Slow Cooker Creamy Lemon Chicken

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Slow Cooker Creamy Lemon Chicken with butter, garlic and lemon coating tender chicken breasts in a creamy sauce. Even great as a pasta topping!

Slow Cooker Creamy Lemon Chicken with butter, garlic and lemon coating tender chicken breasts in a creamy sauce. Even great as a pasta topping! 
Slow Cooker Creamy Lemon Chicken

Slow Cooker Creamy Lemon Chicken bucks the general rule of thumb I live by with slow cooker chicken recipes. I almost NEVER add chicken breast to a slow cooker. My Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken is one of the only exceptions on the site along with Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken.

This recipe uses chicken breast meat but it would be completely amazing and delicious with chicken thighs. The reason I avoided chicken thighs in this dish was I didn’t want all the extra fat to render because the sauce would’ve been too greasy.

The easiest, creamiest, slow cooker lemon chicken.

I also wanted to note that even though you see the lemon wedges in the slow cooker before pic, you only use the zest and the juice in the recipe. I just loved how pretty it looked.

Don’t worry, I’ve lowered the cook time to account for the use of breast meat. And if you want to make this Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken instead, add in 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese. Note: shaved Parmesan cheese is different than shredded or grated.

Some ways to use this Slow Cooker Creamy Lemon Chicken in other recipes:

  • Cut it up and add cooked pasta to the slow cooker to make a creamy lemon pasta.
  • Chop the chicken and add to the top of a baked potato with some of the sauce spooned over it.
  • If you have leftovers you can use the chicken in salads, it is full of flavor.

We've made this dish three times in the last week, we LOVE this Slow Cooker Creamy Lemon Chicken.

Looking for more slow cooker chicken recipes?

Tools used in the making of this Slow Cooker Creamy Lemon Chicken recipe:
Cast Iron Skillet: If you don’t have a slow cooker with a stovetop friendly insert, this is my most used pan in my kitchen, heavy, keeps heat well and gives the BEST sear ever.
Slow Cooker: This recipe was made in this slow cooker. For larger roasts I also brown the meat in the insert and not lose a bunch of the flavor by transferring the meat and leaving the browned bits behind. If you’re thinking of a new slow cooker, consider it if your budget is open.
Pig Tail Flipper: I use this to flip the chicken breasts easily. I use this tool EVERY time I cook something that requires flipping, it is amazing.
Chicken Base: I almost never buy boxes of broth because I keep the beef, chicken and vegetable version of this Better Than Bouillon.

Recipe

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Slow Cooker Creamy Lemon Chicken

4.99 from 52 votes
  • Yield: 5 Servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Slow Cooker Creamy Lemon Chicken with butter, garlic and lemon coating tender chicken breasts in a creamy sauce. Even great as a pasta topping!

Ingredients

  • 5 chicken breasts boneless and skinless
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 lemons juiced and zested
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon chicken base optional, but delicious!

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. In a large cast iron skillet add 1 tablespoon of butter to melt on medium high heat.
  2. Add the kosher salt, black pepper and Italian seasoning to the chicken and add it to the pan.
  3. Cook on each side for 4-6 minutes.

  4. Add the chicken to your slow cooker.
  5. Cover with lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic and the rest of the butter in pieces (I added the lemons in the before picture just for reference. Don't cook the lemons in the slow cooker).
  6. Cook on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours.

  7. In a large measuring cup add the half and half, cornstarch and chicken base and whisk well.
  8. Add the liquid, mix, and cook an additional hour on high.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 5 Servings, Amount per serving: 465 calories, Serving Size: 1 , Calories: 465g, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 50g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 198mg, Sodium: 756mg, Potassium: 958mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 660g, Vitamin C: 26.4g, Calcium: 86g, Iron: 1.2g

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Slow Cooker Creamy Lemon Chicken with butter, garlic and lemon coating tender chicken breasts in a creamy sauce. Even great as a pasta topping!
Slow Cooker Creamy Lemon Chicken with butter, garlic and lemon coating tender chicken breasts in a creamy sauce. Even great as a pasta topping!

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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.

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  1. I made this recipe in a dutch oven and substituted the half n half with heavy cream. I also used a large chicken bullion instead of stock.
    This came out super tender and delicious. I increased liquid quantities slightly to better submerge the chicken and also leave me with additional sauce to go with my sides (I did mashed potatoes and green beans).
    Highly recommend this recipe because it is good for families or weekly meal prep.

