Slow Cooker Lemon Herb Chicken

Slow cooker lemon herb chicken uses inexpensive bone in chicken for an easy and tasty dinner.
Slow Cooker Lemon Herb Chicken

I almost always use boneless skinless chicken breasts when I cook. Most of the time when I’ve eaten dark meat chicken it is sawdust dry so I avoid using it.

However,  a few weeks ago at the grocery store samples of some slow cooked citrus chicken were handed out. Even though I knew it was thigh meat I decided to try it. It was delicious. When I saw the price was around twelve  dollars for two pounds of heat and eat chicken my frugal side won out.

Knowing I couldn’t recreate the exact recipe I decided to try my own citrus herb chicken. The result is this slow cooker lemon herb chicken. Chicken leg quarters are slathered with a mixture of lemon juice, dried herbs, seasonings, and olive oil and cooked for several hours.

Slow Cooker Lemon Herb Chicken

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Author Micha @ Cookin' Mimi


  • Four chicken leg quarters approximately five pounds
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon dried or 3 Tablespoons fresh chives
  • 1 Tablespoon dried or 3 Tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 2 pressed garlic cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon dried minced onions


  1. Zest and juice the lemon
  2. Mix the lemon juice, zest, oil, salt, pepper, chives, parsley, garlic, and onions in a bowl
  3. Lift the skin over the thigh of each leg quarter and slather the meat with the lemon herb mixture
  4. Cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or until a thermometer reads 175 degrees

Suggested side dishes for slow cooker lemon herb chicken


Parmesan Herb Orzo 


Broccoli and Cheese Pie 

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