How to Make the Best Slow Cooker Chicken Breast

Chicken breast cooked in crock pot recipes

If you’ve made my slow cooker chicken sandwiches easy, be prepared to use those skills to make perfectly cooked and juicy slow-cooking chicken breast anytime, anywhere. This super easy method of slowly 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 slow cooker and avoiding a hot oven. You’ll only need a few simple ingredients and a few hours for the best slow-cooked chicken breasts to be added to salads, burrito bowls, tacos, and more. Enjoy!

two bowls of chicken burrito topped with avocado, jalapeños and cheese

Everything you’ll need to make

slow cook chicken breast We

keep it super simple with this method of slowly cooking chicken breast, but you can always feel free to liven up your chicken with one of my homemade marinades or chicken seasonings. Here’s what you’ll

need: Chicken: We’re using a pound of

  • boneless, skinless
  • chicken breast in this tutorial

  • Water: You’ll need only 1/2 cup of water to cook the chicken breast in your cooking pot. You can also use chicken broth or even your favorite BBQ sauce or buffalo sauce as shown below!
  • Condiments: Feel free to stay neutral with salt and pepper, or try one of my favorite chicken marinades!

Go organic (if possible)

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

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slow cooker chicken with BBQ sauce in a slow cooker

Have fun with marinades and seasonings This method of slowly cooking chicken acts as a blank canvas that you can use in any recipe you want. I also have tons of

seasonings and marinades

to try with this method! Get them in these tutorials and recipes:

  • Honey Sweet and Spicy Mustard Ginger Spicy
  • Ranch
  • Greek
  • Lemon Yogurt
  • Jerk Chicken
  • Taco Flavored

The great thing about using your slow cooker, too, is that you can cook the chicken in basically any liquid you want. Try using BBQ sauce, adding your favorite hot sauce, or even a coconut milk base, as in curry recipes. And make sure you get my best easy and healthy chicken marinades here.

Don’t forget this tool when you slowly cook chicken breasts

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

How to Cook Chicken Breasts in a Slow Cooker

If you’ve

spent some time making AK dinner recipes, you’ve probably tried 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-cooking chicken breasts that you can add to salads, bowls, and more. Here’s how to do it


Step 1: Organize the chicken. Place your chicken breasts in the bowl of a slow cooker with enough space so they don’t sit on top of each other.

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two chicken breasts in the bowl of a slow cooker

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

pour water into the slow cooker chicken

Step 3: Season the chicken. Sprinkle with plenty of salt and pepper (or any seasoning you want, I suggest this amazing seasoning!) As a reminder, feel free to try any of my amazing chicken marinades before slowly cooking your chicken breasts.

add seasoning to a slow cooker with chicken breasts

Step 4: Cover and cook. Cover your slow cooker and simmer chicken breasts for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

cover a slow cooker with a lid to make slow cooker chicken breasts

Step 5: Check if it is cooked. Use your meat thermometer to make sure the chicken has reached 165 degrees F.

Remove slow-cooking chicken breasts from a slow cooker

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

two slow cooker chicken breasts in a bowl

Freezing and storage

of cooked chicken breast

After you have cooked your chicken breast in your slow cooker or slow cooker, you can use the chicken immediately or store it for later


  • To store: Let the chicken breast cool completely and transfer it whole, crumbled or diced into 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 keep good in the freezer for about 3 months. When you’re ready to use, simply thaw it in the refrigerator and enjoy it cold with salad recipes or heat it in the microwave for hot recipes.
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Delicious ways to use

slow cook chicken breast

  • Add it to delicious soups like this curry chicken noodle soup, my famous healthy chicken pie soup or this nutritious golden coconut chicken lentil soup Mix it
  • into a fresh salad or wrap like this

  • spicy chopped chicken coleslaw salad Spicy Ranch, this crispy crispy grated Brussels sprout salad or these
  • Rainbow Crunchy Thai peanut chicken wraps Use it to add extra protein as a dressing in tasty BBQ Ranch chicken and quinoa bowls or DIY chicken burrito bowls

slow pot chicken sandwich  with salad on top

Recommended tools for slow cooker chicken

  • Slow cooker
  • Meat
  • thermometer
  • Cutting board (use code ‘ambitiouskitchen15’ to get 15% off!)


all our kitchen essentials here

! More slow cooker chicken recipes to try

These amazing recipes use the same method as this tutorial on how to cook chicken over low heat, but with even more flavor varieties and ingredients


  • Amazing slow cooker shredded chicken sandwiches Healthy slow cooker
  • chicken

  • Tikka Masala
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Omelette Soup

Get all our delicious chicken recipes here!

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

Method by: Monique Volz // Ambitious cuisine | Photo by: Eat Love Eats

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