If you’re looking for ridiculously easy healthy summer slow cooker recipes to keep your kitchen cool this season, you’re in the right place! These are the best crockpot recipes to keep things simple during the warm summer months, and includes recipes organized by chicken, dump-and-go, beef, plus sides & vegetables.

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Summer Slow Cooker Recipes: Table of Contents

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Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes for Summer

Easy Crockpot Dump Meals

Slow Cooker Recipes with Beef

Warm Weather Slow Cooker Sides

Summer is Still Slow Cooker Season!

Don’t put away that slow cooker just yet, because I’ve got the best (and easiest!) summer slow cooker meals you’ll find just about anywhere, the key to keeping your kitchen cool in the warm months of the year, and a great way to use fresh, seasonal summer produce as well.

And, as a healthy habits expert, I’m her to say that hands-off fresh and flavorful slow cooker meals are such a great way to stick to healthy habits in the summertime, while allowing you to play all day and still come home to a delicious, fresh, and easy dinner.

These easy summer crockpot kid-friendly recipes really are perfect for hot nights when you can’t stand to turn on the oven or stove, busy weekends when you’re enjoying time outdoors, and for summer gatherings like cookouts, BBQs & potlucks.

Just like my spring, fall and winter and dump-and-go crock pot recipe collections, all of these recipes have easy to find ingredients and simplified prep steps. I hope you enjoy!

Chicken Recipes for Summer (in the Slow Cooker!)

Slow cooker BBQ chicken in a black crockpot on a white background.
5 stars (14 ratings)

Crockpot BBQ Chicken (2-Ingredients!)

This wildly easy 2-ingredient crockpot bbq chicken can be prepped in no time using store-bought or homemade sauce, yielding deliciously tender and versatile pulled chicken. Perfect for meal prep on busy weeks!
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or chicken thighs) and chipotle BBQ sauce (or store bought barbecue sauce).
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Overhead shot of shredded chicken breast garnished with lemon slices, parsley and yogurt sauce in a slow cooker.
5 stars (17 ratings)

Slow Cooker Greek Chicken

Slow cooker Greek chicken combines just 4 ingredients you likely have on hand to create a fresh, delicious meal you can use in a number of ways.
Ingredients: Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, chicken breast.
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Overhead image of a slow cooker with shredded chicken in a soy based sauce topped with green onions.
5 stars (15 ratings)

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

The easiest, most delicious slow cooker chicken recipe yet! Slow cooker honey garlic chicken requires only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time to produce sweet, savory, and sticky chicken.
Ingredients: soy sauce, honey, garlic, lime juice, boneless chicken thighs (or boneless skinless chicken breasts), cornstarch.
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Overhead image of an oval platter of chicken drumsticks.
5 stars (10 ratings)

Easiest Slow Cooker Drumsticks (4-Ingredients!)

Get delicious, fall-off-the-bone meat with this easy slow cooker drumsticks recipe that just uses 4 ingredients!
Ingredients: smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, chicken drumsticks, BBQ sauce.
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Top down view of crockpot cilantro lime chicken dinner in a black pot on a white background.
5 stars (13 ratings)

Easy Crockpot Cilantro Lime Chicken

Easy to make and oh-so satisfying, this crockpot cilantro lime chicken is perfect for stuffing into warm tortillas! It’s elevated by the most flavorful homemade cilantro lime sauce and can be made with either chicken breasts or chicken thighs.
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or chicken thighs), fresh cilantro, lime juice, garlic cloves, cumin, avocado oil, honey (optional) and salt.
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Close up photo of a shredded chicken taco on a small flour tortilla topped with avocado chunks, shredded lettuce, and salsa.
5 stars (9 ratings)

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Friends, these are the best slow cooker chicken tacos ever! I know there are a lot of slow cooker chicken taco recipes out there, but my recipe is simple, uses only 6 ingredients, and tastes incredibly fresh. The ultimate time-saving recipe, it's a dump-and-go recipe you'll turn to week in and week out.
Ingredients: garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt, chicken, salsa.
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An overhead shot of shredded chicken topped with cilantro and green chilis in a black slow cooker.
5 stars (13 ratings)

Slow Cooker Green Chili Chicken (5-Ingredients!)

