Greek Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

10.17.2017

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

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

Healthy Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

It’s recipes like this 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 that 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.

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Recipes like this Greek chicken and potatoes are always great in my book, not only because they are easy and ready when you get home from wherever, but they’re also the kinds of recipes that the whole family loves.

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 Lemon Chicken and Potatoes Ingredients

I love how simple the ingredients for this slow cooker chicken and potatoes recipe are. For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • Yellow Potatoes
  • Yellow onion
  • Garlic
  • Dried oregano, basil, and rosemary
  • Salt and pepper
  • Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Olive oil
  • Chicken broth
  • Fresh lemon juice and zest
  • Fresh parsley

close up shot of Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

How to Make Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

  • 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.
  • Heat oil in a large heavy bottomed pot. 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.
  • Transfer chicken to slow cooker over potato layer. Repeat with remaining thighs.
  • 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).
  • 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.

grabbing Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Potatoes with a pair of tongs

Can  I Use Chicken Breasts Instead of Thighs?

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.

But, if I were to try boneless skinless chicken breasts here, I’d skip the browning 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 degrees in center of thickest portion).

If you do try chicken breasts please do let me know how they turned out. I love to get feedback and reviews!

Can I Cook This on High for a Shorter Amount of Time?

Technically, yes. But I recommend cooking it on low for the longer amount of time. This makes the chicken super tender!

Tips for the Best Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

  • 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.
  • I don’t recommend skipping the step of browning the chicken skin first. It adds a layer of flavor that would definitely be missed.
  • Reserve some of the lemon zest for sprinkling over the Greek chicken and potatoes as you’re serving it.

Greek Lemon Chicken and Potatoes on a plate with asparagus

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Greek Slow Cooker 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.

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

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. 

Recipe Notes

  • 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.
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Greek Chicken and Potatoes
Author: Jaclyn

24 comments

  • Joan Byrne: Can I use chicken breasts January 19, 2019 at 7:50am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes but I wouldn’t brown first, otherwise they’d end up overcooked, and I’d reduce the cook time, probably about 5 hours. January 30, 2019 at 11:51pm Reply

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

    • Debbie: Yes, browning of chicken thighs and legs give meat crispy and more delicious flavor. I sear all meat before placing in slow cooker. Lers eat! February 4, 2019 at 9:03pm 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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