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How Long to Cook Chicken in the Crockpot

how long to slow cook chicken
how long to slow cook chicken

With years and years of creating a recipe index full of easy meal ideas and freezer meals, we have narrowed down the perfect cooking time for chicken in the slow cooker.

With the exception of larger recipes (like 8+ servings), It only takes 2.5-3.5 hours on LOW for boneless, skinless chicken breast to be fully cooked in the slow cooker.

chicken breast registers at 165° F

Over and over AND OVER again, we have found that chicken breast registers at 165° F (the FDA recommended safe temp) right around 3 hours on LOW.

Sometimes less, sometimes more depending on the size of the breast or other ingredients in the slow cooker.

If you are cooking a larger recipe with chicken in it, we have found that it can take 4-6 hours.

Here’s another surprising thing. Don’t shoot the messenger.

But, do not cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts on HIGH unless you like overcooked, dried out, tough meat.

Always cook on LOW.

I know. It’s sad. It’s hard. But it’s true.

Like you, I love the idea of putting a meal in the slow cooker in the morning and coming home to a dinner ready to eat.

If you cook chicken all day (or on HIGH), it will be dry-dry-dry.

I know, I’m broken-hearted, too.

But I love you too much to not share the truth and the thermometer doesn’t lie.

If you do want a longer cooking time for chicken, use chicken thighs or bone-in split chicken breasts. These work great in recipes like our Bourbon Chicken or with our Southwest Chicken Marinade.

These cuts can handle longer cooking times and retain their moisture a bit better.

Our tests show they reach their internal safe temperature anywhere from 3-4 on LOW.

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

Slow cooker whole chicken with gravy is the easiest method to get juicy and tender pieces of Rotisserie style chicken!

When you’re short on time nothing is more simple to prepare than a slow cooker whole chicken.

For this recipe, chicken is rubbed with a savory spice blend to enhance the natural flavours of chicken, then slow cooked in a crock pot for tender mouth watering results.

Chopped root vegetables and fresh herbs create a flavourful nest for your chicken to gently cook on.

The chicken juices drip all over your veggies, boosting the flavour of your veggies, then create the best gravy to serve it all with

Except, perfect slow cooker chicken breast isn’t boring at all.

This chicken is so flavorful, and so juicy, with just a few ingredients (and one secret ingredient!).

I will admit, I have made plenty of dry, overcooked, unpalatable boneless chicken breasts in the slow cooker.

I’m not proud of it, but we all do it every now and then, am I right??

I wanted to come up with a foolproof way to make great crockpot chicken breast — that is big on flavor (but still versatile enough to use it a variety of different ways or add your own sauce at the end), and ridiculously juicy.

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

This slow cooker whole chicken is a rotisserie style seasoned chicken made with the help of the crock pot.

It’s a super easy dinner option and the leftover chicken can be used in countless other dishes!

I love rotisserie chicken, but it can be pricey and is often filled with sodium and sometimes even preservatives and other questionable ingredients.

This slow cooker roasted chicken has just a few minutes of prep time, you can set it in the morning and come home to have dinner waiting for you!

how long to slow cook chicken
how long to slow cook chicken

Slow-Roasted Chicken with Vegetables


  • Place carrots, celery and potatoes in a 6-qt. slow cooker; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.
  • Place lemon halves and garlic in chicken cavity.
  • Tuck wings under chicken; tie drumsticks together.
  • Place chicken over vegetables in slow cooker, breast side up.
  • Mix together rosemary, lemon juice, oil, paprika and remaining salt in small bowl; rub over chicken.
  • Cook, covered, on low until a thermometer inserted in thigh reads at least 170° and vegetables are tender, 6-8 hours.
  • Remove chicken from slow cooker; tent with foil.
  • Let stand 15 minutes before carving. Serve with vegetables.

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