This Slow Cooker Chicken Breast comes out tender, juicy and perfectly seasoned every time! Learn how to make the best crockpot chicken breast in the world and use it in any of your favorite chicken recipes.

Four chicken breasts in black slow cooker with seasonings in broth.

If you have ever made my popular baked skinless boneless chicken breast and wished that there was even a more hands off easy method, this juicy slow cooker chicken breast recipe is for you!

With similar seasonings, it results in perfectly cooked crock pot chicken breast and all you do is dump and go.

Many of you already love my pressure cooker chicken breast which I also often turn into shredded chicken. And this is just one more way to cook it.

I sure do love my chicken breast because I figured out how to make it juicy! The secret is – don’t overcook it!

Serve it with steamed rice, make it into a crockpot shredded chicken recipe for tacos, or add it to a big salad. As for leftovers, use them in crock pot chicken spaghetti or pasta with chicken and spinach the next day!

Ingredients Needed

Chicken breasts, chicken broth, oil, paprika, dried basil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder.

This is such an an easy recipe with only 6 basic seasonings, chicken and 2 other simple ingredients! Feel free to jazz it up with one of these easy chicken marinades for variety.

  • Chicken breasts: I used 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts and they fit it in my crockpot with minimal overlapping, which is important so they cook evenly.
  • Chicken broth: I prefer low sodium chicken broth, adjust salt as necessary for the brand you use. You could use water, but chicken stock will be have more flavor.
  • Olive oil: Chicken breasts have no fat, which means they can easily dry out. Adding just a small amount of oil or butter, makes the chicken breasts more flavorful and moist. It will also make the broth more rich.
  • Seasonings: Simple pantry spices of garlic powder, onion powder, basil, paprika plus salt and black pepper.

How to Make Perfect Chicken Breast in Slow Cooker

When you think of slow cooker recipes, you think of starting it before going to work, 4-8 hours of slow cooking, and coming home to ready dinner. It doesn’t work so with chicken breasts though. I am asking you not to overcook it!

Here is how to cook chicken breasts in your crock pot with 4 simple steps!

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  1. Season the chicken: In a small bowl, whisk garlic powder, onion powder, dried basil, paprika, salt, pepper. Then sprinkle chicken breasts on both sides with it. Even easier, lay raw chicken on large plate and sprinkle with half the spices, flip and sprinkle with the rest.
  2. Add it to crockpot: To the bottom of the slow cooker, add broth, olive oil and lay chicken in a single layer on top. You don’t want them overlapping much to make sure they cook evenly and get that nice “roasted” look.
  3. Cover and cook: Cook on Low for 3-4 hours or on High for 2 hours. The most sure way to know your chicken is ready is to insert an instant read thermometer in the middle, and if it reads at least 160 degrees F, your slow-cooked chicken breasts are ready.
  4. Rest then serve: Then you do want to rest your chicken to let the juices redistribute and reach desired 165 F. So, cover with foil, let rest for 5-10 minutes and chicken will keep cooking with residual heat while becoming juicy. Magic!

How Long to Cook Chicken Breast in the Crock Pot?

I achieve it by cooking on Low for 3-4 hours or on High for 2 hours. Again, do not leave your chicken breasts in slow cooker fo an entire day.

The exact time will depend on the size of your chicken breasts, their type and your slow cooker make and model.

Here is a cooking time chart for reference:

  • Boneless chicken breasts – On Low for 3-4 hours or on High for 2 hours.
  • Bone-in chicken breasts – on Low for 3.5-4.5 hours or on High for 2.5 hours.
  • Chicken tenders – on Low for 2.5-3 hours or on High for 1.5 hours.

Once again, 160 degrees F is a magic number. Stick meat thermometer into cooked chicken breast, and if that’s the number you see, it’s ready!

Can You Cook Frozen Chicken Breast in Crock Pot?

While this does seem to be a debatable topic, the USDA Food Safety Guidelines for Slow Cookers recommends to always thaw raw meat or poultry before putting it in your slow cooker.

The long slow temp at which a slow cooker heats up puts your frozen meat in danger of growing bacteria if left at a certain temperature for a long period.

If you only have frozen chicken, try this method for frozen chicken breast in the Instant Pot!

