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Crock Pot Lemon Chicken

This Crock Pot lemon chicken dinner recipe is an easy, budget-friendly meal for a family of two or four. Just add the chicken breasts, broth, milk, lemon juice, garlic, and butter to a slow cooker and let it cook for a few hours. 
 
It’s so easy to make and you’ll most likely have leftovers. This will quickly become one of your favorite crockpot dinners. 

Lemon chicken on a plate with rice and lemons

I love easy recipes because we stay pretty busy around here. For a while, I was running kids all over creation and it’s so much easier to throw things in the Crock Pot and let them cook. And, when we got home, dinner was ready. 

Chicken crockpot recipes are fairly inexpensive meals to make for the family so it’s a double win. And this lemon chicken recipe really has great flavor and a bit of a pop to it. 

What ingredients do I need to make the easy chicken Crock Pot recipe?

(Full recipe at the bottom of the post)

  • Chicken breasts
  • Chicken broth
  • Milk
  • Lemon juice
  • Minced garlic
  • Butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cornstarch

Shredded chicken and rice on a plate with lemons to the side

How do I make the Crock Pot lemon chicken?

  1. Add the chicken to a greased Crock Pot. 
  2. Pour the broth, milk, and lemon juice over the chicken. 
  3. Next, add the minced garlic and onions, cubed butter, and salt and pepper. Cover with lid and cook for seven hours. 
  4. After seven hours, mix cornstarch and water and pour it into the Crock Pot. 
  5. Cook for 30 more minutes to help thicken the liquid.
  6. Shred the chicken and serve over rice. 

Shredded chicken with lemon sauce on top of a bed of rice

Full recipe and printable instructions listed below

 

Chicken breasts in a slow cooker

Start by adding four chicken breasts to a greased Crock Pot. 

You can make this a dinner for two by using a smaller Crock Pot, and cut the recipe in half. This recipe, with four chicken breasts, fed all four of us in the family and we had some leftovers. 

 

Pouring water over chicken in a Crock Pot

Next, pour the water or chicken broth over the chicken. 

I used water because I didn’t have any chicken broth on hand. Mine was still incredibly flavorful, but broth will always give things a bit more flavor. 

 

Pouring milk over chicken and water in a slow cooker

Pour the milk over the chicken. 

 

Pouring lemon juice over chicken

Now, pour the lemon over the milk. 

Some of you are squishing your face together over pouring lemon juice over milk–I can feel it through the screen. It’s ok. It won’t curdle and it turns out delicious. I promise. 

Cubed butter, salt and pepper, onion, and garlic over chicken in a crock pot

Finally, add the butter, dried minced onion, minced garlic, and salt and pepper. 

 

Chicken cooking in the slow cooker with butter, milk, and lemon juice

Replace the lid and cook for seven hours on low. 

 

Pouring water and cornstarch into a Crock Pot over chicken

After cooking the chicken for seven hours, remove the lid and add the cornstarch and water to the Crock Pot. That will help thicken the lemon juice gravy a little bit. It won’t be super thick, but thick enough to make a little bit of gravy. 

Once you pour the cornstarch into the Crock Pot, shred the chicken with a couple of forks and replace the lid and cook for 30 more minutes. 

Crock Pot Lemon Chicken

Chicken and rice on a plate.

Drizzle some lemon gravy over the chicken and rice

My lemon chicken recipe is perfect over rice or mashed potatoes and it’s so full of flavor. 

Chicken and rice on a plate with lemon wedges

Check out the Crock Pot lemon chicken recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start cooking! This is a wonderful and filling dinner and I know you’ll  love it.

Then, share your comments below and click here to share a picture of your chicken on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share it with us so we can try it, too!

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Chicken and rice on a plate.

Crock Pot Lemon Chicken

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 7 hours 35 minutes

This Crock Pot lemon chicken dinner recipe is an easy, budget-friendly meal for a family of two or four. Just add the chicken breasts, broth, milk, lemon juice, garlic, and butter to a slow cooker and let it cook for a few hours. 

It's so easy to make and you'll most likely have leftovers. This will quickly become one of your favorite crockpot dinners. 

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. dried minced onion
  • 1/2 stick butter, cubed (4 Tbsp.)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water to mix with cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Add the chicken to a greased Crock Pot.
  2. Next, pour in the chicken broth, milk, and lemon juice.
  3. Add the minced garlic, onion, salt, pepper, and cubed butter, and cover with a lid.
  4. Cook on low for seven hours.
  5. Remove lid and mix the cornstarch with the 1/2 cup of water. Pour over chicken. Shred the chicken and replace cover.
  6. Cook for 30 more minutes. Serve over rice or mashed potatoes.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 369Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 725mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 31g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Have you tried this in the instant pot, yet?

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Hi Amanda, I haven't tried it in the Instant Pot, but I think it would work well.

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