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Lemon Cilantro Chicken Recipe

Lemon Cilantro Chicken Recipe

This fall-off-the-bone chicken with lemony gravy is very easy to prepare and is a wonderful way to cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 4 hours + standing YIELD:6 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the cilantro, 2 tablespoons oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and lemon peel. Loosen skin around the chicken breast, leg and thigh. Rub the cilantro mixture under and over the skin. Rub any remaining mixture into the cavity. Drizzle with remaining oil. Sprinkle with paprika and pepper.
  • 2. Place in a 6- or 7-qt. slow cooker. Add wine to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until a thermometer reads 180°. Remove chicken to a serving platter; cover and let stand 15 minutes before carving. Skim fat and thicken juices if desired. Serve with chicken. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 328 calories, 21g fat (4g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 864mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 28g protein.

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AllisonO User ID: 7446023 250621
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2016

"It smells wonderful while cooking, however my husband and I agreed that the flavor was slightly muted and not nearly as "bright" as we'd hoped. I will likely make this dish again but will perhaps let the cilantro and lemon mixture sit on the chicken for a bit before sticking it in the slow cooker. I also may try using butter rather than the canola oil."

Habsah61 User ID: 6732413 193928
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2013

"Taste Perfect."

decar48 User ID: 5127622 195543
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"Made just as stated using Pino Grigio .very good, very easy. Smells wonderful cooking all day."

jansuezoller User ID: 3645785 197163
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2013

"easy to make and affordable . Put it on ,set the timer ,for get about it while getting on with your day , then come home ,toss a quick salad , heat some yeast rolls ,pour a glass of wine, light a candle,and dine ! Delishous !"

nitsrika User ID: 2086722 112119
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"I tried this last night and everyone was dying for dinner after walking in the house and smelling it. The taste lived up to the smell. My kids were asking during dinner when I'd be making this dish again. It's a keeper!"

dlmason1000 User ID: 4220493 192484
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"Excellent! quick easy meal with a fantastic flavor. I actually prepped the chicken 24 hours ahead to let the chicken absorb the flavors of the cilantro, lemon and garlic. The sauce was perfect, I just let it set for 10 minutes which made it easy to skim the fat and thicken with corn starch. I actaully would probably reduce the salt by half since our family normally do not use much salt."

shellym2 User ID: 2212697 195290
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

"Excellent flavor in this dish. I did not use a whole chicken, as advised. Substituted no skin chicken breasts instead. Took the mixture and it 'stuck' to the frozen breasts. Used chicken broth, as didn't have any wine. Cooked high 1 hr and then low till done. Excellent! Very tasty and is probably very good with whole chicken, I just don't like the dark meat. The 'gravy' was awesome. Next time will try with the white wine instead of broth. Bet it is even better!"

csublet User ID: 4739275 150640
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

"This recipe was delish! The only thing I changed was I reduced the salt by half. I was afraid it would come out too lemony, but it was just right. Next time, I will use boneless skinless chicken parts. That way I can just thicken the gravy and serve."

IzzyB2009 User ID: 6115106 195254
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

"I tried this recipe yesterday but I substituted hotel-style turkey breast for the chicken. It came out very moist. I used the amount of salt the recipe called for but found it was too salty for our taste since we usually don't add salt to most of our recipes. I will try the recipe again but will leave out the salt."

Patmccolly User ID: 6520049 118445
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

"I just made this recipe and thought it was wonderful. The chicken was moist and the recipe easy. I had company and everyone enjoyed."

margefalcone User ID: 3707439 192481
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

"I found the recipe very easy and tasty. I only used 1T of the oil to help keep the calories down."

yellowhammer User ID: 3069197 117995
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2013

"I made this with chicken thighs and it came out great. My husband really liked it. The chicken was moist and tender and the lemon gravy was delicious."

texas_attitude User ID: 6106967 124080
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2013

"I was rather disappointed in this recipe. The chicken came out moist, but that is really all I can say about it. When I made it, I was hoping to debone the chicken and add it back to the juices as a soup, but there was so much oil in it that I had to throw the broth out. I now have a batch of moist, cooked chicken to use in future recipes, so it wasn't a complete failure.

Flavor was bland."

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