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Slow-Cooked Lemon Chicken Recipe

Slow-Cooked Lemon Chicken Recipe

Garlic, oregano and lemon juice give spark to this memorable main dish. It's easy to fix—just brown the chicken in a skillet, then let the slow cooker do the work. I like to serve this dish to company. —Walter Powell, Wilmington, Delaware
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5-1/4 hours YIELD:6 servings


  • 6 bone-in chicken breast halves (12 ounces each), skin removed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • Hot cooked rice


  • 1. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Combine the oregano, seasoned salt and pepper; rub over chicken. In a skillet over medium heat, brown the chicken in butter; transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add water, lemon juice, garlic and bouillon to the skillet; bring to a boil, stirring to loosen browned bits. Pour over chicken.
  • 2. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours. Baste chicken with cooking juices. Add parsley. Cover and cook 15-30 minutes longer or until meat juices run clear. Serve with rice. (If desired, cooking juices may be thickened before serving.) Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half : 336 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 164mg cholesterol, 431mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 56g protein.

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scotland1 User ID: 1426757 271700
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2017

"This is my go to recipe. DELICIOUS."

bandung User ID: 8625988 271469
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2017

"This recipe could not be saved into my own Recipe Box"

Serenity User ID: 9230914 270334
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2017

"Recipe looks good, but you lost me at the nutrition breakdown. There is no way 12oz of chicken with all that extra flavoring is only 336 calories. It is AT LEAST 200 calories more"

Erin User ID: 9130125 264331
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2017

"Made according to recipe, except I used vegetable stock in place of the water to add more flavor. AMAZING!!! This is my new favorite chicken recipe! (even better than fried in my book)"

Ladyplus7 User ID: 8357239 261061
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2017

"Followed recipe as written, so pleased I did. Wonderful flavor, moist, just mouth-watering. During last hour of cooking, I added baby carrots to cook, during the last ten minutes I added noodles. Everything was saturated with that wonderful lemon , garlic flavor. A definite keeper."

kimheath User ID: 3417538 252695
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2016


chris28304 User ID: 2137086 245703
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2016

"I added a can of cream of mushroom soup because I wanted a little gravy to serve with the chicken over rice but I think next time I'll follow the recipe as posted. The chicken had really good flavor."

chsmoak User ID: 8272977 245448
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2016 Edited Mar. 15, 2016

"Made it exactly to recipe but used thighs as we love dark meat. Was a hit."

Dilli User ID: 7204156 245376
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2016 Edited Mar. 15, 2016

"We use the brown rice, which made it a lot tastier than with the white. Excellent recipe."

heidiclark1 User ID: 2771648 244091
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2016

"Cooked nicely, but it lacked flavor for us. I even added extra garlic and mushrooms."

Grzy User ID: 7670419 243145
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

"I have made this recipe for many years. It is a definite favorite with the family. The only thing is I increase the sauce part so we have some to put over the rice or potatoes."

peacharmadillo User ID: 3329993 242800
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2016

"Good flavored chicken. We use it for boneless skinless breasts diced for salads and change the toppings. It goes well with roasted corn and beans and marinated tomatoes and zucchini. I don't keep seasoned salt in the house so instead I sprinkle chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper and oregano on before browning. The hardest part is not eating it off the cutting board before packing it up. I also notice it cooked through after about three hours in the crockpot."

JMartinelli13 User ID: 92779 232816
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2015

"I've made this many times since it was published in 2000! Definitely watch the cooking times with newer slow cookers- 3 1/2 to 4 hours is the magic number for mine."

JenCooks1 User ID: 7959263 232541
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2015

"Made this for dinner last night and it was outstanding. Absolutely use the spinach... I had a box of frozen spinach; just thawed it a bit in the microwave, and added it with its liquid to the slow cooker. I also added a can of cream of chicken soup, and used boneless skinless chicken thighs. Lemon makes the dish. I have a newer slow cooker, and it just took 4 hours on low; would have been fine at 3 hours, because the chicken is already slightly browned and mostly cooked when it goes in the cooker. Think the cream of chicken, or cream of mushroom soup will keep this from being dry. It was fall-apart good, and full of flavor. I served it over whole wheat spaghetti. Big fan of this recipe with these slight modifications."

saddleupnride71 User ID: 5864368 221766
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"I read the reviews prior to trying this and I too, used boneless thighs and added a can of cream of mushroom soup, without altering the lemon juice or any of the other ingredients. Delicious! My picky husband LOVED this! My new go to chicken recipe! It would be amazing with mushrooms!"

walkerjo User ID: 7514182 215717
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"Flavor was good, but meat wasn't tender."

Alyssalou User ID: 7941054 26471
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2014

"I made this last night and it was amazing with a few modifications. I used boneless skinless chicken breasts and followed a few of the reviews on the recipe. I used less lemon juice because I didn't want the lemon to be too overpowering. I sauteed fresh mushrooms and spinach in the lemon/water mixture. I then poured that over the chicken in the crockpot and added a can of cream of mushroom soup. I added the soup because I wanted more sauce to serve over rice. I also only cooked it for 3 hours on low in my crockpot. The chicken was very moist and flavorful. I think I have a new favorite recipe!"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 38071
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2014

"I've learned that today's slow cookers are a lot hotter than the old ones. With that in mind, I cut back the time to about 4 hours and had a moist, flavorful chicken. The cooking juices would make a flavorful gravy or base to soup."

