Slow Cooker Garlic-Lemon Chicken

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New Year, new me, new us. Welcome to 2017. I hope everyone had the chance to enjoy at least a day or two of rest and relaxation before diving back into work and reality and all that. Reality is all too real, isn’t it? All of a sudden it’s January, and if you’re like me, you’re trudging through snow and braving icy cold winds on your way to work, preparing yourself for another year. But what makes that better? You guessed it: food. Food makes everything better. I really went head-first into eating as many big bowls of warm noodles as I could last week. I figured I should start eating like a normal human again at some point, but last week I just let myself live my best life. That means ramen, and lots of it, as well as heaping piles of rice with spicy, porky things on top, and frosty mugs of beer that I will truly miss now that I am trying to hit the gym and drop some of this winter cushioning that I seem to have picked up. Whatever, worth it. I live my life one bowl of noodles at a time. Until I can’t.

slow cooker garlic lemon chicken

Been eating a lot of ramen, rice, and poached eggs recently. Life is good. You can always see what I’m up to on Instagram!

In the spirit of healthier eating, I present to you this super, super, SUPER easy garlic-lemon chicken. All you have to do is combine all of the ingredients in a slow cooker, set it, and depending on whether you decided to cook it on low or high, four to eight hours later, you’ve got incredibly tender, extra garlicky chicken, ready to be devoured. I grated a little cheese on top for some added richness, and served the chicken thighs alongside some roasted veggies for dinner. The next day, I sliced the leftovers up and ate them on a big, green salad. This is the kind of thing that makes New Year’s resolutions a little bit easier, I promise. Thank you, slow cooker gods, for being there for me when I need you most.

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Who doesn’t love a good slow cooker recipe?

slow cooker garlic lemon chicken
Just throw everything in and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.

slow cooker garlic lemon chicken
That’s all she wrote.

slow cooker garlic lemon chicken

Slow Cooker Garlic-Lemon Chicken
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Serves: serves 4-5
A super-simple set-it-and-forget-it recipe for garlicky, lemony chicken.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8-10 boneless chicken thighs
  • 10 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 4 whole sprigs rosemary
  • zest of ½ a lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • a few grinds of freshly cracked black pepper
  • Parmesan or Gruyere cheese, for garnish (optional)
  1. Drizzle your olive oil in the bottom of your slow cooker. Add in the chicken, smashed garlic, rosemary, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, cayenne, and black pepper. Use a spoon or your hands to mix everything up. Set your slow cooker on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
  2. Once cooked, discard the rosemary, plate, drizzle with a little bit of the juices and caramelized garlic from the pot, and garnish with grated cheese and/or black pepper, if so desired. This makes a great topping for a salad the next day!


7 Responses

  1. gliu says:

    This looks amazing! Do you know if it could be made in a rice cooker? (I’m a college student with a very limited set of appliances haha)

    • Sydney says:

      I unfortunately don’t know! I’ve never cooked meat in a rice cooker. It looks like it * might * work from what I’ve seen online, but if I were you, I’d test it out with 1 chicken thigh and see how that goes before doing a whole batch. Let me know if you do!

  2. Alexandra says:

    Happy new year! Mmm, this chicken atop a crunchy green salad sounds really good :)

  3. sue bolcar says:

    I’m thinking of making this on Sunday. If I use boneless thighs with skin on should I broil them for a few minutes at the end? I’m concerned the skill will be all pale and rubbery. I’m excited to try these. Thanks. ps. I worked with your mom and knew you when you were a little newborn! I had my first son Andrew a few months before your mom delivered you. You were Andrew’s first friend. We all got together until your family moved to Chicago. We have great memories of super fun times with your mom and dad. Actually bordering on hysterical!! Great to see you all grown up and beautiful.

    • Sydney says:

      Definitely broil for a bit at the end if they have skin to crisp it up. Thanks for commenting! I of course remember you and Andrew. My mom will be happy to see this. :)

  4. 2pots2cook says:

    So into garlic this season ! Thank you and have a healthy and prosperous 2017. !

  5. KD says:

    Made this tonight ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•and served it over spinach. So good!! Thank you

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