Slow Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken and Potatoes

Cozy Slow Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken and Potatoes | ASpicyPerspective.comOur cozy Slow Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken and Potatoes is a family-friendly all in one meal to warm you up this winter!

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Everyone in my family loves bold spicy flavors… Yet there are days we want to skip the tastebud acrobatics and sink into something that is pure comfort.

Today’s Slow Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken and Potatoes is a simple recipe that gives you the sensation of being wrapped in a big fuzzy blanket. After all, the key ingredients are chicken, baby potatoes, garlic, and butter!

You simply throw the ingredients in the slow cooker and let them mix and mingle over the next few hours. Then open the lid and inhale the tantalizing aroma of hot garlic butter and herbs.

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There are two methods of making Slow Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken and Potatoes…

Method one is the “around the house” method. Start the potatoes in the slow cooker first, so they get a head-start on the chicken. Then add the chicken and remaining ingredients a few hours later, so the chicken is moist and tender, not dry.

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The second method is the “off to run errands” method. Here you chop the potatoes in smaller pieces so they can cook thoroughly in the same time it takes to cook the chicken. Chop, dump, and press start!

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Either way, you end up with a warm hearty meal the whole family will love.

Slow Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken and Potatoes is an easy recipe to adjust to suit your family’s tastes. You can swap out the herbs to any that you prefer. You can use chicken breasts or boneless thighs. I used both, but actually prefer the thighs.

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You can even cut back on the butter to lighten up the recipe… However the more butter the better in my opinion.

No matter how you mix it up, Slow Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken and Potatoes is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

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Slow Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken and Potatoes

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 10 mins
Slow Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken and Potatoes Recipe - An easy dinner with rich cozy flavor, for any night of the week!
Servings: 6 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken and Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 470 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 157mg 52%
Sodium 393mg 16%
Potassium 1212mg 35%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 0g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 16%
Vitamin C 26.5%
Calcium 7.1%
Iron 31.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 2 pound mini yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 pounds boneless chicken, breasts and thighs
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 3 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Salt and pepper


  1. If the potatoes are smaller than golf balls, leave whole. If they are larger than golf balls, cut in half. Place the potatoes in the crock of a large slow cooker. Cover and slow cook on high for 2 hours, or on low for 3-4 hours.

  2. Once the potatoes are halfway cooked, lay the chicken over the top. Add the minced garlic, herb springs, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper. Pour the melted butter over the top.
  3. Cover and continue slow cooking until the chicken is cooked through, 1 1/2 - 2 hours on high, 3-4 hours on low. Stir, a couple times while cooking.

Recipe Notes

ONE-STEP SLOW COOKING: If you need the entire dish to be ready in 3-4 hours, without having to add ingredients in the middle, cut the potatoes into one inch pieces. Layer the remaining ingredients over the potatoes and turn on high for 3-4 hours.

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44 comments on “Slow Cooker Garlic Butter Chicken and Potatoes

  1. Loriposted November 27, 2018 at 8:53 am Reply

    So the potatoes are cooking for a total of 6-8 hours on low in total and the chicken 3-4 hours is that correct?

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  3. Joanieposted November 4, 2018 at 4:02 pm Reply

    Thank you for this recipe! I’m making it right now. My house smells wonderful! One question, there is no other liquid besides the melted butter?  Thanks!

    • Sommer Collierposted November 8, 2018 at 6:02 am Reply

      Hi Joanie,

      Yes, the butter is all you need. The chicken will release juices and create liquid.

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  5. ERicaposted September 10, 2018 at 11:58 am Reply

    Can I put butter in with the potatoes for the first couple hrs then add more with the chicken an herbs an garlic!? 

    • Sommer Collierposted September 18, 2018 at 12:27 pm Reply

      Hi Erica,

      Absolutely! Let me know what you think, once you try it. :)

  6. Megon Scogginsposted July 25, 2018 at 1:46 pm Reply

    Currently cooking for my family. cut the portions in half and switched out rosemary with another herb because this was a last minute use what I had in the freezer meal. Already can tell you it smells AMAZING!! Thanks for the good eat.

  7. Stacieposted June 9, 2018 at 10:34 am Reply

    Is the skin to be left on the chicken, or will skinless work as well? Thanks.

    • Sommer Collierposted June 9, 2018 at 3:53 pm Reply

      Hi Stacie,

      Chicken with skin-on will have a bit flavor, but I used boneless skinless chicken in this recipe. :)

  8. Marcieposted May 26, 2018 at 2:04 pm Reply

    Can I substitute sweet potato instead of the Yukon gold?

    • Sommer Collierposted May 31, 2018 at 7:38 pm Reply

      Hi Marcie,

      Absolutely! Let me know how it turns out. :)

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  10. Susyposted March 24, 2018 at 10:33 am Reply

    Can this be transformed into a instant pot recipe? 

