Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Chicken with Veggies


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This Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Chicken with Veggies is a delicious meal that your family will love!

chicken thighs, snow peas and squash in sauce,.

This recipe for Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Chicken with Veggies has fresh ingredients, also it has a few pantry items you may already have on hand. I came up with this recipe by converting a grilled chicken recipe of mine that we use during the summer.

What I love about using my slow cooker instead of the grill is that meat gets more tender and I can add veggies right on top of the chicken in the slow cooker at the end of the cooking time.

snow peas, squash, seasonings, and garlic on a wooden table.

I start by laying down the chicken thighs in the slow cooker. Boneless skinless chicken thighs are my favorite cut of chicken. It stays juicy and isn’t too fatty since it is skinless.

chicken thighs in a slow cooker

Then I spread over barbecue sauce and brown sugar over the chicken. Use your favorite barbecue sauce!

chicken thighs topped with barbecue sauce and brown sugar on top.

On top of the barbecue sauce and brown sugar, I add black pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic, and dried cilantro. You can use fresh cilantro if you have it,  use what you have on hand. I have been using a lot dried cilantro in my cooking since I discovered it at the store, for me fresh cilantro doesn’t last long in my fridge.

Then I pour over Italian dressing. I cook this for 4 hours on high.

chicken thighs in a slow cooker with Italian dressing being poured over.

When the 4 hours is up, I add the sugar snap peas and sliced yellow squash. I cover the slow cooker once again and cook for an additional hour to get the vegetables tender.

chicken thighs with squash and snow peas in a slow cooker.

Below is what the meal looks like after the cooking time is done. The sauce flavors are melded together from the slow cooking and the chicken and veggies are perfectly tender.

sweet and spicy chicken in a slow cooker.

My family loved this meal! It was something different than our weekly spaghetti or sloppy joes, it’s fun to switch things up. Also, the leftovers taste great my husband said!

chicken thighs on rice with garlic bread

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This is pretty much a complete meal! I like to serve this Sweet and Spicy Chicken with Veggies on steamed rice (white or brown rice are both good with this!) and garlic bread on the side.

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Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Chicken with Veggies

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Sweet and spicy chicken thighs with veggies.


  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried cilantro or 1 Tbsp. minced fresh
  • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 3 cups sugar snap peas
  • 3 cups sliced yellow squash
  • Steamed white or brown rice for serving


  • Start by laying the chicken thighs in the bottom of the slow cooker. Spread over the barbecue sauce. Sprinkle over the brown sugar, red pepper flakes, black pepper, garlic and cilantro over the chicken and barbecue sauce. Pour over the Italian dressing.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours. Don’t open the lid during the cooking time.
  • After the cooking time is up. Add the sugar snap peas and squash.
  • Cover the slow cooker again, and cook for an additional hour on HIGH.
  • Serve over rice and enjoy!



Nutritional values do not include rice.


Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 830mg | Potassium: 757mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 849IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3mg

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. Debbie Graham says:

    Delicious and easy.

  2. Mary says:

    I would like chicken breast recipe.

  3. Caley says:

    Hi! Would this be possible to make using the instant pot?

  4. Laura says:

    This is legit one of the best slow cooker meals I’ve ever come across. Thank you!

  5. Lori Sherman says:

    I was wondering about the chicken breasts as well? I would like to use both. Also, if you used the new crockpot that browned the meat, should we brown the meat in advance?

  6. Bonnie Weiss says:

    Looks great! Can you use chicken breasts instead? What other vegetables can be used instead of yellow squash? Thank you

  7. Deborah Thompson says:

    This looks amazing! Must try soon!!!!

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Thanks Deborah! Let me know how you like it!

  8. Michelle Meek says:

    This looks really good, but I think (for my personal taste) an onion quartered in with the other veggies would be an ideal addition.

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Onions would be a great addition!

  9. Andrew says:

    Hi Sarah my wife has an egg allergy and a lot of your recipes are chicken do you gave any beef or pork recipe?