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The 20 Easiest Crock Pot Chicken Dinners We Know

All of these can also be made in an Instant Pot.

Chicken dinners taste even better when they make themselves.

So with busy back-to-school season in full swing, we've gathered 20 of the absolute easiest chicken recipes we know. They're all made using a Crock Pot or slow cooker — and the majority are drop-and-go dinners, meaning the appliance does all the hard work for you.

(Also, reminder that since the Instant Pot has a slow cooker setting, any of these recipes can be made in that, too!)

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1. Crock Pot 3-Ingredient Shredded Chicken

Pile this super versatile base into tortillas or pita pockets, or toss over rice or greens.

Recipe: Crock Pot 3-Ingredient Shredded Chicken

2. Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

cookingclassy.com

Besides being packed with lean protein, this also has a ton of Vitamins A and C.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

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3. Crock Pot Buttery Buffalo Chicken

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Pretty much all chicken should be slow cooked in buttery hot sauce, if you ask us.

Recipe: Crock Pot Buttery Buffalo Chicken

4. Red Beans & Rice With Chicken Sausage

apinchofhealthy.com

Chicken sausage is a great protein to keep stocked in the fridge. It's cheap, versatile, and — if you buy the pre-cooked version — lasts a long time unopened.

Recipe: Red Beans & Rice With Chicken Sausage

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5. Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup

carlsbadcravings.com

The base of the soup cooks low and slow, then the tortellini gets dropped in at the very end.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup

6. Slow Cooker Chicken, Potatoes, and Green Beans

themagicalslowcooker.com

To save a few minutes on prep, swap in baby potatoes and store-bought seasoning mix.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken, Potatoes, and Green Beans

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7. Low Carb Ground Chicken Lettuce Wraps

You can also sub in any other favorite ground meat — like beef, pork, or turkey.

Recipe: Low Carb Ground Chicken Lettuce Wraps

8. Crock Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

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Don't forget a side of naan for dipping!

Recipe: Crock Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

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9. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

This might look fussy, but most of the ingredients — black beans, tomatoes, corn — are canned, making this a true drop-and-go dinner.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

10. Slow Cooker Taco Bowls

If you can layer stuff into a pot, you can make this.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Taco Bowls

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11. 2-Ingredient Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Just add two more things — buns and a side of slaw — and you've got a complete meal that everyone will love.

Recipe: Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

12. Creole Chicken & Sausage

pinchofyum.com

Packed with protein and fiber — and only takes 10 minutes to prep.

Recipe: Creole Chicken & Sausage

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13. Cheesy Chicken, Bacon & Tater Tot Bake

realhousemoms.com

Crock Pot hot dish, anyone?

Recipe: Cheesy Chicken, Bacon & Tater Tot Bake

14. Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

This makes enough for four — and breaks down to less than $3 per serving.

Recipe: Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

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15. Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Perfect piled onto into a bun or lettuce wraps, or over rice.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

16. Easiest Salsa Verde Chicken

skinnytaste.com

Virtually impossible to mess up.

Recipe: Easiest Salsa Verde Chicken

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17. Crock Pot Tuscan Garlic Chicken

We can't all go to Tuscany. But we can definitely pour ourselves a glass of Italian wine while the slow cooker does all the hard work here.

Recipe: Crock Pot Tuscan Garlic Chicken

18. Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken With Carrots

slowcookergourmet.net

This requires a few minutes of pre-Crock Pot prep as you'll brown the chicken thighs on the stovetop. (But the end result is worth it!)

Recipe: Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken With Carrots

19. Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches

20. Crock Pot Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken

Just a few ingredients needed for this — most of which you probably already have in your kitchen.

Recipe: Crock Pot Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken

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