Kroger has a sale on chicken breast for $1.99 a pound again this week. I decided this was the perfect time to clear out what is left of the chicken from the last good deal in October. I decided to make Crock Pot Garlic Butter Chicken and the house smells absolutely amazing.
My batch was a lot more than most people would be making. I more than doubled this recipe but we are serving a large family and I plan to put leftovers in the freezer for a meal later on when I do not feel like cooking. Batch cooking can be a real lifesaver on busy days.
Why you should make garlic butter chicken in the crock pot
I love slow cooker recipes. When you use your Crock Pot to cook you can set up the meal and spend the rest of the day getting other things done without having to worry about cooking dinner.
When I was a working mom the slow cooker was one of the best tools I had to get everything done. Now as a work-from-home mom that is homeschooling her kids the slow cooker helps to ensure that we have quality food on a budget and when I am tired at the end of the day my husband still comes home to a hot meal.
What you need
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts,
1/2 cup of butter
2 cloves of minced garlic,
1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
How to make crock pot garlic butter chicken
Place your chicken breast in your slow cooker this can be frozen or thawed depending on how long you have to cook. The longer the better.
Set on high and let cook 6-8 hours while you go about your day. If you have a very long day out of the house you can cook on low and still get the same results. For my larger batches high is always the best option.
Stir any time you pass your slow cooker though it is not necessary to do if you are away from home.
Slice or shred chicken breasts and serve with your choice of sides. You can even drizzle the sauce it cooked in over the chicken to add more flavor and juice.
The trick to juicy chicken in the slow cooker.
The trick to truly juicy chicken in the slow cooker is to cook it for a long time and to not remove the liquid. For this recipe, the chicken will produce a lot of broth thanks to the salt solution meat producers inject into the chicken. Use that to your advantage.
If you are lucky enough to have home-raised chicken you can add some homemade chicken bone broth to the crock pot to help make your chicken extra juicy.
What to serve with garlic butter chicken.
As you cook down your chicken it will produce a wonderful broth that can be made into a delicious homemade gravy that goes well with creamy mashed potatoes. I like to serve this with simple sides like oven-roasted potatoes and green beans. This time I did mashed potatoes and green beans because we were cutting it close to dinner time.
I made this chicken in a double batch to store some away for a later meal. If you are making a single batch you can easily fit potatoes right into the slow cooker with your chicken for slow cooker garlic butter potatoes.