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Fried Chicken in the Crock Pot

I first tried this Fried Chicken in the Crock Pot recipe when we were renovating the kitchen in our house. In order to survive without a kitchen, I had to get creative with the tools I already owned. This included my slow cooker.

Also, as busy working parents, there was a real benefit for Bill and me to be able to throw that night’s dinner into the Crock Pot before we left for work. Then, by the time we got home — after work, after our daughters’ sporting events —dinner was ready and staying warm for us. Oh, how I love you, my Crock Pot slow cooker.

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Photo credit: Leah Ingram.

How to make fried chicken in the Crock Pot

When I talk about making fried chicken in my slow cooker, the word “fried” is a euphemism. I’m not really frying anything. However, the end result tastes like fried chicken.

I should stop and note that this recipe is an oldie but goodie in our household. That is, it was on a regular rotation when I was making and eating meat. I don’t eat chicken anymore but Bill does. So, we still make it for him or for when our daughters come to visit. Those aforementioned sporting events are long over but this set it and forget it recipe lives on.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Another reason I love this recipe is it uses just a few ingredients. There are five only. Here they are:

fried chicken in crock pot ingredients laid out

Recipe steps

Use the canola oil to coat the bottom of the slow cooker.

fried chicken in crock pot adding oil
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Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Then, dredge or roll the chicken pieces in the flour mixture.

dredging chicken.
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Place the floured piece of chicken in the slow cooker and repeat until all pieces are done.

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It’s OK if you have to double up the chicken pieces in the Crock Pot.

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Sprinkle with paprika to taste.

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Now it’s time to put the cover on the Crock Pot and start cooking.

putting top on
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Set the Crock Pot to cook for eight hours on low.

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You’ll notice that the background is different in this picture above. That’s because I had to move the slow cooker to a dog-safe place. The original table where we’d done the prep was too low and might encourage counter surfing. If you have dogs, you know what I mean.

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I prefer to use a Crock Pot with a timer and then an auto-off feature that turns it to keep warm. This is a great feature for when you set up dinner in the morning before you leave for work or the kids leave for school. Then, if you’re delayed in coming home, you know your dinner won’t have overcooked. At some point I’m going to try and make this in our Instant Pot, using the slow cooker setting.

You know how you’ve heard about chicken that just falls off the bone and melts in your mouth? Yeah, well that’s what happened with this chicken. Though it wasn’t fried in a traditional sense, it sure tasted like a reasonable facsimile.

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Photo credit: Leah Ingram.

You can serve this chicken with rice and salad or whichever kind of side you choose. Store leftovers in the refrigerator to take as lunch to work. Or, shred the leftover chicken and use it in one of our other chicken recipes, such as Easy Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole.

Here are some great fried chicken sides to pair with it as well.

Now that we’ve perfected Fried Chicken in the Crock Pot, I can’t way to try Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Chicken.

Great for when chicken is on sale

A few weeks ago my supermarket had chicken on sale for $.79 per pound. As any smart frugal shopper would have done, I stocked up so I could make easy cheap slow cooker recipes.

Yesterday, I finally got around to using some of that chicken. This one package, with six generous pieces of chicken in it, cost a whopping $4.12. You can try this recipe using one kind of chicken or a mix like I did. It was legs, breasts and thighs.

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“Fried” Chicken in the Crock Pot

I first tried this Fried Chicken in the Crock Pot recipe when we were renovating the kitchen in our house. In order to survive without a kitchen, I had to get creative with the tools I already owned. This included my slow cooker.
Also, as busy working parents, there was a real benefit for Bill and me to be able to throw that night's dinner into the Crock Pot before we left for work. Then, by the time we got home — after work, after our daughters' sporting events —dinner was ready and staying warm for us. Oh, how I love you, my Crock Pot slow cooker.
When I talk about making fried chicken in my slow cooker, the word "fried" is a euphemism. I'm not really frying anything. However, the end result tastes like fried chicken. Another reason I love this recipe is it uses just a few ingredients. There are five only.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 234 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Crock Pot Slow Cooker The brand of your slow cooker doesn't matter. What does matter is that your slow cooker has a timer so it changes to "keep warm" once the cooking time has elapsed. Any links I've included here are called affiliate links. That means that we may receive a commission if you click these links to shop. There is no cost to you for using our links.

Ingredients
  

  • 6 pieces chicken You can use chicken breasts, drumsticks, chicken thighs, bone-in or boneless.
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon paprika Use to taste. If you don't like paprika, you don't have to use all of it.
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil You can substitute olive oil, avocado oil or whichever is your preferred cooking oil.

Instructions
 

  • Use the canola oil to coat the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl.
  • Dredge or roll chicken piece, one at a time, in the flour mixture.
  • Place the floured piece of chicken in the slow cooker.
  • Repeat until all pieces are coated and in the Crock Pot.
  • Sprinkle with paprika to taste.
  • Place cover on your slow cooker.
  • Set timer to 8 hours on low.

Notes

Any links I’ve included here are called affiliate links. That means that we may receive a commission if you click these links to shop. There is no cost to you for using our links.
The brand of your slow cooker doesn’t matter. What does matter is that your slow cooker has a timer so it changes to “keep warm” once the cooking time has elapsed. This is a great feature for when you set up dinner in the morning before you leave for work or the kids leave for school. Then, if you’re delayed in coming home, you know your dinner won’t have overcooked.
You can use chicken breasts, drumsticks, chicken thighs, bone-in or boneless. Honestly, use whatever you were able to buy on sale. Another reason I love this recipe is it is budget-friendly.

Nutrition

Calories: 234kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 584mgPotassium: 152mgFiber: 4gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 867IUVitamin C: 0.04mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg

Disclaimer

Please note that nutrient values, if included with the recipe, are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability/substitution and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

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