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Slow Cooker Peach Chicken with Basil

June 8, 2015 (Updated on October 1, 2021)

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Slow Cooker Peach Chicken with Basil combines juicy peaches, balsamic vinegar, and fresh basil for an easy, flavorful summer dinner anytime!

“Thank you for this awesome recipe! This saved my birthday party. I initially wanted to barbecue, but had to switch plans due to the weather… so I looked for a good slow cooker recipe – and fell in love with yours. And what should I say? My guests loved it! I’ll surely cook that again.” ~ Dorothee

slow cooker peach chicken with basil in a white square bowl with fork on gray table

I love using my slow cooker all year long.

In the winter it’s a no-brainer, churning out warming and hearty soups and stews.

It’s also the perfect warm weather solution, helping to get dinner on the table without heating up the kitchen. 

I wanted to come up with a fresh new summer inspired slow cooker recipe so when I saw fresh peaches coming into the market I knew they should be paired with basil in this oh-so-simple dinner.

All you have to do is throw these simple ingredients in the slow cooker, turn it on, and a few hours later you’ll have an amazing meal just waiting to be served.

I find that slow cooker recipes can be a little flat after cooking for hours, so for this recipe I add a splash of vinegar and extra pinch of salt at the end of the cooking process to brighten up the flavors.

I also top the cooked shredded chicken with sliced peaches and plenty of basil to kick up the summer flavors.

You can serve this chicken as-is, atop greens, with rice, or piled into a bun.

Add a veggie along side to round things out.

Simple steamed broccoli or snap peas are a great choice. 

My husband, Andrew and I also added plenty of hot sauce for a little something extra.

RECIPE & KID FRIENDLY ADAPTATIONS

1 | Omit the onions from the recipe if you have an onion-hater. The dish will be fine without them.

2 | Let her shred the chicken with you in the kitchen. Helping with the prep may inspire her to try something new.

3 | Set aside and serve him some plain shredded chicken prior to adding the rest back to the sauce in the slow cooker.

4 | Serve the basil on the side.

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4.94 from 15 votes

Slow Cooker Peach Chicken with Basil

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A sweet and savory summer wonder, this simple, healthy Slow Cooker Peach Chicken with Basil is easy to make, tastes amazing, and will keep your kitchen cool in the warm months and bring a touch of summer in the cold months.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts thighs
  • 1 large white or yellow onion very thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • 6 medium 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 along with 1 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, and 1/4 cup vinegar. Stir in peach slices from 4 peaches, then nestle the chicken breasts into the mix, covering with some of the peach-onion mixture. Do not add the basil—that goes in at the end.
  • Cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  • When ready to serve, turn off the heat and remove the chicken breasts or thighs to a cutting board. Taste the sauce, adding an additional 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt if desired.
  • Shred the chicken with two forks or chop into pieces, then return to the slow cooker, stirring to coat with sauce.
  • Remove the chicken, spooning the desired amount of sauce on top. Discard any remaining sauce, or save it to store with any leftover chicken to keep it moist.
  • Serve the chicken and sauce on top of rice, in a bun, or on its own, topping with remaining fresh sliced peaches, fresh basil, and hot sauce if desired.

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.
While the basil is shown in the slow cooker photo, please follow the recipe and add the fresh basil goes at the end.

Nutrition

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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38 comments to " Slow Cooker Peach Chicken with Basil "

  • Stacy

    My husband and I really liked this recipe! We turned it into salads with spinach, wraps with guacamole and filling dinners with brown rice. We work a long day, so it ended up in the slow cooker on low for 8-9 hours instead of just 6, but the peaches have so much juice, that everything stayed moist and yummy.

    • Robyn Downs

      Stacy, I love hearing this! And I absolutely love the idea of adding the peach chicken to wraps with guacamole and brown rice. Genius! I’ll definitely be trying your version soon. 🙂

  • Dee Beck

    I enjoyed this recipe and it was so easy. I also had to do an 8-hour cook time on low, and the chicken stayed moist. I’ll be trying some other slow cookers next.

  • imnotcocteau

    A delicious entré. Now having it again as a midnight snack.

  • Karen Yoho

    So the basil is for after it cooks?

    • Robyn Downs

      Karen, yes, the basil goes in fresh at the end, per the recipe. The photo shows some of the raw ingredients, but follow the written directions and you should be good to go.

