Healthy and Delicious Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes for Your Crockpot (2024)

Fall is fun and busy. School and sports alone keep us busy and stretched thin. These 8 healthy slow cooker chicken recipes are going to keep it delicious, fresh, and simple for your busy life.

Fall is well underway. The leaves are changing, the nights are cold, and the schedules are full! Sending the kids to school only frees up your schedule a bit. And if you happen to homeschool like us it really only makes the days MORE busy!

With the cooler weather and the swamped schedules it’s the absolute perfect time to pull out those slow cookers and rock out some delicious healthy meals in minimal time.

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Chicken is an affordable and healthy protein source

I really love the versatility of a Crockpot. I’ve learned in the past couple years that you can literally prepare anything in one! Desserts, drinks, and of course your main dish!

I’ve found handfuls of pretty easy, healthy, whole food, chicken slow cooker recipes that are all flavorful, unique, and ethnic. There’s absolutely no reason a chicken meal need to be boring. Chicken has the wonderful versatility of absorbing almost any flavor with success and creating and entirely new dish to keep meals creative and full of flavor.

PLUS chicken is really affordable when compared to other meats. Steak prices have skyrocketed in the past few years! Your muscles need protein and these healthy creative meals are ALL a must try this fall!

1. Crockpot Chicken and Quinoa Chili

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From: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

This recipe is so ‘right up my Allie.’ It is so simple and has just enough flavor but is not too spicy for the whole family to enjoy. (I, myself, LOVE spicy but have a tendency to just add a little hot sauce to everything!) Quinoa is my absolute favorite ancient grain for it’s unique texture and protein packing abilities alone! This is a guilt free and wonderful chili recipe you HAVE to try!

2. Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken & Veggies

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From: Damn Delicious

This recipe is simple enough to even please a picky eater (like my oldest) but has a wonderful healthy flavorful base including but not limited to honey, soy sauce, and garlic! This recipe is loaded with flavor and veggies and I have to say it, “Damn Delicious!”

3. Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Sweet Potatoes

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From: Well Plated

For this tasty recipe you will be cooking the delicious chicken topping for your loaded potatoes in the slow cooker and the sweet potatoes on the side. To be honest, this recipe would be delicious on ANY type of potato. It just screams for a night of football or to be made ahead and brought tailgating. Just an idea!

4. Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

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From: Chef Savvy

This mouthwatering recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and tangy. It’s meant to be served over a bed of rice. Slow cooker Chinese dishes are new for our family but I’m loving trying them out when we have great ones like this!

5. Crockpot White Bean Chili

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From: Well Plated

Ok you guessed it, I LOVE chili! This simple dump and go recipe has the perfect combination of flavors! Green chilies, white beans, and fresh cilantro. White bean chili is often overlooked and it’s so good! White beans are really healthy and often pack a bit more protein than your typical chili beans. Garnish with fresh limes and no one can turn down a bowl of THIS recipe this fall!

6. Slow Cooker Garlic Parm Chicken

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From: Delish

This tasty recipe is a filling whole food recipe sure to keep you full and warm inside this season. The combination of slow roasted chicken, red potatoes, and parmesan is a delectable mix. Throw this recipe together in your slow cooker for one happy family meal tonight!

7. Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

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From: The Recipe Critic

You don’t have to be a recipe critic to know this recipe is a winner. It easily dresses up simple chicken and veggies with a delectable blend of brown sugar and balsamic vinegar for the perfect combination of tangy and sweet. The sauce absorbs well into the veggies, chicken, and potatoes to make a cheap and simple meal absolutely spectacular!

8. Skinny Slow Cooker Kung Pao Chicken

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From: The Recipe Critic

A lighter healthy twist on traditional Kung Pao chicken that you can make in the slow cooker! I LOVE Alyssa’s recipes, you should definitely look around her site! This chicken takes a little more preparation than your typical dump and go but it’s well worth it! A tasty and healthy version of this popular Chinese dish with defiantly liven up dinner tonight.

And that wraps up the most mouthwatering slow cooker chicken recipe roundup I could pull together for you tonight!

I hope you love all of these amazing recipes and will pin this for later! Don’t forget to stop by The Bomb Diggity Slow Cooker Soup Recipes for my favorite (and most popular) slow cooker recipes of all! Plus follow that up with Vegetarian Slow Cooker Soup Recipes!

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Healthy and Delicious Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes for Your Crockpot (2024)


Is it okay to put raw chicken in a slow cooker? ›

The short answer is, yes! Let me help break down the rules for cooking with raw chicken in the slow cooker. Since the crockpot is such a great, hands-off way of cooking, slow cooker recipes will help simplify your nights and when done properly, it is an easy way to get juicy, tender chicken every single time.

