Creamy Lemon Chicken Recipe: A Fabulous Slow-cooker Chicken Dinner by Ann Marie Patitucci

Slow Cooker Poultry Dinner
2 years ago

Creamy Lemon Chicken Recipe: A Fabulous Slow-cooker Chicken Dinner

Chicken and the flavor of lemon are two of my favorite things, so this lemon chicken recipe is right up my alley! The fact that it’s made for the slow cooker makes it perfect for busy night cooking.

I love a slow cooker recipe with the option of cooking it on high or low, depending on how much time you have. Serve this easy chicken recipe with rice and your favorite vegetable.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours (on high) or 3 hours (on low)
Total Time: 5 hours and 10 minutes (high) or 3 hours and 10 minutes (low)
Servings: 4 to 6


  • 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 lemons, juiced and zested
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon chicken base, optional (I use Better Than Bouillon brand)

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Add butter to a large skillet (cast iron, ideally) and melt on medium-high heat. Sprinkle salt, pepper and Italian seasoning on the chicken and add it to the pan. Cook on each side for 4 to 6 minutes.
  2. Add chicken to the slow cooker and cover it with lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic and the rest of the butter, cut into square pieces. (Don't cook the lemons in the slow cooker.) Cook on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the half and half, cornstarch and chicken base, if using. Add the liquid to the slow cooker, mix all ingredients and cook an additional hour on high. Serve over rice.

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Elisa Schmitz
Oh, my. I love lemon chicken. What an easy way to make a delicious chicken dinner, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead !
Chicken and lemon are a great combo...
Never made lemon chicken in a slow cooker, neat idea! 🍋
Andrea Zanon
Thank you for the great recipe. I will try it today
I tried this recipe last week...I found it a little too lemony for our liking. I would make it again however I would cut back on the lemon juice. 2 full lemons of juice was a little over powering for us. I will also bump up the garlic. Thanks for sharing.

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