With a short list of simple, real food ingredients this slow cooker green chili chicken is an easy and flavorful meal prep protein. Plus, there are so many ways you can use this chicken, you won’t get bored!
Ingredients: chicken, tomatillo salsa, salt, cream cheese, diced green chilis
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Overhead shot of raw chicken tighs covered in an orange sauce in a slow cooker.
5 stars (13 ratings)

Slow Cooker Satay Chicken

Slow cooker satay chicken is a flavorful, versatile, and simple recipe that the whole family will love!
Ingredients: chicken, salt, peanut butter, coconut milk, Thai red curry paste, brown sugar, lime juice, fish sauce.
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A white platter filled with shredded slow cooker balsamic chicken with tomatoes and basil, on a white background with fresh herbs.
5 stars (14 ratings)

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken with Tomatoes and Basil

This healthy slow cooker balsamic chicken with tomatoes and basil is a fresh, easy meal that draws on the flavors of bruschetta for a simple, flavorful meal everyone will love. It’s one of those recipes that we find ourselves making on repeat week after week!
Ingredients: chicken, roma or cherry tomatoes, garlic, basil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and salt.
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4.94 stars (43 ratings)

Slow Cooker Tropical Pulled Chicken

Naturally sweet, tangy and oh-so delicious, Slow Cooker Tropical Pulled Chicken is a breeze to throw together and makes for a healthy dinner everyone will love!
Ingredients: chicken breasts or chicken thighs, gluten-free tamari, honey, grated ginger, canned crushed pineapple, tomato paste, garlic powder, onion powder and salt.
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Shredded slow cooker enchilada chicken with tomato sauce in a black crockpot on a white background.
5 stars (69 ratings)

6-Ingredient Slow Cooker Enchilada Chicken

This easy recipe for shredded chicken for enchiladas is totally simple, completely delicious and the perfect weeknight crockpot recipe. Plus this chicken recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free, Paleo and Whole30 compliant too!
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or chicken thighs), onion, garlic powder, cumin, lime juice, tomato sauce, chili powder and salt.
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Overhead shot of a slow cooker with chicken, peaches, onion, and basil.
4.98 stars (49 ratings)

Slow Cooker Peach Chicken with Basil

Slow Cooker Peach Chicken with Basil combines juicy peaches, balsamic vinegar, and fresh basil for an easy, flavorful dinner anytime. Easy enough to throw together on a weeknight, this one’s bound to become a new family-favorite recipe!
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or chicken thighs), onion, balsamic vinegar, peaches, basil, garlic powder and salt.
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bowl of shredded slow cooker fajita salsa chicken with chips and avocado on white table
5 stars (28 ratings)

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Fajita Salsa Chicken

The perfect recipe for when you’re short on time but still want a delicious, real food dinner, 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Fajita Salsa Chicken is a snap to prep and requires just a handful of ingredients.
Ingredients: chicken, onion, bell pepper, salsa, lime juice and salt
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healthy slow cooker ranch chicken adn veggies on a white platter with blue and white striped napkin
5 stars (15 ratings)

Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken & Veggies

A versatile, filling, one-pot meal, slow cooker ranch chicken and veggies is made with a simple homemade ranch seasoning blend, chicken, carrots, and potatoes; making for an easy dinner recipe everyone will love!
Ingredients: chicken breasts, chicken stock, potatoes, carrots, yogurt (traditional or plant-based), mayo, apple cider vinegar, homemade ranch seasoning.
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Dump Slow Cooker Recipes for Summer

A white bowl filled with slow cooker chicken and corn soup on a white background, with a napkin on the side.
5 stars (11 ratings)

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Corn Soup

Brimming with sweet corn, succulent chicken, and hearty potatoes, this easy slow cooker chicken and corn soup is a simple dump-and-go recipe. Since you can use fresh or frozen corn, this soup is perfect for any time of year!
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or chicken thighs), sweet corn (fresh or frozen), chicken stock, celery, carrots, onions, yellow waxy potatoes, garlic, cream cheese (traditional or plant-based) and salt.
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close up of crockpot sausage and peppers with a fork going into a black slow cooker
4.96 stars (24 ratings)

Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers

Wildly easy to prepare with crowd-pleasing results, Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers requires no browning and makes a simple weeknight dinner. It’s a party go-to, that’s guaranteed to please!
Ingredients: sweet Italian sausage, bell peppers, onions, and jarred marinara sauce.
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Overhead shot of a white bowl filled with chicken vegetable soup with a spoon, on top of a striped blue napkin and white background.
5 stars (2 ratings)

Easy Chicken Vegetable Soup

This easy chicken vegetable soup recipe is simple to make with easy to find ingredients, yet tastes like it’s from your favorite restaurant. Includes stovetop and slow cooker instructions, too!
Ingredients: chicken tenders, chicken broth, carrots, celery, onion, Russet potatoes, garlic powder, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, green beans, corn, peas, bay leaf, olive oil and salt.
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white bowl of crockpot turkey meatballs on blue background with striped napkin
5 stars (9 ratings)

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

These easy and healthy slow cooker turkey meatballs use ground turkey for an easy-prep meal that requires not pre-browning!
Ingredients: ground turkey, marinara sauce, basil, spinach, onion, garlic powder, nutritional yeast and salt.
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white plate with buffalo turkey meatballs and fresh herbs on top
5 stars (4 ratings)

Buffalo Turkey Meatballs

Tender, juicy, and super delicious, buffalo turkey meatballs are a healthy appetizer or main dish, made with no breadcrumbs, and easy to prepare in the crockpot or in the oven.
Ingredients: ground turkey, grated onion, almond flour (or oat flour), nutritional yeast, granulated garlic powder, cayenne pepper sauce, butter (traditional or dairy-free) and salt
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Overhead shot of bowls of creamy potato corn chowder with corn kernels and basil leaves. The bowl in the middle has a spoon in it.
5 stars (34 ratings)

Slow Cooker Corn Chowder (Dump and Go!)

This easy slow cooker corn chowder is a breeze to prep, and is a hearty vegetarian and vegan recipe that’s luxuriously creamy without a drop of cream. A surprisingly simple yet delicious dairy free meal to enjoy all year round! 
Ingredients: russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, broth, coconut milk, onion, garlic, white wine vinegar and other spices
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white bowl with chicken meatballs served over white rice on a blue background
4.84 stars (6 ratings)

Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs

Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs are a quick 30 minute or easy make-ahead crockpot dinner with ground chicken, crushed pineapple, and a homemade naturally sweetened teriyaki sauce. Includes simple swaps to easily make this recipe nut-free!
Ingredients: ground chicken (or pork or turkey), green onion, garlic, ginger, coconut aminos, crushed pineapple, pineapple juice, honey, arrowroot powder (or corn starch), almond flour (or oat flour) and water.
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5 stars (6 ratings)

Slow Cooker Chicken, Veggie, and Quinoa Stew

This simple recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken, Veggie, and Quinoa Stew is healthy, hearty and so delicious!
Ingredients: chicken breast (or thigh), stock, quinoa, zucchini, corn, garlic, onion, carrots, chickpeas, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and other spices
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4.96 stars (61 ratings)

Sunshine Lemon Chicken Chowder (Crockpot, Instant Pot, Stovetop!)

Light, healthy, and bursting with flavor this Sunshine Lemon Chicken Chowder makes for an easy weeknight dinner or for anytime. Can easily be made in the slow cooker, Instant Pot, or stovetop.
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or thighs), baby potatoes, celery, cauliflower, onion, chicken stock, coconut milk (or cream), lemon juice, turmeric and other seasonings
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soup in white bowl with spoon and tomatoes on table
4.91 stars (10 ratings)

Crockpot Loaded Mexican Chicken Soup

Simple to make and bursting with fresh summer flavors, Crockpot Loaded Mexican Chicken Soup is perfect any time of year. A great recipe for all your farmer’s market finds, and paleo and Whole30 friendly, too!
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or thighs), chicken stock, zucchini, tomato sauce, leafy greens, onion, chili powder, cumin and other seasonings
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Tacos on a wood board and white table with carnitas and toppings.
5 stars (7 ratings)

