Crockpot Chicken and Potatoes
Crockpot Chicken and Potatoes is a delicious crock pot meal made with juicy chicken thighs, potatoes and carrots in a flavorful gravy. This is one of the best slow cooker recipes for an easy dinner!
I am so excited to share this recipe with you! As I was testing this slow cooker recipe to get it just perfect for you to make in your kitchen, this crockpot chicken and potatoes quickly became a favorite with my family.
Take just one bite and you’ll see why. First, we have tender, juicy chicken thighs, cooked to perfection in your crockpot. Then we have vegetables: potatoes and carrots, smothered in a rich and flavorful gravy that hardly took any effort to make. This easy crockpot chicken recipe is going into our regular meal rotation and I’m betting it will become a favorite of yours, too.
This is the kind of wholesome comfort food that I love to cook for my family. It’s quick to prep, you can make it ahead (thank you, crockpot recipes!), and it’s both satisfying and nourishing. If you like this recipe, you’ll also love my Crockpot Chicken and Mushrooms, Tuscan Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs and Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice.
How to make Crockpot Chicken and Potatoes
My goal is always to keep my recipes as simple as possible while also maximizing flavor. Let’s run through the ingredients and directions for how to make this easy crockpot chicken.
- Bone-In, Skin-On Chicken Thighs: I tested this recipe with different types of chicken and found that bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs worked best. The bone helps to keep the chicken moist as it cooks low and slow in the crockpot. If you prefer, you can remove the skin from the chicken before cooking but I did not find this to be necessary.
- Onion and Garlic: Flavor! You’ll sauté the onion and garlic on the stove to soften their flavor.
- Thyme, Rosemary and Bay Leaves: This is my favorite combination of herbs in this recipe, but you can try other seasonings if you prefer. I use dried herbs because I always have them on hand, but you can substitute fresh. If using fresh, you can just throw a few whole sprigs of thyme and rosemary in the slow cooker and remove the stems after cooking.
- Tomato Paste: The tomato paste adds richness and depth of flavor. If you don’t have any on hand, you can omit it.
- All Purpose Flour: The flour is needed as a thickener for the gravy.
- Chicken Broth: I recommend using low sodium chicken broth so that you can better control the amount of salt in your meal.
- Carrots: You’ll want to cut the carrots up fairly small – I recommend 1/2-inch half moons. This way, the carrots will be sure to cook in the same amount of time as the chicken. You can also use whole baby carrots, if you want to skip a chopping step.
- Potatoes: Any type of baby potatoes will work well in this recipe. If the baby potatoes are small (about 3/4-inch wide), you don’t even have to chop them. If they’re bigger, halving the potatoes will ensure that they cook until tender.
- Brown the chicken. Please don’t be tempted to skip this step, as it adds so much flavor to this crockpot meal. You’ll brown the chicken in some olive oil in a skillet on the stove. Brown the chicken on both sides, starting with the skin side down. Then set the chicken aside but keep the pan on the heat.
- Sauté the onion. Now you’re starting to create the layers of flavor for your gravy. Again, you might want to skip these stove top steps, but I tested this recipe without cooking any of the ingredients on the stove and it was not good. At all. So trust me on this one, these few extra minutes of prep time before you add the ingredients to your slow cooker are well worth it.
- Add seasonings, flour and broth. Once the onions have softened, you’ll add the garlic, thyme, rosemary, tomato paste and flour to the skillet. Stir for about 30 seconds, to cook off the raw flavor of the garlic and flour. Then pour in the chicken broth and cook, stirring, until the mixture thickens. This will only take a minute or two. Remove the pan from the heat.
- Layer ingredients in the slow cooker. Put the carrots and potatoes in the bottom of the crockpot. Then spread the onion mixture from the skillet over the top. Place the bay leaves and then chicken on top of the vegetables.
- Slow cook. You can cook this crockpot chicken on low or high. Both work well, so choose based on what works best for your schedule. Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How to tell if chicken is done? The best way to tell if your chicken is done is to use an instant read thermometer. Chicken should be cooked to 165° F, measured at the thickest part, away from the bone.
- Can I cook frozen chicken in a crockpot? No, you shouldn’t cook frozen chicken in a crockpot. Cooking frozen meat in a slow cooker can be a food safety risk. The low and slow cooking process means that frozen chicken could stay in the “danger zone” for long enough for bacteria to possibly multiply.
- Can I make this recipe with chicken breasts? This recipe works great with bone-in chicken breasts, and the cook time and method are the same. I tested this recipe with boneless, skinless chicken breasts and it did not work well. The chicken dried out in the time that it took for the potatoes and carrots to become tender.
- Can I make this recipe with boneless chicken thighs? Yes, but you may need to reduce the cook time a little. I recommend checking to see if they are done after 4 hours on low or 2 hours on high. However, boneless chicken thighs are naturally more juicy and flavorful than boneless chicken breasts, so you can probably get away with cooking them for the full time listed in the recipe.
- Can I add other vegetables? Other root vegetables, such as parsnips, would work well in this recipe. Be sure to chop them small so that they cook to tender. You can substitute 1-inch cubed sweet potatoes or butternut squash for the baby potatoes. Fresh green beans would also be delicious!
- What to serve with crockpot chicken and potatoes? Really, all you need with this crockpot meal are some rolls or crusty bread to soak up any extra gravy. If you like, you can also serve a healthy tossed green salad.
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Crockpot Chicken and Potatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 6 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs about 3 pounds
- salt and pepper
- 1 yellow onion chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 4 large carrots halved lengthwise and cut into ½-inch pieces
- 1 ½ pounds baby potatoes halved or quartered as needed to make ¾-inch pieces
- 2 bay leaves
- chopped fresh parsley optional, for serving
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Put the chicken in the skillet, skin side down, and brown on both sides, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove chicken to a clean plate.
- Add the onion to the hot skillet. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until onion starts to soften. Stir in the garlic, thyme, rosemary, tomato paste and flour and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.
- Stir in the chicken broth. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until sauce thickens, scraping up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Remove pan from the heat.
- Place the potatoes and carrots in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the onion mixture from the skillet and spread it out into an even layer over the vegetables. Add the bay leaves. Place the chicken on top of everything else, skin side up.
- Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or on high for 2 ½ to 3 hours, until chicken is cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F and potatoes and carrots are tender. Remove bay leaves and serve.
- Bone-in chicken breasts may be substituted for the chicken thighs and the cook time will remain the same. I would recommend using about 3 bone-in chicken breasts.
- If using boneless, skinless chicken thighs, they will cook faster than bone-in thighs. I recommend checking on them after 4 hours on low or 2 hours on high.
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