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Herbed Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe

Herbed Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe

In Bogalusa, Louisiana, Sundra Hauck uses her slow cooker to prepare well-seasoned chicken breasts that cook up moist and tender. "My daughter, who has two young sons to keep up with, shared this with me several years ago," she relates. "I've made it repeatedly."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD: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


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the first eight ingredients; rub over chicken. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker; add broth. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until chicken is tender. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional 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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Amanda User ID: 9166884 265896
Reviewed May. 12, 2017

"Pretty yummy. I did bone in chicken breasts, and I did not use the browning sauce. The chicken came out moist and held the flavor well. My picky 8 year old daughter ate it, so I'll be making it again, plus I love using my crockpot."

Kat User ID: 9073041 261030
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2017

"I really liked it after adding 1 tsp of browning sauce instead of 1/2 tsp. I use this seasoning for boneless, skinless and bone-in breasts. The bone-in is usually more flavorful. I cook it for less time when I use boneless, skinless."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 247506
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2016

"Very tasty and so easy! I made a nice gravy with the juices and served the chicken on a bed of rice with peas. Delicious!"

chris28304 User ID: 2137086 238426
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"I added diced carrots and potatoes. The vegetables had a really good taste but we did not care much for the chicken. None of the flavor penetrated the chicken even though I pierced each piece with a fork, rubbed the seasoning on both top and bottom and let it sit overnight."

Linda842010 User ID: 5358178 235929
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"My family did not like this recipe. There are much better tasting chicken recipes."

Lowcalmama User ID: 7448511 217109
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"Awesome dish! We love it!"

Kara Webber Schiro User ID: 1772356 59022
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2014

"My 12 year old says "Best chicken Ever!""

Jan2 User ID: 116031 206185
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2014

"This was good, but not the best. Not as flavourful as I thought it would be with all the herbs used. Added celery &carrots, as some suggested. Used bone in thighs, cooked for 4 hours (probably done in less time). The broth was good thickened with flour, served over rice. Will try again, adding more herbs. Very quick to put together, but as I said, just not as much flavour as we like."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 62791
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2014

"We enjoyed this chicken dinner. Like some other reviewers, I used smoked paprika and lifted the skin to rub the spices underneath. I chopped up the leftovers for chicken salad. I used the tasty cooking juices in place of plain chicken broth in my white bean ragout side dish."

scotland1 User ID: 1426757 62790
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2014

"Did not like it. When it was in the slow cooker it smelled like cabbage cooking. Will not make it again."

Cookie652 User ID: 7612531 106444
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"I threw in a few extra spices and also chopped up a bunch of celery and carrots. I didn't get to eat it the first night so it got reheated for about 45 minutes in the crock pot. OMG, it was soooo. Ladled a scoop of that wonderful brother over some broccoli and rice and it was a lovely meal."

Timbergurl1 User ID: 4047214 106301
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2014

"Seasoning was good. I tweaked a few things for our preferences, but I didn't really change a lot. However the chicken broth, in my opinion, is almost entirely unnecessary. I added a tiny amount and left it at that. When I made it with the full amount, there was so much liquid in there from the broth and the chicken that the chicken basically boiled in the crock pot."

grannilo User ID: 5789644 114751
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"First, I read many of the comments about the recipe before making it. When I made the paste I resisted the urge to tweak the spices with the exception of using smoked paprika instead of regular. I had 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts on hand and was cooking for two. (Did not change amounts in the spice glaze.) After coating each side I used a pronged meat tenderizer to drive spices into chicken and added another coat before putting them into the crock. I also sautéed one fresh garlic clove in 1 tbsp of butter and added it to the broth. There was to much broth for two half breasts in a 4 qt pot so I added a layer of potatoes underneath. I ended up with a very tasty mealb (chicken was flavorful). The spices were not over powering. But next time I will season the potatoes as well as the chicken, before cooking."

FrHornist User ID: 6181986 135180
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2013

"I'm not sure if it was the reason for it being so moist, but I poked each chicken piece with a fork after spreading the topping. (I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts.) I also added some potatoes to the pot to soak up the broth flavor.

It was simple and delicious."

MMahala User ID: 6543116 206184
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"This chicken was so bland and I had to doctor it so much that I would not suggest this recipe to anyone. I also added potatoes, carrots, and onions in addition to other seasonings just to "Save" dinner."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 58930
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013

"I made this with only 3 boneless breasts and cooked it for way too long due to working hours. The chicken was dry, but we had it with some Rice a Roni chicken flavored rice, which helped with the dryness. The flavor was excellent and I will make it again, but with the bone in breasts. The dryness was my fault!!!!"

mindysmama User ID: 6929696 62788
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"After reading some of the reviews I decided to stick my fingers between the chicken and the skin like you do on a turkey once the skin was loosened it was easy to put the seasoning underneath the skin. It worked perfectly. Hope this helps."

sharlette User ID: 1613803 62786
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2013

"I haven't made this so I won't rate it, but if you pierce the chicken breast after seasoning it should make the seasoning go into the meat of the breast. It would not let me post without rating so I will go with the majority, knowing from the recipe it should be very good."

menesper User ID: 2477218 103912
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2013

"Love this recipe. easy to make and everyone loves it."

fondant_123 User ID: 6776802 54804
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2013

"chicken was really moist and tender. The seasoning was very good, but like others said, the seasoning and flavour is just on the skin of the chicken. On the inside, it just tasted like basic chicken."

angcy User ID: 1160970 206183
Reviewed May. 17, 2013

"chicken is surprisingly really moist."

