9 Best Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes for Chilly Nights

These set-it-and-forget-it recipes cook themselves while you’re off having a life. And at the end of the day, dinner is ready when you are. Ain’t technology great?

1. Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

“Great comfort food and the kids love it. I agree with some other reviews: 1) replace water with chicken broth, 2) add poultry seasoning, and 3) add the rolls 90-120 minutes before serving.” — lmichel14

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings | Photo by KGora

2. Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

“Can’t beat the ease of this. Best advice was to add a can of tomato paste to thicken.” — sunnycook

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore | Photo by Anna Berman

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3. Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

“I solved the cardamom pod problem by wrapping them along with some fenugreek seeds in cheesecloth and tying the little package with kitchen twine.” — Contessathecook

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken | Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

4. Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

“Don’t let the long list of ingredients fool you. All you do is dump everything into the slow cooker and walk away.” — Elena

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup | Photo by chanelliman

5. Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga

“Topped with lettuce, chopped cherry tomatoes, shredded cheese, cilantro, guacamole, and plain Greek yogurt. The toppings helped cool the heat.” — Maya

Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga

Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga | Photo by Maya

6. Slow Cooker Chicken Marrakesh

“The only change I would suggest is switching to boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Simmering breast meat for long periods of time makes the chicken dry. If you make the recipe with thigh meat, you will notice a major difference.” — manwithgills

Slow Cooker Chicken Marrakesh

Slow Cooker Chicken Marrakesh | Photo by berlin85

7. Slow Cooker Chicken and Sausage Chili

“Let me start with the fact that this chili recipe won me the chili cook off at work.” See the prize-winning tweaks madredintegra made.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Sausage Chili

Slow Cooker Chicken and Sausage Chili | Photo by magickme13

8. Pollo (Chicken) Fricassee from Puerto Rico

“Being a true Boriqua (from Puerto Rico) I can truly attest that this is the real thing.” See the full review with helpful tips from 2kids.

Pollo Chicken Fricassee from Puerto Rico

Pollo Chicken Fricassee from Puerto Rico | Photo by jrunfola89

9. Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken with Bok Choy

“Wow, tender meat falls right off the bone. Very flavorful. Didn’t add the sugar and it was delightful just the same.” — rubifrut

Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo

Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo | Photo by Baking Nana

Top Tips For Slow-Cooking Chicken

  • Cooking lean breast meat for a long time dries out the meat. Try using thigh meat instead.
  • If you use chicken breasts, add enough liquid to almost cover them to help them stay moist.
  • Boneless chicken takes less time to cook than bone-in chicken, but bone-in chicken is less likely to overcook and dry out.
  • Thaw frozen chicken before it goes into the pot to avoid any risk of harmful bacteria developing at low temperatures.
  • To get the richest flavor, brown chicken and vegetables in a skillet before adding to the pot. Deglaze the skillet with wine or broth to capture every tasty bit.
  • Don’t open the lid until you’re ready to check for doneness. Opening it up early releases the heat, and the slow cooker has to work to come up to temperature again. If you can’t live without peeking, get a slow cooker with a see-through glass lid.
  • Every slow cooker has different specs for everything from how much you can fill it to how long you can leave food on the Warm setting. Always check the manufacturer’s handbook for specific recommendations.
  • Some newer slow cookers cook faster than older ones. Again, check the manufacturer’s handbook.

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