  2. This dish was amazing! I rarely leave reviews (not sure why honestly) but I came across your site last night and decide to try this recipe in the crock pot today. Served it over egg noodles and had green beans as side. I may try over rice next time, or even spiraled zucchini. Will definitely be cooking more items from your site. So easy, few ingredients, and hearty meals for dinner.

  3. If I wanted to make this for a bigger crowd, would it be ok to just add a couple more chicken breast? Would you add any more ingredients?

    1. You can easily increase the ingredient list by using the slider tool over the serving size. Just make sure not to overcrowd your slow cooker too much. Enjoy!

  4. Are these the regular thick chicken breasts or thin cut? And when you say 5- you mean 5 pieces? Not 5 big ones cut in half, correct? Thanks!

    1. I used 5 chicken breasts, not thin cut, for this recipe. You can see the thickness and size of them in the photos to help. They’re not cut in half. Hope this helps.

  5. Hi!

    Love your recipes. I want to try this with a skin on thigh, cooking time will be longer right?
    Have two large thighs, close to 2 lbs.

  6. I am new to using a slow cooker so this may be a really stupid question, but do I have to cook the chicken in a skillet first? Is there a way to make the entire thing in the slow cooker?

    1. With chicken breasts, I’ve found that cooking them in the skillet first allows them not to dry out in the slow cooker and adds so much flavor. I hope you enjoy it.

  7. My very picky boyfriend and 4 year old
    Loved this! We had it over white rice with extra sauce in our bowls. That was last week. Making it again already tonight ! ?

  8. I tried this recipe last night and it was absolutely delicious! My entire family was raving about how good it was. I’m convinced it will be a recipe I will be making for years to come. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe!

    1. Sorry I didn’t see this sooner. You would reduce the time by about an hour or so. Use a thermometer to test the temp to ensure it they are cooked through.

  9. Absolutely loved your slow cooker creamy lemon chicken, it’s 5 ?? Without a doubt. Thank you for sharing your recipes ?

  10. So, I just put this in the crockpot and accidentally added the cream (no cornstarch) with the lemon and garlic?????. Will it be ruined?!

    This is also my 4th time making this so I’m feeling really silly! Haha

    1. It won’t be ruined – and no need to feel silly, if you could see the goofs I’ve made over the years haha! It won’t look as pretty and it will be less thick but I would add at least a 1/2 cup of the half and half still at the end to make the cornstarch mix. let me know how it turns out.

      1. I’ve been dying to try this recipe since I came across it and the day has finally come! Just a question: my slow cooker runs a little hot, so it’s hard to follow instructions; is there a way to tell when it’s time to add the cornstarch, and then when it’s ready?

        1. Once the chicken is fully cooked you can add the cornstarch. If yours runs hot, lesses the cook time by 30 minutes and start checking the chicken for doneness then. Hope this helps!

  11. Thank you so much for this recipe! I’ve made it several times now, and my family loves it. It’s easy and tasty, so that’s a huge win!

  12. I think I added too much lemon zest, so I added a little nutmeg to cut temper the bitterness of too much zest! It smells delicious and can’t wait to try it!

  13. Hi,

    If I use boneless chicken thighs, should I increase the cooking time? Also, I would separate the fat out of the liquid if it looks to greasy. Love your recipes.

    Thanks

  14. It’s in my big oval crockpot now, but I’m worried.

    The liquid isn’t that much. doesn’t cover the chicken – won’t it get dried out? The chicken breasts were a little on the large side (aren’t they all nowadays?), so I added an extra lemon and more butter – but still not enough to cover.

    If this is a brazing recipe, shouldn’t the chicken be submerged?

    I’m thinking about throwing a little chicken stock in there! Help!

    1. No need to add anything else. The chicken will cook down and release liquid while in the slow cooker. I hope you enjoyed it.

    1. I haven’t tested it using one so I don’t have a recommendation. If you decide to try, I’d love to know how it turns out. Thanks!

      1. Love this recipe! I want to make more of the sauce for my leftovers – any recommendations on how to make a faster proper version of the creamy lemon garlic sauce? Thanks in advance!!

        1. So sorry I missed this! I don’t recommend making extra sauce separate (it gets a lot of flavor from the chicken) BUT you can double the sauce ingredients when cooking and it will leave you with plenty for leftovers. 🙂 Hope this helps.