Frank's Favorite Slow-Cooker Thai Chicken


This crockpot Thai chicken is a family-pleasing slow cooker recipe that's super easy to make. Start this dish in the morning, and it will be ready when you get home. Just add your favorite rice. Chicken thighs are better in this recipe than breast meat, which dries out in the crock pot; plus, thighs are more economical. The strength of the hot salsa dissipates when cooked, so this dish is not too spicy. You may even want to serve hot-sauce as an accompaniment.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 15 mins


  • ¾ cup hot salsa

  • ¼ cup chunky peanut butter

  • ¾ cup light coconut milk

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger

  • 2 pounds skinless chicken thighs

  • ½ cup chopped peanuts, for topping

  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, for topping


  1. Combine salsa, peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice, soy sauce, sugar, and ginger in the slow cooker; mix well. Place chicken thighs in sauce; spoon sauce over chicken to coat.

  2. Cover and cook on Low until chicken is very tender and sauce has thickened, 8 to 9 hours. A meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Garnish with peanuts and cilantro before serving.

Cook's Note:

You can use regular coconut milk instead of light, and smooth peanut butter instead of chunky if desired

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

562 Calories
36g Fat
14g Carbs
48g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 562
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 137mg 46%
Sodium 860mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 48g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 50mg 4%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 696mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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