Slow Cooker Chicken Breasts

Slow Cooker Chicken Breast is the most juicy, flavorful seasoned boneless skinless chicken breast that you won’t believe was made in a Crockpot!

Easy weeknight main dishes like Oven Baked Chicken Breast are not only healthy, they are dinners the whole family enjoys. It fits right in with other well loved, family friendly Chicken Dinner Recipes that are stress free and delicious.

Slow Cooker Chicken Breast close up

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN BREAST

A frequent reader question on Slow Cooker Recipes for chicken or pork is: “can I use boneless chicken breasts?” Usually, the answer is no (or wrap it in bacon) because chicken breasts dry out so easily. There are few things more disappointing when you’re cooking than dry, tough chicken.

Well, now the wait is over for a delicious, moist Slow Cooker Chicken Breast recipe that uses boneless skinless chicken breasts! This chicken recipe makes perfectly juicy, tender breasts in your crockpot and is sure to be your go-to for weeknight dinners.

Chicken Breasts are a comfort food that you can enjoy a few times a week. Easy dinners with chicken and veggies that are healthy, but don’t require a lot of cook time are perfect for families with kids. This Crockpot Chicken recipe fits the bill because it comes together quickly in the slow cooker and it will be delicious in just a few hours.

Boneless Slow Cooker Chicken Breasts are full of so much flavor and come out fork tender without falling apart. Use these as your main dish, served with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans, or add them to all kinds of recipes. You can find some side dish favorites the whole family will love down below.

Can I use frozen chicken breasts?

Using frozen chicken breasts will release a lot of moisture and there will be a lot more liquid in the crockpot. This is best if you plan on using for a recipe calling for shredded chicken, but I don’t recommend for serving as a main dish.

Slow Cooker Chicken Breast in crock pot before cooking

Can I use boneless chicken thighs?

You can use chicken thighs in this recipe, just keep in mind that they cook faster than chicken breasts so you’ll want to reduce the cook time.

Sides Dishes to Serve With Slow Cooker Chicken Breasts:

HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER CHICKEN BREAST

  • Add chicken in whole breasts: Keeping the breasts whole will keep in as much moisture as possible since the meat is so low in fat. If you cut the breasts into chunks, the chicken will come out more dry and tough.
  • Shred minimally: When shredding or cutting you donā€™t have to shred the chicken too small or itā€™ll be like a filling versus a meal.

Crock Pot Chicken Breast shredded

EASY DINNER IDEAS FOR SLOW COOKER CHICKEN BREAST

  • Chicken Tacos: Use Taco Seasoning instead of the spices in this recipe. Once cooked, shred chicken and serve in soft taco shells with your favorite toppings.
  • Chicken Alfredo: Add a teaspoon of dried oregano and basil to your spices to make Italian chicken. Cook fettuccine per package instruction, until al dente. Drain pasta and add jar of your favorite Alfredo (or make Quick Jalapeno Alfredo) to a pan. Warm sauce and serve over noodles. Top with sliced chicken breast.
  • Chicken Casserole: Add chopped or shredded chicken breast to your favorite casseroles that call for cooked chicken.
  • Chicken Soup: This would make a great “kitchen sink” Chicken Soup. Take veggies that you have leftover and cook in a pot with 4 cups veggie or chicken broth. Add any cooked rice or pasta and this chicken breast. Serve with a side of Dinner Rolls.
  • Chicken Salad: Use this recipe as the chicken in Chicken Salad or top a leafy green salad with all your favorite toppings like bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and sliced chicken breast.

Making Crockpot Chicken Breast for Meal Prep

Slow Cooker Chicken Breast is a great meal prep chicken recipe! You can increase the recipe, but be careful not to cook more than about 6 breasts at a time in a large 6-8 qt slow cooker. You don’t want the chicken too crowded. Once cooked, allow to cool completely before storing. Freeze in individual portions for an easy dinner for one. Reheat by thawing in the fridge overnight and cooking in the oven at 350 degrees until warm.

MORE EASY SLOW COOKER CHICKEN DINNERS

HOW TO STORE SLOW COOKER CHICKEN BREAST

  • Serve: Set your slow cooker to warm for up to 4 hours before storing this chicken. At room temperature, store after 2 hours.
  • Store: Crockpot Chicken Breast is good in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze: This chicken freezes well for up to 3 months. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Slow Cooker Chicken Breast cooked in crock pot

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Slow Cooker Chicken Breast

Slow CookerĀ ChickenĀ Breast is the most juicy, flavorful seasoned bonelessĀ skinlessĀ chicken breast that you won't believe was made in a Crockpot!
Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 4 chicken breasts , bonelessĀ skinless
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoonĀ  kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Add chicken breasts to the slow cooker and pour chicken broth on top.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours.

Nutrition

Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 404mg | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 157IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Slow Cooker Chicken Breast

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert ā€“ Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Great every time. If you are running a little close on time, cook on high no more than 30 minutes, then drop to low.

  2. I use this for all recipes calling for slow cooked chicken breasts. It’s the only one I have found that does not dry out the chicken. Thank you for such a great recipe!

  3. This came out great! I made it twice already. The first time followed your recipe exactly. So moist and tender. Couldn’t believe crockpot chicken would come out like this. So versatile too. You can use any leftovers in sandwiches, to make chicken salad, burritos, almost anything. The second time I made this, I followed the same instructions, however, I seasoned the chicken with a packet of dry ranch seasoning and garlic and onion powder. I also added some pats of butter. This made flavorful juices which I thickened with a cornstarch slurry. Poured the gravy over the chicken and served on top of rice. Very tasty, and easy.

