40+ Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Dinners to Make Tonight
There are no shortage of ways to cook up a really great chicken dinner, and one of my absolute favorite ways is in the slow cooker. That’s right — your slow cooker isn’t just for big, tough cuts of meat. It’s also perfect for cooking up tender, juicy chicken. Whether you’re starting with a pack of meaty chicken thighs, lean chicken breast, or even a whole chicken, your slow cooker is the secret to turning it into an easy, family-friendly dinner.
What’s great about slow cooker chicken recipes is how most don’t actually take all day to cook. Many are ready to go in just a few hours, which means you can really pick a recipe that fits your timeline and schedule best. From chicken and dumplings, chicken enchiladas, to creamy French mustard chicken, here are more than 40 slow cooker chicken recipes to add to your dinner lineup right now.
Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken
It doesn’t get much better than shredded chicken from the slow cooker, if you ask me. These recipes require little upfront prep and reward you with a big batch of tender, shredded meat to use all week for tacos, salads, sandwiches, grain bowls, and more. Chicken breasts, thighs, or a combo of the two are all fair game here.
Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
If you love a whole chicken that’s so wonderfully tender and juicy that the meat practically falls off the bone and melts in your mouth, you’re going to love cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker. You won’t get the burnished skin that comes with an oven-roasted chicken, but these recipes are worth that trade-off.
Slow Cooker Chicken Breasts
Chicken breast in the slow cooker is one of my favorite weekend meals. Since the meat is so lean, it doesn’t require a long cook time (a couple of hours will usually do). I get the recipe going in the afternoon, then step out of the kitchen to do what I need to do around the house, and come dinnertime there’s a hearty meal that’s ready to hit the table.
Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs
Whether you prefer bone-in or boneless thighs, there are a lot of ways to cook this meaty cut in the slow cooker. And since thighs have more fat than lean chicken breasts, they can stand up to a longer cook time without the risk of drying out.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice
Is there a greater power couple than chicken and rice? We don’t think so! And these four recipes will show you why — and just how easy they can be in the slow cooker.
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