The 10 Best Ways the Slow Cooker Turns Chicken into Dinner

The 10 Best Ways the Slow Cooker Turns Chicken into Dinner

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Kelli Foster
May 17, 2018
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I hate to play favorites, but of all the things I make in the slow cooker, chicken dinners are tops. Whether you have a pack of bone-in or boneless thighs, lean breast, the whole bird, or even ground chicken, there's a recipe to help you turn it into dinner.

From takeout favorites to meal prep miracles to comforting, wholesome dinners, these are our best slow cooker recipes for chicken.

1. Slow Cooker Honey Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki is a takeout classic that will never get old. For maximum flavor and extra insurance the chicken won't dry out, this version starts with meaty, rich boneless thighs.

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2. Slow Cooker BBQ Shredded Chicken

Plop everything into the slow cooker, and a few hours later this two-ingredient recipe rewards you with lots of saucy shredded chicken to carry you through the week. Use it on everything from tacos and sandwiches, to salads and pizza. You can also stash it in the freezer for busy weeks.

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

Yes, you can you cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker! It doesn't finish with crispy skin like roasted chicken from the oven, but that's okay because it is the most juicy and tender chicken you'll eat.

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4. Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Tikka masala really benefits from a low, slow simmer, which makes the slow cooker the ideal way to bring this Indian-inspired favorite to the table.

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5. Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

Saucy, cheesy burrito bowls are wholesome comfort food at its finest, and when the slow cooker is involved this family favorite couldn't be easier.

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6. How To Make Easy Shredded Chicken in the Slow Cooker

This is the recipe you want to keep in your meal prep routine, and make it again and again. With a batch of shredded chicken at your fingertips, you've got a week's worth of lunches and dinners ready to go.

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7. Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Soup

The slow cooker is chicken soup's best friend, and this version can cook all day without any supervision from you.

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8. How To Cook a Whole Chicken in Coconut Milk in the Slow Cooker

Braised in a bath of coconut milk, herbs, and aromatics, this recipe rewards you with a nearly hands-off meal that tastes like Thai basil chicken.

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9. Slow Cooker Chicken Parm Meatballs

If you're not already making chicken meatballs, consider this your reminder to work them into your meal plan. Cooked in the slow cooker, they're tender, juicy, and packed with flavor. Serve them on pasta, creamy polenta, and grain bowls, or pile them in a sandwich.

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10. Buttery Slow Cooker Chicken & Potatoes

The meaty thighs are delicious for sure, but the buttery, schmaltz-soaked potatoes that cook under the potatoes are the real stars here.

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