Slow Cooker Carnitas

This slow cooker carnitas recipe is super easy to prepare and yields wildly delicious, succulent results everytime. Serve the carnitas warm as a filling for tacos, burritos or in bowls for an easy weeknight dinner win!
Ingredients: pork loin roast (or pork shoulder), orange juice, lime juice, cumin, mild chili powder, garlic powder and salt.
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slow cooker citrus chicken on a white plate with slices of orange and lemon and lime
4.86 stars (7 ratings)

Slow Cooker Citrus Chicken (Pollo Asado)

Slow Cooker Citrus Chicken (Pollo Asado) yields bright citrus flavors and tender, juicy, fall-off-the-bone chicken. A super easy recipe with delicious results!
Ingredients: bone-in chicken thighs and legs, orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, garlic, onion, honey (optional) and salt.
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Beef Recipes For Summer in the Crockpot

wooden spoon with ground beef and a black slow cooker
5 stars (15 ratings)

Crock Pot Taco Meat

Crock pot taco meat is an easy dump-and-go recipe made with just a few simple ingredients, perfect for busy weeknights or for feeding a party crowd.
Ingredients: ground beef, salsa, garlic powder, cumin, smoked paprika, mild chili powder, and salt.
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Overhead shot of slow cooker flank steak topped with fresh herbs inside of a black crockpot.
4.95 stars (40 ratings)

Slow Cooker Flank Steak

This ultra tender slow cooker flank steak recipe could not be easier to make, and yields the most delicious, tender flank steak for tacos, sandwiches and more!
Ingredients: flank steak, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, garlic powder, brown sugar, olive oil and salt.
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shredded meat on corn tortillas and wooden cutting board with toppings on the side
5 stars (10 ratings)

Mexican-Inspired Shredded Beef

Perfectly spiced and incredibly easy to prepare, Mexican-Inspired Shredded Beef is super versatile and makes the best shredded beef tacos!
Ingredients: boneless beef chuck-eye roast, onion, tomato paste, cumin, mild chili powder, smoked paprika, lime juice and salt.
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Overhead shot of meatballs in marinara sauce sprinkled with fresh basil.
5 stars (3 ratings)

Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs

Easy crockpot recipes are my specialty, and these slow cooker meatballs could not be simpler to make! The meatballs require no pre-cooking or pre-browning, and simmer low and slow in tomato sauce for a flavorful, hearty, family friendly dinner you’ll make again and again.
Ingredients: ground beef, parmesan, onion, garlic, Italian breadcrumbs (gluten free or traditional), egg, salt, marinara sauce.
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A chip being dipped into a crockpot bean dip.
5 stars (2 ratings)

Easiest Crockpot Taco Dip

This ultra-easy crockpot taco dip recipe is made with a short list of pantry ingredients, and will be the hit of any party or gathering.
Ingredients: lean ground beef, diced tomatoes with green chilis, cream cheese (traditional or dairy-free), shredded Mexican cheese blend (traditional or dairy-free), chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, lime juice, hot sauce and salt.
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Summer Sides & Vegetables for the Crockpot

Overhead shot of a slow cooker with corn with a dab of butter.
5 stars (1 rating)

Sweet Summer Crock Pot Corn on the Cob

Friends, crock pot corn on the cob is the easiest way to prepare sweet, buttery, and tender corn on the cob all year round, and is especially perfect for warm summer months when you want to keep the kitchen cool and feed a crowd. And, other than cleaning the corn, this recipe is completely hands off, leaving you more time to prepare a main dish or spend time with your friends and family!
Ingredients: corn, olive oil, salt, butter.
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An overhead shot of a slow cooker with an assortment of raw vegetables and a sprig of basil.
5 stars (5 ratings)

Slow Cooker Ratatouille (with Fresh Summer Veggies!)

Slow cooker ratatouille is a French stew filled with seasonal, bright, and fresh vegetables cooked together low and slow in a rich garlicky tomato sauce.
Ingredients: eggplant, salt, olive oil, red onion, tomato paste, garlic, white wine, bell pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, tomato, Italian seasoning, black pepper.
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Overhead image of a slow cooker with all of the ingredients for baked beans.
5 stars (6 ratings)

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

These homemade slow cooker baked beans are exactly what you're looking for in a simple yet delicious side. Bursting with sweet & savory flavors, they'll feed a crowd and keep them coming back for seconds. And, thanks to the crock pot, these beans can be made ahead and kept wam, making it the perfect easy recipe for a BBQ, cookout, or potluck side!
Ingredients: bacon, red onion, garlic, smoked paprika, chipotle chili powder, pinto beans, kidney beans, Northern or white beans, salt, apple cider vinegar, BBQ sauce, ketchup, yellow mustard, brown sugar.
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Overhead shot of cooked green beans in a slow cooker.
5 stars (1 rating)

Slow Cooker Green Beans (with Bacon!)

