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Crock Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken

Crock Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken is covered in a creamy sauce with lots of lemon flavor and a few capers. Serve over angel hair pasta for an easy and delicious family meal.

Cooked creamy lemon chicken in a pasta bowl.

If you love the flavor of lemon chicken, try these other recipes: Instant Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken, Slow Cooker Lemonade Chicken, and Chicken with Lemon Butter Sauce.

The chicken breasts cook up so tender and both lemon juice and lemon zest give plenty of bright lemon flavor to the sauce. A little cornstarch added at the end helps thicken the sauce some so it coats the sauce perfectly.

A tablespoon of chicken bouillon gives lots of depth of flavor to the sauce.

I pan-fried the chicken quickly first to sear the outside, but you could skip this step and add the raw chicken directly to the crock pot.

The sauce is also flavored with dried basil and crushed red pepper flakes for just a little heat.

How To Serve Crock Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken

Serve Crock Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken over angel hair pasta or rice for a meal the whole family will enjoy! Great sides to serve with this recipe are steamed broccoli, asparagus, or green beans and Yeast Rolls.

Creamy Lemon Chicken in slow cooker.

How Long To Cook Chicken Breasts In Slow Cooker

Every slow cooker cooks a little bit differently so use the cooking time as an estimate. Chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. I prefer to cook chicken breasts on LOW in the slow cooker. They are too easy to overcook on HIGH and then they become dry and chewy. Cooked on LOW, they should be done in 3 and a half hours, but check them a little before the 3 hour mark.

Recipe Tip

Don’t leave the chicken in the slow cooker after it is done cooking. It will continue to cook and get overcooked.

How To Store

Leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 days and reheated in a microwave.

Crock Pot Lemon Chicken in a creamy sauce

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Crock Pot Lemon Chicken

Crock Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken

Crock Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken is covered in a creamy sauce with lots of lemon flavor and a few capers. Serve over angel hair pasta for an easy and delicious family meal.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 4 hours 30 minutes
TOTAL: 4 hours 45 minutes


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon chicken base
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained


  • Heat 1 tablespoon butter in either a cast iron skillet or a nonstick skillet. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to skillet.
  • Cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Place in 6 quart crock pot.
  • Cut remaining 4 tablespoons of butter into 4 pieces and place a piece over each chicken breast.
  • Add basil, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, and lemon zest. (Note: The lemon slices in the picture were added just before taking pictures for presentation. Only add the juice and the zest.)
  • Cover crock pot and cook on LOW for 3 1/2 hours or on HIGH for just under 2 hours.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of the 1 cup of half-and-half to a small bowl and whisk in the cornstarch. Whisk into the rest of the half-and-half. Whisk in chicken base and add the capers.
  • Add half-and-half mixture to crock pot. Mix it in and cover and cook on HIGH for 1 more hour.


I recommend cooking boneless chicken breasts on LOW in the slow cooker. The texture of chicken breasts cooked on HIGH is sometimes undesirable and they are too likely to get overcooked.
Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used. Not to be used for specific dietary needs.


Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 204mg | Sodium: 768mg | Potassium: 950mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 762IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, slow cooker

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Originally posted March 29, 2018.

Recipe adapted from Dinner, Then Dessert

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12 thoughts on “Crock Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken”

  1. Good,! Low for 3.5 hours , then add cream broth capers, and then cook another hour.? It seemed too long so I did it at 2.5 hiurs

  2. I can’t wait to make this recipe as I’m looking for new dinner ideas that I can make in my crock pot. Can I substitute chicken stock for the chicken base? And what is chicken base? Is it a bullion cube? Thanks!

  3. I made this recipe using chicken thighs instead of the breasts. It’s still cooking but it smells Heavenly.

    I removed about 2/3 of the skin and visible fat from the thighs.

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