This Slow Cooker Creamy Lemon Butter Chicken is covered in a creamy sauce made with plenty of lemon, butter and garlic! Serve the sauce over pasta or rice for an easy, delicious dinner!
This post is sponsored by Challenge Butter, but all opinions are my own.
Since having our twins almost a year ago, life has been busy! My mom was visiting this past weekend and looked at me at one point and said, “Do you realize that you never stop moving? You’re always in motion.” And it’s true. If I’m not working, I’m chasing after two little boys who are moving like crazy these days. It’s busy and fun!
So in order to make dinner happen at night amongst all the crazy, the slow cooker has become my best friend. I’ve been making lots of tasty dinners and playing around with recipes and I’m excited to share some of them with you starting with this Creamy Lemon Butter Chicken! Lemon is one our favorite flavors around here and the boys love anything covered in a tasty sauce, so this chicken has become quite popular in our house.
HOW TO MAKE CREAMY LEMON BUTTER CHICKEN
To get started making the chicken, you’ll want to get your slow cooker set up. I’m a fan of using a slow cooker liner to make clean up easier, but that definitely isn’t required. Next, you’ll want to add your chicken to the cooker and make the sauce that the chicken will cook in.
It’s important when cooking in a slow cooker to have enough liquid to cook the chicken in to keep it moist. You definitely don’t want it to dry out, so I like to have enough liquid that it comes up at least about half way up the sides of the chicken. My slow cooker is a 6 quart, so even if you have a smaller one, this should be plenty to keep the chicken tender.
You’ll start by combining some chicken broth, half and half and lemon juice. The lemon juice adds lots of flavor, the half and half lends creaminess and the chicken broth brings it own flavor, as well as some additional liquid.
For additional flavor, we add garlic, salt and pepper, thyme, oregano and paprika. You know I love to have plenty of flavor, and this recipe doesn’t lack in that department! The final thing you’ll add is the melted butter – more “liquid” and definitely more flavor! It’s best to melt the butter before getting started, let it cool a bit and then add it at the end. It helps it incorporate better that way, since some of the other ingredients are cooler and you don’t want the butter to seize up if it’s still really warm when added.
THE BEST LEMON BUTTER SAUCE
And speaking of butter, I used my favorite in this lemon butter sauce – Challenge Butter! It’s such a creamy butter made from the freshest milk and goes from farm to fridge in just two days. Plus, there aren’t any growth hormones, nor do they use any artificial preservatives, fillers or dyes. These things are more important to me than ever these days, since I always have the boys in mind when cooking.
Pour that delicious lemon butter sauce over the chicken and let it cook on high for 3 hours. At that point, remove about 1 cup of the lemon butter sauce and add some cornstarch to it. Pour the mixture back into the slow cooker and stir it around a bit, then let it cook for another hour.
When it’s done, you end up with the most creamy lemon butter chicken! The sauce thickens up beautifully and goes so nicely with the chicken. It makes a wonderful sauce not only on the chicken, but also to drizzle over rice, pasta, mashed potatoes or whatever you decide to serve your chicken with. We absolutely love it and make it all the time! So fresh and tasty and such an easy way to put together a great meal!
TIPS FOR THE BEST CREAMY LEMON BUTTER CHICKEN
– Pay attention to the amount of liquid in the slow cooker. I use a 6 quart cooker and have the liquid about half way up the sides of the chicken. If use you a smaller cooker and the liquid covers the chicken more than that, that’s fine, but you don’t want it to be less.
– Be sure not to overcook the chicken. You can cook this chicken on high for 4 hours or low for 8, but I do think that the chicken is a little more moist when cooked on high for 4 hours. It’s also best to not leave the chicken sitting for took longer after it’s cooked. The heat can continue to cook the chicken as it sits.
– The cornstarch really thickens up the sauce so that it’s nice and creamy. You can always adjust it to your liking, if you prefer it a little more or less thick. Keep in mind that the sauce continues to thicken as it cools.
– Serve the creamy lemon butter chicken sauce over rice, pasta or mashed potatoes for a great meal!
– Use leftovers for chopping up and adding to salads!