  • Dorothee Beyler

    Thank you for this awesome recipe! This saved my birthday party. 😉
    I initially wanted to barbeque, but had to switch plans due to the weather… so I looked for a good slow cooker recipe – and fell in love with yours.
    And what should I say? My guests loved it! I’ll surely cook that again. <3
    I only added some honey and cinnamon to it.

  • CARRIE KELLEHER

    What hot sauce do you recommend?

    • Robyn Downs

      Hi Carrie, for this recipe I’d go with something like Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (not too hot, with plenty of tang).

  • Angela B

    I love the kids in the kitchen tips – I have a three year old little boy who LOVES to help cook. I just purchased a bushel of peaches to preserve – looking forward to trying this dish out this week with the last of our fresh basil.

    • Robyn Downs

      Fantastic, Angela! Sounds like a yummy fun cooking week in your house. 🙂

    • Adria R

      This is excellent!! I just made this tonight and I think it is fantastic. It’s light and perfect for summer. I used two large and two regular peaches and that was plenty for my husband and me. I cooked on high for 4 hours but could have stopped after 3.5 hrs as the chicken cooked fast. Thank you for a lovely recipe.

  • Samantha

    This looks great! Can you freeze it?

  • Michelle

    Can you use frozen peaches?

    • Robyn Downs

      Yes, frozen peaches will work–just be sure to defrost them first prior to using in the recipe.

  • Becca

    Would canned peaches work?

    • Robyn Downs

      Becca, I haven’t tried, though they might work. They will probably dissolve/become mushier faster than fresh, but I think the final dish should still taste good.

  • Sid

    So, I added a layer of two sliced to the top spring onions/scallions, substituted three sliced garlic cloves for garlic powder (Maybe four), one sliced lemon on top and subbed 1/4 cup of apple evidence vinegar for half the balsamic. Perfect.

    Used chicken legs, will use quarters next time. Didn’t yield enough meat.

    Thank you.

    • Robyn Downs

      Thanks for your notes, Sid! Sounds like a yummy variation.

    • Lindsay

      5 stars
      Absolutely delicious! Subbed red onion but otherwise made as directed. Served over rice but would also love to try with greens or in a wrap (maybe even cold?). Perfect summer flavors and keep-the-kitchen-cool recipe!

  • Candace

    I googled the difference between a slow cooker & a crock pot. I used a slow cooker, a metal pot on a hot base, not a “crock pot”. As I have both. It is cooking away now, so I will see how it turns out.

    • Robyn Downs

      Hi Candace, they are essentially the same thing. If you are using a slow cooker this recipe should turn out just fine for you!

  • Holly

    I thought what a great recipe but it left me a bit disappointed. The peaches turned into mush and I can’t really taste them over the balsamic vinegar. I’m glad I tried the recipe but won’t make it again.

    • Robyn Downs

      Hi Holly, sorry to hear this wasn’t a favorite for you. The texture of foods cooked low and slow in the crockpot are always going to be soft and tender, so if that’s not your preference it might be something to consider when selecting slow cooker recipes!

  • Jennifer Moses

    5 stars
    OMG! This was super easy and I ate and ate! It was absolutely DELICIOUS!! The different flavors combined to make an out of this world dinner. I had just gotten a Market Wagon delivery with Bibb lettuce and served over it…..literally almost no calories!!!! A definite keeper!!!! Thank you so much for this recipe!!!

  • Peej

    4 stars
    The basil really kicks this up a notch! At first I thought it was a tad bit blah, that is until I added the basil and wow – it really compliments the dish. Keeping this recipe! Whatta tasty summer dish! Also, this really made my house smell good for hours! Not the intended result, I know, but an added benefit for sure!

    • Robyn Downs

      Peej, so glad you enjoyed, and agreed, the fresh basil and peach at the end help kick up the flavors after the long cook time. And I think the good house smell is one of the best parts of slow cooking! Cheers.

  • Michele Nelson

    5 stars
    This is on repeat in our kitchen! I love to take it to work for lunch on top of arugula or baby spinach (the greens wilt when heating the chicken in the microwave). We love it so much that we buy, slice, & freeze fresh peaches at a local orchard during the summer specifically for this recipe!

    • Robyn Downs

      Michele, ohhhh, fresh peaches sound dreamy right about now. So glad you’re enjoying this one and thanks for leaving a review!

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