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Slow Cooker Greek Chicken

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This slow cooker Greek chicken uses juicy chicken thighs, paired with simple Greek flavors! With only 5 ingredients and a crock pot you're good to go!

If you can’t get enough of Mediterranean cuisine (same here), then you’ve got to try this Slow Cooker Greek Chicken like, yesterday! It’s all about tender chicken thighs that just soak up every bit of yumminess from lemon, oregano, feta cheese, and Kalamata olives. And here’s the cherry on top – this slow cooker Greek Chicken is super easy to make! Less than 15 minutes of prep time, and then you let your crock pot do all the work.

A plate of slow cooker Greek chicken topped with Kalamata olives and crumbled feta cheese. Accompanying the chicken are seasoned roasted potatoes and lemon wedges. Next to it there's a fork, and a wooden cutting board with more crumbled feta cheese and olives

Dishes like this easy slow cooker Greek chicken are exactly why, in my house, it’s always slow cooker season! There’s just something magical about setting everything up in the morning and then just going about your day, no strings (or apron strings) attached. And then, when the day starts winding down, you walk into your kitchen and you’re greeted with the mouthwatering aroma of juicy, zesty tender chicken that’s been slowly getting more delicious hour by hour. Pure flavor heaven!

Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Overview

Cuisine Inspiration: Greek
Number of Ingredients: 5 (excluding olive oil and salt)
Feeds: A family of 6+
Total Cook Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes
Primary Cooking Method: Slow Cooking
Dietary Info: Gluten-Free
Key Flavor: Zesty and savory chicken, with an earthy touch from oregano
Skill Level: Beginner

Notable mentions

  • Minimal Prep: Once you’ve done the super quick prep, your job is pretty much done. The slow cooker takes it from there, doing all the heavy lifting while you do… well, whatever you want!
  • Big on Flavor: Every piece of chicken in this dish is like a sponge, absorbing all the incredible flavors. The mix of lemon and oregano doesn’t just sit on the surface – it penetrates deep into the chicken, ensuring every bite is packed with that mouth-watering Greek goodness.
  • A Healthy Choice: You’re not just treating your taste buds – you’re also doing a solid for your health. Chicken thighs are a great source of lean protein, and the use of wholesome ingredients like lemon, olives, and herbs adds a burst of flavor without the need for heavy sauces or excessive fats.
  • Versatility in Serving: This crockpot Greek chicken is a chameleon on your dinner table. Serve it over butter rice, tuck it into a pita, or lay it alongside a fresh Greek salad. It’s ready to adapt to whatever dining scenario you’ve got in mind!

Ingredients to make Slow Cooker Greek Chicken

  • Chicken Thighs: Boneless and skinless. You know I love using boneless chicken pieces for slow cooking as they’re convenient, soak up all the flavors, and stay wonderfully juicy and tender.
  • Dried Oregano: To sprinkle over the chicken. Oregano is like the quintessential Greek herb that brings that classic Mediterranean vibe to your chicken thighs.
  • Lemon Juice: For that zesty, citrusy kick. Fresh lemons are the best, but bottled lemon juice will do the trick in a pinch.
  • Kalamata Olives: Pitted and halved. These are the little gems that add a savory, rich depth.
  • Feta Cheese: Crumbled. It’s all about that creamy, tangy goodness that feta brings to this easy slow cooker Greek chicken.
  • Olive Oil: To drizzle over your chicken. Any good quality oil will do, but olive oil has that authentic Mediterranean touch.
  • Kosher Salt: A must in any dish!
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How to make Slow Cooker Greek Chicken

  1. Place the chicken thighs in the slow cooker. Drizzle with olive oil and season with kosher salt.
  2. Evenly sprinkle the dried oregano over the chicken, ensuring each piece is well-coated. Then, pour the lemon juice around the chicken, avoiding washing off the oregano.
  3. Cover and set the slow cooker to low. Let the chicken cook for about 6 hours until the meat is tender and fully cooked through.
  4. Add the halved Kalamata olives and the crumbled feta cheese on top of the chicken before serving.
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Making Slow Cooker Greek Chicken As A Dump Freezer Meal:

Transforming your Slow Cooker Greek Chicken into a dump-freezer meal is a fantastic approach for those busy days. It’s a great meal prep strategy that saves time without sacrificing the rich flavors of this Greek chicken.

