Monday, April 29, 2013

Crock Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

I don't know about you but I'm always on the lookout for new chicken recipes. And I'm always trying to think of a new way to make it that doesn't involve the same ole ingredients. We love our old favorites but you gotta switch things up from time to time. I also know lots of people are on the look out for healthier but super yummy ways to make chicken. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts can sometimes be difficult to cook because they can tend to dry out really easily if you aren't careful.

So cooking chicken in your slow cooker is a way to add a ton of flavor but also make your chicken super tender.  And adding lemon to chicken tenderizes the meat while adding flavor.
Have you seen my recipe for Perfect Roast Chicken?  It's kinda the same concept.  The chicken takes on such great flavor from the lemon and garlic.  This is delicious served with some rice. My friend Megan said she would love it with noodles.  I think this chicken would also be amazing chopped up and put in a crisp, green salad.  I hope you'll give this one a try. 
It is definitely a keeper!
That one piece of chicken almost looks like salmon, don't it?
I swear it is chicken though (hee hee)


3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3rds
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2-3 tbsp. vegetable oil (or butter)
salt & pepper
1 packet Good Seasons Italian dressing mix
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 cup lemon juice 
1/2 cup chicken broth
Cut chicken breasts into thirds.

Note: You can certainly leave your chicken breasts whole for this. 
Just adjust cooking time accordingly.
Coat chicken breast pieces lightly in flour, shaking off excess, and place on a plate.
Heat 2-3 tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in half the chicken pieces and brown on both sides (about 3 minutes per side).  Season chicken with a bit of salt and pepper while it's in the pan.
Take those pieces out, add a bit more oil if necessary then brown last batch of chicken.  You aren't cooking the chicken all the way through. We just want to give it a nice color, which will also add to the overall flavor of the chicken. Then put browned chicken into the crock pot.
Sprinkle chicken with dry Italian dressing mix. 
Add in minced garlic.
Then pour in lemon juice.
And chicken broth.
Cover with lid and cook on low for about 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
The chicken will be very tender so take care when pulling it out of the crock pot.
Just spoon a bit of the sauce right on top of the chicken before serving. 


Vickie said...

This sure does look good! Gonna have to try it! I love your crock pot too. It's adorable! :) Keep the slow cooker recipes coming sister! I'm always up for new ones. I'm a working mom and wife, and I love having some on hand so I don't have to come in and cook after a long day on the job. :)

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

I adore your dinner recipes, especially this! I'm in love with slowcooker recipes.

Anonymous said...

This looks delicious. My family is not a big fan of chicken breasts and I was wondering if I could make this with bone in chicken thighs?? And if so how long do you think it would need to cook for?? Thanks :o)

Anonymous said...

This is such a great place to find the best recipes-Keep up the good work!!

Trish said...

With warm weather right around the corner, I'm on the lookout for new, easy crockpot recipes. This one looks like a winner! I especially like the idea of topping a salad with this!

Anonymous said...

Do you have to brown them first? Thanks! Love your blog!

Sharon {Shay Designs} said...

I just have to say your crockpot is adorable! I keep hoping my breaks so I have an excuse to buy a cuter one like yours! Oh and love the recipe too!

Medeja said...

Yummy! Looks great! I would't refuse such chicken for dinner :)

The Better Baker said...

MMM - that sounds fabulous. We're eating lots of chicken these days and I think this one i'll do the trick. So glad I saw this. Thanks -

Brandie S. said...

No you don't have to brown it first. The browning just adds an extra bit of flavor to the whole dish. But if you are short on time, just skip it.

Brandie S. said...

Thank you Sharon! I have way too many crock pots. LOL. I got this one at Wal-Mart for 20 bucks.

Brandie S. said...

Thank you so much for that! Makes my day to read that!

Brandie S. said...

Hope you love this one Trish!

Brandie S. said...

Thank you so much Vickie! You know I love my crock pots! I'll do my best to try and bring you some more yummy recipes. :)

Brandie S. said...

You are always so sweet Pamela - thank you!

Brandie S. said...

I don't see why not. As for the timing, thighs generally don't take real long to cook but they are bone-in so you have to add a bit of time for that. I would say maybe on low 4-6 hours at the most. If you are home, do a check around the 4 hour mark and see if your juices are running clear or check with a meat thermometer. Chicken is done at 165F.

Cynthia Briggs said...

I made this recipe tonight and it was very good. The only thing I will do different next time is thicken the sauce with a bit of cornstarch.

My husband really like it also, so it's Hubby approved!

Thanks for sharing this's a keeper!

The Mommy said...

I made this last week and it was really good. Even my 6-year-old ate it! (1 out of 4 kids is pretty good odds around our picky table). My husband asked for it to be added to "the list". That's extremely high praise! Great recipe!

Shelby H. said...

If I choose not to brown the chicken before do I need to still coat with the flour?!

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Shara said...

Tried this tonight and even my pickiest loved it. Hubby is taking leftovers for his lunch tomorrow. Thanks for the great recipe.

Sandra Morrissey said...

Thank you Brandi, this will be one that I will add to my crockpot recipes. I just got the Ninja Slow cooker and its not only a slow cooker but also has stove top settings and oven settings also a buffet setting. This thing is amazing and wanted to let you know. I can even put the removable pan on the stove to brown before slow cooking but it isn't actually necessary since the stove top setting gets hot enough to actually work like your stove top.
I make your lasagna in it and because of the shape I don't have to break the noodles, they fit perfectly.
You share so many great recipes thought I would share a great find with you.

Anonymous said...

I notice there is butter in the picture of the ingredients where does this come into play? thank you :)

Anonymous said...

Just made this tonight and it was a BIG hit! The chicken was so flavorful and tender, the hubby and kids were really impressed. This is the second crockpot recipe I have made from your blog; I made the beef tips and rice last week and everyone had seconds. Great recipes and great time savers!!

Anonymous said...

Made this for dinner tonight to mixed reviews, will definitely try again but reduce lemon juice to 1/4 cup and increase chicken broth.

Anonymous said...

Love this chicken garlicky recipe but to add a bit of a difference add 1 teaspoon of Tumeric - it really makes a delicious difference.

Sarah Koch said...

Could you use Meyer lemon juice in this or would it throw the other flavors off?