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Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Thighs

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This hands-off slow cooker Thai Chicken Thighs recipe is absolutely packed with flavor, combining tender, juicy chicken thighs with a Thai sweet chili sauce and fresh scallions. Serve up with rice or noodles for a simple, wholesome meal!

Prefer fish? why not try this Thai broiled sweet chili salmon or Cedar Plank salmon. You can even use it to brush over grilled shrimp!

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Thighs

I’m keeping things really chill this busy time of the year. Simple recipes like this 2 ingredients slow cooker Thai chicken thighs, slow cooker whole chicken, porcupine meatballs, turkey meatloaf, and crockpot butter chicken help me get things done and family fed not with cookies.

Recently I even made slow-cooker balsamic pot roast… gosh, out of this world! But now I’m craving Thia flavors

On Monday morning I literally was shopping Cyber Monday deals while browning chicken. That is one ingredient. Another one I already had in a fridge – Thai sweet chili sauce.

It just never fails me. Just like my slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Thighs

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Thighs

I tested this slow cooker Thai chicken thighs recipe last week for the first time. While everyone loved it I eliminated the soy sauce and made chicken look more appealing.

I always wondered how come chicken looks so crispy and browned coming from a slow cooker on Pinterest?! Yes, Pinterest gave me a few forehead wrinkles too. Well, don’t fool yourself. There is no magic – slow cooker doesn’t crisp things up but rather steams and softens the food.

On the plus side, that means deliciously tender and juicy Thai chicken you can then serve up alongside rice (or this Thai cauli rice), noodles, pad thai ‘zoodles‘ or even a Thai salad!

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Thighs

Oh and top tip: To crip up the chicken, you have to pre-brown chicken in a skillet which is very simple to do in a ceramic non-stick skillet without even any oil. This step eliminates extra saturated fat, leaves you with a crispy chicken and a messy stove.

If your family loves Thai flavors they might also like Thai meatballs, Thai chicken salad, shrimp curry, or chicken Thai soup!

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Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Thighs

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Thighs

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Thighs Recipe made with 2 ingredients: healthy homemade thai sweet chili sauce and chicken thighs. BEST easy healthy chicken!
4.89 from 9 votes
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Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 530kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


  • 4 lbs chicken thighs bone in and skin on
  • 1/2 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • Green onions finely chopped (for garnish)


  • Preheat nonstick ceramic skillet on medium heat and place half of the chicken skin side down. Cover (mostly to minimize fat splattering) and cook until skin is crispy brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Turn, cook for another 3-4 minutes and transfer to a large slow cooker skin side up in a layer. Drain fat from skillet and repeat this step with remaining chicken.
  • Pour Thai sweet chili sauce on top, cover and cook on Low for 5-6 hours or on High for 2.5-3 hours.
  • Serve hot garnished with green onions, a side of brown rice/quinoa and a salad of choice. That is it!

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


    Calories: 530kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 222mg | Sodium: 334mg | Potassium: 465mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 2mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    1. 5 stars
      This was a great recipe. Our girls (8&11) asked for seconds. Rare! You vaguely reference removing soy sauce from the recipe. Can you provide the original? We’d like to try it with the soy sauce too. Thanks!

    2. Question: I don’t have a slow cooker but I have an instant pot. Do you think it would work using the slow cooker option on my IP?

    3. 5 stars
      Great chicken! Super easy, including making the Thai chili sauce. Added some rice snd sn Asian chopped salad et voila – a delicious dinner!

    4. 5 stars
      Recipe looks great but the intrusive ads one must plow through makes it doubtful that I would want to follow your website

    5. 5 stars
      I have a couple of quick questions…could you also use chicken breasts if you’re not a big fan of dark meat? Yes, I know that the thighs are juicier and have more flavor! And on the side salad, is that a feta or goat cheese? Thanks!

    6. 5 stars
      Pairs perfectly with your Thai Cauliflower Rice! Delish!

