This crockpot sticky chicken is one of our all time favorites and it was one of the first recipes I posted on this blog back in 2008! Back then my kids were in grade school and middle school. Now they’re all grown and out working or going to college. My 20 year old still cooks this crockpot chicken in batches and takes it to work for lunch.
Our favorite crockpot chicken
I first tried this crockpot chicken recipe back in 2004. It was given to me by a friend I met on a message forum. Who knew this sticky chicken would still be in my recipe arsenal some 14 years later. I should note that this recipe is also awesome if roasted.
What you need to make this recipe:
- 1 whole chicken or 6-8 (4-6 oz each) boneless breasts
- 4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup chopped onion
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Chicken Breasts vs Whole Chicken
While this recipe calls for a whole chicken, you can use just chicken breasts instead. We often put 6-8 breasts in the slow cooker for dinner. If you are going to use boneless breasts only, rub each one individually before placing them in the slow cooker.
If you like both dark and white meat then a whole chicken is the way to go. Rub the spice mixture onto the chicken, both inside and out, making sure it is evenly distributed and down deep into the skin. I cut the breast skin open and rub the breast meat as well.
Side dish suggestions
We definitely have a some favorite side dishes that go great with this recipe. Using the slow cooker frees up the over which is ideal for some of the roasted side dishes I’ve included. If you have multiple slow cookers like I do, you can make any of the slow cooker recipes listed. Here are several to choose from:
- Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Potatoes
- Crispy Roast Potatoes
- Hasselback Potatoes
- Perfect Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes
- Potatoes Au Gratin with Bacon and Leeks
- Roast Potatoes in a Cast iron Skillet
- Bacon Topped Three Cheese Potatoes
- Spanish Rice with Black Beans and Corn
- Almond and Parmesan Crusted Asparagus Fries
- Crockpot Corn on the Cob
- Pan Roasted Broccoli
- Mashed Cauliflower
- Homemade Baked Beans
- Creamy Crockpot Mac and Cheese
- Easy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
Ways to use the leftover chicken
Whenever I make this recipe I purposely make more than I need. The leftover meat is great in enchiladas, quesadillas, nachos, and soup. Whether you make a big batch with the intent of having extra, or you just happen to have leftovers, here are several ways to use that crockpot chicken!
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Chicken and Chile Enchiladas
- Cheesy Chicken and Ham Chowder
- Burrito Bowl
- Chicken Nachos
This recipe includes a quick and easy gravy recipe using the juices from the chicken. You can certainly enjoy it without the gravy if you like or crack open a can of gravy. Whatever works! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
If you love slow cooker dishes, try this slow cooker balsamic chicken from Family Food on the Table! Or if you’re just looking for another tasty chicken recipe, this Spicy Oven Fried Chicken is always a hit!
This blog post was originally published on October 2, 2008 – updated photos added November 10, 2017