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Slow Cooker Chicken Breast

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 5 mins
Servings 4 servings

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This Slow Cooker Chicken Breast recipe comes out perfectly juicy and seasoned every time! Learn my tips for getting the best crockpot chicken breast, perfect for salads, sandwiches or an easy dinner.

slow cooker chicken breast in white crockpot sitting in broth

I KNOW.

Boring, right??

Except, perfect slow cooker chicken breast isn’t boring at all.

This chicken is so flavorful, and so juicy, with just a few ingredients (and one secret ingredient!).

I will admit, I have made plenty of dry, overcooked, unpalatable boneless chicken breasts in the slow cooker. I’m not proud of it, but we all do it every now and then, am I right??

I wanted to come up with a foolproof way to make great crockpot chicken breast — that is big on flavor (but still versatile enough to use it a variety of different ways or add your own sauce at the end), and ridiculously juicy.

Naturally, I started with this Crockpot Shredded Chicken recipe as my base, since so many of you have already loved it (check out this Instant Pot Shredded Chicken if that’s more your style!), but I made a couple swaps and additions for an extra little boost of flavor.

This slow cooker chicken recipe is perfect just on its own, with a side of rice or noodles or a big salad if that’s your thing, but if you’ve got leftovers?

Throw them in this Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti the next day, or swap the ground beef for chicken in this Rigatoni Pasta Bake.

crockpot chicken breast on blue plate sliced close up

How to make perfect Slow Cooker Chicken Breast:

  1. Choose good quality chicken. I’m not saying it has to be expensive (I buy my chicken breasts frozen when they’re on sale!), but overtime I’ve noticed that there can be a real difference in quality from one box of chicken breasts to the next. Find a kind you’re happy with it and stick with it.
  2. Not too full or too empty: I use this 2.5 quart crockpot for, honestly? Almost everything these days. It’s the perfect size for 4 or 6 chicken breasts. I’ve found if I cook just a couple chicken breasts in a larger crockpot, it cooks more quickly and is more prone to overcooking. When you have your slow cooker at least half full, it gives the chicken a little “insulation” and prevents it from cooking too quickly.
  3. To sear or not to sear. I tried both ways because I like to know what I’m talking about when I’m giving you the most delicious slow cooker chicken breast you’ve ever had. What I found was not a lot of difference between the two. If you want to sear it beforehand, go ahead, if you’re frazzled enough as it is and want to dump and go, do that.
  4. Butter (my secret ingredient that makes all the difference). Or margarine. Another moment of honesty — I use margarine a lot. I just don’t hate it. Chicken thighs are known to have much better flavor and juiciness than breasts, and it’s because they have 3x the amount of fat. I figured if I added just a little bit of fat into the slow cooker, I could give my chicken breasts some of that some fat love. (SPOILER: it works. It’s delicious, and not even drowning in half a cup).
  5. Don’t overcook. If you want a longer cook time, try filling your slow cooker more than half full, as this slows down the cooking process some.
slow cooker chicken breast close up on blue plate sliced

Tips for making frozen chicken in the crockpot:

Here’s the truth:

I woke up one morning, the morning I wanted to start testing this slow cooker chicken breast, with my chicken breasts still rock solid in the freezer because I, like many parents of 3 kids 6 and under, had forgotten to take them out.

Rather than cooking frozen chicken in the crockpot, I placed my chicken breasts in a large freezer bag, sealed it tight, and covered them with cool water (think perfectly not cold or not warm), and let them sit about 20 minutes. Flip, and let sit another 20 minutes. Perfectly thawed.

I threw them in the slow cooker and away I went.

It’s not that you can’t cook frozen chicken in the crockpot — it’s just that I knew they would cook more evenly and probably be better if I didn’t.

Now, I’ve cooked frozen chicken breasts plenty of times (remember that I used to work outside of the house and be gone for 8+ hours a day), and they’ve been just fine.

They will release more moisture and cook a little less evenly, but the world will (probably) not end.

Variations on this Slow Cooker Chicken Breast:

  • Toss in a package of taco seasoning for slow cooker chicken tacos!
  • Brush with barbecue sauce once they’re done cooking, before serving.
  • Brush with pretty much any of your favorite sauces, and there you go — the easiest dinner you never had to babysit!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Breast

4.85 from 46 votes
This Slow Cooker Chicken Breast recipe comes out perfectly juicy and seasoned every time! Learn my tips for getting the best crockpot chicken breast, perfect for salads, sandwiches or an easy dinner.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 5 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 157cal

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, stir together the salt, parsley, garlic, pepper, onion powder and paprika. Season both sides of the chicken.
  • Add chicken broth and butter to slow cooker, and stir to combine (mash the butter up a bit to disperse if you can).
  • Add the chicken to the slow cooker, overlapping only as much as necessary.
  • Cover and cook on low for 3 hours or until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached. 
  • If you’re hoping for clean slices, remove to a cutting board and cover to keep warm. Let sit for 10 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 157cal | Protein: 24g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 451mg | Potassium: 430mg | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Keywords crockpot chicken, slow cooker chicken

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  1. Rebecca says

    This was my first ever time using the slow cooker. The results were delicious and so tender! And I can’t eat dairy so I used vegan butter and it tasted so good still.