    • Sommerposted March 26, 2018 at 6:14 pm Reply

      Hi Susy!

      I’m sure you can, but unfortunately I haven’t tried it, so I can’t give you specific instructions. Just thinking through the process, I would try placing the potatoes on the bottom, covered by the chicken and pressure cook on the “meat” setting for 15 minutes. Fingers crossed!

  11. Ashleyposted February 16, 2018 at 9:57 am Reply

    if I wanted to add carrots to this would I need to add any liquid or change the cooking time at all?


  12. Patposted February 14, 2018 at 9:09 pm Reply

    made this on  a busy Valentine’s Day. It’s a good basic recipe that you can season as you like.  I ignored the salt/pepper measurements  in the recipe but seasoned the chicken with S & P plus garlic and onion powder and sweet paprika.  The paprika doesn’t add flavor, but made the chicken look much prettier :-).    I might try some curry seasoning next time too for a change and top with chopped peanuts and scallions.   I love Chicken crockpot recipes because i don’t have to start them till 2-3 pm with dinner at 6 or 7.  Even  with 8 cloves of garlic I’m glad I added  onion powder and the paprika, so just season the chicken with your favorite combo of seasonings and it should turn out great.  I made asparagus as a side and some biscuits since it was valentines day!

  13. Deanna Songerposted February 8, 2018 at 1:44 pm Reply

    I’m making  this recipe  right now it looks great  I’ve been doing a lot of slow cooker recipes from off here on Pinterest it’s wonderful thank you for posting it.

  14. Candiceposted January 13, 2018 at 4:04 pm Reply

    Will it still come out the same if I peel the potatoes first? I can’t eat skins!

    • Sommerposted January 18, 2018 at 9:54 am Reply

      Hi Candice,

      Absolutely! Peel away. :)

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  16. Christyposted December 28, 2017 at 3:46 am Reply

    This was delicious! My entire family loved it!

  17. Amandaposted September 11, 2017 at 1:56 pm Reply

    Absolutely wonderful, Sommer!

    I fully agree with you; the more butter, the better! Coming home after a full day of work and my home smelling like hot butter, garlic, and spices, it makes me happy that I own a slow cooker.

    I’m writing a piece on Autumn slow cooker meals and would like to include this recipe. Would you mind? Full credit to you and your website, of course!

    Thanks! :)

  18. Saraposted August 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm Reply

    Perfect recipe! I suggest only using chicken thighs because they stay moist and bring so much extra flavor to the dish. We loved it!!!!!!!

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  21. Katherineposted January 14, 2017 at 8:17 pm Reply

      Will this recipe work cooking on low for 8 hours?

    • Micheleposted October 14, 2018 at 1:41 am Reply

      Did you try it? I’d need to cook on slow for 8 hours too! 

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  23. Sarahposted January 8, 2017 at 1:21 pm Reply

    When you put the potatoes in, do they go in by themselves? No liquid?

    • Sommerposted January 9, 2017 at 9:00 am Reply

      Hi Sarah,

      Yes, at this time you are just dry-roasting the potatoes in the crockpot. The liquid is added later. Happy Cooking! :)

  24. Mickeyposted January 1, 2017 at 9:44 am Reply

    Can you use frozen chicken breasts or do they have to be thawed first? Thanks.

    • Sommerposted January 9, 2017 at 9:34 am Reply

      Hi Mickey,

      You can add frozen chicken breasts without thawing them. It will alter your cooking time, but the potatoes shouldn’t be greatly effected by this.

  25. Julie | Table for Twoposted December 14, 2016 at 9:02 pm Reply

    I could use some easy meals this time year!

  26. Marla Meridithposted December 14, 2016 at 9:41 am Reply

    Must try this chicken dish!!

  27. Kathy Mposted December 13, 2016 at 7:02 am Reply

    When do you add the butter?

    • Sommerposted December 13, 2016 at 7:39 am Reply

      Hi Kathy,

      Add the butter with the garlic and herbs. Happy Cooking!

  28. Emily @ Life on Foodposted December 13, 2016 at 6:53 am Reply

    This week is so busy and I am planning slower cooker meals all week. Needed this recipe.

  29. Gaby Dalkinposted December 12, 2016 at 3:57 pm Reply

    What a perfect go-to winter dinner recipe!!

  30. Heather Christoposted December 12, 2016 at 11:15 am Reply

    I love a slow cooker meal! this one looks great!

  31. Naomiposted December 12, 2016 at 10:24 am Reply

    Love fast and easy dinners like this. 

  32. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted December 12, 2016 at 10:08 am Reply

    What a nice and easy slow cooker meal!

  33. Jenny Flakeposted December 12, 2016 at 9:35 am Reply

    This looks fantastic!!