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

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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

4.86 from 7 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

21 comments

  • Jane Kaplan: How much time would you cook boneless, skinless chicken thighs and would you brown before? December 2, 2018 at 12:47pm Reply

  • Laura: Delicious! I used chicken tenders [did not pre-brown] and new potatoes, because it’s what I had on hand – and cooked on high for 3.5hrs. Will definitely make a again, thanks! November 7, 2018 at 7:05pm Reply

  • Fikile: Great recipes. Thank you for sharing September 25, 2018 at 11:12pm Reply

  • Dana: Amazing! I always change things up but use a base idea as I find it impossible to follow a recipe 100%. This sauce is delicious! Thanks! September 8, 2018 at 7:03pm Reply

  • Jason Waldron: I used boneless skinless breasts. Skipped browning. Substituted half of the chicken stock with white cooking wine. Substituted half the olive oil with unsalted butter. Turned out extremely well. June 24, 2018 at 1:12pm Reply

    • Angela Ward: I was thinking of using boneless skinless breast as well. Do you mind if I ask how long you put the slow cooker on for. Less time? Thank you September 9, 2018 at 3:13pm Reply

      • Bob Dogan: so how long did you end up doing it for:) November 13, 2018 at 12:01pm Reply

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