If there's one thing better than chicken dinner, it's when that chicken dinner is made in the slow cooker. Whether my meal plan includes lean chicken breast, meaty thighs, or even a whole chicken, the slow cooker can do it all — dinner is bound to be a delicious, no-fuss affair.
Of all the slow cooker recipes we shared this year (and there were a lot), these were our most popular slow cooker chicken dinners.
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Of all the ways to cook chicken in the slow cooker, it's no wonder this one is a reader favorite. This slow-cooked riff on the classic relies on coconut milk and a slew of aromatics for incredibly tender, juicy meat that tastes like Thai basil chicken.
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This recipe is just like the sizzling, seasoned meat, peppers, and onions from the stovetop, but the slow cooker makes it so much easier. All that's left to do is warm the tortillas and gather the fixings.
Because this recipe comes together in just a couple hours, it's one I like to save for the weekend. The savory, sauced chicken cooks while I get stuff done around the house.
Your slow cooker is the answer to making the best General Tso's you can at home without any stir-frying involved. You can expect crisp golden chicken with a tender interior, coated in a glossy, spicy-sweet sauce, just like your favorite Chinese takeout spot.
Boneless, skinless thighs are our top pick for this stir-fry-inspired dish. They add an extra layer of rich flavor, and don't dry out the way lean chicken breast might.
Before heading to the slow cooker, give the chicken breast a quick sear in a screaming-hot skillet for some added flavor and a crisped exterior. The meat gets cooked on a bed of tender red potatoes, then tossed with a buttery lemon sauce that's punched up with briny capers.
These chicken, rice, and veggie bowls have been on regular rotation in my meal plan and they're not going away anytime soon. Even better than the first dinner are the leftovers that follow.
This recipe won over everyone in my house. The ample amount of savory-sweet sauce gilding the chicken was an instant hit with my husband, and while I loved that as well, my favorite part of this recipe is how easy it is to make.
This Italian-American favorite is one of my top picks for Sunday dinner. The pounded-thin chicken breasts cook in just a couple hours, which is just enough time to finish my meal prep and get ready for the week ahead. Serve this with pasta, rice, or bread to mop up all the extra sauce.