Creamy Crockpot Lemon Chicken Recipe

For those days when making dinner feels like too daunting of a task, turn to this creamy Crockpot lemon chicken recipe to help relieve the burden. Yes, you'll still have to do some cooking, but the Crockpot will greatly reduce the active labor and any stress that might come with it. As recipe developer Jessica Morone says, this is "a dish that you can mostly set and forget, you don't have to spend a lot of time making it or checking on it." Moreover, she says, "Cooking the chicken in a Crockpot makes it really tender and moist," so you can also let go of any fears of overcooking and ending up with a dry mess.

While the chicken may be the star protein here, there's another irresistible highlight of this dish that happens to be Morone's favorite part. "My favorite thing about this dish is the delicious creamy sauce," she explains. "The cream cheese gives it a nice tang, and all the flavors of the lemon juice and seasoning are all really balanced." This sauce is so good, in fact, that Morone would make the sauce all by itself to pair with other foods — and, after whipping up this recipe, you just might feel the same way.

Gather the ingredients for creamy Crockpot lemon chicken

Chicken breasts will serve as the bulk of this dish, and you'll need some salt and pepper for seasoning along with some olive oil for searing them. For the sauce, you'll need lemon juice, chicken broth, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, and some cream cheese. "The cream cheese is the special ingredient because it makes the sauce creamy and thick without having to add a thickening agent," Morone says. Finally, for garnish, you may want some chopped parsley on hand for a pop of green.

Sear the chicken breasts

While this is mostly a one-pot Crockpot recipe, the first step does call for searing the chicken breasts in a skillet, though Morone does note that it's an optional step. "Searing the chicken before putting it in the crockpot makes it golden and also locks in more of the flavor, but you could really skip that step if you don't have time and you will still end up with a really tasty meal, especially if you plan on shredding the chicken," she explains.

If you do opt for searing, first pat the chicken dry and season each breast with salt and pepper. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add in the olive oil, then once that's heated up, add in the chicken. Sear the chicken breasts for roughly 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or until they have a nice golden color. Keep in mind that the breasts won't be cooked through — they'll finish cooking in the Crockpot.

Layer the ingredients in the Crockpot

Once the chicken breasts are seared (or, if you skipped that step altogether), go ahead and place them at the bottom of the Crockpot. Then, whisk together the lemon juice, chicken broth, garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning, and pour the mixture over the chicken. Finally, cut the cream cheese into cubes and spread them out across the chicken.

Place the lid on the Crockpot and either set it to low for 4 to 6 hours or high for 2 to 3 hours. Ultimately, just make sure that the chicken is cooked through to 165 F.

Serve the creamy chicken over noodles

When the chicken is finished cooking, you have a couple of options. You can either serve it whole, as Morone does, or you can shred it up and mix it into the sauce. Either way, do give that creamy sauce a couple of good stirs to remove any lumps, and don't forget to add a sprinkle of fresh parsley. Then, you're ready to serve it, and you really can't go wrong with pairing options. "This chicken and sauce is really good with everything," Morone says. "I put it over pasta, but it's also good with rice or potatoes. The sauce will cling nicely to any side dish and be really yummy."

If you end up with leftovers, you can go ahead and hang onto them for up to 4 days, but make sure to store them in an airtight container in the fridge. When it comes time to reheat, a quick zap in the microwave will breathe a second life into this rich and creamy dish.

Creamy Crockpot Lemon Chicken Recipe
5 from 63 ratings
For those weekdays when making dinner feels like too much of a task, turn to this creamy Crockpot lemon chicken recipe to help relieve the burden.
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creamy chicken over noodles
Total time: 4 hours, 10 minutes
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese
Optional Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  1. Pat the chicken dry, then sprinkle the salt and pepper evenly over the chicken breasts.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the cooking oil to the skillet then add the chicken to the pan.
  3. Sear each side of the chicken breasts for 4 to 5 minutes, until golden on each side. The chicken will not be cooked through at this point. Add the chicken breasts to the bottom of your slow cooker.
  4. In a medium bowl whisk together the lemon juice, chicken broth, garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning. Pour the mixture over the chicken in the Crockpot.
  5. Cut the cream cheese into cubes and add to the Crockpot.
  6. Cook on high for 2 to 3 hours or low for 4 to 6 hours until the chicken is cooked through to 165 F.
  7. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker.
  8. Whisk the sauce in the pot to remove any lumps, then top the chicken with the sauce. Alternatively, you can shred the chicken in the Crockpot with the sauce.
  9. Sprinkle with parsley if desired, then serve.
Calories per Serving 610
Total Fat 34.1 g
Saturated Fat 13.6 g
Trans Fat 0.7 g
Cholesterol 256.7 mg
Total Carbohydrates 7.7 g
Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
Total Sugars 3.4 g
Sodium 635.8 mg
Protein 65.8 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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