Get ready for a delicious dinner! This simple 4-ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken with Stuffing is like a flavor party in your mouth!
Tender chicken and yummy stuffing come together in your slow cooker to make a super tasty meal that's perfect for busy weeknights. It's sure to become a family favorite!
Want an easy and yummy dinner for Thanksgiving or Christmas? This crockpot chicken dish is perfect for holidays because it's super simple to make.
The chicken is tender and tasty, and the stuffing is golden and delicious. Let the slow cooker do the cooking while you have fun with your family and friends. Enjoy a special meal without stress!
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- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts or Chicken Thighs Thawed
- Box Stuffing - I used this gluten free stuffing
- Green Beans Drained (optional)
- Gravy - I used this gluten free turkey gravy
See the recipe card below for quantities.
First, spray your slow cooker with non-stick olive oil cooking spray or use a slow cooker liner.
Second, place the thawed, raw boneless chicken breasts on the bottom of the slow cooker in an even layer.
Next, dump the package of dry stuffing mix on top of the chicken and add the water (or chicken broth or chicken stock), green beans, and the prepared gravy.
Finally, put the lid on your slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
When finished, the stuffing should have a soft texture and be nicely golden brown. Serve and enjoy!
Hint: Don't overcook the chicken, or it will dry out. In order to make sure that you are not overcooking the chicken, use a meat thermometer and only cook the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Also, make sure that you use enough liquid so that you end up with fluffy stuffing instead of it being dry.
- Green beans - if you are not a fan of green beans, feel free to substitute with another type of vegetable like peas, corn, carrots, broccoli, or even cauliflower.
- Gravy - this recipe works best with turkey or chicken gravy, but you can use any gravy you like. I used a gravy packet but you could also use jarred.
- You can even make your own!
- Stuffing - I love Aleia's gluten free stuffing for this recipe becuase it reminds me of Stove Top but you can use any you like.
- Chicken Thighs: Instead of boneless skinless chicken breasts, you can use boneless skinless chicken thighs for a different flavor and texture.
- Creamy Version: Add a dollop of sour cream to the slow cooker for a creamy twist to the dish.
- Cranberry Sauce: Serve the chicken with a side of cranberry sauce for a festive touch, perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners.
- Extra Vegetables: Enhance the nutritional value by adding extra vegetables like fresh mushrooms or broccoli to the slow cooker.
- Mashed Potatoes: Serve the chicken and stuffing over a bed of creamy mashed potatoes for a comforting and complete meal.
- Spicier Version: Add your favorite spices or hot sauce to the dish to give it a kick of heat.
- Vegetarian - if you do not eat meat, you can make this delicious gluten-free stuffing dish vegetarian by using vegetable broth and replacing the chicken with a vegetarian version.
- Dairy-Free - if you are dairy-free, just make sure that the type of gravy you choose does not have any dairy ingredients.
- Fresh herbs - if you have fresh herbs on hand, feel free to add them to the dish for extra flavor.
- Diced sausage - if you want to add some extra protein to the dish, feel free to add diced sausage.
- Cornbread stuffing - if you want a change from the traditional stuffing, try using cornbread stuffing.
- Extra flavor - for some extra delicious flavor, you can melt butter (regular butter, not margarine) to top this dish. You can also add some additional spices like salt, black pepper, or fresh parsley. You could even add a packet of onion soup mix if you like.
Let any leftovers cool down to room temperature and place them in an airtight container in the fridge. The leftovers will last up to 4 days and can be reheated in the microwave in a microwave-safe dish.
Make sure to spray your slow cooker with non-stick olive oil cooking spray, or use a slow cooker liner before adding the ingredients. This will make cleanup easier and prevent the food from sticking to the cooker.
Veggies to pair with slow cooker chicken with stuffing
Here is a list of vegetables that would work well as a side dish to this crock pot chicken recipe:
- Green beans
- Fresh broccoli
- Brussels sprouts
- Roasted potatoes
- Sweet potatoes
- Mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, corn)
- Bell peppers
These vegetables can be prepared in various ways such as steamed, roasted, or sautéed to complement the flavors of the chicken and stuffing.
Tips for Thanksgiving dinner
This easy recipe is perfect for a paired-down Thanksgiving dinner! It makes a perfect meal for one or a couple of people if having a smaller get-together.
Or even if you just want to prepare something a bit easier than a full holiday meal.
You can replace the chicken with sliced turkey breast and top the dish with cranberry sauce or dried cranberries. It will make a delicious home-cooked meal with little effort that the whole family will love this holiday season!
No, chicken broth or stock is not required as long as the breast parts are arranged in a single layer and in direct contact with the slow cooker. However, for this slow cooker chicken recipe, you will need water or broth to make sure the stuffing is not dry.
Yes, you can use a slow cooker to cook raw chicken. Crock-Pots and slow cookers are made to cook raw meat. Slow cooking is safe because it uses direct heat from the pot, a long cooking time, and steam produced by a firmly sealed container. Chicken from frozen can also be cooked in a slow cooker on high.
Even when using broth or water, the chicken will become tough and dry if it is cooked for an excessively long time. So, the quickest and most effective approach to prevent chicken in a crockpot from drying out is to stop cooking it as soon as it reaches the ideal internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
The most frequent cause of tough, rubbery, or overcooked chicken, aside from unintentionally overcooking the food, is users of excessively large Crockpots.
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4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken With Stuffing
- 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts or Chicken Thighs Thawed
- 1 Package of Gluten-Free Stuffing You can also use a jar or can or homemade.
- 1 ½ Cups Water
- 1 14.5 oz Can Green Beans Drained
- 1 14.5 oz Packet Gluten-Free Gravy Prepared
- First, spray your slow cooker with non-stick olive oil cooking spray or use a slow cooker liner.
- Second, place the thawed, raw chicken on the bottom of the slow cooker in an even layer.
- Next, top the chicken with the package of stuffing, water (or chicken broth or chicken stock), green beans, and the prepared gravy.
- Finally, put the lid on your slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
- When finished, the stuffing should have a soft texture and be nicely golden brown. Serve and enjoy!