Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Best Crock Pot Chicken -- Ever!

No, that title is not hyperbolic. This is really the best chicken you can make in the slow cooker-- and there are two versions!
Best Crockpot Chicken

Most crock pot recipes I find usually creep me out. Cans of soup, dressing, and other processed foods are used way too often, the results resembling a Great Aunt's mushroom soup casserole you have to choke down while trying to guess what mecca of unholy ingredients your mouth has stumbled upon.

I played around a little bit with some spices, and created two recipes that make fall-off-the-bone, tender and flavourful chicken every single time. One is spicy, and the other is more mild, so there's something for everyone's tastes.

By the time dinner rolls around and the chicken is done, my family is way too hungry and impatient to let me take pictures of the final product!

The Best Crock Pot Chicken Recipe

Ingredients 1 - Spicy

1/2 tsp garlic powder (feel free to substitute fresh)
1/2 tsp onion powder (again, you can use fresh)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp thyme
2 tsp chipotle chili pepper (you can substitute another spice, or whatever else you have on hand)
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp cumin
1.5 tbsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Ingredients 2 - Regular

1 tbsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder (sub regular if you wish!)
1/4 tsp onion powder (again, non-powdered onions are cool here, too)
1.5 tsp rosemary
1.5 tsp thyme
(you can also use 2 tsp of Italian seasoning)
optional: 1/2 cup white wine.


Mix spices and rub on both sides of the chicken. Or, if you're me and hate touching chicken, sprinkle it over the chicken and rub it in with some spoons.

Place the chicken breast side down in the crock pot, (if using wine, add now) and cook on high for 4-4.5 hours, or on low for 6-7 hours.

That's it!


  1. I can't wait to try this one out.

  2. Most crock pot recipes creep me out too, but this looks simply delicious. I can't wait to give it a try. And thank you for your words, your encouragement, and your prayers. I hope you are having a restful and peaceful Saturday. Love and hugs!

  3. Definitely going to have to try this one! I'm always trying to find new crockpot recipes, but I hate to use canned soup - which basically eliminates most of them. Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. What can I use instead of wine? And you don't mention what or if any kind of liquid needed to get it cooking?

    1. You could use chicken stock instead of wine, but neither are needed other than for the flavour of the wine. I never use the wine, but my mom will always make this recipe with it. It comes down to taste and preference!

      No liquid is mentioned because it is not needed - other than the very optional wine. The chicken will produce its own juices and end up very moist and tender.

      Happy cooking!

  5. I had a whole chicken that needed to be cooked and I being currently pregnant have had a horrible aversion to chicken this pregnancy. This really appealed to me cause I could just plop it in the crock, add the spice and walk away.

    Anyway, tonight we made it, the family loved it and I'm going to share it on my bitsandclips channel soon. Thank you muchly!

    1. Awesome! Glad you guys like it. When I was pregnant I couldn't stand beef.

  6. I have made the "Regular" recipe several times, with and without wine, and it is tasty either way. I have used the leftover chicken to make chicken salad the next day and it is spectacular. This really is the best crockpot chicken I have ever had. I can't wait to try the "Spicy" recipe.

  7. Hello! This looks tasty, healthy, and easy! What size (how many pounds) chicken do you recommend?
    Many thanks!

    1. I just grab whatever size is at the grocery store, and it works every time (they're all within a lb or two of each other -- 3 or 4lbs I find).

  8. Do you always use a small whole chicken or can you use chicken breasts? if so how many do you think?

    1. I haven't tried it with chicken breasts, but that's a great idea. Just be sure to add some wine or chicken broth (1/4 to 1/2 cup) in the mix so it doesn't get dry. I'd try out of a few pounds of breasts -- I'm actually going to try this myself!

  9. Made this tonight and it was awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  10. This sounds absolutely Amaizing! I can't wait to try it!



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