  2. wilhelmina says

    Love this juicy and delicious chicken! I like to make a big batch so that I can use the leftovers in recipes later in the week!

  3. Jen says

    This works beautifully! Such an easy way to make chicken without having to do any work. It come out perfect and juicy every time.

  4. Hamid says

    i used the recipe with 2 chicken breasts weighing 1.5 pounds total. i cooked on low for 3 hours. the center was white when i cut in but along the edges i could see a little bit of pink, these were larger breasts so i’m not sure if 3 hours cooked it enough? i don’t know anything about cooking, i’m going to get a meat thermometer for when i try again. in the end i put the chicken in a pot on the stove with some chicken broth and let it cook some more, was getting a little paranoid and didn’t want to get food poisoning

    • Ashley Fehr says

      The center will take the longest to cook, so I wouldn’t be worried about coloring along the edges. It is definitely safer to go by temperature instead of color!

  5. Nadia says

    When my four year old son says, “More please!”, it’s definitely going down as one of my favorites. Easy recipe to follow. Thank you!

  6. [email protected] says

    Wow is all I can say! I am new to using a crock pot & doing a Google search popped up your recipe 1st. I went to the store & bought all the ingredients & used a 5qt slow cooker. You were right, it does cook a little faster. I didn’t let it go the full 3hrs, maybe 2:45 & it still was a little extra done. Meat thermometer had it over 190°, whoops! But it had amazing taste & I could still cut it easily with a fork. I paired it with some Spanish rice & it was delicious! I can’t wait to try out your other recommendations! Thank you.
    Adam S.

  7. Therese says

    I have a multi-purpose appliance that includes slow cooker. But it does not have the low option. Instructions say that the slow cooker is at high setting. Have you ever cooked this at high setting in slow cooker?

  8. Melissa says

    Your slow cooker shredded chicken recipe cooks the chicken on low for 6 hours. Why does this one only cook for 3 hours on low.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Generally when I’m cooking chicken to shred I cook it longer so it is falling apart. This recipe is still just as juicy and you could likely shred it after 3 hours.

  9. Linda S. says

    Waiting for it to finish cooking in the crock pot. Anticipation!!! I used 6 thighs instead of chicken breasts. Will let you know how it turns out!

  10. Lisa Clark says

    This seems too simple to be this wonderful! I have used this recipe 3 times in 2 weeks. The chicken is wonderful as a main entree because it is so moist and flavorful, and Ihave also used it for recipes that call for cooked chicken. It takes those recipes to the next level. I am generous with the spices and lat time threw in some basil and oregano too. Thank you, thank you!!

  11. Kim says

    Coming from a Italian family, I am always skeptical of online recipes Because nothing comes close to even tasting As good. I was hesitant to try this one, especially with basic ingredients inside a slow cooker. But all I can say is WOW!

    I didn’t have parsley and used Thyme instead but wow, this chicken is juicy and delicious even the next day!

    I doubled the spice ingredients just because I didn’t want to make more if I fell short and i laid the chicken on top of the spices, but not as heavy as breading cutlets. This is my go to chicken recipe now!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      It will depend on the size of your slow cooker and the size of your chicken breasts. The cook time won’t change considerably unless your crockpot is very full, and then it may take a little longer but probably not more than 4 hours.

  12. Viv says

    Why didn’t I believe you when you said three hours on low?? 🙂 I kept them in longer and yep, dry. When I made this again (following the directions this time) it was perfect! I use this chicken as a base in lots of dinners. Thanks!

  13. Patti says

    I’m going to try this today with 2 large breasts, potatoes, carrots and celery. . What do you think??

  14. Rosita says

    I made 4 chicken breasts in a 4 quart slow cooker. Followed the recipe exactly. 3 hours on the dot and the chicken was perfect, juicy and not overcooked. I will use it to make chicken salad. So happy I found this recipe!

  15. Sarah says

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was great. My picky 10 year old even loved it. I will definitely make it again. Tha k you for sharing.

  16. Carrie Muller says

    3 hrs on Low doesn’t seem right, but after all these comments i guess its right! lol trying this tonight.

  17. Mel says

    Thank you for this. This was my first slow cooker recipe ever to try and it came out perfect. I subbed out the parsley for oregano and left out onion powder but it was still a hit. 🙂

  18. Rene says

    I’m going to make this tomorrow – but I only have an 8 qt crockpot. I was thinking about doubling the recipe? We like chicken so it will be gone in days.

