This easy and delicious slow cooker cheesy chicken is made with tender, juicy chicken breasts, cheese, mushrooms, Rotel, onions, garlic and seasoned perfectly.
As a mom, I’ve always been a fan of using a slow cooker. Before I had my kids, I routinely used the stovetop and oven, making all kinds of fancy recipes that I found in cookbooks. They were delicious, but when you have kids, that kind of cooking just doesn’t make much sense. At least, not doing it all the time. The slow cooker, though? Now, that’s the ticket when you have a ton to do and not a lot of time to do it. I’ve made everything from pot roast to lasagna in my slow cooker over the years, and one of my favorite recipes to make has always been this slow cooker cheesy chicken. Like the name suggests, it’s loaded with cheese and chicken, but it also features a ton of flavor, a kick of heat, and of course, the ease of using the slow cooker!
Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken
In addition to being super easy, this recipe is super tasty. Chicken breasts, onion, garlic, and mushrooms come together with zesty spices and Rotel tomatoes to create a rich, cheesy dish that satisfies even the heftiest eaters. The entire thing is cooked in the slow cooker for hours and then served with rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes and vegetables. It’s a hearty dish that will feed the entire family, it’s so easy to make, and every bite explodes with flavor. It doesn’t bet better than that!
Why You’ll Love This Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken
- It’s easy and delicious, and it makes a simple weeknight meal.
- It only takes a few simple ingredients that you can find easily at your local grocery store.
- The chicken is great as-is, or you can shred it and stuff your burritos, tacos, and more with the mixture!
Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Tips and Variations
A recipe as easy as this doesn’t have too many tips at all. However, this is a fun recipe to toy with, and I have some variations I think you might like.
- Always spray your slow cooker with nonstick spray. Although slow cookers are designed to be nonstick, I’ve found that many dishes can and do stick.
- Always place your vegetables on the bottom of the slow cooker for proper cooking.
- Use your favorite cheese in this recipe.
- For an even more spicy kick, try using pepper jack or another similar hot cheese.
- Try adding crumbled crisp bacon at the end of cooking right before serving.
- You can make this dish with pork chops, as well.
What to Serve with Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken
- Mashed potatoes
- Stewed potatoes
- Roasted vegetables
- Steamed vegetables
- Potato wedges
- Sweet potato wedges
- Corn on the cob
- Broccoli or green beans
Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken FAQ
The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about this slow cooker cheesy chicken.
Is it safe to cook raw chicken in a slow cooker?
Absolutely. You can cook any raw meat in a slow cooker. They were designed for cooking raw meat and vegetables slowly.
Is it better to cook chicken high and fast or low and slow?
That depends on what you’re doing. If you’re pan-searing, you want to cook your chicken high and fast initially to get that golden exterior. Then, you’ll finish it in the oven at medium heat. If you want super tender chicken that falls apart, cook it low and slow in a slow cooker like this recipe does.
Can you put meat in a slow cooker without liquid?
You don’t necessarily have to put liquid in a slow cooker when cooking meat, but you’ll find that most recipes call for some kind of liquid. Adding liquid helps keep the meat moist, and liquid conducts heat better than air.
Should food be covered with liquid in a slow cooker?
No. Some recipes call for the ingredients to be fully submerged, while others only call for enough liquid to cover the food about halfway or less.
How long will leftover chicken last in the fridge?
Leftover chicken generally lasts about 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator in a covered container.
How to Store, Freeze, and Reheat Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken
You can store this chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. For longer storage, you can freeze it in an air-tight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
To reheat the chicken, place it in a baking dish, cover it with foil, and bake at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes or until heated through.
Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Ingredients
You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this recipe. You’ll find them all easily at your local grocery store.
- Boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Onion, diced
- Cloves garlic, minced
- Slap Ya Mama seasoning
- Black pepper
- Red pepper flakes
- Colby jack cheese
- Cream of chicken soup
- Chicken broth
- Sliced mushrooms
How to Make Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken
Making this recipe couldn’t be easier. It only takes a few minutes to prep, and then the slow cooker does all the work!
Step 1: Prep
Lightly spray a 6 to 8-quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
Step 2: Add the Ingredients
Place the diced onions and garlic on the bottom of the slow cooker and place the chicken on top of them. Then, sprinkle the chicken with Slap Ya Mama, pepper, paprika, and red pepper flakes. Lay two piece of cheese on each chicken breast. Finally, add the sliced mushrooms, Rotel, cream of chicken soup, and chicken broth.
Step 3: Cook
Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 5 to 6 hours. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!
Try This Delicious Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Today
This delicious slow cooker cheesy chicken is incredibly easy to make and so full of flavor. With just a few minutes of prep and a little waiting, you’ll have a hearty, cheesy, creamy dish that’s loaded with flavor, not work, and everyone will love it. It’s the perfect weeknight meal for any busy family! Give it a try, and I know you’ll find that it plays heavily in your dinner recipe rotation.
More Slow Cooker Recipes You’ll Enjoy
Crock Pot Pork Ribs – A super simple crock pot recipe that makes fall off the bone tender ribs that are loaded with so much flavor. These are perfect to put in and forget.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice – The perfect crock pot recipe for busy weeknights, this chicken and rice is made with green enchilada sauce, a blend of seasonings, and cheese.
Crock Pot Crack Chicken Sandwiches – These mini sliders are made with tender chicken breast, cream cheese, ranch seasoning, bacon, and cheddar cheese. They make a great appetizer.
And, try this Mississippi Pot Roast from Great Grub, Delicious Treats. A super easy slow cooker recipe that is packed with so much flavor: tender pot roast and pepperoncinis over fluffy mashed potatoes. Yum!
Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken
- 3-4 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon Slap Ya Mama seasoning
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 6-8 slices colby jack cheese
- 10 ounce Rotel®
- 10.75 ounce cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 8 ounce sliced mushrooms
- Lightly spray a 6-8 quart crock pot with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place diced onions and garlic on the bottom of the crock pot and place chicken breasts on top of the onions.
- Sprinkle chicken with Slap Ya Mama, pepper, paprika and red pepper flakes.
- Lay two pieces of cheese on each chicken breast.
- Add sliced mushrooms, Rotel, cream of chicken soup and chicken broth.
- Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours.
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