No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 106300
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2013

"This recipe was easy, tasty and the chicken was very moist. The seasoning was good, but the flavor did not cook in to the meat as well as I had hoped. Will make again as it is so easy."

Baking Diva User ID: 4467421 54718
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2013

"This is an excellent recipe that I ake all the time. easy prep, very flavorful & my guys all love it! I often toss it all in crockpot early in the day & have a delicious meal very easily. I make gravy with the pot drippings to serve with the chicken and mashed potatoes."

Pings pot User ID: 6934086 69724
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"This is a quick, easy and tasty recipe. I have also done it in my Pampered Chef magic pot in the microwave for about 12 minutes and it is just as good."

loveshoes User ID: 7124393 69722
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2013

"I made this recipe and the family loved it. I will use less pepper and i quadruple the broth to make it more soup like, as the family likes it. Thea season is great otherwise. Once the chicken is cooked, i also break it up so it absorbs more broth flavor and i add corn starch to thicken the liquid. My son really enjoyed it. I also use defrosted boneless skinless chicken."

CCKitchen User ID: 5578426 54703
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2012

"I loved all the flavors in this recipe. I liked that it was a slow cooker recipe without a heavy sauce. Also, since my chicken breasts were larger than 6 ounces, I brined them for 4 hours ahead of time to bring out more of the flavors. Thanks for a wonderful recipe."

galinthewoods User ID: 3317961 139811
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2012

"Left in the browning sauce and it tasted good to me. It's nice to have options for bone-in chicken."

Veronak User ID: 6435040 58921
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2012

"I made this chicken for Sunday dinner, I found it to be a little bit spicey but would definitely make it again (maybe using less pepper). This meal reminds me of the Jamaican brown stew chicken."

teri daley User ID: 5288629 134759
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"This recipe is a keeper. Everyone liked it. Was fast to get it going on a busy afternoon."

summer888 User ID: 4210811 134737
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"This ended up way too dry. Had to use it for chicken salad. The flavor didn't seem to penetrate into the meat, either, though the outside of each piece was tasty."

mtorres3 User ID: 1346747 106295
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"My family loved this chicken. I did what one person suggested and added 1 cup of chicken broth. At the end, I removed the chicken to a platter and thickened the gravy to spoon over the chicken. Next time I will make rice to go along side this tosoak upthe excellent gravy. Thank yoy for such a wonderful recipe!"

sam52687 User ID: 5814580 103910
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"Very good, had all the ingredients on my spice rack!!! chicken turned out very moist&yummy! Left out the browning sauce....I would definately make this recipe again!"

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 139809
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2011

"I will make this again tweeking it to our taste. The brown sauce adds no flavor, but made it murky and ugly -- I'll definitely eliminate that. I will use either the thyme or the basil, but not both. I will add onions and mushrooms, just because we love them. It was nice to come home from church and have dinner ready! As with most slow cooked meals, it smelled wonderful!"

BossFanTwinsMom User ID: 6126450 147796
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

"Definitley one of my family's favourites! The flavours are excellent and I have used this rub to prepare the chicken in the oven and on the grill. I have also used chicken quarters instead of breasts. I use a Knorr Homestyle Stock to make the chicken broth, it is very handy and most tasty."

bereitbach User ID: 4958434 134736
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2011

"My family really enjoyed this recipe. I didn't have trouble with the chicken holding the seasonings. I was able to put it in the crock put before church and came home to a tasty meal."

pinkpromises User ID: 5687486 134735
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2011

"The chicken did turn out tender, but it did not hold the flavors or seasonings very well. Unfortunately, the gravy lacked taste as well."

glitterchatter User ID: 2651232 58920
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2011

"I'm surprised by the ratings so far. My family LOVED this. Very flavorful. Very easy. Definitely a crowd pleaser."

jenji79 User ID: 5809410 84289
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2011

"easy to make and tastes great. I used boneless tenderloins."

Motherofthe3littlegirls User ID: 2449825 135178
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"I didn't care for this. chicken itself wasn't too flavorful so we ended up adding some bbq sauce at the table to flavor it up."

rharkless User ID: 1200027 58919
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"Very tender and moist. My daughter even fussed about how good it was, and that's unusual! Next time, however, I'll add more herbs and spices and definitely some salt. Still, it was very good!"

