Crockpot Chicken Breast

I make this Crockpot Chicken Breast every week so I can add lean and healthy protein to salads and other meals. It’s so easy and no liquid is necessary!

After I posted the Tex-Mex Chicken Casserole last week, I got a ton of emails and comments from you asking exactly how I make chicken breast in the slow cooker. Here’s how! It’s something that I do every week, so I always have the option of adding protein to whatever meal I’m making at the time.

Crockpot Chicken Breast for tacos, rice, salads, and more on a cutting board

You can dice the chicken and make chicken salad or toss it in pasta, shred it and put it in a burrito or soup, or slice it and layer it in a grilled cheese. It’s extremely versatile and a quick way to make meals healthier and heartier.

Why make chicken breast in the crockpot?

Because I find it makes for the most juicy and tender chicken of any other cooking method I’ve tried.

Sure it takes a few hours, but it’s worth it for the chicken to cook slowly and gently, and it’s completely hands off and simple to get going. I find that with other methods like baking, poaching, and Instant Pot chicken, it’s way too easy to overcook the chicken and end up with a rubbery piece of meat. And I hate dry chicken!

How to Make Crockpot Chicken:

First, you’re going to take a 2-3 lb package of boneless skinless chicken breasts, and snuggle them as evenly as you can into the bottom of your slow cooker:

How to Make Chicken Breast in the Slow Cooker

Now, sprinkle the chicken breasts generously with salt:

Slow Cooker Chicken Breast in Crockpot with Salt

Grind some black pepper on top of the chicken too:

Slow Cooker Chicken Breast for tacos, rice, salad, and more

Then, you can add whatever seasonings you like. Sometimes I do fresh herbs, like thyme:

Crockpot Chicken Breast Recipe with herbs for salad, rice, tacos, and more

And other times if I know I’m using the chicken for something Mexican themed like tacos or burritos, I’ll sprinkle the chicken with taco seasoning instead. You can really add anything you want, and estimate the amounts by eye.

Once you’ve sprinkled on the seasonings, put the lid on, and set the crock into the cooking unit.

How long do you cook chicken breast in the crockpot?

I find about 3 hours on low is just right, with one single layer, for the chicken to fully cook through to 165 degrees F. This time may vary slightly with different brands of slow cookers.

The particular slow cooker I own is this 4-Quart Slow Cooker and costs $15! Maybe one day I’ll get a more expensive one, but this one does a great job and works for our small family.

If you have a different slow cooker, you can use a thermometer to test out how long your particular slow cooker needs to reach the proper temperature, but three hours on low should be close.

Do you have to add liquid to the crockpot?

As long as the chicken is in a single layer, no, it’s not necessary. Each piece of chicken is touching the slow cooker and that’s all you need. If you’re doing multiple layers of chicken, you will need to add liquid to cover all of it, but I don’t recommend this. Because then you will have to add liquid to cover, and the seasonings won’t stick to the chicken breast.

If you really want to do multiple layers of chicken breast, add broth to cover so the chicken cooks evenly. Otherwise, it cooks unevenly because the top layers won’t have contact with the bottom of the slow cooker.

Another tip: No matter what slow cooker you use, try not to take off the lid at all during cooking, as this dramatically lengthens cooking time.

I hope this answers many of your questions, and if you have more, please post them below and I will reply. Happy cooking!

Slow Cooker Chicken Breast

This Slow Cooker Chicken Breast is a simple way to add lean and healthy protein to salads and other recipes. It’s so easy!

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Ingredients

    For the Crockpot Chicken

    • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • salt
    • pepper
    • herbs
    • spices

    Ideas for Using the Chicken (optional)

    Directions

    1. Place a single, even layer of chicken breasts into the bottom of your slow cooker.
    2. Sprinkle with anything you desire, like salt, pepper, seasonings, herbs, etc.
    3. Cook on low for approximately 3 hours* until the chicken reaches 165F on a digital thermometer. It is now ready to eat and be used in recipes.

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    Recipe Notes

    *You will have to learn the time your slow cooker needs to fully cook through. Mine takes 3 hours.

    Nutrition Information Serves 3
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