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Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken

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Slow cooker chicken recipes are great to have in your back pocket for those nights you know are going to be busy. Loaded with fresh garlic and sweetened by brown sugar, this Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken recipe is flavorful and family-friendly.

Cade and I used to make this recipe when we first got married because it was so easy to make and there would be enough leftovers for the next night so that while we were busy in school I didn’t have to cook dinner every night.

A photo of slow cooker chicken in a crock pot.

Usually the best time for me to prep for dinner is in the morning while our girls are at school. That’s where crock pot meals come in! I love them! They make dinner so easy and this slow cooker chicken recipe is super simple and makes the house smell delish!

Some of our other favorite slow chicken recipes are crockpot chicken and rice, Cafe Rio Copycat chicken, and slow cooker whole chicken.

How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken?

I hope you’re ready for how easy this is! All you need is 6 ingredients and about 15 minutes of prep time.

  1. Add a drizzle of olive oil to a skillet over medium high heat and brown your salt and peppered chicken thighs on the skin side.
  2. Once all your chicken is browned, add it along with the garlic, oregano and salt to the slow cooker.
  3. Give everything a good mix leaving the chicken skin side up and then sprinkle the chicken with brown sugar.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours. We like to top it with some fresh chopped parsley right before serving.

That’s it! Then in the evening when I’m mom taxi-ing all over the land, we can pop home for an hour or so and throw some dinner down before heading off to soccer or church activities.

A photo of one perfectly cooked chicken thigh being held up by metal tongs from our slow cooker garlic chicken recipe.

What to Eat with Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken?

We love this easy chicken recipe with a side of Brazilian coconut rice or just some good ol’ mashed potatoes. Just about any veggie or fruit goes great with this too. Try our lemon roasted broccoli!

Notes for Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken:

  • Chicken thighs – we prefer to use chicken thighs (bone in, skin on) for maximum flavor and the most juicy chicken.
  • Brown the chicken thighs first – this add so much flavor and color which makes it not only visually appealing but also scrumptious!
  • Low temp vs high temp – if you have the time, go with low temp for 8 hours. It makes the chicken so juicy and tender!

A photo of slow cooker chicken in a crock pot topped with fresh chopped parsley.

FAQ

What is The Difference Between a Slow Cooker and a Crock Pot?

Crock pot has become sort of a generic term for all slow cookers. Technically, a Crock Pot is a specific brand of slow cooker. Both do the same thing, cook dishes low and slow with minimal attention. Either one works great for this recipe.

Can You Leave a Slow Cooker on When Not at Home?

We don’t watch the show, but we’ve heard the show This is Us caused quite the stir for Crock Pot and leaving them unattended. While it is probably safest to be home while the crockpot is running, the Crock Pot customer service assures that it is safe to leave it unattended while not at home. I’ve done it my whole life and never had an issue, but you just never know I guess!

Can You Overcook in a Slow Cooker?

Yes, it is possible though not likely if you have followed a recipe correctly. On most slow cookers, you can set a programmed cook time and then it will automatically switch to warm to keep everything nice and hot for your dinner.

Are Chicken Thighs Healthier Than Breasts?

Oh the age old debate! It depends on your definition of “healthier”. Both are great sources of lean protein. Chicken thighs are higher in calories and saturated fat (hello delicious flavor!) but they are about equal with breasts for number of calories. Chicken thighs are also much cheaper.

Does Kosher Salt Taste Different Than Table Salt?

No, there is no difference in taste. The main difference is texture and the lack of iodine and anti-caking agents found in table salt. We almost always use kosher salt or sea salt.

What Can You Substitute For Brown Sugar?

If you run out of brown sugar and then get in the middle of this recipe, just substitute it for equal parts white granulated sugar with a little molasses added. You’ll get the same delicious flavor. If you are looking to eliminate refined sugar altogether, try using honey or real maple syrup.

A photo of one perfectly cooked chicken thigh being held up by metal tongs from our slow cooker garlic chicken recipe.

I love easy, low maintenance meals and this slow cooker garlic chicken is perfect for a busy night where mouths need to be fed. You’re likely to have leftovers to have another night too! Winning!

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A photo of one perfectly cooked chicken thigh being held up by metal tongs from our slow cooker garlic chicken recipe.

Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken

3.14 from 87 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Servings: 8

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken thighs bone in, skin on
  • 12 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano dried
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped

Instructions

  • In a skillet over medium high heat, add a drizzle of olive oil. Salt and pepper the chicken and brown on the skin side.
  • Add the chicken, salt, oregano and garlic to the slow cooker.
  • Mix everything together, leaving the chicken top side up.
  • Sprinkle on the brown sugar.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 309 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 1022mg44%
Potassium 264mg8%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 156IU3%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

A photo of slow cooker chicken in a crock pot.

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About the authors

Cheney Family

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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14 comments

  • I followed the recipe to the letter and it didn’t turn out well.
    The chicken shriveled up and the “sauce” dried out and got burnt around the 6-hour mark on low. I wasn’t able to monitor it as I left the house. Good thing my wife came home and smelled the burnt sugar and turned the slow cooker off. I’ll post an update once we’ve tasted it. I hope it tastes better than it looks.

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    • That definitely shouldn’t have happened if it was cooked on low.

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  • Is any liquid added in this recipe? I can’t find anything in the text and there seems to be a lot of liquid in the pictures, does all of this come from the chicken?

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    • Yes, it all comes from the chicken! No extra liquid needs to be added.

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  • Can this be made in an instapot?

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    • Yes totally! Brown the chicken and then cook on high for 6-7 minutes.

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  • I’m a bit confused 5 servings but 8 chicken thighs? How does that work? Thx!!

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    • Oops, that’s my fault! I had the hardest time finding packs of 5 chicken thighs, so I change it to 8 and forgot to change the serving size. Just updated it to 8 servings! Thank you Victoria!

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  • Can the sugar be cut on this recipe? Need to watch my sugar gram intake.

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    • You can try replacing it or part of it with honey or real maple syrup. Enjoy!

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  • Chicken breast, boneless work in this recipe?

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    • Yes absolutely. You will miss a little flavor, but it will still be spectacular! Enjoy!

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  • We are in the midst of a snowstorm and I’d love to make this today! All I have is boneless skinless chicken thighs. Your thoughts?

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    • Definitely still make them! They will taste great!

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