-mouth tender. This belly-warming recipe calls for boneless ​chicken thighs for best results and, combined with rice or egg noodles, creates a crowd-worthy meal that's perfect for guests.