Slow Cooker Greek Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

10.17.2017

A new easy weekday recipe! This Slow Cooker Greek Lemon Chicken and Potatoes has such a delicious bright flavor and it’s oh so tender. A perfect meal for busy weekdays!

Slow Cooker Greek Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

It’s recipes like so that remind me I should be using my slow cooker a lot more often. You get that fall-off-the-bone tender chicken and well softened potatoes which have cooked for 7 hours and soaked up alllll that flavor. Plus, it allows time for all those flavors to blend and marry together.
I also love the way those fattier thighs melt into the broth and create such a delicious sort of pan sauce.

Slow Cooker Greek Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

Recipes like this are always great in my book not only because they are easy and ready when you get home from wherever, but it’s great that the whole family love these type of dinners.

Husband approved, kid approved and grandma approved (my mom lives with us and she was loving this dinner too, and she doesn’t normally care for chicken thighs).

Slow Cooker Greek Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

I don’t recommend skipping the step of browning the chicken skin first. It adds a layer of flavor that would definitely be missed.

With that said I know some of you are going to be wondering about boneless skinless chicken breasts in this recipe. Lately I haven’t been a big fan of chicken breasts in the slow cooker because they can tend to dry out and the texture just gets weird, unless they only cook for about 4 1/2 – 5 hours.

Slow Cooker Greek Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

But, If I were to try boneless skinless chicken breasts here, I’d skip the browning (forget what I said earlier because we are dealing with a different portion of chicken) because that would pretty much cook them to begin with, then I’d add in some olive oil into the slow cooker since you don’t get the fat from the thighs and skin. And as mentioned I’d reduce that cooking time, I’m thinking 5 hours max (but as always just test with an instant read thermometer to 165 in center of thickest portion). If you do try chicken breasts please do let me know how they turned out.

And if you tried this version let me know how it turns out for your too :)! I love to get feedback and reviews!

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Slow Cooker Greek Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

5 from 3 votes

An easy and hearty slow cooker lemon chicken and potato recipe! So tender and full of bright flavors. Perfect for busy weekdays. For one more veggie add in some fresh asparagus near the last 20 - 30 minutes of cooking.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 5

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs yellow potatoes, cut into large chunks (about 2-inches)
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, cut into chunks
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 lbs. bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, trimmed of excess skin
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest, divided
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Place potatoes and onions in an even layer in a 6-quart slow cooker. Pour in chicken broth. Sprinkle with half the garlic, half the oregano, half the basil and half the rosemary then season with salt and pepper. 

  2. Heat oil in a large heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Working in two batches, dab skin side of half the chicken thighs dry with paper towels, season with salt and pepper then sear in pot, skin side down, until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer chicken to slow cooker over potato layer. Repeat with remaining thighs.

  3. Slowly and evenly pour lemon juice over chicken thighs, then sprinkle in remaining half the garlic, oregano, rosemary and basil over chicken. Sprinkle 1 tsp lemon zest over chicken (reserve remaining 1 tsp in a container in refrigerator until ready to serve). 

  4. Cover and cook on low heat 5 1/2 - 7 hours. Serve warm spooning some of the slow cooker juices over each serving, sprinkle with fresh parsley and remaining 1 tsp lemon zest. 

  5. Note that the lemon slices were only added at the end for looks, I don't recommend cooking them with the potatoes and chicken because that white pith of the lemon adds a bitter flavor.

  6. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Slow Cooker Greek Lemon Chicken and Potatoes - such a delicious bright flavor and it's oh so tender. A perfect meal for busy weekdays!

10 comments

  • charlie: This recipe looks very tasty. I’m obsessed with my slow cooker. I wouldn’t be able to sit down for dinner at a reasonable time otherwise having a hectic and busy life!
    thank you for sharing!!

    https://charlieskitchenstories.wordpress.com October 19, 2017 at 5:27am Reply

  • Ellie: Made this recipe today using skinless, boneless chicken breasts as that’s what I had on hand. It turned out well and everyone thought it was quite tasty. The chicken breasts held together which was great, will definitely make it again. I also made your apple crisp for dessert and it was delicious, maybe the best I’ve made yet. October 21, 2017 at 10:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m happy to hear that the chicken breasts did work well here, and so glad you liked it! Glad you enjoyed the apple crisp too! Thanks for your feedback Ellie! October 22, 2017 at 11:17am Reply

  • GreekBoston.com: I’m also a big fan of the slow cooker, especially during the colder months- there are so many options! I typically prefer chicken breasts so I’m glad to see someone had luck that way. October 23, 2017 at 9:49am Reply

  • kural: nice cooking October 23, 2017 at 10:56pm Reply

  • Holly: Made this and loved it, lots of flavor. Chicken thighs are my favorite pieces. Making dinner has turned into a chore lately because I have recently gone back to work and getting all my ducks in a row is a bit challenging. But I dont want to miss out on the best eating and cooking season of the year either! I try to keep in mind that cooking, cleaning, and such are a blessing in the sense that i have food and family to do it for… thank you for this easy delicious recipe. October 24, 2017 at 5:50am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Holly – glad you enjoyed it! October 24, 2017 at 12:07pm Reply

  • Mari-Ann: I made this last night and it confirmed that I HATE my relatively new Crock Pot because it cooks so much hotter than it should. After a few hours, I transferred it to my ancient West Bend slow cooker and finished it. I have the evil Crock Pot in my back seat, headed for Goodwill. The recipe was great, though, and my husband loved it. Some crusty bread to mop up the delicious sauce is recommended. October 31, 2017 at 5:02am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Ha ha oldies are the goodies! Glad you enjoyed the recipe! October 31, 2017 at 2:17pm Reply

  • Dee: Sounds great. How would you convert this to cooking in oven? November 3, 2017 at 11:33am Reply

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