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Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Creamy Lemon Sauce

Ever wondered about how to make chicken thighs? Well, if you want the best, most flavorful and delicious recipe that everyone will devour, then you need to try making these simple and easy Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Creamy Lemon Sauce!
Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Creamy Lemon Sauce on white platter with sliced lemons

My new favorite chicken. What?! I know. Just the other day I said this chicken was my favorite. And it is. But so is this. Like “eat it every day for the rest of my life and never get tired of it” kind of favorite. Crazy. Obsessed. That’s me. But don’t judge until you’ve tried it. This recipe just might become your new favorite along with all the other favorites. Because it’s so good. And I didn’t even mention yet, it is simple and easy. A few steps but super simple ingredients. Who doesn’t love that?!

ingredient layout for slow cooker chicken thighs

What you’ll need

  • boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • olive oil and butter to brown them up (the combination is best!)
  • onion, garlic and seasonings
  • broth, mustard, cream and lemon juice for the sauce
  • cornstarch to thicken

How to make Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs {VIDEO}

step by step making chicken thighs in the slow cooker

To Make these Chicken Thighs

  • brown the chicken in a skillet
  • transfer to slow cooker and cook with broth
  • remove chicken to make sauce
  • stir cream, mustard, and lemon juice into drippings
  • make a cornstarch slurry and add
  • transfer to a pan and simmer for 2-3 minutes until thickenedSlow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Creamy Lemon Sauce on white plate with sliced lemons

Why Chicken Thighs and not Breasts

  • Can we talk about chicken thighs? So much flavor. Boneless, skinless and so easy to handle, no knife work needed.
  • If you haven’t tried chicken thighs yet, this is the time! I am pretty sure you will be hooked.
  • The flavor, texture and juiciness CAN NOT be beat! Also, very affordable too!
  • Chicken breasts would not have the flavor to do this recipe justiceSlow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Creamy Lemon Sauce on white platter with sliced lemons

Cooking Tips

  • Brown up your chicken with a bit of olive oil and butter and get some onions and garlic browned up while you’re at it! I don’t suggest skipping this step as the nice brown crust is kind of essential in this recipe. Otherwise, I think the chicken would kind of fall apart.
  • When it’s all done cooking you will add the cream (and lemon and mustard) to your sauce! You can just add it right to the slow cooker OR you can take 5 minutes and bring it to a boil with a little added cornstarch in a saucepan and you will not be sorry. At all. The sauce will become that much more thick and rich and stick right to every bite of that chicken! Give it a try and let me know if chicken thighs are your new favorite!

Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Creamy Lemon Sauce on white plate with sliced lemons

Want these now instead of waiting all day for them to slow cook? Try my Instant Pot Chicken Thighs instead!

Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Creamy Lemon Sauce on white plate with sliced lemons

Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Creamy Lemon Sauce

Jennifer Draper
Ever wondered about how to make chicken thighs? Well, if you want the best, most flavorful and delicious recipe that everyone will devour, then you need to try making these simple and easy Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Creamy Lemon Sauce!
4.20 from 100 votes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 513 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced (or about 1/4 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon grainy mustard
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions
 

  • Sprinkle each side of chicken with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper
  • In large skillet over medium high heat melt butter with olive oil
  • Add onion and garlic and saute for about 2 minutes
  • Move onions and garlic to side of pan and add seasoned chicken thighs
  • Saute for about 2-3 minutes on each side until nicely browned
  • Transfer contents of pan to slow cooker
  • Add chicken broth
  • Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours or high for 3-4
  • Remove chicken and cover to keep warm
  • Add cream, mustard and lemon juice to slow cooker and whisk
  • To thicken sauce pour into small saucepan and whisk in 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes until thickened to desired consistency
  • Add additional salt and pepper to taste
  • Pour over chicken and serve

Notes

  • I cooked this on low in my 5 quart slow cooker for 6 hours
  • transfer sauce to a pan to simmer for best results
  • I don't recommend subbing breasts for thighs in this recipe
  • leftovers can be stored tightly covered in fridge up to 3 days

Nutrition

Calories: 513kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 46gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 284mgSodium: 576mgPotassium: 694mgVitamin A: 800IUVitamin C: 3.5mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 2.2mg
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125 Comments

  1. what kind of grainy mustard do you suggest and can you substitute flour for the cornstarch?
    thanks
    Karen

  2. 4 stars
    I made the recipe as written with the exception of the heavy cream. I had half and half and increased the corn starch to 2 TBL as recommended. The sauce was perfect. I have never prepared chicken thighs. This will not be the last time. The meat was so tender and flavorful. My family said the recipe is a keeper! I’ll be making again soon. Thank you for the recipe. Really delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    So many critics; sounds wonderful to me and look forward to making it this weekend. Love chicken thigs with Busalmic variations. but was searching for something new with a creamy texture. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  4. This recipe also popped up for me on a search for Keto recipes. I’m so glad it did! The only hang-up for me is the cornstarch which is easily substituted with a quick online search. I used bone-in thighs, so I increased the cook time just a bit. So delicious. Thank you!

  5. It is keto apart from the tiny bit of cornstarch, very low carb dinner and looks delicious so I will be making it in my keto diet 🙂

    1. Hi Li! I’m sorry you are frustrated. I’m not sure which keto website included a link to my recipe, but I have no control over what they decide to share. I’m sure you can easily read my post and see here that I have not claimed for this recipe to be Keto as I don’t include any diet specific info on my recipes. I’ve removed your one star rating as I don’t believe it’s fair to penalize my recipe which you haven’t tried because someone else on a site I have no control over claimed it was Keto. I hope you can take it up with that site owner to get your issue resolved and find a recipe that is suitable to your needs!

  6. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner today. It was EXCELLENT!! I made extra sauce so there was lots leftover. We’re going to use it over rotelle pasta and just add some grated provolone cheese to it. I think it’s going to be delicious.

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