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Herbed Slow-Cooker Chicken

I use my slow cooker to prepare these well-seasoned chicken breasts that cook up moist and tender. My daughter, who has two young sons to keep up with, shared this great recipe with me several years ago. I now rely on cooking chicken in a Crock Pot many days a week.—Sundra Hauck, Bogalusa, Louisiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon browning sauce, optional
  • 4 bone-in chicken breast halves (8 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth


  • In a small bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients and, if desired, browning suace; rub over chicken. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker; add broth. Cover and cook on low until chicken is tender, 4-5 hours.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tips

Can I put raw chicken in a slow cooker?

Yes, you can put raw chicken in a slow cooker! Slow cookers and Crock-Pots are designed to cook raw meats. The direct heat from the pot, lengthy cooking time and steam created from the tightly covered container destroys bacteria, making slow cooking safe. You can put frozen chicken in a slow cooker, too!

How long does it take to cook chicken in a Crock-Pot or slow cooker?

It takes about 4 hours on the low setting to cook a chicken breast to 165° in a Crock-Pot or slow cooker.

Do you need to put liquid in the slow cooker with chicken?

We recommend putting a small amount of liquid (like broth, water or tomatoes) into your slow cooker. It will help prevent burning and its steam cooks the chicken and keeps it moist. Be sure to follow these other slow-cooker tips.

How do I keep my chicken from drying out?

Because chicken is a lean meat, adding ½ cup of broth will keep it from drying out. Also, avoid overcooking your chicken. Overcooking can make your chicken tough and dry. Here are some other tips to avoid dry meats.
Nutrition Facts
1 chicken breast half: 211 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 392mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 33g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 fat.


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  • Susan
    May 18, 2020

    You can use Worcester sauce, to brown!! I look forward to trying this herbal fancy feast!

  • resalee
    May 12, 2020

    In a time of quarantine I couldn't find browning sauce so it was left out. I used skinless chicken breast also because it was in the freezer and kept me from going to the store. It turned out well and I paired it with Crouton-Topped Broccoli, another TOH recipe. I had enough left over to use it in chicken soup the next day.

  • AuburnGurlz
    Mar 5, 2020

    Just made this with boneless skinless chicken breasts and potatoes carrots onions on bottom. Yum!

  • Bryan
    Mar 1, 2020

    Was very good the first time, using chicken thighs today

  • M J
    Feb 12, 2020

    I liked this chicken recipe and sauce made in the slow cooker. I added veges to cook with it and it made a whole healthy meal with extra leftovers for lunches. I added sliced carrots, 1/2 sliced onion, 1/2 sliced red pepper and 2 celery stalks chopped. The flavors were different. I had not used browning sauce in a recipe for a long time, but found it added a new dimension to the recipe.

  • ksturgis
    Feb 11, 2020

    Do you think this would be successful with B/S chicken breasts???

  • scotland1
    Jan 18, 2020

    This is my go to recipe. I never really thought of adding veggies to this. Next time I will. Like I said, this is my go to recipe. YUMMY.

  • Shirley-Ann
    Jan 9, 2020

    Browning sauce: In some grocery stores, browning sauce is located near the prepared and dry gravy mixes. Two popular brands are Kitchen Bouquet and Gravy Master. A little browning sauce goes a long way, so be sure to measure it carefully. You can make your own browning sauce by mixing 1/2C brown sugar with 1C of water, cooking at a simmer until it turns nearly black, adding a teaspoon of beef or vegetable stock concentrate.

  • Pennie
    Jan 8, 2020

    Browning sauce comes in a small brown bottle usually with yellow label. You find where condiments are found like ketchup an mustard towards top shelf. I don’t care for it. It brings nothing to a dish.

  • Anna1591
    Jan 8, 2020

    I believe it is Kitchen Bouquet.