5 Super Easy Crock Pot Dinners

Sometimes the thought of making dinner again can make me want to scream.

Why do they want to eat every. single. night? 

When I get overwhelmed or in a slump is when I grab my trusty crock pot and make her do all the work! I have five tried and true dinners that we have in our dinner rotation and they really couldn’t be any easier.

These are all chicken dishes, can be served in different ways to add variety, and have less than 5 ingredients! Plus all you need is your crock pot so your clean up is super simple and if you use crock pot liners it is even easier!
(I can’t believe how long it took me to start using those, total game changer!) 

So if you are in a slump or need an easy dinner idea for those days that are spend in the car running kids from place to place these 5 Super Easy Crock Pot Dinners are just for you!

 

 

easy crock pot dinners

 

1. BBQ Chicken

3-4 Chicken breasts (boneless,skinless)
16 oz bottle of BBQ Sauce (we like Sweet Baby Rays)
1/2 cup Zesty Italian Dressing
1/4 cup brown sugar

Mix together ingredients. Put in crock pot. Cook low: 4-5 hours or on High 2-3 hours
Shred with a fork and serve on buns for yummy BBQ chicken sammies. Or leave them whole and serve with some garlic mashed potatoes and veggies.

2. Orange Chicken

3-4 Chicken breasts
1 cup BBQ sauce
1 cup Orange Marmalade
1-2 tsp soy sauce (optional)

Cut up chicken into cubes and put in crock pot. Mix together ingredients and pour over chicken. Cook low:4-5 hours or on High 2-3 hours.  We love to serve this with a side of homemade fried rice and add a ton of veggies! Way better than takeout!

3. Creamy Ranch Chicken

3-4 Chicken breasts
1 can Cream of Chicken
1 packet Ranch dressing mix
1 packet Italian seasoning packet
1/2 package of cream cheese (4 oz)

Mix together cream of chicken, ranch, and Italian seasoning. Place chicken in crock pot and pour mixture over. Cook low: 4-5 hours or on High 2-3 hours.  Once done, shred with a fork and add the cream cheese to add thickness and make it creamy. Serve over egg noodles or rice.

4. Salsa Chicken

3-4 Chicken breasts
1 jar of salsa
1 can black beans
1 can corn

Mix all ingredients together and put in crock pot. Cook low: 4-5 hours or on High 2-3 hours.  Shred with fork. Serve over rice, use as filling for burritos, throw it on top of lettuce for a fun taco salad….

5. Ranch Chicken Tacos

3-4 Chicken breasts
1 can chicken broth
1 packet ranch mix
1 packet taco seasoning

Put everything in the crock pot and let it do it’s magic! Cook low: 4-5 hours or on High 2-3 hours.  Shred with a fork when done and serve in tacos with your favorite toppings! Super fun and easy for Taco Tuesday!

 

Now that you’ve got dinners figured out, it’s time to get a
Nightly Routine down so that you can experience super smooth and easy mornings!

Helpful Kitchen Gadgets: 

Crock Pot
Rice Cooker 
Crock pot liners

44 Comments

  1. Ruthe's Gravatar Ruthe
    January 26, 2016    

    Is this correct? “Cook low: 2-3 hours/High 4-5 hours”. Or is it backwards?

    • January 27, 2016    

      Oops! Thanks for catching that! 2-3 hours on high and 4-5 on low. It may take longer depending on your slow cooker though.

      • Amy's Gravatar Amy
        April 9, 2016    

        What’s the total cook time for this?

        • April 24, 2016    

          Amy, for each of these you would cook them on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2-3 hours. It depends a little on your crockpot. Mine is really hot and cooks super fast.

          • Jackie's Gravatar Jackie
            October 11, 2016    

            Can I use chicken legs and thighs with the recipe

          • October 26, 2016    

            I’m sure you can use them. We just prefer chicken breasts :)

  2. March 1, 2016    

    They look quick and easy to prepare. Will try your recipe tomorrow. Thank you very much !!

  3. Marilyn's Gravatar Marilyn
    April 13, 2016    

    I just made the ranch chicken last night. I added two onions and some minced garlic. It was delicious and so easy. I love recipes like these!