[email protected] User ID: 7467734 84565
Reviewed May. 30, 2014 Edited Jun. 6, 2014

"I plan to make this recipe this week but I like using chicken thighs.for their flavor and moistness. I will let you know how it turns out. I did make this recipe with chicken thighs and it turned out great. I floured and browned the thighs so the sauce had some body to it. I cooked it on the stove in my dutch kettle slowly since my crock pot is too large for the four thighs I cooked. I change my rating to 4 stars."

Marisa Overstreet User ID: 7072085 74377
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2014

"This was terrible. Sorry but it had hardly any flavor and was not moist in my opinion."

cindyost User ID: 2125334 22330
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"Most flavorful chicken and moist. I look forward to making this dish again."

mjmurphy User ID: 1434956 22329
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"Great recipe! Made yesterday for lunch. Used boneless chicken breasts and reduced the sauce slightly to pour over the chicken. My husband isn't quite as fond of lemon but he still enjoyed the dish. Thank you for a wonderful recipe."

carnivallady User ID: 6204523 26469
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014


I am a good cook and tried this recipe today for supper tonight. It was terrible. Cooked it just like it said for 5 hrs. And neither my husband and I did not like it. Too dry. Juice made a good tasting gravy . Would not make it again."

vstern User ID: 4035754 29485
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2014

"Used boneless chicken breasts, and added alittle lemon zest. chicken was tender and juicy. Could cut it with my fork. Will definitely make this again"

Soniamiller1 User ID: 2955207 203478
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014


Timbergurl1 User ID: 4047214 84562
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"SO good! I added spinach, mushrooms, and a little extra lemon juice and garlic the second time I made it, then served it over pasta...AMAZING! This is definitely going on regular rotation in my house!"

iolanna User ID: 7466288 27449
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013

"great recipe. i used boneless chicken and it was great. next time i will use more lemon juice and a bit less time - it was for 3 hours on low. overall awesome dinner"

lvarner User ID: 35803 203477
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2013

"This recipe was a big hit! It was easy to put together and very flavorful and tender. This one will be going on the "heavy rotation" at my house."

kakjw User ID: 1670512 38066
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2013

"So tender - the chicken falls off the bone when ready to serve. I add a can of cream of chicken soup (or mushroom ) & fresh mushrooms so it makes a nice gravy to serve over the meal. It's one of our favorite chicken dishes and so easy!"

Amyche User ID: 1404163 27448
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2013

"I love this recipe, I've made it many times. I like to substitute real lemons in for the lemon juice. I find that real lemons have a softer taste than store bought juice. I usually cut 1 lemon in half, squeeze out the juice from one half and then cut the other half in slices and throw them in too.

Recently I tried this recipe in a clay baker, and it turned out fabulous as well. I wouldn't hesitate to do it in the oven again. I agree with another comment, that it doesn't hurt to add additional other ingredients, while keeping the lemon the same, but either way it's great!"

rl091504 User ID: 2554048 31686
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2013 Edited Mar. 15, 2016

"This was delicious. I followed the suggestions of others to double all ingredients except lemon juice. I thickened the sauce with a little flour and it was so good! Well definitely make this again."

Shankim652 User ID: 6780996 72250
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2012

"We found this recipe to be too lemony."

tulip10 User ID: 5957943 203476
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"I'd do this again. it's great!"

Mel_G. User ID: 6108001 91428
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"Used 1.5 lbs of boneless skinless breasts and 1.5 times the amount of oregano, seasoned salt, and pepper. Kept everything else the same. It was delicious. We'll definitely be making it again!"

kitchey User ID: 3750980 39032
Reviewed May. 9, 2011

"This is a "stand by" recipe, for me.....winter, summer..doesn't matter..It's good hot, cold, or at room temperature....and the leftovers make great chicken salad."

tcarver User ID: 5663692 84534
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2011

"Great recipe. My family loved it."

joedebfry User ID: 265172 51653
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"Excellent, easy, and it doesn't take all day in the crock pot! I doubled the liquid and doubled the seasonings to have plenty of sauce to serve with rice."

REOG111 User ID: 4501811 76329
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"Excellent recipe! Added 1 Tbs butter and 2 Tbs of canola oil, 1/2 in the crockpot and 1/2 in the frying pan. Thanks!"

Kris Countryman User ID: 1858674 76292
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"Very tasty. I used boneless chicken breasts and I did skip the garlic since we are not real fond of it. This was so easy to prepare This recipe is a keeper"

sulynn051467 User ID: 4338984 51651
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"i double the ingreds poured over chix and serve with it. delic and very tender!"

soccerjoe18 User ID: 3124425 68874
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"This recipe is excellent. I have made it several times and love how the chicken is so juicy and tender."

kakjw User ID: 1670512 91426
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2010

"Delicious! chicken practically falls off the bone it's so moist. I added a can of cream of chicken soup and fresh sliced mushrooms. The soup makes a nice gravy to put over the chicken & rice. This is a family favorite!"

Holmescsh User ID: 2528368 68872
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"I browned the garlic just a little before adding the liquids to the skillet - also used thighs - yumm"

cwbuff User ID: 441425 68842
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009

"Very good crock pot recipe. However, I didn't thicken the gravy - I cooked the rice in chicken bouillon, poured the unthickened gravy over the rice, and tossed the rice. Then I put the chicken on it. Nice, easy dish."

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