Herbed Slow-Cooker Chicken

Total Time

Prep: 5 min. Cook: 4 hours


4 servings

Updated: Sep. 07, 2023
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


  • 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


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients and, if desired, browning sauce; rub over chicken. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker; add broth. Cook, covered, 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.

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.