      The sauce was great to flavor and cook the chicken with. The meat was juicy and tender and came right off the bone. I will make this again. Thank you for the recipe 🙂

    7. If I use boneless and skinless chicken thighs, how long would it need to cook for and would it not be as flavorful?

      1. Hi Jillian. Well, not that many because there are bones and skin. I would say 8-10 average American size chicken thighs, they shrink too. You could always freeze the leftovers.:)

    8. 5 stars
      I made this for dinner last night. It came out so good!! Just the right amount of sweetness and spice. And it is comforting to know I am using all real ingredients. Great recipe Olena ?

      1. Wohoo, Amanda! I agree. I used soy sauce the first test and chicken was too salty. This recipe also pushed me to make Thai sauce and keep it on hand. Very handy for those lazy dinners when you have no idea what to cook. Glad you liked it!

    9. Thanks for this simple recipe AND the great reminder about stepping back and simply enjoying our lives while we can. It’s something I see my own families forgetting to do and it drives me more than a little crazy! They sure don’t want my advice either.

      I’ve been really curious about the ceramic skillets for a long time and now I know, thank you the recommendation! Looks like I’ll be doing a little self gifting this Christmas! Husband and I don’t usually buy each other gifts at Christmas time, we treat each other with surprises throughout the year.

      Two ingredients is a great recipe for most anyone this busy time of year, but me, without little ones to shuttle around, or lots of parties to worry about, it just looks simple and delicious and often recipes that are simple are the best! Plus I gotta say, your Thai sweet chili sauce is the best!

      I vote for both recipes next week! Sorry, sometimes choosing is hard to do. If I have to choose, I’ll choose the rum balls. They are a Christmas tradition here that my family always looks forward to. Yet I have to find a good recipe that’s not full of sugar with store bought cookies that sugar in them, and corn syrup. Would love to replace my unhealthy one!

      1. Hey Laurel. Are you talking about your kids? Your daughters-in-law? Haha. I’m sure looking forward to that stage in my life when I have no say and we all know women run the house and I have boys. Sigh. It will all work out. By that time I probably will care less and will be sipping white wine on a beach in Mexico during the holidays.
        I have 2 skillets: cast iron and ceramic. Do not buy an expensive ceramic skillet because it lasts 6 months the most. Things start sticking to it and you have to replace it.
        Me and Alex spend money on travel and do not buy gifts either. We have everything we can possibly want to have.
        Rum balls coming next.:) Have a great weekend and take it easy. Remember, experience comes with years. I sure didn’t listen to my mom’s advice much when I was 20 or even 30. I listen a bit now haha.

        1. Oh boy, sadly, Olena, I am talking about my EX-daughter-in law! She definitely feels that collecting things and climbing that corporate ladder is more important than experiencing life as a family outdoors and doing things together. It has been hard, but somehow, after 5 years they’ve finally learned to put their anger aside and are working together at putting their two kids, now 10 and almost 14, in front of their anger and my sons hurt.(he was completely blindsided) My other daughter in law is as sweet as can be! They may or may not have children, it we think of her as another daughter. Our son in law…lets just say we are his mom and dad too and love him like our own! He is always asking for advice. Then not taking it! Lol! It’s a crazy mixed up family family where variety abounds! Our youngest is 30 and is evaluating his life and situation. He is motivated to earn an education and now in school causing some differences with his relationship. So we will see. He knows there will no be no children in his future.

          Me and Dick are so very content and grateful to have happiness and overlook kids and grandkids that we feel Christmas is more fun to just sit back and cook, gift the grandchildren with a few small items they request and watch them have fun teasing, laughing, and joking with us, one another and their anunts and uncles. As you said, it’s the memories. I hardly even get my camera out anymore because I used to miss the fun trying to ‘capture’ everything, you know? I’d rather be part of the moment and just remember that now!

          Thanks for leaning in my direction with the rum balls, and for the pan information. I am going to try one.

          1. Sounds like a well rounded family, Laurel. A normal family haha.
            I don’t want to think about what if my boys’ personal lives do not work out. N point. I will deal with ti if problem arises. Bu ta thought of one of them marrying someone we don’t get along scares me sometimes. One day at a time.
            I stopped taking a million of pictures, deleted my personal social media accounts and chose to live in the moment for my own memories. Good for you! Very few people do that nowadays. Everything seems to be a show… for who?! In a way, technology is stealing real life from us.

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