Easy Crockpot Chicken Breast Recipes

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Servings 4 servings

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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.

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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

Is it safe to leave the crock pot on when I’m not home?

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.

Can I cook frozen chicken in the crock pot?

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.

Is it better to cook chicken on high or low in the crockpot?

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.

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Crockpot Chicken Breast Recipes

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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.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Keywords crockpot chicken recipes, slow cooker chicken recipes

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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