Slow Cooker Lemon Awesome Chicken Thighs

Published on August 12, 2016 by Lauren

I can't quite say enough about this Lemon Chicken Thigh dish. I put it together and I knew it would be pretty good… but it was quite a bit more than that. It was absolutely fantastic.

crockpot lemon chicken

To start with, I'm always a fan of chicken thighs in the slow cooker. In addition to being super cheap, they just work better than white meat. They stay moist and super tender. So that's why I chose thighs to use in this dish.

To get that lemony flavor, it doesn't take much. Just squeeze the juice of 1 lemon in the slow cooker with the other ingredients. It's the perfect amount of lemon flavor without being overly tart. The basil and thyme work really well in here too.

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But it just wouldn't be as fantastic as it is without the cream sauce. And this step needs to be completed at the end using a mix of cornstarch and half and half. I served this over rice and it worked so perfectly. The rice soaked up the extra sauce in the most yummy way.

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Lemon Chicken Awesome
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Serves: 4-6
  • 6 skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • Juice from one lemon (or 2-3 Tbsp lemon juice)
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  1. Place chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Top with onions, garlic, spices, lemon juice, and 3/4 cup water.
  3. Cook on high for 4 hours (of medium for 6 hours, low for 8 hours).
  4. In a small sauce pan, whisk the cornstarch in with 1/4 cup water and the half and half.
  5. Heat on medium, whisking often.
  6. Once it's thick and bubbly, add it to the liquid in the slow cooker and mix in well.
  7. Close the lid and let it cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  8. Serve over rice or pasta.

crockpot lemon chicken

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    • Yes, I have made this in advance and froze several times now without any issue.

      Taste is just as good as we’ve made fresh.

  • Thank you! I just tried this today, and it was AWESOME. I’m working my way through numerous crock pot recipes — trying to save money and time. And this one truly is amazing. Enjoyed this on fettuccine, with sliced tomatoes, sugar snap peas, and a glass of chardonnay. Thank you so much–this recipe is a keeper!

  • There was nothing awesome about this dish. Lemon chicken it was not. All that could be tasted was the basil and thyme. My husband and I did eat this meal for dinner, but likely will not eat the leftovers. Very disappointed and plan to dispose of this receipe. Sorry, but people who are consider8ng making this need to know lemon chicken, it isn’t.

  • I love this dish, but when I get to the las8steo, I’m always left with clumps of cornstarch in the sauce. I’m following directions, but they never fully mix into the broth.

    Any thoughts?

    • I’m having this problem currently, and I came to the comments to see if anyone else was experiencing this. I’m kind of disappointed because none of my family will eat it like this 🙁

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