Crockpot Chicken Recipe


If you’re a fan of chicken, you already know that there are so many delicious ways to cook it — baking, deep frying, air frying, grilling, boiling, and more.

But have you ever tried making crockpot chicken? This method of cooking chicken is not only easy but also results in incredibly tender and flavorful meat.

And the best part is you can throw all the ingredients into your crockpot in the morning and come home to a delicious meal at the end of the day.

I have a variety of easy crockpot chicken recipes, but this lemon garlic crockpot chicken breast meal is undoubtedly one of my favorites!

What Is Crockpot Chicken?

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There are many types of crockpot chicken because crockpot chicken is a simple way of cooking this household staple. You can use any type of chicken, cuts, and seasonings to create a delicious meal without cooking over the stove.

Your slow cooker will do most of the work for you — all you’ll have to do is put the ingredients in, set the timer, and wait for the appetizing aroma to fill the house and your delicious meal to be ready.

This particular recipe is for lemon garlic chicken, and it’s one of my favorite chicken crockpot meals — and chicken breast meals in general — because it’s healthy, hearty, and full of delicious, slow-cooked flavor.

Lemon and garlic work well together because they’re both strong flavors. The lemon adds a bright, acidic flavor to the dish, while the garlic provides a savory, pungent, and buttery depth of flavor.

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Crockpot Chicken Recipe

There are many types of crockpot chicken because crockpot chicken is a simple way of cooking this household staple. You can use any type of chicken, cuts, and seasonings to create a delicious meal without cooking over the stove.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 260 kcal


  • 1 Whole chicken cut into 8 pieces (breasts, thighs, drumsticks, etc.)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • ½ teaspoons Black pepper
  • ½ teaspoons Onion powder
  • ½ teaspoons Garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoons Paprika
  • 2 Lemons, sliced
  • 1 Head of garlic peeled and cloves minced
  • 1 Sprig of rosemary
  • 1 Sprig of thyme
  • ½ cups Chicken broth


  • Rub olive oil over the chicken.
  • Season your chicken with salt, pepper, rosemary, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, and paprika. The simplest method is to stir those ingredients in a small bowl first, then rub the mixture all over the chicken.
  • Place chicken in the crockpot.
  • Add garlic and lemon slices on top of and around the chicken.
  • Add chicken broth.
  • Set crockpot to low and cook for 6-8 hours or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword crockpot chicken, lemon garlic chicken

If you want to make this recipe ahead of time, follow these steps until number six, then store it in the fridge. When you’re ready to eat, cook it on low for another hour or two.

Like many chicken meals, this recipe is versatile, and it goes well with rice, potatoes, quinoa, couscous, or even a simple salad.

Here are a few specific sides we recommend with thyme-lemon crockpot chicken:

  • Lemon orzo pasta
  • Garlic mashed potatoes
  • Creamy garlic mashed cauliflower
  • Greek salad
  • Sautéed or steamed broccoli
  • Sautéed mushrooms
  • Honey roasted carrots

Tips & Tricks for Crockpot Chicken Recipe

Here are helpful ideas for making the perfect lemon garlic crockpot chicken breast, considering both alternative ingredients and different skill levels:

  • You can use water if you don’t have or are low on chicken broth. The chicken broth will add more flavor, but water will work in a pinch.
  • While this recipe calls for fresh chicken, you can use frozen chicken if needed. That’s the beauty of a crockpot! Simply increase the cooking time to account for the frozen instead of thawed chicken.
  • You can use dried herbs if you don’t have fresh rosemary and thyme. You’ll need to use less, as dried herbs are more potent than fresh. I would start with ¼ teaspoon of each and adjust from there.
  • If you’re a beginner, I recommend cooking the chicken on high for 4 hours, then checking it. Chicken cook time can vary based on the size and pieces of your chicken and your crockpot.

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  • You can also use an Instant Pot to make this recipe; follow the directions until step 6, then cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
  • If you want to add even more flavor to this recipe, try basting the chicken with the juices from the crockpot every few hours.
  • If you don’t mind adding an additional step, pan-frying the chicken first will give it a nice, crispy skin. Make sure to remove the skin before adding the chicken to the crockpot.
  • I like chicken breast meals because they’re leaner and healthier, but you can make crock pot chicken thighs if you want to amplify the meaty flavor.
  • Cooked chicken will last in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 2-6 months. Make sure to store it appropriately, depending on whether you plan on keeping it in the fridge or freezer.

Nutrition Information of Crockpot Chicken Recipe

One serving of this lemon garlic crockpot chicken breast recipe has approximately:

  • 260 calories
  • 9.5 grams of fat
  • 3 grams of carbohydrates
  • 37 grams of protein

As you can see, this recipe is relatively low in calories and carbohydrates but high in protein — making it an excellent option for those on a keto diet or people looking to build muscle.

This recipe is also:

  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Paleo-friendly
  • Whole30-compliant

So, if you’re hoping to prepare a delicious and healthy chicken recipe, this crockpot chicken is the way to go!


This lemon garlic crockpot chicken breast recipe is healthy, hearty, and full of delicious, slow-cooked flavor.

This chicken dish is also easy to make, requiring only a few simple steps and one pot! So if you’re looking for a tasty and easy crockpot chicken recipe, give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Do you have any other tips, suggestions, or substitutes? Feel free to share your wisdom in the comments below!

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  1. Got Sauce says:

    WOW this was so good.

  2. Great recipe!

  3. When I was in the U.S. for vacation I ate this a couple of times in the malls.

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