Should chicken be covered in liquid in slow cooker? ›

Using a nice, long, low-and-slow cook time helps chicken breasts retain plenty of moisture - but you can certainly opt to add a splash of water or chicken stock to the crockpot if you like! If you're worried about dry chicken, you can also swap boneless skinless chicken thighs in for a bit of extra moisture.

Is it better to cook crockpot chicken on high or low? ›

Cook boneless chicken breasts in slow cooker on LOW for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours. Always cook your boneless skinless chicken breasts on LOW for the best results. I do not recommend cooking boneless chicken breast on HIGH, as it will become very dry and tough, even if you check it early.

How do you keep chicken from drying out in a slow cooker? ›

Chicken breasts are a lean cut and the key to slow cooking them without drying them out involves the right amount of moisture. Add just enough liquid to come 1cm up the side of the bowl. Cover and cook on High for 2 ½-4 hours or on Low for 4-6 hours.

How long does raw chicken take to cook in the crockpot? ›

Cover your crock pot and cook chicken breasts on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Chicken is done when the internal temp reaches 165 degrees F. Use chicken in your favorite recipes. Perfect for shredding!

Is it healthy to cook chicken in slow cooker? ›

Yes, if you use them correctly. The slow cooker cooks foods slowly at a low temperature, generally between 170 and 280 degrees F, over several hours. The combination of direct heat from the pot, lengthy cooking and steam, destroys bacteria making the slow cooker a safe process for cooking foods.

Do potatoes go on top or bottom of meat in a crockpot? ›

Place firm, slow-cooking root vegetables like potatoes and carrots at the bottom of the crock and pile the meat on top. Set the heat level: A general rule of thumb is that cooking on the low setting (170 degrees F for most models) takes about twice as long as cooking on high (280 degrees F on most models).

How long to cook 2 chicken breasts on low in a crockpot? ›

With the exception of larger recipes (like 8+ servings), It only takes 2.5-3.5 hours on LOW for boneless, skinless chicken breast to be fully cooked in the slow cooker.

Should you rinse chicken before putting in crockpot? ›

However, washing raw poultry, beef, pork, lamb or veal before cooking it is not recommended. Bacteria in raw meat and poultry juices can be spread to other foods, utensils and surfaces. We call this cross-contamination.

Is 4 hours on high the same as 8 hours on low? ›

A general rule of thumb from Luis Sanchez, senior category manager for the appliance manufacturer Breville: To go from "High" to "Low" (or vice versa), multiply (or divide) the original time by 1.5 to 2.5 hours. And as with the cooking times for specific ingredients, these times are approximate.

Is chicken breast or thigh better for a slow cooker? ›

Use chicken thighs or leg meat over chicken breast

The same holds true in the slow cooker. Whether you go boneless or bone-in is up to you, but bone-in will have more flavor. I do recommend removing the skin in this case (unless it's a whole chicken) because it makes the entire dish oily and will not crisp up.

Can you overcook chicken in a slow cooker? ›

Can you overcook chicken in the slow cooker? Yes, it is possible! If the meat is cooked too long it could end up dry and not juicy and tender. The recommended times in my recipe are ideal for juicy results, but if you use less chicken than the recipe calls for I would recommend checking it sooner.

Why does chicken get rubbery in a slow cooker? ›

In addition, chicken breast has less fat and can become dry (chewy or rubbery) if cooked for too long. Without moisture, the protein fibers in the chicken become elastic.

Can you slow cook chicken for 8 hours? ›

Place chicken breasts in slow cooker, and sprinkle with seasonings (and liquid, if using). Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or until the chicken shreds easily with a fork. (*If making a smaller batch, keep an eye on your slow cooker as the chicken will likely need less cooking time.)

Can you leave chicken in a slow cooker overnight? ›

As long as the temperature remains above 140 F you can leave your chicken in the cooker all day but try to avoid more than 12 hours

Why can't you put raw meat in a slow cooker? ›

If you simply pop some raw meat in your slow cooker, it won't have a chance to brown, which adds some much-needed flavor and cuts down on plenty of unappealing grease. Instead, you're better served by browning raw meat in a skillet before adding it to the slow cooker with your other ingredients.

Can you cook from raw in a slow cooker? ›

Yes! that is one of the best way to cook meats! Put in some raw beef brisket, leave it in for the 6+ hours, and once it is ready…it is so tender! Slow cookers are so great as you can just throw everything in and no need to worry about it. You can go to work and have dinner ready when you get home.

Can I put everything in the slow cooker raw? ›

For many dishes, particularly soups and stews, you really can just throw all the ingredients in. It can be nice to cook the onions beforehand, as the flavour is different to when you put them in raw, but experiment both ways as you may find you prefer one.

When not to cook raw chicken? ›

Fresh raw chicken should have a pink hue to it with fat parts being white. If the color fades, it's looking yellow or gray in color, has mold or a different color tinge, it's no longer safe to eat. When purchasing frozen chicken, check for signs of thawing and refreezing.

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