Silky, savory, and packed with flavor, these super easy slow cooker green beans are a simple side dish that are perfect for weeknight dinners or festive holiday spreads. Slow cooked to tender perfection, they include tons of flavor from sweet onions and smokey bacon. Plus, mostly hands-off cooking time means you can free up the oven (and your time) for more important things!
Key ingredients: Green beans, bacon, chicken stock, garlic, smoked paprika, butter.
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top down view of sliced carrots in a black crockpot on white background
5 stars (15 ratings)

Slow Cooker Maple Glazed Carrots

Elevate everyday carrots with slow cooker carrots, an incredibly easy recipe that’s packed with flavor! Makes an elegantly simple side for every day dinners, brunch, and special holiday spreads.
Ingredients: carrots, butter, lemon zest, maple syrup and salt.
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Overhead shot of cooked collard greens with a ham hock in a black slow cooker.
5 stars (3 ratings)

Slow Cooker Collard Greens

This easy slow cooker collard greens recipe combines humble collard greens with simple spices for a lusciously tender and delicious side dish you’ll want to make on repeat.
Key ingredients: collard greens, chicken stock, ham hock, apple cider vinegar.
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top down view of slow cooker potatoes in a black crockpot topped with fresh parsley
4.98 stars (36 ratings)

Slow Cooker Potatoes

These slow cooker potatoes are the definition of simple and delicious. All you need are a handful of pantry ingredients and a crockpot. Easy prep for weeknight dinners, but this classic, cozy recipe makes a great addition to the holiday table too!
Ingredients: small potatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and salt.
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close up of slow cooker baked potatoes in a black crockpot with chives and sour cream on top
5 stars (2 ratings)

Easy Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes

Yes, you can make perfect baked potatoes in the slow cooker! The easiest hands-off way to feed a crowd, create an effortless baked potato bar, or an easy side dish for weeknight dinners or special occasions.
Ingredients: Russet potatoes, olive oil and salt.
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5 stars (8 ratings)

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chickpeas

This recipe for slow cooker barbecue chickpeas tastes as good as classic meat barbecue! It combines traditional flavors of a sweet and spicy homemade barbecue sauce and meaty chickpeas in the slow cooker for a plant-based twist on barbecue.
Ingredients:  chickpeas, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, kosher salt, tomato paste, maple syrup (or honey), brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and water.
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5 stars (14 ratings)

40+ Healthy Summer Slow Cooker Recipes + Peach Chicken with Basil

This healthy Slow Cooker Peach Chicken with Basil is super simple to make & tastes amazing! I love how quickly this sweet & savory dish comes together. Plus 35+ more summer slow cooker recipes that'll save you from having to turn the oven on during the warmer months!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, or thighs
  • 1 large white or yellow onion, very thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 6 peaches, no need to peel, sliced
  • ¼ cup tightly packed basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • hot sauce to taste, optional

Instructions 

  • Place the sliced onions in the bottom of the slow cooker, 1 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, and vinegar. Stir in peach slices from 4 peaches, then nestle the chicken breasts into the mix making sure they’re covered with some of the peach-onion mixture. Do not add the basil—that goes in at the end.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
  • When ready to serve, turn off the heat, remove the chicken breasts, and stir in the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Stir to combine.
  • Shred the chicken with two forks, then return to the slow cooker, stirring to combine.
  • Top with the remaining sliced peaches and plenty of basil. Add hot sauce to taste and serve. Serve the shredded chicken over rice, greens, or on its own.

Notes

This recipe serves 4-6
Omit the onions from the recipe if you have an onion-hater. The dish will be fine without them.

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 (of 6), Calories: 163kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 866mg, Potassium: 612mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 565IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 1mg
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