There’s no better recipe for a busy weeknight than a one-pot meal – especially if you can make it in your slow cooker! That’s why this crockpot chicken and potatoes recipe is a dinnertime favorite at our house. Since it’s made with tender chicken breasts, potatoes, and sliced carrots, it’s a dump and go meal that’s perfect for family dinners.
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What Do I Need to Make Crockpot Chicken and Potatoes?
One of the best things about this easy one-pot meal is that it’s made with a short list of ingredients. To make chicken and potatoes for dinner tonight, you’ll need:
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Gold potatoes
- Sliced carrots
- Cream of chicken soup
- Ranch seasoning mix
- Salt and pepper
How Do I Make Crockpot Chicken and Potatoes?
This easy slow cooker meal can be prepared in a matter of minutes. Just follow these three quick steps to get your dinner started right now.
Step One: Add the Ingredients to the Slow Cooker
Cut the potatoes into halves or wedges and arrange the pieces around the bottom of the slow cooker with the carrots. Season each of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place them on top of the vegetables.
Step Two: Prepare the Sauce
Step Three: Cook the Chicken and Potatoes
Place the lid on the slow cooker and set it to cook on high for three to four hours or low for six to eight hours, until the chicken is cooked through. When you’re ready to serve your dinner, remove the chicken from the crockpot and slice or shred the meat, then serve the chicken plated with the cooked carrots and potatoes.
How Do You Store Chicken and Potatoes?
When dinner is over, I’d be surprised if you had any chicken and potatoes left over. But if you do have a little bit of uneaten dinner, simply transfer the leftovers to an airtight container. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
You can also store the cooked chicken potatoes in the freezer. Transfer them to a freezer bag or freezer safe container and they’ll stay fresh for up to three months.
To reheat the leftovers, make sure to allow the frozen ingredients to thaw in the refrigerator. After that, you can reheat the chilled chicken and sides in the microwave, air fryer, or oven.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Potatoes Recipe Ideas
This quick and easy dinner is perfect for a busy weeknight because it’s so simple to prepare! And that means you can easily adjust the ingredients to make it perfect for your family. Try these adjustments and substitution ideas to create a delicious meal that everyone in your family is sure to love.
- Use chicken thighs. To save a little money on the preparation of this slow cooker dinner, try swapping the chicken breasts for chicken thighs. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are a great, budget-friendly option for this slow cooker dinner because they cook in the same amount of time as boneless breasts.
- Make more sauce. The delicious ranch flavored sauce is the star of this one-pot dish! So if you want your dinner to be extra-saucy, consider doubling the gravy. Stir together two cans of cream of chicken soup, 1 ½ cups of milk, and two packets of ranch seasoning to add even more flavor and creaminess to your dinner.
- Thicken the sauce. Slow cooking your chicken and sauce can sometimes lead to excess moisture. If the sauce in your crockpot looks too runny, you can easily thicken it with the help of some cornstarch. Mix together one tablespoon of cornstarch with two tablespoons of cold water. Stir the two ingredients together until the cornstarch is dissolved, then pour the slurry into the slow cooker and mix it in with the sauce around one hour before the cook time is up.
Can You Put Uncooked Potatoes in the Slow Cooker?
Using your slow cooker is a great way to get soft, tender potatoes. But if you’re not careful, crockpot potatoes can easily get mushy. That’s why it’s a good idea to follow a couple of simple tips when cooking your potatoes in the crockpot.
- Cut the potatoes into large pieces. Since your potatoes will be cooking over a long period of time, it’s important that you use large chunks in the slow cooker. This will help keep your potatoes from overcooking.
- Avoid excess liquid. Slow cooking uses low heat and steam to cook the food inside the pot, which means you don’t need much water to cook your potatoes. If your recipe has sauce or broth in it, don’t go overboard with the liquid to avoid overcooking your sides.
Should Chicken Be Covered in Liquid in the Slow Cooker?
There’s nothing worse than biting into dry chicken! That’s why it’s always a good idea to add a sauce or liquid to the pot of your slow cooker when you’re using it to cook chicken breasts. Make sure the sauce fully covers the chicken to keep it from drying out as it cooks in the crockpot.
Crockpot Chicken and Potatoes Recipe with Carrots
- Arrange the sliced potatoes and carrots into the bottom of a 6qt or larger slow cooker.
- Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place on top of the vegetables.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the chicken soup, milk and ranch dressing. Pour over the top of the chicken.
- Cover with the lid and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours, until the chicken is cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165F.
- Slice or shred the chicken and serve plated with the carrots and potatoes, garnish with parsley. Enjoy!