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Slow Cooker Lemon Pepper Chicken

This slow cooker lemon pepper chicken gives you the perfect balance of flavors in every bite. The blend of lemon, garlic, and other delicious seasoning come together to make the perfect chicken dinner.

Family Dinner in the Crock Pot

I love using my slow cooker because it makes life so easy. I just get all of the ingredients ready, put them in the pot, and dinner is ready when I am.

Chicken is one of our favorite Crock Pot foods. We love this chicken stroganoff, a variation of another family favorite.

We also like this Crock Pot ranch chicken dinner. You can serve it over rice with a side salad and slice of bread or eat it all by itself.

Another favorite slow cooker food we enjoy is barbecue pork tenderloin. We usually get several meals out of this one, since it’s just the two of us.

Slow Cooker Lemon Pepper Chicken Ingredients

I highly recommend getting all of the ingredients together before you start so you have them close at hand when you need them. That makes the whole process of assembling it much easier.

plate of raw chicken thighs

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces 
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of butter (for crisping the chicken in advance)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic (fresh or from a jar)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon of parsley (optional)
chicken broth, water, cornstarch, minced garlic, oregano, lemon pepper, parsley, lemon, and butter

I used chicken thighs in this recipe because that’s what I had in the freezer. This recipe works with any chicken part, including breasts and legs.

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How to Make Slow Cooker Lemon Pepper Chicken

The first thing I typically do when using the Crock Pot is spray the inside of it with nonstick cooking spray. That makes cleanup a breeze.

You can also use slow cooker liners. After the food is done, simply lift out the bag and dispose of it. I haven’t used those much since I don’t mind cleaning the pot.

Now it’s time to start the chicken. There’s only one extra step in this process, but it’s super easy and quick. 

First, melt butter in the bottom of a large skillet on medium-high heat. Swirl the pan around to make sure the bottom is coated.

Secondly, rub half of the lemon pepper and all of the dried oregano over the chicken. Or if you can sprinkle these ingredients over the chicken and then pat it down.

Brown both sides of the chicken in the skillet until the skin is crispy. It takes approximately 4 minutes on each side.

chicken in a skillet

You don’t have to cook the chicken until it’s done because the slow cooker will do that for you.

Next, transfer the chicken to a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker. 

browned chicken in the Crock Pot

Add the water, lemon juice, garlic, and 1/2 of the chicken broth.

Sprinkle the remaining lemon pepper over the chicken.

Put the lid on the pot and cook on low for 5-6 hours.

How to Thicken the Gravy

Combine the remaining chicken broth with the cornstarch.

I usually put it in a shaker bottle to mix it up. However, if you don’t have one, you can whisk it until it is well blended.

Transfer the chicken to a platter and pour the cornstarch and broth mixture into the pot. Whisk until it is well mixed.

whisking gravy

Put the chicken back into the pot. 

I like to spoon a little gravy over each piece of chicken.

Lemon pepper chicken with gravy in the slow cooker

If you’re using parsley, sprinkle it over the chicken and put the lid back on.

If you want to garnish the chicken with lemon slices, add them now. You could have added them earlier, but as they cook, they lose their color and become dull.

cooked chicken with lemon slices on top in the slow cooker

Cook for another 15 minutes while you prepare the rest of the meal.

What to Serve with Lemon Pepper Chicken

This time, I served rice and a side vegetable. Rice is super easy to make.

I used fresh baby carrots and frozen peas from a bag. All I had to do was put them in a pot with a small amount of water and steam them until they were done.

Lemon pepper chicken with lemon slices above plate of chicken dinner

More Easy Recipes

I’ve always enjoyed a good home-cooked dinner, which is why we eat most of our meals at home. It’s cozy, comfy, and easy to have great conversation around the family dinner table. But I still like to keep the process as easy as possible.

One super easy recipe we love is this mock Swiss steak. My kids used to invite their friends over when I served this because they liked it so much. Now they make it for their families.

This chicken and rice casserole is an easy meal that you can make with rotisserie, canned, or fresh chicken. I like to use whatever is the most economical.

If you like corn, try this easy Crock Pot creamed corn from Julia’s Simply Southern. It’s a wonderful comfort food that you’ll want to add to your list of favorite side dishes.

A super easy side dish is this creamed spinach. Even people who typically don’t care for spinach will enjoy it … and maybe even ask for seconds.

For dessert, try these peanut butter fudge bars. You’ll love the layers of deliciousness that they provide.

See this recipe shared at Meal Plan Monday, Weekend Potluck, and Full Plate Thursday.

Yield: 6 servings

Slow Cooker Lemon Pepper Chicken

lemon chicken on a plate with rice and vegetables

The blend of flavors in this lemon pepper chicken makes it the perfect family dinner.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon of parsley (optional)

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in the bottom of a large skillet on medium-high heat. 
  2. Rub half of the lemon pepper and all of the dried oregano over the chicken.
  3. Brown both sides of the chicken in the skillet until the skin is crispy—approximately 4 minutes on each side.
  4. Transfer the chicken to a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker.
  5. Add the water, lemon juice, garlic, and 1/2 of the chicken broth.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining lemon pepper over the chicken.
  7. Put the lid on the pot and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3 hours.
  8. Combine the remaining chicken broth with the cornstarch.
  9. Transfer the chicken to a platter and pour the cornstarch and broth mixture into the pot. Whisk until it is well mixed. Put the chicken back into the pot. 
  10. If you’re using parsley, sprinkle it over the chicken and put the lid back on.
  11. Cook for another 15 minutes while you prepare the rest of the meal.

Notes

You may use chicken breasts, legs, or a combination for this recipe.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 89Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 39mgSodium 374mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 6g

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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