10 Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Dinners to Add to Your Meal Plan ASAP

10 Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Dinners to Add to Your Meal Plan ASAP

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Kelli Foster
Apr 18, 2018
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Slow cooker chicken dinners are a mainstay in my meal plan. While they don't require all-day cooking, they do come with the promise of minimal prep and allow me to float in and out of the house until they're ready.

From takeout favorites to make at home to a fast and fancy spring meal, these 10 slow cooker chicken dinners deserve a place in your meal plan ASAP.

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1. Slow Cooker Hoisin Chicken

Stir some cubed chicken breasts and pantry ingredients together in the slow cooker, and in a couple of hours you'll have dinner. Use that time to decide whether you'll serve it in a rice bowl, over a bed of noodles, on top of a salad, or wrapped in lettuce leaves.

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2. Slow Cooker Salsa Pulled Chicken

Go with a fresh salsa from the deli or refrigerator section over jarred salsa here. Fresh salsas have more liquid than cooked and canned varieties, and help ensure the chicken breasts are nice and tender after cooking.

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3. Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

It doesn't get much easier than this chicken dinner. Pile everything into the slow cooker, and at the end of the day you're rewarded with a totally comforting and wholesome meal. It'll also leave you with plenty of leftovers for tomorrow's lunch.

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4. Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Chicken

This perfect-for-spring dinner could not be any easier to pull off, yet feels elegant and a little fancy. To keep the greens bright and barely wilted, stir them into the slow cooker in the last minutes of cooking.

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5. Slow Cooker BBQ Shredded Chicken

Take your pick of chicken breasts, thighs, or a combination of the two to bring this saucy supper to the table.

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6. Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

Dishes are kept to a minimum with this takeout favorite by mixing the sauce together in the bowl of the slow cooker.

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7. Slow-Cooker Chicken Tacos

Break out your slow cooker and taco night instantly becomes a whole lot easier.

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8. Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings

On a busy weekend day, when you have a lot of things to take care of around the house but not much time to devote to dinner, pull this slow cooker chicken and dumpling recipe out of your back pocket.

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9. Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Sandwiches

Since this herby shredded chicken comes together in as little as an hour, get a jump start on dinner by cooking it the night before.

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10. How To Cook a Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Whole chicken in the slow cooker doesn't deliver the crackly skin you'd expect from the oven, but it treats you to something even better: the juiciest, most succulent meat you've ever tasted.

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