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Slow Cooker Honey Lemon Chicken

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Servings 4 servings

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This Slow Cooker Honey Lemon Chicken is a little sweet, a little tangy and perfect over rice or noodles! It’s an easy crockpot meal for those busy days!

See the step by step recipe video down in the recipe card.

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Table of Contents
  1. Crockpot Lemon Chicken ingredients and substitutions:
  2. Tips and Tricks for Making this Slow Cooker Honey Lemon Chicken:
  3. Slow Cooker Honey Lemon Chicken Recipe + VIDEO Recipe

To be totally honest, I didn’t think I liked lemon chicken until I stumbled across the recipe for this Baked Honey Lemon Chicken in one of my Grandma’s old recipe books.

It sounded interesting, so I thought I’d give it a try and I became obsessed.  

It is the perfect combination of sweet, tangy, and savory and I think it’s even better than what I’ve had in restaurants! (And in case you’re looking for more honey lemon love, it is what inspired this Honey Lemon Chicken and Potato Skillet!)

Clearly, it was time for a revisit and a new twist: a slow cooker twist. It was destined to happen!

overhead image of lemon chicken on plate of rice

We love our slow cooker for easy meals on busy days! Some of our other favorites are this Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken, Crockpot Lasagna, and Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Chicken.

Crockpot Lemon Chicken ingredients and substitutions:

  • Chicken Breasts: I use boneless, skinless chicken breasts because that is usually what we have on hand. You can easily swap in boneless, skinless chicken thighs!
  • Corn Starch: Coating the chicken in corn starch before browning gives them a little bit of a crust that adds great texture! You can skip this part if you are in a hurry.
  • Oil: I use canola oil for all of my recipes, because it has a ton of good fats and a high smoke point. You can use another oil with a high smoke point as well.
  • Honey: you will use clear honey (for this recipe), and not creamed. It adds the perfect sweetness to balance the lemon!
  • Chicken Broth: I always use low sodium chicken broth and then adjust the salt as needed. If you aren’t using low sodium chicken broth, you may want to omit the salt.
  • Lemon Juice and Zest: fresh is best! Opt for fresh lemons whenever possible for the best flavor.
  • Soy Sauce: opt for low sodium soy sauce, or omit the salt.
close up image of honey lemon chicken on rice with lemon slices

Tips and Tricks for Making this Slow Cooker Honey Lemon Chicken:

  • The great thing about cooking chicken in the slow cooker is that it doesn’t cook too long, and so the sauce can hold onto a lot of its flavor. If you find that the flavors have dulled after cooking for several hours, try adding some fresh lemon zest to brighten it up before serving.
  • We love this Honey Lemon Chicken served over rice best, but it’s also great over noodles or mashed potatoes, or just with a side of steamed or roasted vegetables! The options are endless.
  • Don’t have a slow cooker? You can absolutely cook this up in a large pot on the stove top in a fraction of the time. It will be just as good!
  • Taste the sauce after cooking to adjust the seasonings. If you think it needs a little more oomph, add a teaspoon of fresh lemon zest!
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Slow Cooker Honey Lemon Chicken Recipe + VIDEO

3.67 from 3 votes
This Slow Cooker Honey Lemon Chicken is a little sweet, a little tangy and perfect over rice or noodles! It’s an easy crockpot meal for those busy days! Includes step by step recipe video.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 367cal

Ingredients

For dredging

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3)
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

For the honey lemon sauce

  • ½ cup liquid honey
  • cup low sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 1 lemon – zest before juicing!)
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • zest of 1 lemon (optional)

Instructions

  • Cut chicken breasts into ½ to ¾ inch cubes. Place in a large zip top bag and add 3 tablespoons corn starch.
  • Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add oil and wait until hot. Add chicken to the pan, allowing space between each piece, and cook until lightly browned. You may have to do this in two batches.
  • Place chicken in a 2.5-4 quart slow cooker.
  • Stir together honey, broth, lemon juice, soy sauce, salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons corn starch with a whisk until combined. Pour over chicken in slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for 3 hours or high for 1½ to 2 hours.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings and sweetness and add lemon zest for an extra punch of lemon flavor if desired.

Notes

*Nutrition information is estimated and will vary depending on exact serving size, types and brands of products used.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 367cal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 564mg | Potassium: 483mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Shelagh says

    Delicious! This came together quickly & the flavors were amazing. The combination of the honey and lemon was so flavorful! Loved the convenience of the slow cooker, but that it cooked within a few hours – would be great for a weeknight meal. I served it over rice with steamed broccoli and it tasted like something you would order at a restaurant. Thanks for another great recipe!

  2. Sally says

    Haven’t made but had to rate to leave a comment. Recipe says to brown chicken, but video doesn’t brown chicken. Which way should you do it?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Sally! I have removed your rating for you. You do not need to rate to leave a comment. The recipe video has now been updated and everything should be fixed!

  3. Janice says

    This chicken is amazing! Crazy how simple the ingredients and prep were. Didn’t think the lemony flavor was too much at all – it was actually quite perfect. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  4. Mrs. Cook says

    I followed the recipe exactly, just omitting the lemon zest and this dish was way too lemony for my family. My son (loves lemon) wouldn’t eat it at all and my husband, who usually eats everything, could only eat it with hot sauce on top.

  5. Danielle says

    My grandpa use to order lemon chicken at this Chinese restaurant every time we went and I was never a fan. However, as an adult, I have learned to love those tangy flavors. And the crockpot is my best friend when I’m busy during the week. One pot meals are the BEST! I hear the Instant pot makes things quite easy, but I haven’t made that plunge yet.

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