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How to Make the Best Slow Cooker Chicken Breast

The easiest tutorial for slow cooker chicken breast you’ll ever need! Learn exactly how to slow cook chicken breasts so that they’re juicy, tender and perfectly cooked every time. Use this method for cooking chicken breast right in your crockpot and easily add it to your favorite recipes.

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
3 hours
Total Time
3 hours 5 mins

If you’ve made my easy slow cooker pulled chicken sandwiches, get ready to use those skills to make perfectly cooked, juicy slow cooker chicken breast any time, anywhere. This super easy method for slow cooking chicken breasts is a great, hands-off approach to cooking chicken whenever you need to add it to specific recipes, but it’s also incredibly easy to spice it up with marinades and sauces.

Beat the heat this summer by cooking chicken breasts in your crockpot and avoiding a hot oven. You’ll just need a few simple ingredients and a few hours for the best slow cooker chicken breasts to add to salads, burrito bowls, tacos and more. Enjoy!

two chicken burrito bowls topped with avocado, jalapeños and cheese

Everything you’ll need to make slow cooker chicken breast

We’re keeping it super simple with this method for slow cooking chicken breast, but you can always feel free to jazz your chicken up with one of my homemade chicken marinades or seasonings. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Chicken: we’re using one pound of boneless skinless chicken breast in this tutorial
  • Water: you’ll need just 1/2 cup of water to cook the chicken breast in your crockpot. You can also use chicken broth or even your favorite BBQ sauce or buffalo sauce as pictured below!
  • Seasonings: feel free to stay neutral with salt and pepper, or try one of my favorite chicken marinades!

Go organic (if possible)

If it’s accessible, I recommend using organic chicken breasts whenever possible. They tend to be much juicier and less “tough,” than non-organic chicken breasts, so when you’re using the chicken as a blank canvas to add to recipes it makes a big difference.

slow cooker chicken with BBQ sauce in a crockpot

Have fun with marinades & seasonings

This method for slow cooking chicken acts as a blank canvas you can use in any recipes you’d like. I have tons of seasonings and marinades to try with this method, too! Get them in these tutorials & recipes:

What’s great about using your slow cooker, too, is that you can cook the chicken in basically any liquid you’d like. Try using BBQ sauce, adding your fav hot sauce, or even a coconut milk base, like in curry recipes. And be sure to get my best easy & healthy chicken marinades here.

Don’t forget this tool when slow cooking chicken breasts

If you don’t yet have a meat thermometer, it’s time to get one! I highly recommend having a meat thermometer so that you can check the doneness of your chicken without having to cut into it and lose the juiciness. Here is a great one that I use all the time.

How to cook chicken breasts in a crockpot

If you’ve spent some time making AK dinner recipes, you’ve probably tried out one of my delicious slow cooker chicken recipes. In this tutorial, we’re using the same method but going super simple and basic to create juicy slow cooker chicken breasts that you can add to salads, bowls and more. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: arrange the chicken. Place your chicken breasts in the bowl of a slow cooker with enough room so that they’re not on top of each other.

two chicken breasts in the bowl of a slow cooker

Step 2: add liquid. Pour water over the chicken breasts so that it just barely covers them.

pouring water into slow cooker chicken

Step 3: season the chicken. Sprinkle with plenty of salt and pepper (or any seasonings you’d like — I suggest this amazing sazon seasoning!) As a reminder, feel free to try out any of my amazing chicken marinades before slow cooking your chicken breasts.

adding seasoning to a slow cooker with chicken breasts

Step 4: cover & cook. Cover your slow cooker and cook chicken breasts on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours.

covering a crockpot with a lid to make slow cooker chicken breasts

Step 5: check for doneness. Use your meat thermometer to be sure the chicken has reached 165 degrees F.

removing slow cooker chicken breasts from a crockpot

Step 6: let it rest. Always the key! Remove your chicken breasts from the slow cooker and transfer them to a clean bowl, plate or cutting board. Let them rest for 5-10 minutes to seal in those juices before cutting or shredding.

two slow cooker chicken breasts in a bowl

Freezing & storing cooked chicken breast

After you’ve cooked your chicken breast in your crockpot or slow cooker, you can either use the chicken right away or store it for later:

  • To store: let the chicken breast cool completely and transfer it whole, shredded or cubed to an airtight container. Place the container in the fridge and use the chicken within 4-5 days.
  • To freeze: repeat the steps above but instead place your chicken in the freezer. Cooked chicken breast will stay good in the freezer for about 3 months. When you’re ready to use it, simply thaw it in the refrigerator and enjoy it cold with salad recipes or heat it up in the microwave for warm recipes.

Delicious ways to use slow cooker chicken breast

slow cooker pulled chicken sandwich with slaw on top

Recommended tools for slow cooker chicken

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More slow cooker chicken recipes to try

These amazing recipes using the same method from this tutorial on how to slow cook chicken, but with even more flavor varieties and ingredients!

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Try these other methods for cooking perfect chicken

I hope you love this simple tutorial on how to slow cook the perfect chicken breast! If you try it out be sure to leave a comment and let us know how you used your perfectly cooked chicken. Enjoy, xo!

The Best Slow Cooker Chicken Breast

pulling a chicken breast out of a slow cooker
Course Dairy Free, Dinner, Gluten Free, Grain Free, How to, Low Carb, Lunch, Paleo, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy slow cooker chicken breast, how to slow cook chicken breasts, slow cooker chicken breast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Serves 4

The easiest tutorial for slow cooker chicken breast you'll ever need! Learn exactly how to slow cook chicken breasts so that they're juicy, tender and perfectly cooked every time. Use this method for cooking chicken breast right in your crockpot and easily add it to your favorite recipes.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place your chicken breasts in the bowl of a crock pot. Pour water over the chicken breasts so that it just barely covers them.

  2. Sprinkle the chicken breasts with plenty of salt and pepper. Cover your crock pot and cook chicken breasts on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

  3. Chicken is done when the internal temp reaches 165 degrees F. Use chicken in your favorite recipes. Perfect for shredding!

Recipe Notes

To store: let the chicken breast cool completely and transfer it whole, shredded or cubed to an airtight container. Place the container in the fridge and use the chicken within 4-5 days.

To freeze: repeat the steps above but instead place your chicken in the freezer. Cooked chicken breast will stay good in the freezer for about 3 months. When you’re ready to use it, simply thaw it in the refrigerator and enjoy it cold with salad recipes or heat it up in the microwave for warm recipes.

Method by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

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