Preparation For Freezing:

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a large zip-lock freezer bag, place the raw chicken thighs. Add the dried oregano, lemon juice, and olive oil. Remember to sprinkle in the kosher salt for seasoning.
  2. Seal and Mix: Before sealing the bag, press out as much air as you can. Then, gently shake or massage the bag to ensure all the chicken pieces are evenly coated with the seasonings and lemon juice. This method allows the chicken to marinate and soak up the flavors while being stored in the freezer.
  3. Label and Freeze: Write the date and the recipe name on the freezer bag. Flatten it for efficient storage and freeze it in a way that makes thawing easy.

Cooking From Frozen:

  1. Thawing: For the best results, move the freezer bag to the refrigerator about 24 hours before you’re planning to cook. This ensures a safe and even thaw.
  2. Cooking Adjustments: If you’re starting from frozen, you may need to adjust the cooking time slightly. Place the contents in your slow cooker, set it to low, and cook for around 7-8 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours. Make sure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  3. Finishing Touches: Before serving, add the halved Kalamata olives and crumbled feta cheese to the chicken, infusing those classic Greek flavors into your meal.
  • Olive Twist: If you don’t have Kalamata olives at hand, swap them out for black olives. They’re a bit softer in taste but still bring that lovely olive charm.
  • Cheese Variations: Feta is fab, but why not give crumbled goat cheese a chance? It’s creamy, tangy, and melds beautifully with the other ingredients. If you’re feeling adventurous, even a sprinkle of Parmesan could add an interesting salty bite.
  • Greek Yogurt: Before you set your chicken thighs in the slow cooker, you can give them a nice coat of Greek yogurt. It tenderizes the chicken and adds a creamy tang that pairs so well with the lemon and herbs.
  • Garlic Powder Galore: For an extra punch of flavor, sprinkle in some garlic powder along with your oregano. It’ll infuse the slow cooker Greek chicken thighs with a warm, irresistible garlicky flavor.
  • More Zest: Toss a few slices of fresh lemon into the slow cooker along with the juice. It amps up the zesty notes, plus, it makes the dish look extra pretty when you serve it.
  • Add Veggies: Elevate the dish by throwing some veggies into the mix, such as sun-dried tomatoes or shallots. The sun-dried tomatoes offer a sweet, tangy chewiness, and the shallots turn wonderfully soft and sweet as they cook, adding layers of flavor.

Tips for making the best slow cooker Greek chicken with feta

  1. Sear for Success: Before you pop those chicken thighs into the slow cooker, consider giving them a quick sear in a hot pan. Just a couple of minutes on each side until they’re golden brown. This locks in flavors and adds a crispy edge under all that juicy tenderness.
  2. Layer Like a Pro: When adding your ingredients to the slow cooker, start with the chicken, then your seasonings, and finally the lemon juice. This layering technique ensures that your chicken gets infused with all those aromatic herbs and spices, while the lemon juice creates a flavorful bed for the chicken to cook in.
  3. Don’t Rush the Cooking: Slow cookers are all about, well, slow cooking! While you can set your cooker to high to speed up the process, I suggest you resist the urge. Cooking the chicken on low ensures it becomes perfectly tender and absorbs all the flavors fully.
  4. Feta at the Finish: Sprinkle the feta cheese over your crockpot Greek chicken right before serving. Adding it too early might cause it to lose its texture and become way too melted.
A plate of slow cooker Greek chicken topped with Kalamata olives and crumbled feta cheese. Next to the chicken are seasoned roasted potatoes and lemon wedges

How to store & reheat Slow Cooker Greek Chicken

Once you’ve enjoyed your meal, simply let the chicken cool to room temperature, then transfer it into an airtight container and store it in the fridge. Remember, save the feta cheese and olives for serving time – they’re best added fresh!

To reheat, pop the chicken into the microwave and heat it on medium power until it’s warmed through. Or, if you prefer, gently reheat it in a pan over low heat for a few minutes.

How long will Slow Cooker Greek Chicken last in the fridge?

Your delicious and easy slow cooker Greek chicken will keep its charm in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Just make sure it’s stored properly in that airtight container.

Can I freeze slow cooker Greek chicken thighs?