  4. Rebecca's Gravatar Rebecca
    April 15, 2016    

    How many people would this feed?

  5. April 16, 2016    

    Oh, I love chicken very much! And these recipes are so great! can’t wait to try all of them. Thanks so much for your post!

  6. Connie Sheldon's Gravatar Connie Sheldon
    April 21, 2016    

    Regarding the cooking time, is that an either or? Or start on.high & finish on low? Thanks.

    • April 24, 2016    

      It’s either/or. I usually cook mine on low for 4-5 hours. Hope that helps!

  7. Shelby's Gravatar Shelby
    June 1, 2016    

    What size crockpot was used for these?

  8. June 14, 2016    

    I am very lazy and I don’t have much time too. These are really great combination. Thank for share this post.

  9. Hannah's Gravatar Hannah
    June 21, 2016    

    Can I use raw chicken or does it need to be fully cooked before placing it in the crockpot with the other ingredients?

    • July 9, 2016    

      Raw, the crockpot will cook it. You can put it in completely frozen or thawed a bit.

  10. Carrie's Gravatar Carrie
    June 22, 2016    

    As a winter/fall alternative… if you add a packet of taco seasoning and chicken broth to the “taco chicken” recipe it makes awesome chicken tortilla soyp… serve with crunchy tortilla chips and a dollop of sour cream and/or cheese on top… yummy! I even add a little extra onion and a can of Rotel for a kick :)

  11. Brittney's Gravatar Brittney
    June 25, 2016    

    If I were to prepare this for just my husband and I with 1 or 2 chicken breasts, should I half the rest of the ingredients as well?

    • July 9, 2016    

      Yes you could half it all. Or do a full thing and save them for leftovers!

  12. Morgan's Gravatar Morgan
    July 3, 2016    

    Hi! Just saw your recipes on Pinterest! I am wondering if you add chicken when it is still frozen or is it thawed completely? Thanks!

  13. Kim's Gravatar Kim
    July 14, 2016    

    Do you drain the black beans and corn for the Salsa Chicken?

  14. July 19, 2016    

    They look so easy . Will try your recipe tomorrow. Thank for sharing!

  15. Millie's Gravatar Millie
    July 31, 2016    

    I think I have just planned my dinner for the week! Between being a full time working momma and after work going to football practices… I barely have enough time to cook my guys a decent meal. Thanks for sharing these easy meal. My crockpot has become my bff!

    • August 1, 2016    

      Wow! Sounds like you have a full plate! I’m glad these quick meals can help you out!

  16. Joan's Gravatar Joan
    August 11, 2016    

    For the Creamy Ranch chicken, do you mean a packet of Italian dressing (ie Good Seasons?) or Italian seasoning? And if Italian seasoning, where do you get packets or what would be an equivalent amount?

  17. Tessa's Gravatar Tessa
    September 8, 2016    

    Can beef or pork be substituted for the chicken do you think it would work

  18. Stephanie's Gravatar Stephanie
    October 11, 2016    

    I made the orange chicken last night and it was DISGUSTING. I followed the directions exactly. It tasted so much like orange marmalade–far too sweet. Please do yourself a favor and make a different orange chicken recipe.

    • October 26, 2016    

      Oh no, I’m sorry you didn’t like it! I know there are a ton of orange chicken recipes out there to try. We like this one for it’s ease. :)

  19. Libby's Gravatar Libby
    October 11, 2016    

    Made the creamy ranch chicken tonight. Put carrots and red potatoes on bottom and than the chicken. It was very good and my unexpected company loved it.
    It’s a keeper. Thank You

  20. Marlena's Gravatar Marlena
    October 17, 2016    

    What size cans do you use? Especially for the ranch chicken?

  21. Britt's Gravatar Britt
    October 23, 2016    

    This sounds so good and easy to make to take to university for lunch! What size jar would I need of salsa for the salsa chicken?

  22. February 6, 2017    

    These simple recipes are my saving grace whenever I am feeling kinda lazy after a long day from working! Thanks for sharing.

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