Easy Mississippi Chicken Recipe

Mississippi chicken is a dish that is something of a spinoff from Mississippi pot roast, and it has garnered a great deal of popularity in the social media-sphere in recent years. The reason for its popularity seems to lie in its simplicity, since as recipe developer Chanel Murphy-Lowe describes it, it's "an easy weekday dish" due to the fact that it's "flavorful, easy to make, has only a few ingredients, and feeds a good number of people." It can also feed just one person a good number of times, especially since it takes quite well to freezing.

While Murphy-Lowe tells us that "Chicken thighs are a personal preference because they are generally more tender and juicy ... [and] also budget friendly," she does say that if you prefer light meat to dark, there is no reason why you can't use chicken breasts, too. The fact that the dish is slow-cooked means you won't even need to adjust the cooking time.

Some people prefer to leave their Mississippi chicken pieces whole, but Murphy-Lowe is Team Shred all the way. She likes to eat this shredded chicken on top of mashed potatoes, but it can also be turned into a sandwich or taco filling or even drained, chilled, and used to top a salad.

Gather the ingredients for easy Mississippi chicken

Mississippi chicken is such an easy recipe that you can really make it with any kind of chicken you like –- boneless, bone-in, and any part that pleases. To duplicate what Murphy does here, though, boneless, skinless thighs are what you'll need. She also uses pepperoncini (both peppers and juice), dry ranch mix, and butter, all of which are standard for Mississippi chicken, although she prefers using chicken gravy mix to the powdered au jus seasoning called for in other recipes.

Prepare the chicken for cooking

Put the chicken in the slow cooker, then sprinkle it with both types of seasoning. Measure out and pour the pepperoncini juice into the pot, then plop a whole stick of butter down on top of the chicken. Stick some peppers in alongside and/or on top of the chicken, then close the lid.

Cook the chicken

If your Crockpot is like many another slow cooker, you'll likely have a choice of two settings, low or high. If you prefer to cook on high heat, your chicken will be done in about half a day, or 4 hours. If you want to give it a few more hours of cooking time, however, you can opt for low heat as this typically takes about 7 hours.

Shred the chicken and serve

Once the timer goes off, you can open up the crockpot, although watch out that you don't burn yourself on any escaping steam. If you're opting to shred your chicken as Murphy does, you can do it with a fork right in the slow cooker. Mix the shredded chicken into the juices, then you're all set to eat. Should you wish to more fully incorporate the pepperoncini with the shredded chicken, you may chop up the peppers either before or after cooking. Murphy-Lowe prefers to eat the cooked ones whole, though, saying "I love their flavor with the dish."

The leftover chicken can be refrigerated for up to four days. Another option is to freeze the dish for a longer duration if that works better for you.

Easy Mississippi Chicken Recipe
4.9 from 27 ratings
Similar to Mississippi pot roast, this Mississippi chicken cooks slowly in the Crockpot and features a simple but delicious gravy.
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chicken with pepperoncini and potatoes
Total time: 4 hours, 5 minutes
  • 2 pounds boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 (1-ounce) ranch seasoning packet
  • ½ packet chicken gravy mix (approximately ½ ounce)
  • ½ cup pepperoncini juice
  • 4 ounces butter (1 stick)
  • 6 whole pepperoncini
  1. Place the chicken thighs at the bottom of a Crockpot. Sprinkle in the ranch seasoning and gravy packets.
  2. Pour the pepperoncini juice over the chicken.
  3. Add the stick of butter on top of the chicken.
  4. Place the pepperoncini peppers on and around the chicken.
  5. Cover the Crockpot with the lid and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 7 hours.
  6. Carefully remove the lid and use a fork to shred the cooked chicken directly in the Crockpot.
  7. Serve the chicken with gravy spooned on top.
Calories per Serving 702
Total Fat 55.9 g
Saturated Fat 20.8 g
Trans Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 263.7 mg
Total Carbohydrates 4.3 g
Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
Total Sugars 0.1 g
Sodium 465.3 mg
Protein 44.3 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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