This version of Slow Cooker Mississippi Chicken doesn’t need butter; chicken thighs have enough buttery flavor! This is a spin-off of the infamous Mississippi Pot Roast recipe. The chicken is tangy, not spicy, and great served over plain white rice.
Cooking the chicken with the pepperoncini makes a tangy and delicious sauce that I love to serve over rice. Some like to do sandwiches with this chicken and peppers, but rice is my go-to. Next time I make this, I plan to serve it with crockpot squash au gratin from my friend’s website; zucchini season is just around the corner!
How do you make Mississippi Chicken in the Crockpot
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs – Use chicken thighs instead of breasts in this recipe for the fatty flavor, note that I do not add butter like most Mississippi recipes. I’m in a lot of Slow Cooker Facebook groups and many people have complained about how greasy the Mississippi recipes can be, that’s what I love about this recipe, no butter!
- Ranch Seasoning Packet – you can use a Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix or one that is labeled “dip”.
- Deli sliced Peperoncinis – For this recipe I used the deli sliced pepperoncinis (and juices) instead of the whole ones like other Mississippi recipes. Works great and is easier to eat too. I wonder what this dish would taste with these hot mix peppers that have a mixture of chopped vegetables in a spicy brine.
Step One – Add the chicken thighs to the slow cooker, trim the very large pieces of fat off. Sprinkle over the ranch mix, then add the jarred sliced peppers and juices (1/2 cup).
Step Two – I let the chicken, ranch seasoning, and peppers cook for 7 hours on low. If you are gone for the day, this meal can go an hour or two longer.
Step Three – After the cooking time is up, you can shred the chicken or leave the chicken thighs whole. I left mine whole this time, which made serving very easy.
What to serve with Mississippi Chicken
- Serve over white rice or mashed potatoes.
- Add a green side such as a salad or steam broccoli.
- Serve on toasted buns (drain the meat).
- Can be used in taco shells for a unique taco night.
Peperoncino is the generic Italian name for hot peppers. They are peppers that are sold in jars with salty vinegar brine. They are not spicy, though they have a mild kick to them. Pepperoncini peppers are low on the Scoville scale (100-500 SCU) compared to a jalapeno (2500-8000 SCU).
If you want to add another flavor packet to this dish, use a chicken gravy packet. Though use ONLY a half packet of ranch mix and a half packet of chicken gravy mix, the dish isn’t too salty to eat.
Use thawed chicken when making Mississippi chicken. Some studies suggest it isn’t safe to use frozen meats in the slow cooker for the temperature can stay in the danger zone.
Mississippi chicken is excellent leftover; it only gets better. Store your leftovers in a ziplock bag or Tupperware in the fridge for up to three days or freezer for up to three months.
Yes, Mississippi chicken is lower in carbs but not carb-free. Mississippi chicken has approximately seven carbs per serving.
The chicken will be on the drier side if you use breasts. To combat this, add half a stick of butter to this recipe.
If you want to convert this recipe to an instant pot recipe, check out this recipe from Adventures of a Nurse.
I hope you love this version of Slow Cooker Mississippi Chicken! If you love this recipe, you may want to try my Slow Cooker Mississippi Pot Roast, Spicy Mississippi Roast, or Mississippi Pork Roast. All are great with over rice for an easy dinner.
Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken Recipe
- 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs (trim and discard large pieces of fat)
- 1 oz. packet Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
- 16 oz. deli-sliced pepperoncini peppers Whole pepperoncinis can be used or the mini spicy ones.
- 1/2 cup pepperoncini pepper juice or chicken broth
- Add the chicken to the slow cooker.
- Sprinkle over the ranch seasoning mix and the pepperoncinis and the half cup of juices from the jar.
- Cover and cook on low for 7 hours or on high for 4 hours.
- Serve the chicken thighs whole or shred them all. Serve over rice, buns or even baked potatoes.
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