Tips for Success

  • Quality chicken: It doesn’t need to be expensive or even organic, but it’s important to use the brand you tried and liked. Quality can vary from package to package, so stick to what you like.
  • Don’t overcook it: This is super important to prevent dry chicken breast! The best way is to invest in a meat thermometer, check your meat for the magic number of 160 degrees F and remove it from the slow cooker right away. It will reach 165 F during resting while staying moist.
  • Crock pot size: You don’t want too small of a slow cooker or too large! Too small and your breasts will overlap and cause uneven cooking, too large of a crockpot and they run the risk of cooking too quickly. Ensure your crockpot is at least half full.
  • Similar sized chicken breasts: This will help them cook evenly and at the same time.
  • Don’t open the lid: It’s a golden rule when slow cooking anything! Steam will escape and your chicken will require longer cooking time, which could lead to dry results.
Two seasoned cooked chicken breasts in crockpot on a plate.

Recipe Variations

Try any of these variations for your slow cooker chicken breasts.

Or here is what I like to do. Quite often, I just top cooked chicken with my favorite local store-bought Yeshi sauce and it’s the easiest dinner ever! I am obsessed with those nutritional yeast umami dressings, you can buy it anywhere, even different brand.

  • Swap the seasonings: Try a different blend of seasonings such as cajun seasoning, , or use smoked paprika instead of regular sweet paprika.
  • BBQ sauce: Either cook in healthy barbeque sauce or brush it with the sauce when it’s done cooking.
  • Mexican: Cook in your favorite salsa and taco seasoning, shred with two forks when done and use in tacos. This is such an easy chicken dinner idea!
  • Italian: Season chicken with Italian seasoning and use the leftovers to make Tuscan chicken pasta.

If you plan to use your chicken in another recipe, you may just want to stick with salt and pepper plus garlic powder.

Ways to Use Cooked Chicken

Serve your perfect slow cooker chicken breast right away for dinner tonight or use in a variety of dishes throughout the week!

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

To store: Let your slow cooker chicken breasts cool completely first. Then transfer it whole, shredded, sliced or cubed to an airtight container and place in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days.

To freeze: Freeze in an airtight container or storage bag up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator.

Reheat: Reheat in a microwave until warmed through or in a covered skillet on the stovetop. Be careful not to overcook it or it will be dry. If your have an air fryer, here is also how to reheat chicken breast in air fryer tutorial.

FAQs

How long to cook chicken in crockpot on low?

At a low setting, your boneless skinless chicken breasts will take 3-4 hours. The exact time will depend on the size of your breasts and your slow cooker model.

How long to cook chicken in crockpot on high?

Cooking boneless skinless chicken breasts on high in your slow cooker should take 2 hours.

Can I use other cuts of chicken?

This slow cooker chicken breast recipe has only been tested with full sized chicken breasts. I believe you are safe to cook boneless skinless chicken thighs using this recipe.

How do I fix dry chicken breasts?

Shred it, place in a large bowl, pour 1 cup of chicken broth from the bottom of your slow cooker and stir. This step will rehydrate the chicken.

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Sliced chicken breasts on a plate with parsley garnish.
Four chicken breasts in black slow cooker with seasonings in broth.

Perfect Slow Cooker Chicken Breast

This Slow Cooker Chicken Breast comes out tender, juicy and perfectly seasoned every time! Learn how to make the best crockpot chicken breast in the world and use it in any of your favorite chicken recipes.
5 from 3 votes
Servings 4
Calories 298
Diet Gluten Free
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Resting time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, add garlic powder, onion powder, basil, paprika, salt, pepper and stir to combine. Sprinkle chicken breasts on both sides.
  • In a large slow cooker, add broth, olive oil and lay chicken on top, trying to overlap minimally.
  • Cover and cook on Low for 3-4 hours or on High for 2 hours, or until internal read thermometer reads 165 degrees F when inserted in the center.
  • Remove onto a cutting board, cover with foil and let rest for 5-10 minutes. Then slice or shred.

Notes

  • Store: In an airtight container in the fridge 3-4 days. 
  • Reheat: In microwave or on the stovetop in a covered pan until warmed through.
  • Freeze: Up to 3 months in a freezer safe bag, thaw before using.
Here is a cooking time chart for reference:
  • Boneless chicken breasts – On Low for 3-4 hours or on High for 2 hours.
  • Bone-in chicken breasts – on Low for 3.5-4.5 hours or on High for 2.5 hours.
  • Chicken tenders – on Low for 2.5-3 hours or on High for 1.5 hours

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 708mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.1g
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: North American
Author: Olena Osipov
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