Chicken as food
Chicken is the most common type of poultry in the world. Owing to the relative ease and low cost of raising chickens—in comparison to mammals such as cattle or hogs—chicken meat (commonly called just “chicken”) and chicken eggs have become prevalent in numerous cuisines.
Chicken can be prepared in a vast range of ways, including baking, grilling, barbecuing, frying, and boiling. Since the latter half of the 20th century, prepared chicken has become a staple of fast food. Chicken is sometimes cited as being more healthful than red meat, with lower concentrations of cholesterol and saturated fat.
The poultry farming industry that accounts for chicken production takes on a range of forms across different parts of the world. In developed countries, chickens are typically subject to intensive farming methods while less-developed areas raise chickens using more traditional farming techniques. The United Nations estimates there to be 19 billion chickens on Earth today, making them outnumber humans more than two to one.
Some Healthy Crockpot Chicken Recipes
boneless skinless chicken crockpot recipes:
The crockpot can transform boneless skinless chicken breasts from a dry, boring meal to tender, flavorful dinner everyone will love! For more chicken recipes check out these healthy Chicken Breast Recipes
Crockpot Shredded Chicken is great because you can do so many things with it! Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad, Buffalo Chicken Casserole, the options are endless!
Rosemary Chicken Sauce is a delicious, easy, healthy chicken recipe. Cooked low and slow, it’s paleo, Whole30 & perfect for dinner or meal prep!
crockpot chicken and vegetables
We love when you can make a hearty meal that’s loaded with both chicken and vegetables. Here are some of our favorite complete meals made in the slow cooker!
Slow Cooker Chicken Stew is a healthy, easy dinner made in less than 10 minutes of prep time! Paleo, Whole30 friendly and loaded protein/vegetables! One of our favorite crock pot chicken recipes.
healthy low carb crockpot chicken recipes
If you’re eating keto, these low carb crockpot chicken recipes are perfect for you! For more low carb recipes check out these Healthy Keto Recipes.
Crockpot Wings are SO easy to make! Learn how to make the best slow cooker chicken wings for snacking on!
crockpot chicken soup recipes
We love making chicken soup in our slow cooker. It makes the chicken so tender! Here are our favorite crockpot chicken soup recipes. For more soup recipes check out these low fat soup recipes.
Chicken and Vegetable Soup is a recipeyou’ll love! Learn how to make old fashion chicken vegetable soup in the crockpot, instant pot or the stove.
Asian Chicken Soup is healthy and delicious! Loaded with vegetables and ginger. Make it spicy or mild for an easy dinner.
Taco Soup with Chicken is so easy to make and can be made on the stove, in the instant pot, or crockpot.
Buffalo Chicken Soup is easy to make, healthy and delicious – you won’t believe it’s dairy free!
chicken chili recipes:
Crockpot Chicken Chili is one of our favorite chicken dinners! It’s cozy, delicious and easy to make!
White Bean Chicken Chili is so easy to make in the crockpot, instant pot or on the stove for a delicious, protein packed dinner!
Pumpkin Chicken Chili is a delicious healthy chili recipe. Made with a few ingredients, Whole30 friendly & easy to make in the slow cooker or instant pot!
Healthy White Chicken Chili is delicious and cozy. You only need a few ingredients and a crockpot!
Cooking chicken thighs in the slow cooker is so easy to do! Perfect for a healthy dinner.
Crockpot Mediterranean Chicken gives you Tender and juicy chicken, garlic, lemon, fresh spinach, and creamy feta cheese all in one dish
Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Thighs are delicious and fast – just dump everything in the slow cooker in 5 minutes! This recipe uses a quick homemade BBQ sauce that avoids additives and high amounts of sugar in store-bought brands.
Keto Crockpot Chicken Thighs & Cabbage is great for a weeknight dinner! This one-pot meal pairs flavorful chicken thighs with tons of veggies.
Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken has a sticky, sweet, addicting sauce and pieces of pineapple throughout, this EASY recipe will become a family favorite.
Slow Cooker Chicken Curry is filled with warm, rich flavors! Put this recipe in the slow cooker at the start of your day and come home to a delicious dinner
Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs in the crockpot are coated in a delicious healthy sauce!
How to Cook Chicken in the Slow Cooker
When done correctly, slow cooked chicken is delicious! It will soak up any sauce that you cook it with and become tender and moist. Follow these tips to make sure your chicken turns out perfectly cooked and juicy every time.
Can You Put Raw Chicken in a Slow Cooker?
- It is perfectly safe to cook raw chicken in your slow cooker, but you must thaw the chicken first. Do not put frozen chicken in a slow cooker. During cooking, it could spend too long at room temperature, which could render it unsafe to eat.
- If you have no choice but to cook with frozen chicken (I know the feeling of panic when you forget to thaw the meat beforehand), try one of my Instant Pot chicken recipes, which are safe to make with frozen chicken.
- No Instant Pot? To quickly and safely thaw chicken, fill a bowl with cold water, place your chicken in a ziptop bag, and submerge the bag into the water for 15 to 30 minutes (if your water warms up, refill with fresh cold water). Repeat until the meat is thawed.
How Long Does it Take to Cook Chicken in the Slow Cooker?
- While I suggest referencing each specific recipe for the best timing, boneless, skinless chicken breasts typically needs about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours cooked on HIGH or 6 to 8 hours cooked on LOW.
- The cook time will vary based upon the size of your pieces of chicken. Most of these recipes use 10-to-12 ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts or 6-ounce boneless, skinless thighs.
- Timing will also depend on whether you choose to make bone-in or boneless chicken recipes. Slow cooker boneless chicken breast recipes are usually the fastest; Chicken thighs (especially bone-in thighs) will take longer to cook than a chicken breast.
- The best way to check your crock pot chicken for doneness is by using an Instant Read Thermometer. When the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, it’s safe to eat.
Tips to Store, Reheat, and Freeze Healthy Crock Pot Chicken Recipes
- To Store. Each recipe will have specific storage instructions and recommendations, but most of these healthy crock pot chicken recipes can be stored in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- To Reheat. In general, you can usually gently rewarm a slow cooker chicken recipe in a medium-sized saucepan on the stove over medium-low heat, adding a splash of broth or milk as needed if the recipe seems to be drying out. You can also reheat them in the microwave on a microwave-safe plate until heated through.
- To Freeze. Place cooked and cooled leftovers in an airtight freezer-safe storage container in the freezer for up to 2 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
- Most of these healthy crock pot chicken recipes can be frozen, but I suggest checking your specific recipe for instructions and tips.
Slow-Cooker Country Captain Chicken
Legend has it that the recipe for country captain chicken was brought to Georgia in the early 1800s by a British sea captain. Although it’s traditional to serve this over rice, it’s also delicious with noodles or mashed potatoes. —Suzanne Banfield, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Shredded Chicken Gyros
Our family always has such a wonderful time at the annual Salt Lake City Greek Festival. One of my favorite parts is all the awesome food. This meal is a good way to mix up our menu, and my kids are big fans. —Camille Beckstrand, Layton, Utah