5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Garlic Balsamic Chicken - Real Food Whole Life

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Garlic Balsamic Chicken

April 5, 2017 (Updated on July 8, 2021)

5 simple ingredients combine in juicy, succulent 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Garlic Balsamic Chicken, an effortless dinner recipe for any night of the week. 

I love giving behind-the-scenes glimpses into my daily life over on Instagram stories, and the process gives me a chance to share ideas and recipes inspiration in real time.

Case in point: the other night I took one of my favorite recipes for Slow Cooker Balsamic Whole Chicken and adapted it using bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts.

I shared the recipe adaptation on Instagram stories, and afterward received so many questions regarding the adaptation details that I decided to share the recipe as a new post.

The prep for this delicious, succulent chicken doesn’t get much simpler, and you really can pull everything together in a matter of minutes.

When finished in the slow cooker, I like to run the cooked chicken breasts under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp up the skin, though this step is optional. 

I hope you’ll make this delicious recipe soon, and share it with a friend who needs a little real food slow cooker inspiration. Now, let’s make some 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Garlic Balsamic Chicken!

RECIPE & KID-FRIENDLY ADAPTATIONS

1 | Shred leftover chicken and use it to make One-Bowl Harvest Chicken Salad

THIS RECIPE IS . . .

Naturally Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Egg-Free, Paleo and Whole30 Friendly

Tools to make 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Garlic Balsamic Chicken

6-quart slow cooker

Kosher salt

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5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Garlic Balsamic Chicken

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5 simple ingredients combine in juicy, succulent 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Garlic Balsamic Chicken, an effortless dinner recipe for any night of the week.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium garlic cloves minced or finely grated
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 ½ pounds bone-in skin-on chicken breasts

Instructions

  • Whisk together the garlic, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and salt in the base of a 6-quart slow cooker. Add the chicken, tossing to coat.
  • Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 5-6 on low, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove the chicken from the slow cooker. If desired, remove the skin and serve.
  • If you prefer to leave the skin on, place the chicken on a sheet pan. Broil on high for 5-8 minutes or until the skin is crispy. Serve warm.
  • Strain the juices remaining in the slow cooker and serve with the chicken or use in place of stock in another recipe.

Notes

All slow cookers are different, so you may need to adjust the time up or down depending on your particular model.
Shred leftover chicken and use it to make One-Bowl Harvest Chicken Salad.

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10 comments to " 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Garlic Balsamic Chicken "

  • Jenna Bundy

    Hi! Just wondering if you can use skinless boneless chicken breast instead of bone in skin on breasts? My grocery store doesn’t seem to carry the bone in one.

    • Robyn Downs

      Jenna, you can use boneless, skinless breasts if that’s what you can find. You may need to reduce the time a bit, depending on the size of the chicken and your specific slow cooker. Hope you enjoy!

  • Christy Duguid

    I have made this twice now and it is a huge hit with my family. The first time I made it they thought I picked it up from somewhere because it was so pretty! Thank you!!

  • Shaheda

    Hi there! The flavor sounds so good— have you ever thrown in veggies with the chicken? I’m hoping to use the boneless thighs I have and some carrots…and perhaps parsnips. Looking to avoid creating more dishes…

    • Robyn Downs

      Shaheda, I have added root veggies and they’ve cooked up well with all the flavors of the chicken. Hope you enjoy!

  • Trudy McCracken

    how many carbs r there in 1 serving

    • Robyn Downs

      Hi Trudy, the focus around here is on real food so we don’t provide carb counts. You can always add the info into an online nutrition calculator if that’s important to you!

  • Anna A.

    Is it possible to make this in an Instant Pot? What changes would you make?

    • Robyn Downs

      Hi Anna. I haven’t tried this one in the Instant Pot, though I think it might work. You could try cooking them for 15 minutes on high pressure then doing a quick release. Depending on the thickness of the breasts you might need to add more time. If you try it let us know how it turns out!

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