As time gets busier during the rush of the school year- dance, ice skating, cake decorating, and culinary competition team, I am always looking for quick, healthy recipes.
Chicken is definitely a crowd favorite at my house and here are some that either I have already tried and loved, or ones that are on my list of things to try.
Healthy Chicken Crockpot Recipes
1. Chicken and Dumplings
Holly over at Spend with Pennies wrote this one in November of 2016 but the first time I made a similar recipe was September of 2013. I made it one night when my husband and I were getting prepared for our move to Dallas.
I remember this so specifically because, despite the fact that I am a professional chef, my husband does not say “that's good” very often and this was one time that he did.
So take his word for it and make this delicious throw-together meal!
2. Mushroom Stroganoff
This would be a lunch recipe for me to make for my co-workers and myself since I am, sadly, the only one in my household that likes mushrooms. Yet this recipe is a winner because it's slow-cooked, has mushrooms, and that cream cheese sauce is delectable.
Mmmmm… ah.maz.ing. Alyssa at the Recipe Critic made the perfect recipe for her first day back after vacation. I might just have to do the same.
3. Sweet Potato and Broccoli
The sweet potatoes and chicken are the only thing made in the crockpot in this recipe. The broccoli in this recipe was made in a steam bag and microwave which is definitely quick and, honestly, done in my house quite often.
The author adds a bit of spice to contrast the sweetness of the sweet potatoes and it blends together very nicely. To see for yourself, head over to Cooking Classy.
4. Cilantro Lime Chicken
I have to admit, after living in Texas for several years I am obsessed with the cilantro and lime flavors. Add this chicken recipe to a corn tortilla and it will be pretty close to the real deal- picked up at any flea market or authentic Mexican restaurant.
Plus it can all be thrown together and ate later in the day. No need to go out to eat! Ashlyn at Belle of the Kitchen made this delicious recipe that I cannot wait to try.
5. Italian Mozzarella Chicken
Aunt Lu wrote this recipe, noting that her husband asked for it over and over again just like mine said that the first recipe was great.
I would have to agree that this recipe sounds delicious after all it has noodles and all the Italian spices that make my mouth water just thinking about it. I like the fact that they chose to broil the cheese towards the end to give it a nice smoky note.
Head over to Recipes that Crock for full details.
6. Crack Chicken
I think shredded meat is one of the best things ever and one thing about a crockpot is that it will get most meats to the point of shredded.
Add in cream cheese and ranch dressing to the slow cooker and we are all in for a treat. Add bacon and that sounds like a great sandwich.
Cookies and Cups‘ recipe is delicious but, as always, you can change things up. I found this recipe on Aunt Bee‘s site, where she substituted part of the cream cheese for mayonnaise and adds green onions. I would do the latter but not the former. Green onions added to it sounds delicious!
7. Cheesy Chicken Bacon and Tater Tot
In case you have not figured it out yet, I love bacon and cheese with… well, anything but definitely with chicken. This chicken casserole is perfect for the potato and meat lover. I would add broccoli or green beans with it for a vegetable.
Either way, you are looking at a recipe that can be thrown together in the morning and devoured when you get home that evening. With bacon, cheese, chicken, and potatoes, who wouldn't devour it?! Head over to Real Housemoms‘ blog for the full details.
8. Orange Chicken
We're hanging out with Ashlyn over at the Recipe Critic again but I will say this is the best slow cooker orange chicken recipe I have ever tried. Might just be the best orange chicken I have ever made.
You do have to do a little bit more prep with this recipe than most, coating the chicken with cornstarch and pan frying it. You do not have to fully cook it, just get it crunchy before you add it to the crockpot with the sauce.
This, wontons, and rice is a favorite for my girls!
9. Creamy Lemon Chicken
This creamy chicken looks delicious and sounds equally so. My husband loves lemon pepper chicken and this is a nice rendition of that recipe. It adds spices including garlic and Italian seasoning. Add in whipping cream and lemon juice towards the end for delicious results.
For more on the recipe head over to Holly's page at Life in the Lofthouse.
10. Chicken Parmesan and Noodles
Several of the recipes I have given you require a couple of steps beside dump and go. This recipe does not, minus boiling the noodles, shredding the chicken (which is already cooked and in the crockpot), adding cooked noodles, and topping with cheese until melted.
This rendition of Chicken Parmesan looks tasty, especially on these dark early nights. For more details, check out Sarah's website at The Magical Slow Cooker.
11. Chicken Alfredo
Here's another recipe similar to the previous one except the noodles get to simmer with the rest of the recipe for the last hour instead of being cooked on its own.
