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Best Crock Pot Chicken and Potatoes Recipe (10-min prep!)

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This crockpot chicken and potatoes recipe is a cozy, comforting meal that has great flavor and perfectly juicy chicken thighs. Making your chicken and potatoes in a crock pot is great because you can do all the prep in just 10 minutes and then let the slow cooker do all the work. (And your house will smell SO good!) Simply mix up the rotisserie chicken seasoning mix, sear the chicken thighs, and add everything to the slow cooker. It couldn’t be easier! Keep reading to learn how to make crock pot chicken thighs and potatoes, FAQs, and ideas for what to serve on the side. It’s a cozy, comforting meal that the whole family will love.

While this crock pot bone in chicken and potatoes recipe is a fall staple, be sure to also try my crock pot salsa chicken, crock pot butter chicken, and crock pot buffalo chicken next.

Best crockpot chicken thighs and potatoes with a side salad.

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

What You’ll Love About Crock Pot Chicken and Potatoes Recipe

  • Cozy, comforting, and nutritious
  • Takes just 10 minutes to prep
  • Made with simple ingredients
  • Balanced meal, just add a veggie side
  • Tender, juicy chicken thighs

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Crock Pot Chicken with Potatoes Ingredients

You’ll need just two ingredients, plus some pantry staples and spices to make these crockpot chicken and potatoes:

  • SpicesSea salt, dried thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, black pepper
  • Chicken thighs – Use bone-in and skin-on chicken thighs for maximum flavor.
  • Olive oil
  • Potatoes – You can use a baby potato like golden yukon or red potatoes or even russet potatoes, cut into pieces.
  • Butter
Ingredients to make chicken thighs and potatoes in crockpot..

How to Cook Chicken Thighs in a Crock Pot

This simple slow cooker chicken and potatoes recipe takes just 10 minutes to prep! Here’s how to make it:

  • Mix up seasoning. Stir together sea salt, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and black pepper in a small bowl.
  • Sear chicken thighs. Season chicken thighs with sea salt and pepper and sear chicken thighs for about 2-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
Searing chicken thighs in a skillet for slow cooker chicken thighs.

TIP: Cook in batches if necessary.

  • Season potatoes. Add potatoes to slow cooker and dot with butter. Sprinkle with half of the dried seasoning mixture.
Potatoes in slow cooker with butter and seasoning.
  • Add chicken thighs in crock pot. Add chicken thighs over the potatoes (skin side up) and pour any leftover juices from the pan. Sprinkle with remaining chicken seasoning mix.
Chicken thighs and potatoes in slow cooker with seasoning.
  • Cook chicken and potatoes. Cover crock pot and cook chicken and potatoes for 3 hours on High or 6 hours on Low.
Crockpot chicken thighs and potatoes in slow cooker.
  • Serve. Serve easy crock pot chicken and potatoes dish with a simple green salad, or a simple vegetable side. (More ideas below)

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you keep chicken from falling apart in a slow cooker?

The best way to keep chicken from falling apart in the slow cooker is to give it a quick sear before you cook it, which we do before placing the chicken thighs into the slow cooker.

You also want to make sure that you don’t overcook the chicken as that will also cause it to fall apart completely.

Is it better to cook chicken on high or low in crock pot?

It depends what kind of chicken you are cooking. If you’re cooking boneless, skinless chicken breasts (aka super lean cut), cooking on high or for too long will dry it out.

Because we’re using skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs for this recipe and keeping the cooking time short, cooking it on high won’t dry out these thighs and they’ll still be nice and juicy.

How long to cook crock pot chicken thighs on high?

Cooking the chicken thighs in the crock pot will take 3-4 hours on High heat.

Chicken thigh with potatoes being drizzled with buttery sauce.

Storage Instructions

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

How to reheat

Reheat crock pot chicken and potatoes in a 350 degrees F oven for best results or reheat in the microwave.

Can you freeze slow cooker chicken thighs and potatoes?

Yes, you could also store any leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer for 2-3 months.

How to Serve Chicken and Potatoes in a Crock Pot to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in. 😉

If you don’t think your kids will like this meal, be sure to include 1-2 items you know they will eat with the meal. Serve the chicken and potatoes with dips like bbq sauce, ranch, ketchup, etc. if it will help!

All of my articles on feeding kids can be found here and if you want a FULL list of all of the videos I have with hacks, tips, scripts, and ideas for feeding kids, check out my instagram or tiktok page.

Platter with chicken thighs and potatoes made in slow cooker.

Substitutes + Nutrition

If you want to swap out any of the ingredients and toppings, here are a few ways you can add even more nutrition into this meal:

Best crockpot chicken thighs and potatoes with a side salad.

What to Serve with Crock Pot Chicken and Potatoes

Serve up this crock pot chicken thighs and potatoes meal with a green veggie side:

More Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

If you like this crock pot chicken and potatoes recipe, you might also like these other crockpot chicken recipes:

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Helpful Tools to Make Crock Pot Chicken Thighs and Potatoes

  • Crock Pot Slow Cooker – This basic version won’t break the bank, but it does everything you need it to do and has a timer to switch to warm when the crock pot chicken thighs and potatoes are done cooking.
  • Cast Iron Skillet – Before you cook the chicken thighs in crockpot, sear them in a cast iron skillet for the best flavor.
  • Instant Read Meat Thermometer – The best way to tell when your crockpot chicken thighs recipe is done cooking.
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Best crockpot chicken thighs and potatoes with a side salad.

Best Crock Pot Chicken and Potatoes Recipe

  • Author: Emily Dingmann of myeverydaytable.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3-6 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Description

The BEST crockpot chicken and potatoes recipe! Just 10 minutes to prep and perfectly juicy chicken thighs with flavorful, tender potatoes.


Ingredients

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  • 2 tsp. sea salt, divided
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper, divided
  • 2 1/2 lbs. chicken thighs (about 6 skin-on, bone-in thighs)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 lbs. small-medium golden yukon or red potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. butter

Instructions

  1. Prep ingredients:
    Mix together chicken seasoning. In a small bowl, stir together 1 teaspoon sea salt, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and ¼ teaspoon black pepper.
    Season chicken on both sides with remaining 1 teaspoon sea salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper.
    Place potatoes in the bottom of  6 qt. slow cooker. (Cut in half if necessary, if they are bigger than 4-5 inches long)
  2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Sear chicken, skin side down first for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Cook in batches if necessary. 
  3. While chicken is searing, dot butter over potatoes and sprinkle with ½ of the dried seasoning mix. 
  4. Add chicken and any juices from the pan over the potatoes in a single layer (skin side up) and sprinkle with remaining chicken seasoning mix. 
  5. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. 

Notes

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Photo Credit: All photos in this post were take by Loren at Sweet Rustic Bakes

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  1. Bekah

    Just made this for dinner and my husband asked me to “definitely make this again.” Always happy to hear that, especially when it was so easy to make!

  2. Sara

    I can’t believe how good this is! Tastes like it takes a lot more work than it actually does. My kind of recipe. 🙂