5 Simple Recipes Using Slow Cooker Chicken

Slow cooker chicken recipe that makes lunches and dinners so much easier. Make this slow cooker chicken for a week of delicious meals.

When school starts back each year, it seems like everything else in the world starts back at the same time – regardless if it is school related or not.

The long, lazy days of summer screech to a halt regardless of how much I protest that I’m not ready for them to end.

My family maps out our calendars and notes commitments for every night of the week with the exception of one and we also quickly realize we have events on our calendars that are the same time, yet different place on a few of those nights.

This probably sounds all too familiar to you, too.

It’s our face-paced, do-it-all lifestyles.

Even though we’re headed from here to there and back again, I still want to have a homemade supper for my family as much as possible. On those most hectic of weeks, I turn to my slow cooker for help.

I’m excited to share with you one of the little tricks I’ve head up my sleeve for years that just makes meal preparation a whole lot easier.

I put 10-12 chicken breasts in my slow cooker in the morning before the start of school or our other morning activities knowing that by the end of the afternoon I’ll have perfectly cooked chicken ready to be used for that night’s supper along with a few more meals throughout the week.

It definitely saves my sanity!

Here’s the recipe for my easy slow cooker chicken that works perfectly in any number of dishes, followed by a five of my family’s favorite simple recipes.

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Slow cooker chicken recipe that makes lunches and dinners so much easier. Make this slow cooker chicken for a week of delicious meals.
Serves: 12
  • 10-12 chicken breasts
  • water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, whole
  1. Place chicken breasts in crock of slow cooker and cover with water.
  2. Add in salt, pepper, and garlic.
  3. Turn on low heat for 7 hours or high heat for 3½.
  4. Remove chicken from slow cooker to use immediately or store in air tight containers in the refrigerator.
  5. Reserve chicken stock in a separate air tight container in the refrigerator for use in later recipes.

5 Simple Recipes for Slow Cooker Chicken

Having prepared the slow cooker chicken makes pulling these recipes together for lunch or a busy weeknight supper a breeze.


Simple Chicken Quesadillas

Adding the slow cooker chicken to these Classic Cheese Quesadillas makes a definite quick-fix, family favorite for lunch or supper around here. Served with a side salad or favorite fruit, this meal can be ready in a jiffy.

Total Time: 10 minutes



Super Fast BBQ Chicken Sliders

Another super simple meal idea is to use the slow cooker chicken in these BBQ Chicken Sliders to have a delicious meal on the table in minutes. It’s a definite winner around my house.

Total Time: 10 minutes



Quick Sweet and Savory Wrap

Substitute chicken for the turkey in this Sweet and Savory Wrap for a quick, easy and mighty delicious meal.

Total Time: 10 minutes



Chicken Fettuccine in Basil Cream Sauce

Update my basic Fettuccine in Basil Cream Sauce Recipe and add slices of slow cooker chicken for an even heartier meal.

Total Time: 15 minutes



Hot Chicken Salad

Use your slow cooker chicken in this delicious Hot Chicken Salad for a filling, hot meal in 30 minutes!

Total Time: 30 minutes



I sure hope you like my idea of cooking your chicken ahead using your slow cooker and then enjoying that chicken in many meals throughout the week! I’ve got a few more coming up over the next couple of days that will give you even more ideas for that chicken!

I’d love to know what you think about this simple recipes series. Let me know in the comments.


Love ya,



I’m sharing my slow cooker chicken trick with TidyMom and on Mingle Monday.


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    Lynn says

    thank you for sharing these recipes, I have been looking for some recipes like these,there is just
    my grandson and myself and I wanted something easy and simple but delicious and some
    thing I could make and freeze these are great. I love southern cooking that’s how I was raised
    from North Carolina and proud of it. I love your site keep up the good work.

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    Amy says

    Hi Robyn,

    I am just learning how to cook, and I am wondering how much water to add when making chicken in a slow cooker. I have seen recipes that say not to put any water when making chicken because it produces its own juices, so I am never sure what to do. Should I put just enough to completely cover the amount of chicken I have?


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    Such great recipes! thank you for sharing- found ya through the post! love your blog, we are starting a Cooking 101 class in our family homeschool and we’ll just have to use some of your great ideas and put ’em to the test w my 3 boys/chefs. :)
    following ya through my google homepage!


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