This Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner! Chicken thighs are seasoned with a flavorful blend of spices, then covered in salty Parmesan cheese and zesty garlic. Slow cook with potatoes and serve with your favorite vegetable side dishes!
The slow cooker is a great way to get tender and juicy chicken flavored in many different ways. We love the combination of garlic and parmesan. It adds a ton of flavor to the chicken with little effort, especially when cooked in the Crock Pot!
Simply season the chicken thighs and brown them in a skillet to keep them crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Add the potatoes to the slow cooker along with garlic and parmesan before adding the chicken on top.
Let the chicken and potatoes slow cook until both the chicken and potatoes are fork-tender and delicious! Serve alongside your favorite dishes, including a green salad, roasted vegetables, or rice.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It's a protein and side dish all in one! Serve as is or add another green vegetable for a full meal.
- The flavor combination of garlic and parmesan is bold, zesty, and delicious!
- Chicken thighs are inexpensive and get super moist and tender in the slow cooker.
- This recipe is easy to assemble and even more easy to enjoy!
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Chicken Thighs - This recipe uses bone-in and skin-on chicken thighs for ultimate flavor.
- Butter - Used to brown the chicken thighs while adding a buttery flavor.
- Seasonings - A mixture of salt, pepper, paprika, and Italian seasoning help enhance the natural flavors of the chicken thighs.
- Baby Red Potatoes - These sturdy potatoes are small and sturdy and take on any flavor you add to them.
- Olive Oil - Used to coat the potatoes to make sure the seasonings stick.
- Garlic - Adds bold garlic flavor that enhances the potatoes.
- Seasonings - A mix of thyme, salt, and pepper balance and add herb flavor to the potatoes.
- Butter - Adds a rich buttery coating to the chicken and potatoes.
- Parmesan Cheese - Adds salty cheese flavor.
- Chopped Parsley - Gives this dish a pop of fresh green color and flavor.
How To Make Garlic Parmesan Chicken In The Slow Cooker
Brown the chicken: Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt, black pepper, paprika, and Italian seasonings. Add to the skillet and brown for 3 minutes on each side. Set Aside.
Prepare the potatoes: Wash and quarter the potatoes. Add potatoes to the bottom of the slow cooker. Pour olive oil over them and add garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Mix until combined.
Assemble the dish: Place the butter squares on top of the potatoes, then add the browned chicken thighs with the skin facing up.
Cover and cook: Add the lid on top, then cook for 3-4 hours on HIGH or 7-8 hours on LOW.
Garnish and serve: Garnish with grated parmesan cheese and fresh parsley before serving. Enjoy!
- Before browning the chicken, pat it dry completely with a paper towel. This will ensure that it gets crispy and doesn't stick to the skillet.
- If you don't have baby red potatoes, feel free to use any small potato or even sweet potatoes, just make sure they are all cut roughly the same size for even cooking.
- To ensure the chicken is fully cooked, use a kitchen thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh. It should read at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add other vegetables: Feel free to add other vegetables to the slow cooker, such as carrots, green beans, or broccoli. Just make sure to cut them into small pieces so they cook through in the allotted time.
- Add more cheese: If you love cheesy recipes, feel free to add more parmesan cheese on top or even mix in some shredded mozzarella cheese when you add the butter.
- Use other cuts of meat: You can also use chicken breasts or drumsticks in this recipe. Just note that chicken will fully cook at different times depending on the cut used.
Storing & Freezing
Storing: Store any leftover slow cooker garlic parmesan chicken and potatoes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.
Freezing: Freeze slow-cooker garlic parmesan chicken and potatoes in a freezer-safe container for up to three months. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.
Yes, you can! Just make sure to reduce the cook time by about half since they will cook through much quicker.
No, you don't have to brown the chicken, but I highly recommend it! It adds an extra level of flavor and ensures that the skin gets crispy.
Yes, you can assemble the slow cooker garlic parmesan chicken up to 24 hours in advance. Just keep it stored in the fridge until you're ready to cook it.
More Slow-Cooker Chicken Comfort Food Recipes
- Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff
- Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie
- Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken
- Crock Pot Chicken and Stuffing
- Crock Pot Crack Chicken
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Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken
- 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
- 3 tbsp butter
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 lb baby red potatoes (quartered)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 tsp garlic (minced)
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 3 tbsp butter (divided into 4 equal parts)
- 1 cup parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt, black pepper, paprika, and Italian seasonings. Add to the skillet and brown for 3 minutes on each side. Set Aside
- Add potatoes to the slow cooker. Pour olive oil over them and add garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Mix until combined, then place butter squares on top.
- Place browned chicken thighs on potatoes skin side up.
- Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low.
- Garnish with parmesan cheese and fresh parsley before serving.
*All nutrition information provided is automatically calculated and is an estimate and will vary based on ingredients, brands, and changes in cooking methods listed in the recipe. If you need exact numbers on your ingredients, I would recommend calculating them with your prefered nutrition calculator.
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