12 Crowd-Pleasing Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes
One of our favorite ways to cook chicken is in the slow cooker. This method's a lifesaver for busy weeknights: simply toss your bird in, set it, and forget it until dinnertime. Slow-cooked chicken is incredibly tender, too. For dishes you know you'll want to eat again soon, we recommend doubling up on ingredients and tossing leftovers in the freezer.
Here, we've rounded up some of Real Simple's best, easy-to-make slow cooker chicken recipes your whole family will love. We cover the classics—from Slow Cooker Chicken with Biscuits to Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pot Pie—plus plenty of fresh takes on delicious dinner ideas, like Chicken Mole Chili and Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup.
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Chicken Taco Soup
This fall-friendly soup tastes delicious with toppings like radishes, cilantro, sour cream, avocado, and fresh corn. For added crunch, throw on some tortilla chips, too.
Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Taco Soup
Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Garam masala—a mix of spices that includes cumin, cinnamon, coriander, and cayenne—gives this dish its classic Indian flair.
Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Slow-Cooker Chicken Mole Chili Recipe
The flavors of irresistible mole snuck their way into this mouthwatering slow-cooker chicken chili recipe. Mole, a rich Mexican sauce usually containing raisins and chocolate, makes everything better. Leftovers love to play with tacos and enchiladas, so this is basically the chili that keeps on giving.
Get the Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Mole Chili
Slow-Cooker Creamy Chicken With Biscuits
Slow-Cooker Soy-Glazed Chicken With Stir-Fried Vegetables
A little Asian fish sauce enriches this dish with a deep, savory umami taste.
Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Soy-Glazed Chicken With Stir-Fried Vegetables
Slow cooker Chicken Congee
Making this congee recipe in the slow-cooker not only allows for hands-off cooking, it infuses the coconut milk-base with even more flavor. Suggested toppings include cilantro and Sriracha, but almost any savory element tastes great on top—roasted mushrooms, a fried egg, even avocado would all be equally at home here.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Congee
Slow-Cooker Chicken and Pasta Soup
Slow-Cooker Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Potpie
Top each bowl with a round of flaky puff pastry to stand in for the crisp, tender crust.
Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Potpie
Slow-Cooker Curried Chicken With Ginger and Yogurt
Simmer the chicken in a mixture of tomato paste, garlic, curry powder, and fresh ginger to add vibrant Indian flavors.
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Slow-Cooker Chicken With Bacon, Mushrooms, and Onions
Browning the meat first lends depth and richness to this hearty stew.
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Slow-Cooker Soy-Braised Chicken
A take on a classic Filipino dish, the chicken gets a big boost from apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, and brown sugar.
Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Soy-Braised Chicken
Slow-Cooker Chicken, Fennel, and White Bean Soup
Delicate fennel fronds perfume the broth with a faint licorice fragrance and flavor.
Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken, Fennel, and White Bean Soup