This flavorful, four ingredient Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken takes just five minutes to prepare. Perfect for the busiest of weeknights or when you simply don’t want to put forth a lot of effort to get dinner on the table.
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Original content posted July 2013. Updated January 2019.
Lemon is always a great way to brighten the flavor of any dish and this Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken is definitely no exception. It’s also the key ingredient to my Lemon Arugula Pasta, Slow Cooker Lemon Rosemary Lentil Soup and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Greek Yogurt.
A trip to the fridge for a couple of lemons, chicken and butter and then an envelope of Italian salad dressing mix – flavor shortcut! – and you’ve got dinner nearly made. If only all things in life were this easy!
Obviously, as soon as your slow cooker timer beeps when cooking has finished, you’re ready for meal time! Or if you want to dress things up, I love adding slices of lemon and some chopped fresh parsley as well as some cracked black pepper. Totally unnecessary, but it’s always fun to play dress-up with your food!
TIP: Do NOT add sliced lemons to your slow cooker insert prior to cooking as they will become insanely bitter and you won’t want to eat the end result.
What Do You Eat Lemon Chicken With?
I love to then serve it on a bed of arugula or on top of Israeli couscous, which is my children’s absolute favorite way to enjoy it. I’ll admit I also love how the couscous absorbs the cooking liquid and concentrates the flavor even more.
Not only is this Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken a great dinner idea, but it’s also a perfect meal prep solution as well. Having this delicious chicken on hand in your fridge for the week ahead is a great starting point for a quick salad, sandwich or wrap.
How to Make Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken
 Add chicken breasts to slow cooker insert.
TIP: I like to make this recipe in this slow cooker – it comes in 4, 6 or 8 quart options – or using the slow cooker function of my Instant Pot. If using your Instant Pot, you’ll want to use the tempered glass lid instead of the top that comes with it and is used for pressure cooking.
 Add butter to slow cooker insert.
TIP: As the butter will obviously melt, there’s no need to cut it into pieces, just toss it in.
 Juice lemons over chicken.
 Sprinkle Italian salad dressing mix over chicken. Cover and cook on LOW for four hours.
TIP: You can purchase a single envelope of the Italian salad dressing mix although if you make this recipe frequently as I do, you’ll find it more budget friendly to purchase a box that includes multiple dressing mix envelopes.
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Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (typically 3-4 chicken breasts)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 0.7 ounce envelope Italian salad dressing mix
- 2 lemons
- Add chicken breasts to slow cooker insert in a single layer.
- Add butter to slow cooker.
- Juice lemons over chicken.
- Sprinkle Italian salad dressing mix over chicken.
- Cook on LOW for four hours.
If one savory dish can be brightened with lemon, so can several others, right? You’ll want to take a look at this quick Pan Seared Lemon Thyme Wild Salmon, super easy 20 Minute Lemon Broccoli Pasta Skillet and Low-Carb Roasted Lemon Cabbage and Sausage Sheet Pan Meal.