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Slow cooker lemon chicken

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  • Egg free
  • Nut free
  • Peanut free
  • Seafood free
  • Shellfish free
  • Sesame free
  • Soy free
  • No added sugar
  • High in dietary fibre
  • High in protein
  • 3 serves veg or fruit

Slow cooker lemon chicken is a classic for a reason. With minimal prep time, this family-friendly meal is great for busy days. Dinner is sorted!

  • Serves4
  • Cook time4 hour 20 minutes
  • Prep time10 minutes
Slow cooker lemon chicken


  • 4 lemons
  • 1/4 cup (35g) plain flour
  • 1kg Coles RSPCA Approved Australian Chicken Thigh Fillets, fat trimmed
  • 2 1/2 tbs olive oil
  • 500g red royale potatoes, halved
  • 1 leek, pale section only, thinly sliced
  • 1 brown onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1/4 cup shredded sage
  • 4 cups (1L) chicken stock
  • 2 tbs cornflour
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) thickened cream
  • 25g butter
  • 1/2 cup whole sage leaves
  • Steamed broccolini and snow peas, to serve

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 3519kJ/842 Cals (40%), Protein: 56g (112%), Fat: 45g (64%), Sat Fat: 19g (79%), Sodium: 1188mg (59%), Carb: 42g (14%), Sugar: 15g (17%), Dietary Fibre: 18g (60%).

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  1. Step 1

    Finely zest and juice 2 of the lemons. Cut remaining lemons in half and set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Place the flour on a plate and season. Dip the chicken in the flour to lightly dust.

  3. Step 3

    Heat 1 tbs of the oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Cook half the chicken for 2-3 mins each side or until golden. Transfer to the bowl of a slow cooker. Repeat with 1 tbs of the remaining oil and the remaining chicken. Add the potato to the slow cooker.

  4. Step 4

    Heat the remaining oil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Cook the leek and onion, stirring, for 5 mins or until soft. Add the honey, lemon zest, shredded sage and stock. Bring to the boil. Pour honey mixture over the chicken and potato. Cover and cook for 4 hours on high (or 8 hours on low). Turn slow cooker off.

  5. Step 5

    Strain the chicken mixture into a large saucepan. Return chicken and potato mixture to slow cooker bowl to keep warm.

  6. Step 6

    Combine the cornflour with 2 tbs water in a small bowl. Add the cream and stir to combine. Add to the saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 10 mins or until sauce boils and thickens. Stir in lemon juice. Season. Pour sauce over chicken and potatoes in slow cooker.

  7. Step 7

    Melt the butter in a small frying pan over medium heat until foaming. Add the whole sage leaves and cook, turning, for 1-2 mins or until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate. Add lemon halves to pan, cut-side down, and cook for 2 mins or until lightly browned.

  8. Step 8

    Serve slow cooker lemon chicken with charred lemon halves, fried sage leaves and steamed greens on the side.

Recipe tip

This dish would also be great served with fried red cabbage and seasonal green vegetables.

Clever storage:
You can freeze slow cooker lemon chicken to enjoy later if you wish. You can reheat either on the stovetop or in the microwave. Lemon chicken can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Slow cooker lemon chicken recipe

Slow cooker lemon chicken is a classic for a reason. With minimal prep time and maximum taste, this family-friendly meal is great for busy days – when you arrive home, dinner is sorted! Get it underway before you leave for the day and come home to a comforting, aromatic dinner – ready for when you are.

Selecting the chicken

Chicken thigh fillets are the best choice of cut for this slow cooker lemon chicken thighs recipe. Affordable and with just the right amount of fat, they are perfect for slow cooking and won’t dry out. If possible, consider using free-range chicken pieces, which tend to have more flavour.

How to choose the right potatoes

There are so many potato varieties available that it can be hard to know which one is the right one for the dish. This recipe for slow cooked lemon chicken calls for red royale potatoes, which are a waxy variety. Waxy potatoes are low in starch and contain more moisture, which makes them ideal for slow cooking. If red royale potatoes are unavailable, you could also use kipfler or most red-skinned potatoes, such as pontiac or desiree.

Slow cooker tips 

For extra flavour when cooking this lemon chicken in slow cooker recipe, it’s best to brown the chicken in a pan before placing it in the slow cooker. The chicken will also cook more evenly if the pieces are of similar sizes, so choose fillets of the same size or chop into even pieces. When preparing your slow cooker, layer the potatoes first on the base of the appliance, add the chicken pieces, then spoon the sauce over the top.

What side dishes pair well with lemon chicken in slow cooker?

Freshly steamed green veggies (we used broccolini and snow peas) will balance the tanginess of the lemon juice – you can also add a last-minute squeeze of lemon juice to the veggies before serving to complement the chicken. And don’t waste that sauce! Try serving with a loaf of crusty bread to soak up all the delicious juices.  

Love this recipe?

If you love the idea of combining lemon and chicken, try this one-pan Italian chicken dish, a quick and easy recipe that can be on the table in 15 minutes. Another popular flavour combination is this creamy lemon chicken with garlic recipe – which is bound to please the kids and fill them up. If you are keen to fire up the barbie, it’s easy to adapt this tangy baked lemon chicken with spring greens for the grill.