Slow Cooker Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli

10.23.2017

This Slow Cooker Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli is perfectly easy to make yet it’s so deliciously satisfying! A great meal any day of the week!

Slow Cooker Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli

This recipe makes a slow cooker full! As in once you add the broccoli it will be nearly filled to the top. So it’s the perfect recipe to feed a hungry family on a busy day.

And I love this combination of chicken sweet potatoes and broccoli. Not only a great flavor combo but a good color combo too.

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Slow Cooker Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli

I seasoned the chicken and sweet potatoes with a sort of rotisserie/cajun style seasoning. So it’s got plenty of spices with a kick of sweet and spicy. But if you don’t do spicy just omit the cayenne pepper.

Then if you’ve got fresh thyme and/or rosemary on hand you can definitely use those in place of the dry like I used. I went with dry to save time but fresh would make it just that much better.

Slow Cooker Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli

And for simplicity, plus a time saver, you can just steam the broccoli in the microwave in the bag (as directed on the package) or if you’d rather you can add them to the slow cooker near the end of cooking.

Just be sure they are fully heated through (for food safety, plus no one likes semi-thawed cold broccoli with a warm meal).

Slow Cooker Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli

Then if you’d like to use chicken breasts here that should work as well, you just won’t get quite as much flavor.

If doing so, I’d skip the browning step because you’ll end up with dry chicken breasts if you do. And use smaller chicken breasts so they cook through by the time the sweet potatoes are done. Then also you’ll want to add in a a few tablespoons of butter or olive oil to the slow cooker along with the broth since you won’t get the fat from the chicken thighs.

Slow Cooker Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli

Note that those first few photos were rearranged from the layers that are listed in the recipe, that’s just so you could actually see everything that went into this recipe and not just the broccoli layer on top :). So stick with the layering directions listed below.

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Slow Cooker Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (1 1/2 Tbsp)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme, or 1 Tbsp fresh minced
  • 3/4 tsp dried rosemary or 2 1/2 tsp minced fresh
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (more or less to taste for desired heat level)
  • 6 large bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, trimmed
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 (16 oz) pkg. frozen broccoli florets

Instructions

  1. Spray a 6-quart slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place sweet potatoes in slow cooker in an even layer, pour over chicken broth then sprinkle with half of the garlic and season with salt and pepper.

  2. In a small mixing bowl whisk together paprika, brown sugar, onion powder, thyme, rosemary and cayenne pepper. Sprinkle half of the spice mixture evenly over potatoes, set remaining aside.

  3. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Dab skin side of 3 pieces of the chicken dry with paper towels and season both sides with salt and pepper. Sear in oil, skin side down, until golden, about 4 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker over sweet potato layer. Repeat with remaining 3 pieces of chicken.

  4. Sprinkle remaining spice mixture and garlic evenly over chicken, the cover slow cooker and cook on low heat until sweet potatoes are tender and center of chicken registers 165 on an instant read thermometer, about 4 1/2 - 5 hours. 

  5. Add broccoli either during the last 30 minutes of cooking or steam in bag as directed on package, season with salt. Plate chicken, sweet potatoes and broccoli and serve with a few spoonfuls of the sauce from the slow cooker (which you can skim off a little of the fat first if preferred). 

  6. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

18 comments

  • Shelley: For the ingredients it says boneless skinless chicken thighs. In the picture does the chicken have skin? And when you added the directions it mentions season skin side? October 24, 2017 at 2:33am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I just noticed that too, I’ve updated it above :). October 24, 2017 at 8:32am Reply

  • Rica: I love all your recipes so much! There is such great variety and most of them are made with whole ingredients! I also enjoy the occasional treat. Your photographs are beautiful too! This whole week at our house is Cooking Classy recipes! Keep up the great work! October 24, 2017 at 4:47am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much for the compliments Rica! I’m so happy to hear you’ve enjoyed my recipes! :) October 24, 2017 at 8:34am Reply

  • Debbie: Would the cooking time change with boneless skinless chicken breasts? October 24, 2017 at 9:56am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It shouldn’t by much as long as you use fairly small ones. And I’d skip the browning step because that would cook them halfway then they’d end up dry. And I’d add a little olive oil or melted butter (maybe 3 Tbsp) over everything (before adding the seasoning to the chicken) since they lack the fat that the thighs have. Hope you love it! October 25, 2017 at 9:53am Reply

  • Erika Gooby: I made this last night (24-Oct) and it was fabulous! Thank you for another wonderful recipe and yummy “leftovers” for my husband’s lunch. October 25, 2017 at 8:30am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Erika! Thanks so much for your review! October 25, 2017 at 9:53am Reply

  • MinShien @ Joyous Apron: I just had breakfast and you are making me hungry! ha! I love sweet potatoes and this is such a good idea. I will try soon :) October 25, 2017 at 8:50am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I know all too well how that goes :). I hope you love it! October 25, 2017 at 9:54am Reply

  • LESLEY: I don’t normaly like sweet potatoes, but my husband loves them so I thought I’d give this a go. It was delish! It’s definitely going on the dinner recipe rotation. November 2, 2017 at 11:21am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad this slow cooker meal was enjoyed Lesley! Thanks for your review! November 2, 2017 at 11:35am Reply

  • bridget: Can you use chicken broth instead November 10, 2017 at 6:34am Reply

    • bridget: I meant to say can you chicken breast instead November 10, 2017 at 6:41am Reply

  • KJ: Could I substitue onion powder for onions? I need to get rid of some of these onions I have laying around 😉 November 30, 2017 at 12:35pm Reply

  • Denise: What about fresh broccoli instead of frozen? December 9, 2017 at 3:08pm Reply

  • Alaina: Should this cook on low or high? If low, any suggestions on how to make it a 10-11 hour recipe because I don’t work 4.5 hours a day. March 18, 2018 at 5:11pm Reply

    • Emma: Slow cooker with a timer to delay cooking. Your chicken would turn to mush after that amount of time. May 4, 2018 at 11:26am Reply

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