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Crock Pot Garlic Chicken

Crock Pot garlic chicken is a delightful and delicious main dish that is super easy to make. You put everything in the pot and go about your busy day while the slow cooker does all the work.

Easy Garlic Chicken

This garlic chicken recipe is one of many easy recipes on my dinner rotation. Use whatever cuts you like … even boneless skinless chicken.

Since I have a sensitivity to gluten and my husband doesn’t, I have to look for recipes that we’ll both enjoy without any problems. And this is perfect because it’s absolutely delicious!

Next time chicken goes on sale, pick up a few packs to have on hand. In addition to this recipe, you’ll find more wonderful chicken recipes below.

Crock Pot Garlic Chicken Ingredients

Although I typically use drumsticks or thighs, you can make this dish with any cut of chicken. You prefer. I have found, though, that dark meat has quite a bit more flavor that holds its own with the garlic and onions.

I placed a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for your convenience. Scroll down, and you’ll find it.

pack of chicken

Here are the ingredients for this garlic chicken dish:

  • Chicken drumsticks (or thighs)
  • Sliced onion (approximately 1/4” thick)
  • Minced garlic (fresh or from a jar)
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika (plain or smoked)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chicken broth (optional)
chicken broth, salt, pepper, minced garlic, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and onioin

You don’t have to add liquid to the pot, but I’ve found that it keeps the chicken moist.

I like to use chicken broth because it adds even more flavor. However, when I didn’t have any, I found that this dish is still delicious with water.

This might seem like a lot of garlic with the minced garlic and garlic powder, but the layers of flavor provide a richness that tastes absolutely delicious.

I use one teaspoon of salt for the entire pot of chicken. However, you can add more or less, depending on how salty you want it.

platter and plate of garlic chicken and onions

How to Make Crock Pot Garlic Chicken

First, get all of your ingredients together before you begin. Otherwise, you might find yourself having to hunt for them.

Secondly, spray the inside of your slow cooker pot with nonstick cooking spray. That makes cleanup a whole lot easier.

In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Give it a good stir to mix it up.

garlic chicken rub mixture

Next, rub the mixture over all of the chicken pieces until it is well coated. It’s sort of messy, so keep a towel nearby.

After the chicken is coated, place the chicken in a single layer in the Crock Pot.

seasoned chicken legs in Crock Pot

Place the sliced onion over the chicken and sprinkle all of it with minced garlic.

You can actually add more garlic if you want.

onions on top of the chicken in the slow cooker

Now, add the liquid—either broth or water.

It’s important to be careful so you don’t wash the rub off the chicken.

pouring broth over chicken and onions

Place the cover on the the Crock Pot and turn it on low.

Cook the chicken and onions for 4-5 hours.

lid on the Crock Pot

If you’re not sure if the chicken is done, insert a meat thermometer at the thickest part of the meat and make sure it is 165 degrees F.

Versatility of Chicken

One of the reasons I love chicken is its versatility, whether you cook it in a slow cooker, in the oven, or on top of the stove. I also love the results I get when I air fry it.

Another favorite Crock Pot chicken dinner is this slow cooker chicken stroganoff. I made it on a whim when I was craving beef stroganoff and didn’t have everything I needed. It turned out great!

We also enjoy these crispy air fryer chicken thighs. Sure, you can use any chicken part, but we love the juiciness and wonderful flavor of the thighs.

garlic chicken in a slow cooker and on a plate

More Slow Cooker Recipes

I have several slow cookers, and I use all of them quite a bit.

I’ve found that they save time because all I have to do is put everything in there in the morning or early afternoon. Then I can leave for a few hours and come home to a cooked meal.

We enjoy so many different dishes in our Crock Pot. One is this Mississippi pot roast that you can eat in so many ways—over potatoes, over rice, on sandwiches, and on its own.

Another meal we like starts with these creamy ranch pork chops. They’re always a hit at our house.

This marmalade pork tenderloin cooked in a Crock Pot is so packed with flavor you’ll want to add it to your list of favorites. It’s good either sliced or shredded.

If you like ham, then you’ll love this slow cooker spiral ham with pineapple from Miz Helen’s Country Cottage.

Soup is really good in the Crock Pot. If you like spicy food, you’ll love this delicious taco soup. The recipe is for the Instant pot, but it’s easy to make it work in the slow cooker. Just cook it for 4-5 hours, and it will come out perfectly.

We also like this slow cooker chili con carne. Once you make it in the Crock Pot, you might never go back to stovetop chili.

I don’t limit my slow cooker to cooking main dishes. In fact, these Crock Pot baked beans are among our favorite side dishes.

Yield: 4

Crock Pot Garlic Chicken

garlic chicken on a plate

If you want a delicious meal that's packed with flavor, try this garlic chicken and onions in your slow cooker.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes


  • 6 or 8 chicken drumsticks or thighs
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 3 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Liberal dash of pepper
  • 1/2 cup of water or chicken broth (optional but recommended)


  1. Spray the interior of a slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine the garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Mix well.
  3. Rub the mixture over the chicken until it is well coated. Place the chicken inside the slow cooker in a single layer.
  4. Place the sliced onion over the chicken and sprinkle the minced garlic on top.
  5. If you choose to add liquid (water or broth), do it now but be careful not to wash the rub off the chicken.
  6. Cover the pot and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until the thickest part of the chicken is 165 degrees F.


You can add more garlic if you like stronger flavors.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 431Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 274mgSodium 998mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 53g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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