Cooktop Cove: 9 best slow cooker chicken recipes you can't live without
The possibilities that surround a slow cooker chicken dinner are endless—and we aren’t speaking metaphorically here. It never fails to surprise, impress and inspire us just how many exciting chicken recipes are out there…and how even the simplest of dinners can have the ability to feed an atmosphere of delight and conviviality.
These slow cooker chicken recipes epitomize everything that we love about chicken—fresh, simple and incredibly budget-friendly. Now we finally understand why little chickens have a habit of shouting out ‘Cheap! Cheap! Cheap!’
1. Chicken Marsala
Chicken Marsala is an Italian dish, named after the city in Sicily for which it was named. Any way you cook it, the chicken bubbles away in a sauce made up of Marsala wine and mushrooms; and when it's done in the slow cooker, you get especially tender fall-apart chicken.
A lot of slow cooker meals are just as good as their stovetop counterparts, but not soup; crockpot soup is better! The slow, low heat gives the ingredients time to meld, creating a mellow, unified flavor. This creamy chowder studded with bright vegetables is comforting, yet delicate.
Hearty chunks of chicken and salty flecks of bacon make this soup a satisfying meal, especially when accompanied by a slice of crusty bread. This soup a perfect choice for both picky eaters and refined palettes. This recipe yields a generous pot so you can serve the whole family and still have leftovers. It’s even better reheated.
3. One-Pot Honey Garlic Chicken
Looking for a meal that will leave the in-laws or houseguests thinking you spent all day in the kitchen? Try this tasty slow cooker honey garlic chicken recipe — it only takes a few minutes to prepare and even less time to clean up since it's all in one pot!
4. Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Chicken
Chicken, cream cheese, bacon and ranch dressing all over pasta? Ummm — yes, please! This creamy bacon ranch chicken is sure to be a hit at home or at a party, and it's super easy to make. In this recipe, we toss everything with penne for a creamy pasta dish. If you're not in the mood for pasta, you can skip the pasta and use the chicken mixture to make a sandwich with your favorite bread or burger buns.
5. Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan
As much as we love the slow cooker, sometimes it just seems as though there are some dishes that simply can't be cooked in there, right? Something such as Chicken Parmesan, that needs to be broiled in the oven to get crispy coating and melted cheese? Well, slow cookers are pretty amazing things and when it comes to those "oven only" recipes, you might just be surprised at what your slow cooker can do.
Not only will this Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan give you beautifully crispy chicken, it will also cook the pasta for you - making this a completely one-pot meal. What other Chicken Parmesan recipe can do that?
6. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
Fans can attest, there's nothing better than throwing some ingredients into the slow cooker then letting it do all the work. Not only does the long cooking time break down any chewiness in meat, it's safe to leave on while you head out the door to run errands or spend a day in the park. With the weather warming up, who wants to spend more time in the kitchen?
7. Slow Cooker Curried Chicken
If you have never had a good chicken curry, you are in for a treat. This recipe for curried chicken with potatoes and peas combines the rich savory flavors of onion and tomato paste with the sweetness of peas and butternut squash, all blended with the smooth richness of coconut milk. Add in fresh ginger, and you get a dish full of complex flavor but homey goodness anyone can enjoy.
The best part, however, is that this dish is as easy as the flavors are complex. The hardest part of this dish is waiting for it to finish cooking.
8. Slow Cooker Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice
Don't you love it when you come home after a long day at the office to find a scrumptious dinner ready and waiting? With a few minutes of morning prep, you could arrive home from work to this comforting, cheesy, rich casserole loaded with chicken, rice and broccoli. This is an easy dump-it-in-the-crock-pot recipe perfect for weeknight dinners.
9. Slow Cooker Chicken And Stuffing Dinner
A chicken and stuffing dinner is one of the most comforting things you could ever make. Reminiscent of Thanksgiving dinner, but without nearly as much work, this dinner includes chicken, stuffing, and even roasted potatoes. And it can all cook away while you get on with the rest of your day.
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