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Creamy Lemon Butter Chicken
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 4 hours
- Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
- Yield: 4
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Slow Cooker
- Cuisine: American
This Creamy Lemon Butter Chicken is an ultra flavorful comfort-food entree that’s easy to make in your slow cooker! Tender chicken breasts are cooked in a buttery lemon garlic sauce for a family dinner that will go down in history.
- 6 tbsp unsalted Challenge Butter
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/8 tsp paprika
- 4 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1. Add the butter to a microwave safe bowl and heat until melted. Set aside.
2. Place the chicken breasts into a 6 quart slow cooker.
3. In a large bowl or measuring cup, combine the chicken broth, half and half and lemon juice, then add the garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano and paprika. If it curdles a little bit, that’s fine.
4. Add the melted, cooled butter to the lemon mixture and stir to combine.
5. Pour the lemon butter mixture over the chicken, then cover the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 7 hours. Slow cookers can vary a little so adjust cooking time as needed.
6. Remove about 1 cup of the lemon butter mixture from the slow cooker and whisk in the corn starch. Add it back into the slow cooker and stir to combine.
7. Place the top back on the slow cooker and cook for another hour, then serve.
I used my favorite butter in this sauce – Challenge Butter! It’s such a creamy butter made from the freshest milk, and it goes from farm to fridge in just two days. Plus, there aren’t any growth hormones, nor do they use any artificial preservatives, fillers or dyes. These things are more important to me than ever these days, since I always have the boys in mind when cooking.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 546
- Sugar: 2.4 g
- Sodium: 806.5 mg
- Fat: 25 g
- Carbohydrates: 14.6 g
- Protein: 63 g
- Cholesterol: 245.8 mg
Keywords: lemon butter chicken, crock pot chicken, easy chicken dinners
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My husband and I loved the flavor! We definitely agree we will be making this regularly! However, after 3 hours on high when I stirred the sauce back in the chicken fell apart and then we basically had shredded chicken. Does this mean it was cooked too long? How would you suggest adjusting the time. Thanks.
I don’t know that you cooked it too long. Chicken cooked in a slow cooker tends to fall apart like that. That’s part of what can make it so good and tender. It sounds like you may just want to stir the sauce back in a little more gently and without moving the chicken around too much. Glad you enjoyed it!
What would happen if I accidentally added the cornstarch with the rest of the ingredients from the beginning? Would it still turn out ok ?
It’s not really going to hurt it, but the cornstarch could break down after being exposed to heat for that long. If the sauce doesn’t thicken up like you want, just add a little more at the end.
Can I use bone in chix thighs with skin for this?
That should be fine. You just may need to adjust the cook time a little bit.
Can you use regular butter?
Absolutely. Challenge butter is regular butter. Challenge is just the brand that I was using and a high quality butter.
Is this a recipe that would be good to freeze after making?
Hmm, I mean I think it would be fine to freeze it.
This is a EXCELLENT recipe. I used heavy whipping cream and 12 cloves of garlic. I also seasoned the chicken with Himalayan pink salt, ground black pepper and garlic powder. The chicken was extremely moist and flavorful. This recipe is a permanent addition to my family recipes.
So glad you enjoyed it!
Hello – I just have to tell you, I am NOT a cook (I can reheat and Dr up so leftovers like a beast though)! My mom passed in November, and since then I have been having my dad over every other week to visit and have dinner. I wanted to let you know, of all the things I CAN make from scratch (usually it’s a frozen lasagna or the like), THIS is the most requested dish. I am making it for him today, and the rest of my family loves it as well. Thank you for posting this, and letting me make my dad happy (he is a foodie, and my mom always cooked for him). ❤❤❤
I am so excited to be making this for dinner tonight. Getting it in the crockpot soon. I am using bone in chicken thighs i had in the freezer . Also adding onions and carrots that needed to be used up. Will be back later to let u know how it came out!
I made this yummy lemon chicken Sunday before going to church. Came home to a great dinner. I had to double it for more family. It was a big hit.
So glad it was a hit!
This looks amazing! Going to try this today. Can I throw in some halved baby potatoes and asparagus while the chicken is cooking?
I’m not sure. My only question is how long each of those needs to cook. The potatoes would probably be fine, but the asparagus would probably cook fairly quickly and could end up mushy. You might just wanna try adding the asparagus for the last 15-20 minutes.