23 Slow Cooker Chicken Thigh Recipes

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken Thighs
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Juicy, tender, and full of flavor, chicken thighs are one of our favorite cuts of chicken — and the slow cooker makes them so easy to cook. Unlike chicken breasts, which can dry out in the slow cooker, dark meat chicken thighs stay fork-tender even after hours of cooking. These hands-off, slow cooker chicken thigh recipes are as easy as dumping all the ingredients in your appliance and forgetting about it until dinner time — although we do recommend searing the chicken thighs ahead of time for the crispiest, most delicious skin. Whether you're looking for boneless or bone-in, here are 23 chicken thigh recipes for the slow cooker.

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Slow Cooker Latin Chicken

latin chicken over rice topped with corn and beans
Cynthia LaFourcade

Spicy cumin, salsa, black beans, and sweet potatoes add beautiful flavor and color to juicy chicken thighs in this hearty stew. "I will definitely be adding this recipe to my regular line-up: simple delicious rich hearty!" raves reviewer Jessie Furman.

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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

a square bowl with brown glaze is filled with Slow Cooker Butter Chicken with chopped parsley on top

Similar to Chicken Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken is cooked in a buttery, tomato-based gravy. You can find many of the spices called for at a well-stocked supermarket or Indian or Asian markets.

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Honey-Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs

Honey-Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs

The combination of sweet honey and pungent garlic is a fan-favorite, but don't take it from me: Over 1,400 home cooks have given this six-ingredient recipe a 5-star rating.

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Frank's Favorite Slow-Cooker Thai Chicken

Frank's Favorite Slow-Cooker Thai Chicken

Salsa, peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice, soy sauce, and ginger mingle in this fresh take on slow cooker chicken thighs. Recipe creator sweet-potato notes, "You'll never guess this is made with chicken thighs! They really taste better than using breast meat which dries out in the crock pot - and thighs are more economical."

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White Chicken Enchilada Slow-Cooker Casserole

white dish of creamy chicken enchilada casserole
Deb C

Forget rolling up tortillas for enchiladas, this throw-together dinner sandwiches a creamy chicken mixture between layers of torn up tortillas.

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Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken with Bok Choy

Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken with Bok Choy

Chicken Adobo is a Filipino dish in which chicken is slowly braised in a garlic-soy sauce mixture until tender. But thanks to your slow cooker, you no longer have to stand over the stove to make it. Serve over bok choy.

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Chicken Tagine

A shallow bowl of chicken tagine with couscous.

In this take on a traditional Moroccan dish, chicken thighs, eggplant, onion, carrots, dried cranberries, and apricots are simmered in an aromatic sauce and served with couscous.

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Jenny's Cuban-Style Slow-Cooker Chicken Fricassee

chicken fricassee over white rice on plate

Fricase de Pollo, or Cuban-style Chicken Fricassee, consists of dark meat chicken, potatoes, and tons of other veggies simmered in a white wine- and tomato-based sauce.

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Slow Cooker Moscow Chicken

bacon wrapped chicken thighs over rice

A saucy mixture of chicken thighs, bacon, and Russian-style dressing comes together in the slow cooker for an easy 6-ingredient meal. Recipe creator Val-Flowers suggests serving over steamed rice or egg noodles.

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Easy and Delicious Slow Cooker Cassoulet

cassoulet with parsley
Linda T

Ease yourself into the world of French cooking with this slow cooker take on a classic French dish. "Double the recipe for leftovers - it melds overnight very well," suggests recipe creator smart cookie.

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Slow Cooker Belgian Chicken Booyah

Slow Cooker Belgian Chicken Booyah by Buckwheat Queen blue bowl blue tablecloth

"This is a booyah recipe that is adapted from originally a 50 gallon recipe cooked in large 55 gallon cast-iron kettles with a wood fire, most often at church picnics in northeastern Wisconsin," says recipe creator Bill Bartelme. This is a hearty stew loaded with chicken thighs, potatoes, beef stew meat, and tons of veggies.

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Mushroom Stew

mushroom and chicken stew in wooden bowl
Liz Dalton 'Lizzie'

Here's a rich and creamy stew with a kick — thanks to chorizo sausage, Cajun seasoning, and cayenne pepper.

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Becky's Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Chicken Vegetable Soup

bowl with chicken soup up close
Soup Loving Nicole

This "throw-together recipe," as recipe creator Becky! describes it, features boneless chicken thighs, long-grain rice, gluten-free chicken stock, and tons of vegetables.

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Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken Thighs

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken Thighs

Even better than takeout, this sweet and sour chicken is served with juicy pineapple chunks, red bell peppers, and green onions for a fresh take on a favorite dish.

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Skinny Slow Cooker Gumbo

gumbo in ramekins with beads next to
Soup Loving Nicole

Here's a lighter take on classic gumbo that doesn't require making a time consuming roux. Allrecipes Allstar Soup Loving Nicole suggests adding okra to serve as a thickener.

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Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken and Vegetables

chicken, vegetables, and rice on white plate
Kim's Cooking Now

Aromatic spices like turmeric, ginger, coriander, and cumin are used to season this nutritious, protein- and vegetable-packed slow cooker dinner. Serve with couscous and pita bread.

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Chicken and Cheddar Biscuits

biscuit with chicken stew
Linda T

This is a slow cooker take on downhome comfort food — it's similar to chicken and dumplings, but the "dumplings" (in this case, Cheddar biscuits), are served on the side.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Massaman Curry

Slow cooker chicken massaman curry
Photo by JenniferCooks.

Recipe creator JenniferCooks describes this chicken Massaman curry as "...creamy, slightly spicy, nutty, and rich with flavor." Serve over rice.

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Slow Cooker Filipino Chicken Adobo

glazed chicken thighs over rice in blue bowl
Chef Mo

This six-ingredient iteration of Chicken Adobo is as simple as they come: Simply add chicken thighs, peppercorns, garlic, bay leaves, soy sauce, and vinegar to a slow cooker and cook on high for five hours.

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Red Chicken Chili

red chili in bowl up close
Buckwheat Queen

You won't miss the beef in this hearty chicken chili. "It's important to use the roasted tomatoes, otherwise you won't get the same robust flavor," notes recipe creator marybcurlyq.

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Slow Cooker Green Chile Chicken

chicken and white bean chile in white bowl
Bites of Flavor

Chicken, onion, and fresh cilantro are tossed in a homemade green chile sauce made with fresh tomatillos. "Serve over brown rice and garnish with chopped cilantro, pico de gallo, avocado, and cheese, or wrap in a tortilla!" suggests recipe creator Bites of Flavor.

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Lentil Soup

chicken and lentil soup in bowl
Rebekah Rose Hills

This is a nutritious soup that doubles as straight comfort food. Lentils, tomatoes, onions, and bone-in chicken thighs, along with tons of spices, make up this broth-based soup.

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Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pulled Chicken

shredded chicken thighs with green onions over white rice
A Day In the Kitchen

For a fresher-tasting alternative to pulled pork, try this pulled Teriyaki chicken flavored with tamari, honey, garlic, and ginger. Serve on a crusty bun.

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