10sChick User ID: 4943196 58918
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"Honestly, rather a boring dish. The chicken was very moist, but isn't all chicken done in a slow cooker? The meat captured none of the seasoning flavor itself, so I was counting on the gravy. Still had to doctor even that up quite a bit to have more flavor."

B Borawski User ID: 5644405 135109
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

"I have made this twice now. Once with boneless chicken breasts and once with chicken tenders. Each time yielding delicious results! I add peeled potatoes on top sprinkled with a mixed herbs (just some pre-made thing from a shaker) and it turns out melt in your mouth wonderful! I usually add a full cup of boullion as I don't usually keep broth on hand that I can just use 1/2 cup of and that gives plenty of juiciness to ladle over the meat."

Live2Cook User ID: 1011121 147784
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2010

"Great recipe. Moist oven-roasted chicken flavor. I always cut up the chicken and use the leftovers in a casserole the next day."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 58917
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2010

"We did not care for the flavor."

Anniemernies User ID: 5110128 206182
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2010

"Used skinless bone in chicken breasts - turned out so moist, just fell right off the bone. Tasted wonderful - like roast chicken! Will make excellent sandwiches as leftovers."

skymom747 User ID: 1717371 58950
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2010

"Love this recipe! I cooked the chicken for 6 hours because the pieces were thick. It came out perfect. So moist and tender, we didn't need a knife!!"

southerncook37 User ID: 1118403 58944
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2010

"I substituted a whole chicken for the breast. Everyone liked it and ask for seconds. It was seasoned just right although next time I make this I will add some heat to kick it up a notch. It was a wonderful week night dish and using the slow cooker, dinner's ready when you get home!! :-)"

Badgirl31 User ID: 3210011 147783
Reviewed May. 14, 2010

"Very good, I actually added poultry spice and it might have been a bit too much. I love poultry spice though. This was excellent though. Very simple!"

daddyspunkin_n_mommaspuddin User ID: 1404437 62782
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"the chicken was too dry but I believe it was because the pieces were: 1) too big, and 2) I think it cooked faster than what I had anticipated (I forgot to factor in that I was using less chicken). The taste of the spices was awesome and the juices made a really good gravy... I don't eat gravy so, for me to say it was good... it was really good."

keagmom User ID: 3367503 58943
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2009

"This was wonderful!! Definately will make again and again...."

izzyfry User ID: 3236454 134647
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2009

"I love this recipe. I use my elec skillet instead of a slow cooker or crock pot. I set it about 275 for about an hr or til the chichen is done. It comes out great!"

tbcknc User ID: 3326923 206181
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2009

"This was so good! Thank you! I added onion salt instead of seasoned salt and it was great. I will make this again."

cooker321 User ID: 3348044 134645
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2009

"I would love a very good recipe for a slow cooker chicken curry?

Dear "twincook". Of course you can use boneless, skinless chicken? However, you get a little bit of better flavor with bone-in.
You can NEVER go wrong with peppers, onions and garlic."

Live2Cook User ID: 1011121 62778
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2009 Edited Nov. 21, 2010

"I made this (without the browning sauce) and it was fine. But I prefer the Slow Cooked Lemon chicken Breasts. But I will try adding the peppers, onions and garlic to both recipes next time."

twincook User ID: 1096457 134644
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2009

"Do you think I could use boneless, skinless chicken?"

naturelovertk User ID: 2495248 135108
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2008

"I used a wild turkey breast and added peppers, onions and garlic. The next day, I thickened the juice with four, and added chicken base, a splash of red wine, a dash of sugar and a can of veggie broth. I served it over noodles, a few tomatoes and some swiss cheese. I thought it was fantastic! And I will use the rub again! Thanks for the great recipe!"

eschorr User ID: 1246073 69719
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2008

"Is this chicken skinless? can you make it with skinless


Judy Warnock User ID: 1200463 135090
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2008

"Browning sauce simply adds color to any sauce or gravy. I don't believe it adds any flavor - just makes it deep,rich colorl.


Elizabeth96 User ID: 3156068 84288
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2008

"I know of two.  Maggi and Kitchen Bouquet.  I like both of them.  Excellent in homemade gravies."

Obermiller User ID: 2372638 54681
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2008

"What is a browning sauce?"

MamaPoo User ID: 3177342 106288
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2008

" This looks and sounds yummy! I am going to have to try this. What side dishes does your daughter serve with this? Does she use the browning sauce?

Thanks for sharing...  I just love trying new recipes. The fact that you use the crock pot makes it more appealing to me. My DH works in EMS and our DS works in septic tank pumping business and they both work long hours. I have to be at work at 7:30 am so a crock pot makes preparing meals much easier for me.
Rosa "

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