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Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Chicken

This slow cooker sweet chili chicken dinner recipe should remind you of something that’s very similar. In fact, it is a variation of the grape jelly chili meatballs that have been around for decades.

Sweet chili chicken on a plate

The slow cooker is one of my favorite appliances since it does most of the work for me. You basically just dump everything into the pot, turn it on, and go about your day.

Some people call this a slow cooker dump meal. I call it perfectly blended flavors that make a delicious meal.

Most of the time, I use my standard-size slow cooker. However, I also cook in one of my smaller slow cookers when I make 2-person dinners.

One of those is this delicious chicken stew for two. I came up with the recipe based on leftovers I had in the fridge.

Another favorite is this Crock Pot ranch chicken dinner. The seasonings in the packet of ranch dressing add depth to the flavor.

Slow Cooker or Instant Pot

Did you know that most things you cook in the slow cooker could also be cooked in an Instant Pot?

If you’re in a hurry, put all of the recipe’s ingredients into your Instant Pot. You’ll need to add an additional cup of water so the contents can become fully pressurized.

Set the timer for 15 minutes. It takes a few minutes to get up to full pressure. After it’s done, allow the pressure to release slowly for 8 minutes, and then dinner is ready.

Plate of slow cooker sweet chili chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans

Since I’m often in a hurry, I appreciate my Instant Pot. One of our favorite Instant Pot dishes is this taco soup that we eat with corn chips.

We also enjoy this Instant Pot lentil soup served with crusty bread.

Is Chicken Good for You?

Yes, chicken is very good for you. It is an excellent source of protein. According to the American Heart Association, it also has less saturated fat than other types of meat.

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Chicken

You don’t need many ingredients for this delicious meal. In fact, all you need are chicken, grape jelly, chili sauce, and a little bit of water. It’s super easy and very inexpensive.

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by clicking on the “print” button.

How to Make Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Chicken

This is so easy you can put everything in the pot in less than two minutes. In fact, you might even be able to do it more quickly. First, layer the chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker.

Chicken thighs in a single layer in the slow cooker

Next, add the grape jelly.

Grape jelly on raw chicken

Then pour in the chili sauce.

Chili sauce on the chicken

Finally, add the water, and cover it.

Water added to the chicken and sauce

That’s it. So easy!

Sweet chili chicken, mashed potatoes with chili gravy, and green beans on a plate

I like lots of color on my plate. For that reason, I serve this delicious sweet chili chicken with potatoes or rice and a green vegetable.

More Recipes

Another chicken dish in the slow cooker that we enjoy is this chicken and vegetables meal. It’s packed with flavor and nutrition, so it delivers what we need.

For more great recipes, check out Meal Plan Monday, Full Plate Thursday, and Weekend Potluck.

Yield: 4 servings

Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Chicken

Sweet chili chicken on a plate with potatoes and green beans

The combination of sweet and spicy sauce adds depth to the chicken.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 2 minutes


  • 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup of grape jelly
  • 1 bottle of chili sauce (12 oz. bottle)
  • 1/2 cup of water


    1. Spray the bottom of a slow cooker pot with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. Place the chicken thighs in a single layer on the bottom of the pot.
    3. Scoop the grape jelly over the chicken. Pour the chili sauce over the grape jelly covered chicken.
    4. Pour in the water. (I used 1/3 of the chili sauce bottle of water and swished it around to get all of the sauce off the sides.)
    5. Turn the slow cooker on high for 1 hour. Turn it down to low and cook for 4 hours.
    6. Serve with mashed potatoes or rice and a green vegetable.

Nutrition Information


4 servings

Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 338Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 138mgSodium 239mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 1gSugar 29gProtein 28g

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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Miz Helen

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday, 457. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon! Miz Helen


Sunday 17th of November 2019

Awesome! I love easy recipes! Sounds wonderful! Thank you for sharing w us at Creative Muster! Pinned 🙂 Blessings to you! xoxoxo Sharon Adoring Creations


Sunday 17th of November 2019

Hi Sharon! Thank you so much for visiting and pinning my post!

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