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Slow Cooker Chicken Poutine

Slow Cooker Chicken PoutineIf you’re from Canada please feel free to jump in right here and tell me how I’ve totally taken out of context a favorite dish and turned it into something completely different while still calling it poutine. I won’t be offended. I’ve never had the real thing but I just keep seeing it all over the Food Network and can’t stop wanting to jump on a plane to somewhere that makes it so I can have some! But since that’s probably not super practical then I’ve settled for doing my best and making my own version at home.

Slow Cooker Chicken Poutine

One thing I did find in my research (yes, I actually spend time on the internet just reading about food, lots of time – maybe I need an intervention), anyway what I found the biggest suggestion to be was to be sure and use cheese curds if at all possible. And guess what? I looked it up, found a local company that makes them and sells them through a supermarket chain that happens to have a location by my house. So? I excitedly went and bought way to many cheese curds for my dish! (What else can I use them in? It’s possible I went overboard.)

Slow Cooker Chicken Poutine

I didn’t know what to expect from these little things they call squeaky cheese curds but I ripped open the package (after I paid for them) to give them a try. Yum! Like just a little milder and a lighter and cleaner texture compared to “regular” cheese. What do you think? How do you describe them?

Slow Cooker Chicken Poutine

Okay I know, enough about the cheese already. The recipe is pretty simple, just some flavorful chicken thighs in a simple homemade gravy that cooks all day in the slow cooker. Everything goes atop your favorite crispy cooked oven fries. I used Alexa Rosemary Fries and loved the extra flavor.

Slow Cooker Chicken Poutine

I also utilized a bag of my favorite mushrooms. Easy, already cleaned and sliced and ready to go. They hold up in the slow cooker well and I don’t have to worry about them going bad before I use them like with fresh mushrooms.

Let me know what you think? Are you on the poutine band wagon?

Slow Cooker Chicken Poutine

Slow Cooker Chicken Poutine

Jennifer Draper
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 466 kcal


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 8 oz frozen fire roasted button mushrooms or regular mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream for later
  • 6 oz cheese curds (or mozzarella cheese if you can't find them)
  • 1 package your favorite frozen fries


  • Place chicken and mushrooms in slow cooker
  • Sprinkle with flour and seasonings and toss to coat chicken and mushrooms well (this will help keep the lumps out when adding broth)
  • Slowly pour broth over chicken and mushrooms and gently stir to remove any lumps
  • Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8
  • Shred chicken and add cream, stir to mix well and let heat through another 15-30 minutes
  • Cook fries according to package directions until nice and crispy
  • Top fries with gravy and cheese curds and serve


You can thicken the sauce even more by adding a slurry of 2 tablespoons of cornstarch whisked with 2 tablespoons water into gravy when you mix in heavy cream


Calories: 466kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 35gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 932mgPotassium: 743mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 185IUVitamin C: 3.6mgCalcium: 236mgIron: 2.9mg
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Important nutritional disclaimer

Slow Cooker Chicken Poutine


  1. 5 stars
    hello all! my son is a gamer and one of his buddies is Canadian. He told him how awesome this dish is and l was actually able to order it from a local restaurant. lt was really great so going to make this myself. Just found cheese curds at local grocery store recently. Going to make a beef version though. Funny— grew up in the D (Detroit) so we were a 20 minute drive over to lovely Canada. Odd this recipe is not that will known in Michigan—especially since the D and its suburbs are such ” foodie-towns” now? Thank you Canada; lm now seeking more Canadian native inspired recipes

  2. Well, I’m from Canada and I think this recipe looks delicious! The only thing I care about when it comes to poutine is that cheese curds are used. I get really disappointed when I go to a restaurant and they just use shredded cheese. You’d be surprised how hard it is to find a good poutine here. I’m going to save this recipe and give it a try!

    1. Thanks Leah! Cheese curds are getting a little easier to find around here now, which is a good thing! We have a local dairy who is stocking them at the grocery stores. Let me know what you think once you get a chance to try this!

  3. I have lived in Canada for over 70 years and have never eaten this dish. You seem to forget that this nation is over 5200 miles wide and ecompasses many varied, multicultural elements. This dish may be a Quebec creation, but Quebec is only one significant but separated part of Canada. Why don’t you consider Arctic Char or cabbage rolls or Fiddleheads or any number of other concoctions. Canada is one of those nations that takes the best from all its immigrants and makes them its own.

    1. I was born and raised in Canada and am nearly 80 years old and just tasted this dish last year, I agree with Archie don’t paint is all with the same brush. p.S. I didn’t like it!

  4. Jennifer, please don’t take what I am about to say as coming from a hater, because I am not. In fact, I cook, both for myself and on occasion, professionally. With that said, I can agree it is a version of poutine, and I give you kuddos for using the curds, but it is not one I would order or make. As I am sure, from your research, you found that ‘real’ poutine is made with a beef gravy. Why you chose to use chicken over the beef is beyond me, as a cheap cut of beef (say a chuck steak) combined with a can of quality beef stock would have offered the same result when cooked…and a proper gravy base. I’m sorry, but your version of poutine, to me, is like using ground turkey and mashed potatoes and spices in a pie and calling it “tourtiere’ (French-Canadian Pork Pie…also from Quebec). 🙂

    1. Hi James! No worries and I appreciate your input. Like I said, I knew anyone who had a true appreciation for poutine would find my version all wrong. But hey, I tried! I had to go with what I could find on the internet. Maybe sometime I will have the opportunity to travel and experience the real thing and therefore have a better foundation for recreating it! Anyway, whatever you call my recipe (chicken gravy on fries maybe?) it sure did make a tasty dinner. ETA: you would not believe how hard it is to find cheese curds around here, which is a shame, because they are really good!

      1. James is right on making the poutine. The fresher the cheese curds the better. When you chew a cheese curd and it squeaks, it’s fresh. I’ve had some that as you chew if feels like regular block cheese.

    2. I am from Quebec and I will tell you what the ingredients are for the REAL poutine: curds, of course, and you can eat them as is when you have too much, they are so good, so number 1 is curds, then the French Fries, but the gravy is not made from beef, it is BBQ sauce. That is it. fries, curds and BBQ sauce. This is the basic poutine and we can get it here even in a McDonalds. That being said, you can have fun, and you should, with the recipe, and do whatever you wish with it. There are restaurants that serve only poutines, at least 30 different ones. So you can’t miss. Have fun with it. With all my love.

  5. 5 stars
    OMG this looks so good. My husband and I get pork poutine at our favorite restaurant – it’s one of our absolute favorite meals. The thought that I might be able to pull off something like that with my crock pot is very exciting. I can’t wait to try this!

    1. Thanks! I’d love to try the “real thing” sometime but this was my best guess at what it should be like! Let me know what you guys think!

      1. Born and raised in Quebec the cultural home of poutine I’ve seen many variations.
        You need to try the “ real thing” then revise what you call this!
        It’s not poutine!
        It’s about as close to poutine as a pasty is to tourtiere!

        1. Hi Roy. I see you took my opening line to heart ;). What is the number one most important thing about poutine that makes you most passionate about the dish?

5 from 2 votes

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