10 Essential Slow Cooker Chicken Dinner Recipes

10 Essential Slow Cooker Chicken Dinner Recipes

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Kelli Foster
Nov 27, 2017
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The almighty slow cooker can do many things, including giving me a big assist when getting dinner on the table. When a chicken dinner finds its way into my meal plan, whether I have a pack of meaty thighs or lean, boneless chicken breast, I know I can pull out the slow cooker and a totally delicious meal isn't too far off.

Here are 10 essential chicken dinners you can make in the slow cooker.

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1. Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

Fact: These are the easiest burrito bowls you will ever make. They take less than five minutes to pull together, then reward you with a delicious, wholesome dinner hours later.

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2. Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Tikka masala benefits from a long, slow simmer, which makes the slow cooker a natural favorite for this Indian favorite. Cook up a pot of rice and you're good to go.

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3. Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

This recipe relies on budget-friendly chicken thighs, which won't dry out during the long cook time and give the soup an extra punch of richness and flavor.

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4. Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala

Because of its relatively short cook time, this Italian classic is a good choice for weekend cooking when you need to get some things done around the house rather than tending to the stove.

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5. Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Wild rice requires a lengthy cook time, which makes this classic, comforting soup a prime pick for the slow cooker. A simple roux gets stirred into the soup at the end of cooking for a touch of creamy richness.

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6. Slow-Cooker Chicken Tacos

Getting juicy shredded chicken tacos on the table has never been easier. All that's left to go is heat the tortillas and round up your favorite toppings.

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7. Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Broccoli Bowls

This Italian-inspired rice casserole is a savior on busy weekends when there's a lot to do and not a lot of time to cook. It's a one-bowl meal with tender brown rice layered with juicy boneless chicken thighs, broccoli, and white beans.

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8. Slow Cooker Chicken Piccata

This piccata will win your heart not only for its bold layers of flavor, but also for how simple it is to pull together. Boneless chicken breast is cooked on a bed of red potatoes and finished just like the classic — with a buttery lemon sauce that's punched up with briny capers.

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9. Slow Cooker Salsa Pulled Chicken

A spin on our slow cooker fajitas, this slow cooker gem calls for simmering chicken breast in your favorite salsa. The result is deliciously seasoned shredded chicken that's perfect for tacos, burrito bowls, or even taco salads.

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10. Slow Cooker Honey Teriyaki Chicken

We love chicken thighs for this takeout classic because their meaty flavor isn't overshadowed by the rich teriyaki sauce and they don't run the risk of drying out.

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