This Lemon Pepper Garlic Chicken Breast is a real pantry scraper. Last week I was taking care of a sick kiddo and did not want to go to the grocery store. I knew I could make a good filling dinner with what I had on hand, and I knew I wanted to use the slow cooker. I had a burst of energy around lunch time and I knew it was going to be GONE by dinner time.
This takes a bit more prep work than my typical slow cooker recipes (here and here) because you have to brown the chicken first, but it is SO worth it. I’m sure you could also make this without the slow cooker as well. If you try it, let me know how that turns out.
I served mine over white rice (which I made in my Instant Pot, which makes life AWESOME) and served pea salad with it.
Lemon Pepper Garlic Chicken Breast in the Slow Cooker (With Lemon Sauce!)
- 2 lbs of Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts trimmed of fat
- 1/2 cup of lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons butter
- italian seasoning
- Lemon Pepper Seasoning
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- (OPTIONAL: Cornstarch)
- Season chicken liberally with lemon pepper and Italian seasoning. I did not put measurements on here because we like a LOT of seasoning 😉
- Melt butter in a frying pan and cook chicken on both sides until well browned on the outside (you are not trying to cook it all the way through here, I posted an Instagram picture of this..yum)
- Place cooked chicken in the slow cooker.
- In the pan you cooked the chicken in (don’t wash it), add chicken broth, garlic and lemon juice and bring to a simmer (scrape up all the brown bits in the pan). Pour sauce over chicken.
- Allow to cook on low for around 2-3 hours.
- (OPTIONAL): Just before cooking, take the sauce out of the slow cooker and thicken it using cornstarch. Pour all of the sauce into a pot, but reserve about 1/4 cup. Mix a few tablespoons of cornstarch (start with 2 and you can add more if you want it to be thicker) with the sauce and then pour the mixture into the pot. When the sauce comes up to a boil, it should thicken. Stir constantly. Play around with this depending on how thick you want the sauce to be.
Serve over rice, noodles, potatoes, spinach…whatever your heart desires!
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