Easy Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken Thighs Recipe

Tender seasoned chicken thighs falling apart
Tender seasoned chicken thighs falling apart | Source

Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs

I love it when a recipe accidentally creates itself! This delicious recipe came about when I was following a recipe that called for chicken thighs and other ingredients that I was to add later--a noodle and vegetable mix, cheese, and more. The combination sounded really good, so I planned to try it.

Well, I got busy with other things and forgot about adding the ingredients from the recipe when I was supposed to after so much time. Instead, I left the chicken to cook in the Crock Pot slower cooker on its own. When I remembered to check on the chicken, it looked incredible, and I couldn't resist taking a bite. Oh, it was so tender and tasty that I just had to eat a whole piece of it. I decided to forget the rest of the recipe and just eat the chicken thighs as they were.with the initial spices I had added. Oh, were they delicious!

Since then, I have made the recipe again, adding in some spices different from the recipe that inspired this one. I'm still going to try that recipe, but I'm also happy with this simple little recipe that came to be. My accidental recipe is oh so delicious!


Cook Time

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 3 hours
  • Ready in: 3 hours 10 min
  • Yields: 6 people one piece of chicken
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Sprinkle thighs with spices.Another view of spicy chicken thighs.
Sprinkle thighs with spices.
Sprinkle thighs with spices. | Source
Another view of spicy chicken thighs.
Another view of spicy chicken thighs. | Source

Ingredients for Easy Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken Thighs

  • 6 pieces chicken thighs, skinless (boneless, too, if desired)
  • 2 -3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • Italian Seasoning, sprinkled liberally
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place thawed chicken thighs in crock pot. (Remove skins.) Sprinkle each one with salt and pepper. (You may start with frozen chicken thighs; just add another hour for cooking time.)
  2. Sprinkle liberally with Italian Seasoning to where the chicken is almost covered. See photo.
  3. Add minced garlic, making sure some is on top of each piece of chicken.
  4. Cook in slow cooker on high for two hours. After two hours, stir up mixture. Add chopped green onions on top.
  5. Continue cooking for one more hour, either at high or low speed, depending on how fast your slow cooker cooks. If chicken thighs appear to be cooked through after two hours, you may opt to turn the heat to low for the last hour.

Chicken Thighs in the Slow Cooker

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Add green onions to chicken thighs.Mix it all together.Chop up green onions.
Add green onions to chicken thighs.
Add green onions to chicken thighs. | Source
Mix it all together.
Mix it all together. | Source
Chop up green onions.
Chop up green onions. | Source

Slow Cooker (Skinless) Chicken Thighs (note 60 mg sodium)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 chicken thigh
Calories 84
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 2 g
Carbohydrates 0 g
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 14 g28%
Cholesterol 57 mg19%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Rate this recipe!

4.8 stars from 6 ratings of Easy Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken Thighs

What to Serve Chicken Thighs With:

  • white or brown rice
  • egg noodles (or other noodles)
  • wrapped in a flour tortilla
  • beans on the side
  • other ideas?

An Easy Recipe with which to Experiment!

This slower cooker chicken thighs recipe would definitely be a difficult recipe to mess up! It has come out delicious more than once. The second time I made this dish, I left the chicken in the slow cooker on high for longer than I had intended. The chicken still tasted great, as it just fell apart. There's nothing wrong with that. I just scooped up the succulent, tender chicken, along with its natural juices and put it over some brown rice. It was delicious.

If you want individual pieces of chicken for everyone, make sure you don't cook the chicken much over two hours. However, if you do cook it for a while, it will make a great topping for rice or potatoes.

I'm hooked on this accidental recipe and will be making it over and over, I'll probably substitute chicken breasts sometime, something you can also do if you prefer white meat. I will also, I'm certain, be experimenting with different spices, as I love to do.


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harryspencer78 4 years ago from Beaverton, Oregon

This sounds like a wonderful recipe. I can't wait to give it a try!


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Vicki,

You are cranking out those recipe hubs! And this one looks really delicious! I need to actually start making some of these recipes, PRONTO! LOL :) Thanks Vicki! Five Stars!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

harryspencer--I find this recipe very, very tasty!


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

I love using my slow cooker because it is so easy to prepare a great dish. Will have to try out this recipe soon! I am sure it is going to be awesome!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I love this recipe and when chicken is juicy and tender. And using a slow cooker leaves you free to do other things.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Josh--make it! It's easy--and tasty, too! thanks for the stars!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

I think it's freakin' hilarious that you published a hub on chicken...I'm cooking a whole chicken for dinner tonight, LOL. Cyber-sis, you sure rock! :)


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Ron Hawkster 4 years ago from United States of America

"I forgot about adding the ingredients when I was supposed to, "

You are my kind of cook. Because that's how my whole life is. I start doing one thing and end up with a different adventure. So, this sounds like my kind of recipe. The only danger with people like us is that if I start following this recipe which you made based on forgetting another recipe, then I'll forget your steps and end up with yet another recipe. But we all must take those grave risks in life if we aim to win the ultimate prize, the coveted "slow cooked spicy skinless chicken thighs". I haven't tried it yet but I'm going to vote it up for that bit of honesty at the beginning :)


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for sharing this tasty recipe


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

lady rain--It's great! So tasty!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

True, Carol. Cooking easy recipes with slow cookers frees up our time! I love mine.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Sounds delicious! I haven't used my slow cooker in ages! I will have to get it out and give this a try! School will be starting soon so I will go back to making lots of stuff in it during winter:)

I don't see how this could not turn out fantastic!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Wow, CC, that's uncanny! I guess we shouldn't be surprised anymore, huh? Wowza!!!!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ron, that's the fun in cooking! Being creative and coming up with new things. If you do start my recipe and stray away into a new one, please let me know! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, Mhatter! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Time to get it out, RealH! I like to use the slow cooker in the summer, too, since it doesn't heat up the kitchen like the stove or oven does. Thanks for coming by!


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DragonflyTreasure 4 years ago from on the breeze.........

Voted up...a definate try. With this heat anything I can cook with out heating up the whole house is a plus!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Dragonfly--I agree. A slow cooker keeps the heat down in the kitchen. I love using it in the summer!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I have recently started using my slow cooker to make a chicken thighs recipe and can't believe how tender they are with slow cooking. This looks great!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

This looks really good. I'm glad you came up with it from my recipe. We really like chicken thighs and without the skins they are just as good. I will have to try yours now. Voted Up


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

random--I know! It makes chicken so tender! This is a tasty one--and so easy!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

moonlake--It was fun--and tasty! I'm still going to try yours, too. I had already bought all the ingredients!!!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I like how easy this is to make and it includes three of my favoritods: chicken thighs, garlic and onions (green). I'll need to try this out. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

alocsin--Glad you approve! I love those ingredients, too. I hope you try it!

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