Slow-cookers have a special place in our kitchens (and our hearts). There is nothing quite like the knowledge that you are safely cooking a hot dinner, stress-free, while you're away from your kitchen; and the delightful smell of your meal hitting your olfactories as you cross the threshold when you return is simply bliss.
One of the most comforting slow-cooked foods you can make is, of course, chicken. Chicken is inarguably one of the ultimate comfort foods; it’s used in soups and stews, of course, but it’s also implemented in so many other creative and tasty ways (like our Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Marsala, for example.) Kids love it, adults love it, and everybody in between loves it, too.
We’ve compiled our favorite slow-cooker chicken recipes for your stomach’s pleasure. Use these to pull off a lovely weekend dinner, or maybe to make a weeknight a little less insane. The only question is: Which recipe will you make first?
America's Test Kitchen
Throw all six ingredients into a slow-cooker for a soft squash and tasty chicken dinner. The sage and garlic are perfect complements to the butternut squash and the juices — punctuated by a dash of balsamic vinegar — cook down into a delicious sauce that keeps the chicken flavorful and moist. Use this as your main course or as a side dish for your next family meal. For this recipe, click here.
This casserole may take some time to make, but it's definitely worth it (plus the cooking time is all hands-free). The chicken and beans are both soft and tender, and are full of amazing flavor. For this recipe, click here.
The simmered chive dumplings thicken the broth making this soup into a warming, hearty, and comforting meal. Check it out here.
Fed and Fit Cookbok
Chicken is first seared lightly in a pan to develop a crust and deep, delicious flavors. The onion and spices benefit from some high-heat contact, too, before all the ingredients are layered into a slow-cooker and cooked on high for four hours or on low for eight. This recipe is a winner; check it out here.