These Easy Crock Pot Chicken Breast Recipes are perfect for throwing into the slow cooker in the morning, so you can come home to a delicious hands-free meal! Made with simple ingredients and full of flavor.
What’s the Difference Between a Crock Pot and a Slow Cooker?
Depending on who you ask, “crock pot” and “slow cooker” are interchangeable terms. Both make use of moist heat to cook food over longer periods of time. However, Crock-Pot® is actually a brand name, as well as a specific style of slow cooker!
So, yes, a crock pot is a kind of slow cooker. But not every slow cooker is a crock pot. The key differences are in the design:
- A crock pot is designed with a stoneware pot or “crock” that’s surrounded by a heating element. These generally come with two settings, low and high.
- A slow cooker is a similar appliance that has a pot that sits on top of a heating element. Slow cookers tend to have multiple settings, compared to only two.
Whether you’re the proud owner of a crock pot or another type of slow cooker, both operate similarly and are perfect for these chicken recipes!
These Recipes Are Great for Meal Prep!
Let’s take a moment to appreciate the endless possibilities of a crock pot. These crock pot chicken breast recipes are everything I look for when it comes to delicious dinner ideas that you can make ahead. Here are some ways you can maximize your weekly meal prep with these crock pot recipes:
- Organize the ingredients ahead of time. Zip-top bags are perfect for this! Organize the ingredients you need over a weekend, and have dinners ready to go for the week. Where the recipe permits, you can even combine the ingredients in bags ahead of time and then empty the contents into the crock pot to cook.
- Cook, store, and freeze. Most crock pot chicken recipes are excellent for leftovers and freezing. If you’ve cooked up a big batch of something delicious, portion it into individual servings to store and freeze for easy grab-and-reheat meals all week long.
- Take advantage of the extra time. Crock pots are an excellent way to save time, with a hot meal ready and waiting at the end of the day. Nothing beats coming home to a house that smells amazing and a cozy chicken dinner that cooks itself. Enjoy the extra moments spent with family and friends!
Crock Pot FAQs
Slow cookers were designed to be left on while you’re out! It’s perfectly safe to switch on your crock pot in the morning and leave for the day, comparable to leaving a light bulb on.
It’s a major no-no to cook frozen meat in the crock pot. Frozen meat (especially chicken) thawed in the slow cooker can stay at unsafe temperatures for extended lengths of time. This, combined with the moist heat, makes it a breeding ground for bacteria and food-borne illnesses! So always, always thaw the chicken ahead of cooking it.
For best results, boneless and skinless chicken in the crock pot should be cooked on low. Cuts like chicken breasts, when cooked on high, can dry out even if you check them early on. So for consistent results, I’d recommend that most recipes be cooked low and slow.
Simple Chicken Breast Recipes for the Crock Pot
With so many ways to cook chicken breasts in the crock pot, these easy recipes are a good place to start! You’ll find tons of inspiration from creamy casseroles, juicy shredded BBQ chicken, saucy chicken pastas, to crock pot versions of your favorite takeout.
Just ten minutes of prep is all that’s needed for this insanely delicious, Italian-inspired chicken and potatoes recipe. After that, your crock pot does the work of simmering juicy chicken pieces and tender potatoes in a broth infused with sun dried tomatoes and herbs.
An easy crock pot recipe, these chicken and dumplings are a classic comfort food you can make in the slow cooker! All the flavors meld together in a thick, creamy gravy for the ultimate cozy meal.
What’s sweet and tangy and perfect all over rice or noodles? This AMAZING honey lemon chicken cooked in the crock pot! A tasty Asian-inspired recipe for busy days, that’s so much better than takeout!
This Crockpot Tuscan Chicken is juice and tender, smothered in a rich creamy Parmesan sauce with sun dried tomatoes and fresh spinach. It's perfect over pasta!
A crazy easy recipe for homemade BBQ chicken you can make in the crock pot, and then enjoy for endless weeknight meals! Serve this savory, saucy BBQ chicken in sandwiches, in salads… the list goes on, and on!
All the amazing flavors of garlic, parmesan and chicken wrapped up in one cozy stew recipe! The perfect winter comfort food that’s filled with vegetables and so creamy and cheesy.
Pineapple chicken is one of those recipes that just comes out so perfectly in the crock pot! Sweet and tangy, full of flavor, this chicken recipe is easy to make ahead or freeze, and then dump into the pot to cook.
