When busy days and hectic nights have you heading for takeout or frozen meals, turn to the humble crockpot to whip up a few shockingly easy meals. The handy device allows you to toss a few ingredients in a bowl and forget about it. In a few hours, you can return home to a delicious, homemade meal.
The simplest food to cook in your crockpot might just be chicken. It’s versatile, affordable, and can be dressed up or down however you like. Whether you’re in the mood for Italian, Thai, Indian, or Mediterranean cuisine, there’s a wildly easy crockpot chicken recipe to accommodate your cravings. Ahead, discover 10 slow cooker chicken recipes so easy, you’ll forget you did the cooking.
Italian Chicken with Zucchini Noodles
The Hero Ingredient: Zucchini noodles give this simple Italian chicken dish something extra. Plus, they're a fun, healthy alternative to traditional noodles.
Pro Tip: Don't forget to pat out as much excess moisture as possible when cooking you zucchini noodles, Taylor Kiser of Food Fait Fitness warns.
Why We Love It: It's a light, healthy dinner that's ready in a snap. The chicken is simply prepared in the crockpot and served over a bed of zucchini noodles and other vegetables like tomatoes, broccoli, asparagus, and snap peas.
Mango Chicken Curry
The Recipe: Slow Cooker Mango Chicken Curry
The Hero Ingredient: Bursting with Thai flavors, mango juice is the star of this recipe. The chicken cooks itself in the crockpot while you merely prepare a sauce made of coconut milk, mango juice, ginger, curry, and salt.
Pro Tip: Make sure you wait until the chicken is nearly done to add your vegetables to the crockpot in order to keep them from getting soggy, Kiser points out.
Why We Love It: This easy crockpot chicken dish is gluten-free, paleo, and Whole30-friendly. It will quickly become a favorite in your weekly rotation.
The Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki
The Hero Ingredient: Homemade teriyaki sauce separates this recipe from the rest. Think brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and pepper.
Pro Tip: Heidi Larson of Foodie Crush suggests topping off the cooked teriyaki chicken with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and sliced green onions.
Why We Love It: Fit for feeding a family, this recipe simply requires you to add your homemade sauce to a crockpot along with your chicken and let it cook for a few hours. When it’s done, you’ll be left with tender crockpot chicken perfect for serving over rice.
Honey Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas, Feta, and Jeweled Pomegranate Rice
The Hero Ingredient: Harissa, a hot chili paste, is definitely the hero ingredient of the flavor-packed dish. It provides just the right kick of spice.
Pro Tip: Just before serving the harissa chicken, Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest advises you remove the meat from the crockpot and transfer it to a baking sheet to finish cooking in the broiler for just a minute. This will give it a beautiful golden brown crisp.
Why We Love It: This easy crockpot chicken recipe was made for busy nights and proves how simple it can be to make a truly delicious meal. You’ll start by combining ingredients like harissa, coconut milk, soy sauce, and honey in your crockpot with chicken, bell peppers, and a cinnamon stick for flavor. While the chicken is cooking, prepare jeweled pomegranate rice to serve on the side.
The Recipe: Easy Healthier Crockpot Butter Chicken
The Hero Ingredient: Coconut milk works with butter to help create a perfectly creamy sauce to coat the chicken in the Indian dish.
Pro Tip: According to Gerard, butter chicken and naan need each other, so be sure to serve this crockpot chicken with a side of the flavorful flatbread.
Why We Love It: For a healthy and easy weeknight dish that will beat out any takeout option, give this crockpot butter chicken recipe a go. It comes together by combining bite-size chunks of skinless chicken breast and a homemade sauce. Let the chicken cook itself for a few hours before serving over rice with a side of naan.
Chicken Pumpkin Curry
The Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Pumpkin Curry
The Hero Ingredient: This flavorful chicken pumpkin curry dish calls for a sugar pie pumpkin, which breaks down in the crockpot to make a delectable dish that couldn’t be easier to make.
Pro Tip: Serve the easy crockpot chicken with a bed of rice, a squeeze of fresh lime juice, a sprinkle of cilantro, and a few toasted cashews, Holly Erickson of The Modern Proper explains.
Why We Love It: The pumpkin, chicken, and a simple homemade sauce cook together in the crockpot without much prep work. All you have to do is remember to add spinach and peppers right before the chicken is done.
Mexican Shredded Chicken
The Recipe: Mexican Shredded Chicken
The Hero Ingredient: Salsa is the main ingredient in this crazy easy crockpot chicken recipe. While you can simply buy a jar from the store if you're tight on time, you can also make your own from scratch.
Pro Tip: Ali Martin of Gimme Some Oven suggests using the shredded chicken in everything from tacos and burritos to quesadillas and enchiladas.
Why We Love It: Just three simple ingredients come together to create this tasty chicken that's wildly versatile. All you need is boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, salsa, and a packet of taco seasoning. Toss the ingredients together in the crockpot and let the chicken cook itself.
The Recipe: Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
The Hero Ingredient: Homemade or store-bought barbeque sauce makes this chicken recipe come together so easily. With the right balance of sweet and smokey, you can't go wrong.
Pro Tip: Ali Martin of Gimme Some Oven suggests opting for a homemade barbeque sauce if you have the time since it will be much healthier. When you make it yourself, there's no need for extra sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.
Why We Love It: This recipe is just the thing when you don’t have time to cook. It requires just two ingredients: homemade (or store-bought) barbeque sauce and chicken breasts. In a few hours, you’ll be left with tender, flavorful chicken ready to be served upon buns for a tasty bbq chicken sandwich.
The Recipe: Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
The Hero Ingredient: The recipe calls for chicken, tomatoes, mushrooms, kalamata olives, capers, Italian seasonings, spaghetti noodles, chicken broth, and baby spinach. However, the hero ingredient has to be the tomatoes that simmer in the crockpot and create that quintessential Italian flavor.
Pro Tip: You can even prepare the spaghetti noodles right in the crockpot, according to Tiffany Azure of Creme de la Crumb. That means you won't have to use any more pots or wait for the water to boil.
Why We Love It: It turns out you can create a full Italian dinner right in your crockpot with minimal effort. With only 10 minutes of hands-on time, this dish comes together in a snap. In a few hours, you’ll have a homemade chicken cacciatore meal. Only you will know just how easy it was to make.
The Recipe: Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken
The Hero Ingredient: The kalamata olives are really what gives this easy crockpot chicken a Mediterranean flare. They naturally blend with the rest of the ingredients, including Italian seasoning, fresh lemon juice, garlic, onion, roasted red peppers, and capers.
Pro Tip: Tiffany Azure of Creme de la Crumb notes that this dish will have your whole house smelling like the Mediterranean so be sure to whip it up when you're expecting guests or if your home could use a good aroma.
Why We Love It: This easy recipe will help you make a tasty chicken dinner which you can serve with any side you like. It's simple, but far from boring.