  4. So discouraging….. I just wasted two organic chicken breasts….cooked according to what you answered when someone asked how to cook just two, not four! It was like rubber, smelled aweful and even my cat wouldn’t eat it (I cut it into small pieces for him)…..got chicken at Trader Joe’s…..and it’s always good…. just didn’t want to heat up the kitchen on such a hot day! ?

  5. Hello,
    What happens if I overlap chicken breasts?
    I am going to rotate every hour so that the chicken equally gets cooks.
    Thank you

  6. Do you save any of the liquid with the shredded chicken when storing in the refrigerator or freezer or drain it completely?

  7. What is the sodium msg in just cooking chicken in my slow cooker? I am not make soup or anything else just need to know the sodium count as my husband has high blood pressure and ad fib

    1. I would suggest using your own calculator to determine it since your husband sounds like he needs to follow a very specific number.

    1. Yes, you can adjust the ingredient list by hovering over the serving size and using the slider tool. Just make sure not to overcrowd your slow cooker. You don’t want to have any of the chicken overlapping. I’d check it at the 4 hour mark, depending on how much you have in the slow cooker, it might not take that much longer. Hope this helps!

    1. When making pork dishes, people commonly use both chicken broth and beef broth together to approximate the flavor of pork. So if you cook chicken in beef broth, it won’t taste awful, but you probably won’t have a pronounced chicken flavor. Be aware, beef broth can sometimes impart a bit of sour flavor to a dish.

  8. If I am only using two chicken breasts, is the cook time the same? Also, should I half the chicken broth amount?

    1. You can use the slider tool in the recipe card to adjust the measurements to the amount of chicken you’re using. You may need to cut back on the cooking time by around 30 minutes. Just keep checking it depending on how hot your slow cooker runs. You don’t want it to dry out. Good luck!

      1. If you don’t have broth, you can use chicken bouillon. If you have a package of chicken ramen at home, you will find a chicken flavor packet inside you can use. You could also add vegetables, such as carrots, onion, celery and some fresh parsley, which the French call a miroux pois, and use it to flavor the base of their soups and stews as do Americans to make their chicken soup. It would give your chicken flavor and make a tasty broth.

  9. Really wanting to try this but the comment ā€œ Serve: Set your slow cooker to warm for up to 4 hours before storing this chicken. At room temperature, store after 2 hoursā€œ has me confused (lol) šŸ™‚ am I keeping it in the crock pot on warm for 4hours, then cook it down to room temperature prior to storing in the fridge and/or freezer?

    1. I was just giving instructions that this can be kept warmed for up to 4 hours after it’s done cooking. If it cools to room temperature, you need to store it. Hope this clears things up.

  10. This is my first time to ever rate a recipe and I have been doing this for YEARS. So simple yet so effective for moist chicken breasts. Wow. All of your recipes look fantastic but I have to modify for Keto diet. šŸ™

    1. Yes, though you want to make sure they don’t dry out because you’ll have more empty space in your slow cooker. I’d check it around the 2 1/2 hour to 3 hour mark. Good luck!

  11. This is THE BEST recipe for slow cooker chicken breast!! Sooooo tender, juicy with a flavor to please any palate!! Iā€™ve tried a lot of chicken recipes. So easy too!! This one is by far my absolute favorite! Thank you for sharing!!

  12. This is by FAR the best site for recipes I have ever found! I love your explanations and reasoning, because you are teaching as well as sharing. And they are all pretty simple and easy. So delicious. The pictures are great as well. I made the Dairy Queen ice cream cake and it was a huge hit. Thank you!!!

  13. Hi. I found bone in chicken breasts in my freezer. Would this work? How much longer do you think it would take? Thanks. By the way, I have made many of your recipes and have loved them all!!

    1. They won’t look the same for a couple of reasons. First, the bones will cause the chicken to stick out further from the liquid it will eventually release. Second, the amount of time it will take to thaw, plus the extra liquid from the ice will cause a difference. That being said, sure, I’d say add 2-3 hours depending on the size of the chicken breasts. Keep the skin on because it’ll keep the breasts moist.

  14. How long would you cook it in an Instant Pot? I’m dying to make this, but I work in another town from home, so I wouldn’t be able to put it on at a time where it would be ready for dinner. Thank you! BTW, I LOVE your recipes! I’ve made several – and I have a ton printed off to try in the VERY near future!! Thank you for sharing your recipes with us!!

    1. I’m so glad you’re loving the recipes! If you want to use an IP, add 1 cup of water to the bottom and place a trivet on top. Lay the chicken breasts in a single layer and sprinkle on any spices you want to add. Pressure cook on high for 10 minutes and do a natural release for 5 minutes and then turn valve to vent. Hope this helps!

  15. Excellent recipe! Have tried many recipes promising juicy chicken from the crock pot, but this one delivers! I used chicken tenders for it was all I had on hand. I used 8 tenders and worked beautifully. I have tried several of Sabrinaā€™s recipes, and all has been sensational.

  16. Sabrina, I can’t tell you how much I enjoy your recipes. They’re easy to put together and delicious to eat. I’m so glad I came upon your site. Thank you so much.

  17. I made this chicken in the slow cooker last night and it was absolutely DELICIOUS!
    My husband even commented and said “WOW! You haven’t made chicken this tender and juicy before!”. That is high praise coming from him! I put it in at lunch time and it was ready when I got home from work! Easy peasy!

  18. What size slow cooker did you use? It looks as though there is a lot more liquid than 1/4 cup of chicken broth.