Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken

I love this slow cooker lemon chicken and highly recommend giving it a try. It’s the perfect recipe if you’re a massive fan of citrus.

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken

By the time you go to eat this lemon chicken, it will be packed with lovely citrus flavors. It will have a slight hint of sweetness from the brown sugar and an extra bit of flavor from the herbs. It’s an excellent combination that will have you going back for seconds.

You should be able to feed roughly four to six people without making any changes to this recipe. However, I do recommend making some side dishes to go with the chicken.

Accompaniments to Serve with Lemon Chicken

Steamed rice is one of the best and easiest accompaniments to have with the chicken. It’s the perfect way to feed a few more people using a single batch of this recipe.

Some steamed or blanched vegetables go great with lemon chicken and help add a bit of variety to the plate. I like combining the chicken and vegetables with rice or noodles.

 Lemon Chicken and Rice

Speaking of noodles, they also go great with this chicken, so I highly recommend cooking some. Something like Hokkien or rice noodles will work nicely. Mixing the sauce and chicken through the noodles is the best combination.

Lastly, fried rice is also an excellent side dish but requires the most work out of all the options I have mentioned. If you don’t have the time, you could buy some from your local takeaway.

Tweaking this Recipe

There are a few tweaks that you can make to this recipe to make it more to your liking.

Some soy sauce or hoisin can be added to the sauce for a bit of extra depth and flavor. I recommend adding a tablespoon or two, but with that said, I think the sauce is perfect without any extra additions.

Vegetables such as carrots and mushrooms can be added straight into the slow cooker. They will add a bit more flavor to the lemon chicken and bulk the dish out a little. It’s a great way of feeding a crowd without making any drastic or expensive changes.

Slow-Cooked Lemon Chicken Thighs

You can make the sauce creamy by adding half a cup of cream just before you add the cornstarch mixture. You will also want to use three tablespoons of cornstarch and water instead.

If you buy some chicken with the skin on, then you might want to crisp the skin before placing it in the slow cooker. You can also deglaze the frypan using white wine to get even more flavor into this dish.

The video right below will take you through all the steps to making lemon chicken in the slow cooker. Also, below the video is the full written recipe that you can print out.

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken

5/5 (100%) 1 vote
Prep Time15 Minutes
Cook Time6 Hours & 30 Minutes
Total Time6 Hours & 45 Minutes


  • 1 kg (2.2 lb) chicken thigh
  • 2 tsp garlic, crushed
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 250 ml (8.5 fl oz) chicken stock
  • 125 ml (4.2 fl oz) white wine


  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch ( Amazon )
  • 2 Tbsp water


  1. In a slow cooker, mix the garlic, oregano, parsley, brown sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, chicken stock, and white wine.
  2. Add the chicken thigh and coat in the liquid.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  4. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker.
  5. Mix the cornstarch and water until it’s like a paste.
  6. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the slow cooker and stir until combined.
  7. Return the chicken to the slow cooker.
  8. Cook on high for 30 minutes or until the sauce is thickened.
  9. Serve & Enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • The white wine adds more flavor but can be omitted if you don’t wish to use it.
  • You’re able to use other cuts of chicken such as chicken breast or chicken drumsticks.
  • I recommend using fresh lemon juice for the best results. However, bottled lemon juice will work fine if you can’t get your hands on any fresh lemons.

Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker (Amazon | Walmart) for all the recipes that I have on this website unless specified. If you have a smaller or larger slow cooker, then you might need to adjust the ingredients.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 249g (8.8 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Calories Per Serving: 404
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 28.2g
Saturated Fat: 7.7g
Trans Fat: 0.1g
Total Carbohydrate: 7g
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Sugars: 3g
Cholesterol: 165mg
Sodium: 198mg
Protein: 29g

The information above is an estimate generated by an online nutrition calculator.

More Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

There are so many slow cooker chicken recipes, and below are a couple more that I suggest giving a try.

Another citrus dish that I recommend making is orange chicken. It’s similar to this recipe but has some different delicious flavors. It has orange marmalade, BBQ sauce, and Teriyaki sauce. I love the sauce combination as it has the perfect blend of sweet and sour.

The balsamic honey chicken is an interesting but delicious blend of flavors. If you like this recipe, you’re probably going to love the honey balsamic sauce, so I highly recommend giving it a try. It goes perfectly with some steamed rice.

I love this slow cooker lemon chicken, and I hope that you do too. If you have any feedback or alterations that you would love to share, then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

One Comment

  1. Avatar for Nicole Willard
    Nicole Willard on

    This was SO good!

    I used chicken breasts, since that’s what I had, and served it over a bag of Lipton’s chicken flavored noodles. It was better than I even expected. I did not have wine, so maybe that’s why mine just needed a little pick me up. I added a few dashes of Himalayan pink salt. Next time, I will add some broccoli as well. I will make this again.

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