This easy crock pot chicken with garlic and onion is a dinner go-to recipe of mine, especially on a busy day with toddlers in tow or with a new baby. Let’s be real, we all have days where we don’t feel like putting on the extravaganza for dinner and that’s where a super simple and basic recipe like this crockpot chicken that can be prepped ahead comes in handy! We like to have our basic crockpot chicken with Amish style mashed potatoes or rice, and a little Chick-fil-A sauce on the side is a must! This crock pot chicken makes a flavorful broth for gravy if you are planning to serve it with mashed potatoes or rice. For some flavor variations see below the recipe.
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Super easy crockpot chicken
- 4-5 chicken thighs or legs (bone in)
- 2 cups water
- 2 garlic cloves minced or thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup onion diced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- season all (Lawry's salt) to taste
- garlic powder optional (to taste)
- chili powder (to taste)
- Place chicken in the crock pot and add water (Note* if you do not wish to make gravy with the broth you can add 1 cup of water instead of 2 cups). Season with the seasonings (to taste), then toss in the garlic slices and onion.
- Cook on high for 4 1/2-5 hours until a meat thermometer inserted in the center of the chicken thighs/legs reads 165. Cooking times may vary depending on your crock pot size and strength . *See notes below.
Equipment needed for this basic crockpot chicken:
- Crockpot I like to use my smaller crockpot for making this basic chicken in. I use a 2.5 quart, but you could also use a 3-4 quart. Keep in mind that cooking times can vary if the sizes of the crockpot is upgraded or down graded.
- Cutting board I like to use a cutting board for chopping onions and mincing garlic for this chicken. A cutting board keeps the mess intact and also saves your countertop from scratches.
- Chef’s knife I like to use a large chef’s knife for dicing, mincing and chopping vegetables, meat, fruit and more!
- Meat thermometer A meat thermometer is needed to ensure the chicken reaches 165 degrees (at least). I like to cook my chicken up to 180 or so if it is a dark meat, such as leg and thighs.
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Step 1: Place chicken in the crock pot and add water (Note* if you do not wish to make gravy with the broth you can add 1 cup of water instead of 2 cups). Season with the seasonings (to taste), then toss in the garlic slices and onion.
Chicken, onion, garlic and seasoning. This time I forgot to add the seasoning before the veggies… oops!
Step 2: Cook on high for 4 1/2-5 hours until a meat thermometer inserted in the center of the chicken thighs/legs reads 165. Cooking times may vary depending on your crock pot size and strength .
Flavor variations for this basic crockpot chicken recipe:
For flavor variations you can try Cajun seasoning and old bay, lemon pepper seasoning and Season all, or any of your favorite seasoning combinations for chicken will work.
If you are not a fan of garlic it can be omitted in this recipe, as its sole purpose is to add a garlic flavor.
Do I really need to use a meat thermometer for checking the chicken?
Honestly, I’ve been there too, meat thermometer-less and trying to check chicken with a fork. I have started using a meat thermometer in the past few years and will never go back (Lord willing) to the fork pricking, finger burning method again. Using a meat thermometer is not only safer for checking the chicken for doneness, it is also much easier to check meats while hot when using a meat thermometer. My preference is to go with a digital, water proof meat thermometer because I always end up getting the meat thermometer wet while cleaning it.
Chicken and cheddar green beans with Amish style mashed potatoes. Feel free to pin for later!
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