You can freeze it for later! Transfer the cooled chicken to a freezer-safe bag or container, but remember to hold off on adding the feta and olives until serving. It will stay fresh for up to 3 months. When you’re ready for a taste of Greece, just thaw overnight in the fridge, reheat, and then sprinkle on that feta and olives for the perfect finishing touch.

What to serve with Slow Cooker Greek Chicken

  • Toppings: Sprinkle a little extra magic on top with some diced fresh tomatoes or a spoonful of tangy tzatziki sauce.
  • Gyro Goodness: Grab some soft, warm pita bread and wrap up your Greek chicken with a little lettuce and tomato. Drizzle with tzatziki or your favorite sauce, and voilà! You’ve got yourself a homemade tasty gyro.
  • Rustic Roasted Potatoes: My family can’t get enough of this one! Toss some baby potatoes with olive oil, oregano, and a pinch of salt, then roast them until they’re crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. They’re the perfect hearty side to complement the zesty chicken.
  • Couscous: Fluffy couscous makes a light and fluffy partner for your slow cooker Greek chicken with feta. It’s super quick to prep and does a fantastic job soaking up all those delicious juices.
  • Salads: Whip up a simple Greek salad with crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, cucumbers, and a sprinkle of olives and feta cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon for a refreshing side that balances out the meal.

Frequently asked questions

Can I shred this chicken?

Absolutely! Once cooked, the chicken thighs are so tender that shredding them is a breeze. Just use a couple of forks to pull the meat apart. Shredded Greek chicken is fabulous for salads, sandwiches, or even as a topping for a zesty Greek-style pizza.

Can I use bone-in chicken thighs?

Sure, you can use bone-in chicken thighs for an even deeper flavor. But keep in mind that bone-in chicken usually takes a bit longer to cook.

Is this recipe suitable for a large gathering?

It sure is! Just increase the ingredients proportionally based on your guest count. Remember, though, you might need to use a larger slow cooker or cook in batches for really big groups.

Close up of slow cooker Greek chicken sliced in half, topped with Kalamata olives and crumbled feta cheese. Next to the chicken are seasoned roasted potatoes and lemon wedges, with a fork piercing a roasted potato

Each herb, each splash of lemon, and each crumble of feta cheese in this Slow Cooker Greek Chicken carries a little piece of those stunning Greek islands right to your plate. It’s the kind of meal that you’ll find yourself craving on a busy Wednesday when you need something both easy and exciting. It’s got “weeknight staple” written all over it!

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Slow Cooker Greek Chicken

This slow cooker Greek chicken uses juicy chicken thighs, paired with simple Greek flavors! With only 5 ingredients and a crock pot you're good to go!
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Author Jackie
Servings 6 servings
Course Main Course
Calories 257
Prep Time 15 minutes
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Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 6-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs about 3-4 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ¾ cup pitted Kalamata olives halved
  • ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  • Place the chicken thighs in the slow cooker. Drizzle with olive oil and season with kosher salt.
  • Evenly sprinkle the dried oregano over the chicken, ensuring each piece is well-coated. Then, pour the lemon juice around the chicken, avoiding washing off the oregano.
  • Cover and set the slow cooker to low. Let the chicken cook for about 6 hours until the meat is tender and fully cooked through.
  • Add the halved Kalamata olives and the crumbled feta cheese on top of the chicken before serving.

Notes

  • Sear for Success: Before you pop those chicken thighs into the slow cooker, consider giving them a quick sear in a hot pan. Just a couple of minutes on each side until they’re golden brown. This locks in flavors and adds a crispy edge under all that juicy tenderness.
  • Layer Like a Pro: When adding your ingredients to the slow cooker, start with the chicken, then your seasonings, and finally the lemon juice. This layering technique ensures that your chicken gets infused with all those aromatic herbs and spices, while the lemon juice creates a flavorful bed for the chicken to cook in.
  • Don’t Rush the Cooking: Slow cookers are all about, well, slow cooking! While you can set your cooker to high to speed up the process, I suggest you resist the urge. Cooking the chicken on low ensures it becomes perfectly tender and absorbs all the flavors fully.
  • Feta at the Finish: Sprinkle the feta cheese over your crockpot Greek chicken right before serving. Adding it too early might cause it to lose its texture and become way too melted.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5lb, Calories: 257kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 0.02g, Cholesterol: 124mg, Sodium: 966mg, Potassium: 327mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 188IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 126mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine Mediterranean

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