  19. Michelle says

    I made this with 6 breasts and used the amount of ingredients you said for your rub for each of them on both sides because one breast took up all the seasoning. So I made it six times! Put in one can of chicken broth and the butter and cooked about 3 1/2 hours on low. The meat was so tender and juicy and so flavorful. Loved it.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      I’m so glad to hear that! I think you must season very liberally. It doesn’t need to be coated, as there is lots of flavor in the cooking liquid to supplement the herbs.

  20. Jac says

    Would this be okay to do with two chicken breasts (since that’s what I have in the house right now)? Would I just cut the ingredients in half and cook it for less time?

  21. Ashley says

    I just made this chicken and it was amazing! I did double the seasoning (minus the onion powder) since I used water instead of broth. Afterwards I sliced the chicken and made a homemade gravy out of the left over juices. It was a hit with the family!

  22. Cindy JACOBSON says

    I want to make for a big group of people. How many breast can I put in a large Crockpot at once and still take around 3 hours. I want to make about 20 breasts. Is 2 crockpots enough to use or better to use 3?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      It really depends on how large and wide your crockpots are. A thicker layer of chicken will take longer, and a fuller crockpot will take longer, so it’s difficult to know exactly, but I would probably use 2 or 3 and prepare for 3-5 hours. A little longer won’t hurt since you are cooking so many at once

  23. Stephanie says

    I’ve used this chicken breast recipe about 4 times now. It’s my go to recipe if I need already cooked chicken for a recipe. It’s so good by itself also! I’ve used it in soups and today I’m using it for my chicken pot pie!

  24. Hannah smith says

    Making this for supper tonight, just placed everything in the crockpot. I added potatoes to mine, will it dry the chicken out if I cook longer than 3 hours? I figure it will take the potatoes longer to get soft.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      I prefer not to leave my chicken breasts longer than that, but it just depends how much longer and how long it will take to cook your potatoes. If you want, you can always remove the chicken, then put it back in at the end just to warm it up.

  25. Voni says

    Could I put a whole bag of frozen/thawed chicken and cook according to this recipe? (Doubling the other ingredients; I think there are eight in the bag I purchased)

    Also, what if I have thighs for sale reasons? Cook them the same way?

    My goal is to cook the chicken, eat some and put the rest of the cooked chicken in meal-sized freezer bags to add to soup or fettuccine Alfredo or whatever in the next few weeks.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Yes you definitely can! Each slow cooker is a little different, so some may take longer than others, and the fuller it is, the longer it takes to cook through. If you double the recipe and use a larger slow cooker, the cook time will probably be close to the same. If you double the recipe and use a small crockpot, you’ll likely need to increase the cook time.

  26. Lauren says

    I can not wait to try this! I meal prep like crazy and sometimes just want some yummy, fresh chicken. But can I ask for the nutritional facts… How much are you calculating the servings out to be? I typically measure my food out in ounces.

  27. Stacey Sheppars says

    Made it for dinner this evening. Had to improvise a lil as I didnt have exactly all ingriedents. I used Garlic Salt instead of Powder and used Onion Soup Mix instead of onion powder. Cooked for 4hrs instead of 3. Turned out a lil darker but still juicy and still amazing. Will be doing this again and maybe just a lil more Chicken Broth. 1/2 cup instead 1/4 cup. Thank you for this amazing reciepe.

  28. Kim says

    If I was to cook just 2 chicken breasts in a large slow cooker and half the cooking time would they still cook nice? Or is it best to cook at least 4 as your recipe above? Thanks

  29. Brielle says

    First recipe I tried in my slow cooker and it was amazing! Not only did it cook evenly, it was so juicy and tasted great! Will definitely be using this recipe again everytime I make chicken!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      You can, but depending on your slow cooker it is still quite a long time for chicken breast. If you don’t have to, I probably wouldn’t leave them that long. Maybe 5-6 hours at most. But again, if your slow cooker is on the cool side it may be fine.

  30. Amber says

    I meal prep for a few people. Can I do more than 4 beasts ? I see about the overlapping, but always looking for new easy crockpot chicken.

  31. Tina says

    Oh my god! This was amazing, hubby and I really enjoyed the tender chicken and your recommended spice rub. It was delish! I can’t wait to make this again, thank you!

  32. Sam R says

    Any tips on slow cooking frozen chicken? I tend to procrastinate when it comes to cooking so I throw all my chicken in the freezer so it wont go bad! Let’s just say I have a freezer full of chicken.

  33. Kelly says

    I just got a slow cooker for Christmas, and this will be my first dish in It! My crock pot is very small though, it’s a 2 quart but it’s deeper than it is wide. I’m a little worried that my chicken will definitly need to over lap..
    Will it still turn out well if I pile it in there?
    Do I need to adjust my cooking time?
    Help! 🙂

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