Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken


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Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken is such a wonderful dinner that you will want to make again week after week.

This slow cooker lemon chicken recipe is seriously the best slow cooker chicken dish you will ever make. I struggle to find healthy recipes that I actually crave. This lemon chicken is moist and tender and the entire family will love.

lemon chicken in sauce in a slow cooker with rice pilaf on the side.
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How to make Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken:

Gather these ingredients:

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • All purpose flour
  • Zesty Italian salad dressing dry mix packet
  • Cooking oil
  • Lemons
  • Chicken broth
chicken breasts, chicken broth, zesty Italian seasoning packet, cornstarch and lemons on wood table.


  • Cut the chicken breasts down the center, making 2 pieces of breasts from each.
  • Put the flour and zesty Italian mix in to a large ziplock bag. Add the chicken breasts and seal the bag. Shake the bag until the breasts are coated.
  • In a large skillet set to medium-high heat add the cooking oil. Brown the chicken on both sides, no need to cook through.
browned chicken breasts in a slow cooker.
  • Add the chicken breasts to the slow cooker. Add the chicken broth and squeeze in the lemon juice.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 3 hours.
Finished cooking lemon chicken in a slow cooker with broccoli and rice on the side.

What to eat with lemon chicken:

Gray plate with lemon chicken breast, broccoli and rice pilaf.

I hope you enoy this recipe as much as I do and share this recipe with your friends. Have a great week.

5 chicken breasts in a slow cooker with lemons on top.

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Tangy tender lemon chicken cooked in the slow cooker.


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, or chicken tenderloins work great
  • .60 oz. package dry zesty italian salad dressing mix
  • 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup FRESH lemon juice, (about 2 large lemons, do not use bottled lemon juice)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth


  • Cut the chicken breasts into 2 pieces length wise, so you have 2 thin pieces of chicken breasts.
  • Put dressing packet and flour in the ziplock bag. Add the chicken to the bag, and shake to coat the chicken.
  • Set a large skillet on the stove-top over medium high heat. Add the cooking oil. When the oil is hot brown the chicken on both sides. No need to cook through.
  • Add browned chicken to the slow cooker. Pour over the lemon juice and chicken broth.
  • Place lid on slow cooker.
  • Cook on HIGH for 3 hours, without peeking.
  • Make sure to drizzle lemon sauce from bottom of slow cooker onto the chicken when serving.
  • Serve over rice or mashed potatoes. Enjoy.

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Sarah’s Notes

Nutritional Values are approximate. If you require a special diet, please use your own calculations. The values below are for 1/4 of the recipe.


Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 662mg | Potassium: 385mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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  1. Tony says:

    5 stars
    This lemon chicken was excellent.I have made many of your recipes and have never been disappointed

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      That’s great to hear Tony! Thank you.

  2. Connie says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is ridiculously easy and delicious. I’m tired of making lemon chicken that has no lemon flavor. I made a little extra sauce and thought this recipe was full of lemon flavor. Highly recommend!

  3. Patti says:

    I’m shocked to see this recipe ha 30 grams of carbs for 1/4. Is that a typo? I think the 30 grams may be for the whole recipe. How did you figure this? Thanks

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      You’re right, I had the computer redo the calculations, and now it’s only 4. I don’t know what was causing that. Thank you for bringing that to my attention.

      1. Patti says:

        This is so good. So happy the carbs are lower! After cooking I took the chicken out and added cream cheese to broth. Immersion blender. So yum!

  4. Tony Jae says:

    Can this dish be prepped, frozen, and cooked later?

  5. Michelle says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe! This is an excellent addition to your weekly routine. So easy to make and incredibly delicious. This reminds me of the savoury chicken recipes my grandmother used to make. Thank you Sarah!

  6. Jessica says:

    5 stars
    I made this recipe exactly the way you wrote it up and added a splash of white wine and it was one of the best crockpot lemon chicken I have ever had! Thank you for posting!! It will definitely be in my weekly rotation.

  7. Ellen says:

    Hello I want to try this recipe but can I cook it for 6 or 8 hours instead?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes, should do fine. Will be more like shredded chicken though.

    2. Marie says:

      I have TheZgood Seasons Italian salad dressing but not the Good Seasons ZESTYItalian dressing. Think that’s okay to use???? Please someone let me know.

      1. Sarah Olson says:

        Yes! Will work fine.

  8. Emily says:

    I’m trying this for years first time and really looking forward to eating it! I had to batter twice because I am doubling up the amount of chicken, tip: definitely pat the chicken as dry as possible, I got a better coating the second time around!

  9. Mary Ann says:

    I used chicken tenderloins but cooked for less than 3 hrs. Probably 2-1/4 hrs would be enough on high. I also put the broccoli in foil on top & it got too soggy & an unappetizing shade of green. Next time, I’ll cook the broccoli separately.

  10. Sherry says:

    I added about 1/3 cup of white wine! Made it so fancy!!

    1. Geeta Singh says:

      Along with the broth and lemon?