The last time I made a tortellini recipe that simmers with everything else, it was a big hit with my students. I think this one would be equally as much of a winner, especially if it used homemade alfredo sauce that was made prior to making this recipe.
For more information, head over to The Gunny Sack.
12. Creamy Sundried Tomato Chicken
I was so excited a few (million) years ago when I found out my preschooler and toddler loved tomato soup with basil in it.
This recipe takes me back to those days because the mix of basil and tomato really stand out. Add the chicken stock and to me, it almost seems perfect to go on top of a bed of white rice. Served with a glass of wine that will be toasted to Nikki over at Chef-in-Training.
13. Mississippi Chicken Thighs
This crockpot recipe has been made in my house several times but my husband chooses to use a different meat. I am sure it would be delicious with chicken. After all, it would be equally as moist and tender, especially with butter and au jus gravy mix! The recipe can be found at Recipes that Crock.
14. Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken
I had figured pineapple chicken would be on this list but I figured it would be barbeque sauce, pineapples, and chicken in it. I never thought of all the extra ingredients that Chungah over at Damn Delicious thought of such as bell peppers and onions.
This is another great one that should be served over a bed of rice. It looks so delicious I'm ready to dig in. Shame it takes several hours to cook!
I tell you guys all the time that I live in Texas. I am a bit proud of that. But what I have not told you is that:
- I grew up in Illinois. Hence the “ya'all.” I'm not ashamed of my “Yankee” roots.
- I spent two beautiful years of my early adult life in Southern Mississippi. At the time, I hid said “Yankee” roots.
While I spent my time in Mississippi, my husband and I began to love the deep south southern food, including Jambalaya. This recipe has both chicken and sausage in it, just the way we like it. And not having to slave over the stove makes it perfect for our hot summers!
To get this spicy perfect recipe head over to My Healthy Dish.
16. BBQ Chicken
Pulled Pork was another southern thing that I never ate growing up. It makes me kind of sad and yet glad that I found the Southern in me… even if it did take seventeen years!
There is something about pulled meats that makes me feel like I'm in heaven and I am glad that my girls get to experience different tastes from so many different areas.
As I said before, using the crockpot is a great way to get pulled meat easily. Just let the meat soak in juice in the crockpot and before you know it, the meat is falling apart as you're trying to grab it. Pure perfection, if you ask me.
Natasha did a great job with this recipe, be sure to check it out!
17. Chicken Fajitas
The summer my husband moved in with me is one of the most bittersweet memories I have. Partially because it was the beginning of so far fourteen years. It was before kids when we were young and a lot more free than we are now. But also because I learned a lot about cooking during that summer. While we were making Jambalaya, we were also making Fajitas.
You see, my husband grew up on cheap food and didn't want that for himself anymore. So I learned what real butter was and how to make foods I had never made before. Great memories.
This food takes me back and even better- this recipe takes less time! Check it out over at Cooking Classy.
18. Chicken Burrito Bowl
When I think about burrito bowls, I think of Taco Bell but this recipe is so much better. Rice, corn, beans, chicken, and cheese topped with chives, this looks delicious. You already know that I like shredded chicken so that helps but I feel that the shell is not needed but definitely optional if you want to take it on the go. So this recipe is the ultimate recipe- put it in a bowl if you are staying home or in a shell if you're headed out on a busy night!
To see their thoughts on it and get the full scoop head over to the kitchn.
19. Cheesy Bacon Ranch
This recipe is very similar to chicken crack that I did further up but they substituted sour cream, added thicker bacon, and cheese.
They also recommend adding it to the top of a baked potato which sounds heavenly. Cheese, sour cream, and bacon is a big thing on potatoes so why not chicken as well?
I will definitely be back for seconds!
20. Balsamic Chicken
Balsamic Chicken the way I make it, is just chicken and vinegar but this looks equally as appetizing. I still see this over a bed of rice but the couscous that she uses is a great substitute. Wilted spinach on the side would add to the greatness of this recipe.
I'm planning to try this later in the week, see if spicing up my usual will be as much of a hit as the original is. Plus? You guessed it- I'm not standing in front of the stove. The full recipe can be found at Family Food on the Table.
21. Lo Mein
I'm adding this one because if I needed a crockpot recipe to feed seventy-five high school students and make them all happy, Lo Mein would be it. They constantly ask me if we can make either Lo Mein or Chow Mein. I'm okay with the idea so long as it's the real deal and not the store bought pre-packaged stuff. Thanks, Life made Sweeter!
No matter your taste, style or your reasoning behind needing easy go-to chicken recipes, this was the place to find it. Stay a while, I'll bet you find some more great stuff as well.