I can never get over how flavorful this chicken is! Simmered for hours in a creamy basil and tomato sauce, easy weeknight dinners just became a whole lot tastier.
This recipe had me at “garlic butter”! I love this easy crockpot dinner that’s made with chicken breasts and potatoes cooked to tender perfection in a gorgeous garlic butter sauce.
Classic chicken fajitas are a breeze to make in the crock pot, and come out tasting delicious every time! It doesn’t get better than zesty chicken breasts, peppers, salsa and homemade fajita seasoning coming together – just in time for Taco Tuesday.
Everyone needs a versatile chicken recipe for any and all occasions, especially one that cooks itself! This is the best recipe for crock pot chicken, and I’ve included all my tips for the most perfect, juicy results!
This creamy chicken and noodles recipe is an easy and family-friendly dinner idea that’s full of rich flavor! For the days when you’re craving less soup, and more stick-to-your-ribs chicken and noodle goodness.
Skip the canned cream of chicken soup and all the additives that come with it! This crockpot soup is easy to make and loaded with flavors that the whole family will love!
The easiest dump-and-go crock pot chicken recipe! Prepared in a cream sauce with potatoes, sweet roasted red peppers, and Italian herbs. The flavors are incredible and the crock pot does all the heavy lifting!
The Chinese takeout we all know and love, made even better at home in the crock pot! Enjoy homemade orange chicken that’s full of all the familiar flavors, and healthy to boot.
This post has everything you need to make the most flavorful and juicy shredded chicken in the crock pot! Tips and tricks, including recipe ideas that make this versatile chicken great for meal prep.
Spaghetti in a crock pot is a real game changer! Healthier, easier, and with less clean up, this chicken and spaghetti dinner is the perfect weeknight meal. Brimming with extra veggies, lean chicken breast and loads of cheese!
Come home from your workday to a hearty, delicious chili mac and cheese cooked to creamy, smoky perfection in the crock pot. With loads of tender BBQ chicken pieces scattered throughout, this is the best comfort food to soothe the soul after a long day!
Crockpot Mexican Chicken
I love this easy, cheesy take on crock pot Mexican chicken! This recipe combines diced or shredded chicken breast with black beans, juicy tomatoes, and loads of melty, saucy cheddar cheese.
Slow Cooker BBQ Buffalo Chicken Sliders
These small but mighty BBQ Buffalo chicken sliders are bursting with bold flavor! Turn up the heat at your next game day gathering with this easy recipe for crock pot buffalo chicken, piled onto buns with crunchy slaw, creamy Ranch and blue cheese.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos
Get a headstart on Taco Night and leave the work to your crock pot, thanks to this easy chicken tinga taco recipe. Pulled chicken and a delicious Mexican red chili sauce come together quickly and easily in the crock pot, for maximum flavor!
Crock Pot Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken
A creamy Tuscan chicken recipe that’s low carb and family friendly? Yes, please! Take 15 minutes of prep and then pop everything into the slow cooker.
The Easiest Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken
Another Mexican shredded chicken recipe that comes out perfectly in the crock pot! Pile this juicy chicken into tacos, nachos, burrito bowls or enchiladas – life is too short to suffer from dry shredded chicken! Luckily, with this recipe, you won’t have to.
Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan
Chicken parm is a classic family dinner, and the slow cooker makes it so easy! This recipe for chicken breasts swimming in a sweet marinara sauce, topped with melted cheese and breadcrumbs never fails to please.
Crockpot Ranch Chicken Casserole
This crock pot Ranch chicken casserole may just be the ultimate crock pot dinner! It checks all the boxes: easy to make, ready to eat, family-friendly, and fabulous for making ahead and freezing! Meal prep doesn’t get much better than this.
Slow Cooker Ginger Peanut Chicken
Skip the saute with this zingy Thai chicken recipe prepared in the crock pot. Tender chicken in a homemade ginger peanut sauce cooks together with baby potatoes and veggies for a tasty and easy all-in-one meal.
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I love cooking my chicken and with a can of cream of chicken a cup of one cup chicken broth. A whole chicken. Cook for about 4hours. When chicken is I put a can of biscuits. I tear them in half. 1tsp of salt, 1 tsp of black pepper, 1 tsp of white pepper.