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Chicken stock can't get easier than this! Just take your roast chicken leftovers and throw everything in the slow cooker - hours later you'll be rewarded with a rich stock without any effort.

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IngredientsMakes: 2 litres stock

  • leftover carcass from 1 whole roast chicken
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, skin on, quartered
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 2 litres water

MethodPrep:5min ›Cook:8hr ›Ready in:8hr5min

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook for 8 hours on Low. Strain stock through a fine sieve, then chill or freeze till needed.

Freezing tip

Chicken stock can stay in the freezer for months. Try freezing in an ice cube tray or in small freezer bags for easy-to-use portions.


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Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

When ever I cook a whole chicken, I save the bones. You’d be crazy not to because making homemade stock is so simple. Especially when you make it in your slow cooker.

If you can’t fit making homemade chicken stock into your schedule right then, collect and save bone in a freezer safe container, store them in your freezer and make it on another day. Your soups and sauces will thank you.

What Is The Difference Between Chicken Stock And Chicken Broth?

Stock is what you get after a chicken carcass has simmered in water for hours for the collagen to be released from the bones. Stock usually is unsalted, dark in color and cloudy and has a fuller “mouth feel” thanks to the collagen, as mentioned.

Broth typically is what you get when chicken (meat), simmers in water with herbs and vegetables. Chicken broth is lighter in color and more clear, and has a lighter flavor.

To Make This Slow Cooker Chicken Stock You Will Need:

  • chicken bones
  • onions
  • carrots
  • celery
  • parsley
  • thyme
  • bay leaves
  • black peppercorns
  • cider vinegar
  • filtered water
  • cheesecloth

Trim the ends off of 2 yellow onions, cut in half and place into your slow cooker. Wash and coarsely chop the carrots and celery and add them in as well. Lastly, snap any bones that you physically can snap and add those into the slow cooker as well. This will help the collagen to be released more easily during cooking.

Next, add in 8 sprigs fresh parsley, 4 sprigs fresh time and 2 bay leaves.

Sprinkle in about 2 teaspoons black peppercorns.

Pour 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 12 cups filtered water. I’ve done some research and have read that adding vinegar will help draw out the nutrients in the bones – so I always add it.

Cover and cook on low heat for 12 hours.

Using a slotted spoon to remove the vegetables and discard the carcass using tongs. Set a mesh strainer into a large measuring cup (I needed two 8-cup measuring cups) and line with cheesecloth. Carefully pour the stock into the cheesecloth lined strainer. Once filled, move the strainer to the other measuring cup or bowl to pour the remaining homemade chicken stock through. Allow the stock to cool completely before storing.

For Freezing:

Pour the cooled stock into 2-cup freezer safe containers and store in the back of your freezer for up to 12 months. To thaw, run lukewarm water over the container until thawed or defrost slowly in your microwave.

Use in your favorite soup, sauce or

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  • Add chicken in whole breasts: Keeping the breasts whole will keep in as much moisture as possible since the meat is so low in fat. If you cut the breasts into chunks, the chicken will come out more dry and tough.
  • Shred minimally: When shredding or cutting you don’t have to shred the chicken too small or it’ll be like a filling versus a meal.


  • Chicken Tacos: Use Taco Seasoning instead of the spices in this recipe. Once cooked, shred chicken and serve in soft taco shells with your favorite toppings.
  • ChickenAlfredo: Add a teaspoon of dried oregano and basil to your spices to make Italian chicken. Cook fettuccine per package instruction, until al dente. Drain pasta and add jar of your favorite Alfredo (or make Quick JalapenoAlfredo) to a pan. Warm sauce and serve over noodles. Top with sliced chicken breast.
  • Chicken Casserole: Add chopped or shredded chicken breast to your favorite casseroles that call for cooked chicken.
  • Chicken Soup: This would make a great “kitchen sink” Chicken Soup. Take veggies that you have leftover and cook in a pot with 4 cups veggie or chicken broth. Add any cooked rice or pasta and this chicken breast. Serve with a side of Dinner Rolls.
  • Chicken Salad: Use this recipe as the chicken in Chicken Salador top a leafy green salad with all your favorite toppings like bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and sliced chicken breast.

Making Crockpot Chicken Breast for Meal Prep

Slow Cooker Chicken Breast is a great meal prep chicken recipe! You can increase the recipe, but be careful not to cook more than about 6 breasts at a time in a large 6-8 qt slow cooker. You don’t want the chicken too crowded. Once cooked, allow to cool completely before storing. Freeze in individual portions for an easy dinner for one. Reheat by thawing in the fridge overnight and cooking in the oven at 350 degrees until warm.


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Ingredients in Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Everything goes into the slow cooker at once. No pre-cooking!

  1. Canned Diced Tomatoes: Use 2 cans of diced tomatoes. Drain out the liquid first.
  2. Tomato Sauce: Use plain tomato sauce as the base of this chili. I usually pick up 2 8-ounce cans of Hunts tomato sauce.
  3. Chicken: You need about 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts.
  4. Chicken Broth: Use 1 standard can (about 2 cups) chicken broth. I stick with reduced sodium. If you have homemade chicken stock or broth, that works too!
  5. Onion & Bell Peppers: Let’s add a little freshness to the one pot dinner with flavorful onion and lots of diced bell pepper.
  6. Black Beans & Corn: I love adding these because the duo brings a southwestern vibe to the whole dish. If I don’t have corn, I swap in more black beans. If I don’t have black beans, I swap in kidney beans. Use what you enjoy and/or have in the pantry.
  7. Jalapeño: 1 jalapeño adds the perfect amount of spice.
  8. Garlic, Salt, Dried Oregano, Chili Powder, & Cumin: Each ingredient adds depth and flavor. I don’t recommend cutting any of them from the recipe. In fact, I usually add a little more of each after I taste the finished chili.
  9. Cream Cheese: Trust me. See below!

This is a set and forget it slow cooker dinner recipe. Besides chopping some ingredients and using a can opener, the only “work” is shredding the chicken. Remove the cooked chicken breasts, shred them with two forks (it’s easy because they’re so tender!), then add the shredded chicken back into the crockpot for 15 more minutes before serving.

Remove the chicken breasts from the slow cooker to a cutting board and allow to rest for a few minutes. Discard the lemon wedges.

Shred the chicken with two forks. Then, place the shredded chicken back into the liquid in the crockpot. This will ensure the chicken won&rsquot dry out, and it will be packed with flavor.

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Get ready to meet you new weeknight BFF! This delicious slow cooker creamy chicken recipe is absolutely delicious, and yet it's easy enough to make any night of the week.

Let's talk about the sauce in this recipe. It incorporates delicious ingredients like cream cheese, white wine, and garlic for a flavor profile that will leave you speechless. It perfectly complements the chicken, and it makes a great sauce for serving this creamy chicken recipe.

We love pairing it with pasta or rice so that you can soak up all of the goodness!

Slow Cooker Time HIGH 4 hr


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 / 2 cup white wine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • scallions for garnish

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Recipe


In a mixing bowl whip cream cheese with chicken stock, salt, garlic, mustard and wine until incorporated.

Place chicken in the bottom of your crock pot and sprinkle onions on top.

Pour cream cheese mixture over the chicken and onions.

Cover and place on high for 4 hours.

When ready to serve, place the meal in a baking dish under the broiler for two minutes for extra color.

This slow cooker Hawaiian chicken is another of our favorite weeknight dinner recipes. It's great if you prefer a chicken sandwich over chicken and rice! Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken

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