These super easy Crock Pot Chicken Thighs are the perfect, affordable weeknight dinner or lazy weekend day crock pot chicken recipe that your whole family will love!
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Crock Pot Chicken Thighs
Crock Pot Chicken thighs are perfect to serve for dinner on any day of the week. They are cost effective enough to serve for a large family or a crowd, and they are easy enough to prepare that you can have a them for a delicious meal, even after a busy day.
Why should I cook chicken thighs in a slow cooker?
Slow cookers are perfect for cooking on low, and they don’t use much power. Chicken cooked in a crockpot on low come out fall-off-the-bone tender and incredibly juicy and flavorful. Plus, there is minimal work and minimal clean up involved.
How long does it take to cook chicken thighs in a crockpot?
It depends on how big the thighs are and the temperature of the slow cooker. If you use a low temperature, then you should add an hour or two to the cooking time.
Cooking time for crock pots varies from one model to another. Some crock pot recipes state up to ten hours as cooking time, but this is far too long. You should know that the general rule for cooking chicken in a crock pot is for every pound of meat, the cooking time should be no more than three hours.
Also, the larger your crock pot, the longer it will take to cook your food – larger crocks need more time and energy to reach a safe internal temperature.
For this recipe, it takes about 3 hours on high or 4 to 5 hours of cooking on low to cook your chicken thighs in a slow cooker.
Can you put raw chicken in a crock pot?
You most definitely can put raw chicken in a crock pot. You will want to make sure that the crock is clean and that the chicken is either covered with water or the desired sauce in order to cook thoroughly, or that the chicken will have time to cook properly in its own juices.
How do you cook chicken thighs in a slow cooker so they don’t dry out?
There are several keys to making sure chicken does not dry out when cooking in a slow cooker:
- Make sure you are cooking on low. This long slow temperature cooking allows the chicken to cook well in its own juices.
- Remember to drain the liquid condensation from the lid back into the crock. This little bit of moisture can go a long way.
- Make sure the chicken in well covered in water, marinade or sauce.
- Do not cook any longer than three hours on low per pound of chicken.
What kind of chicken thighs should I use for a slow cooker?
I like to use bone-in, skin on chicken thighs for easy slow cooker recipes. Also, bone-in chicken thighs usually cost a lot less so, I can buy them in bulk and freeze them. You can use boneless thighs if you or your family has a definite aversion to chicken on the bone, but in general, you will get a lot more for your money with bone-in thighs.
Can I freeze chicken thighs?
When I buy chicken thighs in bulk, I like to separate them into gallon freezer bags in quantities for a meal. I also like to go ahead and pour the seasonings in the bag before I freeze them. This way, all I have to do is thaw the bag of chicken thighs and dump them in crock pot first thing in the morning. I can do that much even before I have coffee!
How do I season chicken thighs for the crock pot?
You can really use any combination of spices you like to cook chicken thighs in a slow cooker. You can be as simple with seasonings as salt and pepper or you can add a little more flavor with garlic and onion powder.
My favorite combination is minced garlic, onion powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
What do you serve with Crock Pot Chicken Thighs?
You can serve chicken thighs with a variety of side dishes. One of the most popular is roasted vegetables. Other options include mashed potatoes, breaded baked zucchini, or whole boiled new potatoes.
Whole boiled new potatoes are great for people who are eating gluten-free diets. If you’re not eating gluten-free, then mashed potatoes are a great option to go with chicken thighs.
Here are some other side dishes that pair well with chicken thighs.
- Potato wedges
- Loaded Corn Casserole
- Sweet potatoes
- Cranberry sauce
- Crock Pot Green Bean Casserole
Lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, or any other citrus fruit of your choosing to add flavor and Vitamin C.
Other Easy Crock Pot Chicken Recipes
- Easy Crock Pot Salsa Chicken
- Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken
- White Chicken Chili
- Cock Pot Chicken Enchilada Casserole via Crystal & Comp.
- 4 lbs bone in skin on chicken thighs
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 cup chicken broth
- Coat the inside of the crock with cooking spray.
- Place the chicken thigs evenly distributed in a single layer inside the crock.
- Pour chicken broth over the chicken.
- Sprinkle evenly with all spices.
- Cook on low for six hours.
- Remove from slow cooker.
- Optional: broil for 5-7 minutes for crispy skin.
You can substitute boneless skinless thighs if your family has an aversion to bone in chicken. You may also substitute the seasonings for other spices or sauces as you prefer.
Serving Size:1 Thigh
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 653Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 388mgSodium: 1068mgCarbohydrates: 1gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 71g
Please confirm nutrition based on size and optional spices and sauces.