Lemon and basil are a great combination, perfect for a chicken slow cooker recipe. Using a simple homemade sauce of lemon juice, basil and a few other ingredients, this healthy recipe is both paleo and whole30.
What cut of chicken? Like most of my recipes, any cut of chicken. Do you like white meat or dark meat? I used a combination of bone-in, skin-on chicken and legs but you can use boneless, skinless breasts if you want.
If basil really isn’t your thing, then you can substitute your favorite herb whether it be basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, or parsley.
No, I did not broil my chicken before or afterwards but you like crispy skin then you’re going to want to do that after it’s done slow cooking.Print
Slow Cooker Lemon-Basil Chicken (Paleo/Whole30)
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 3 hours
- Total Time: 3 hours 5 mins
- Yield: 4 servings
- 2 lbs chicken
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
- Add chicken to the slow cooker.
- In a small bowl, mix together sauce ingredients.
- Pour sauce on top of chicken.
- Top with lemon slices and half of the fresh basil.
- Cook HIGH 2-3, LOW 4-6.
- Top with remaining fresh basil before serving.
Sometimes I substitute water for the chicken broth. It loses a bit of its flavor but it still does the trick. When dried basil cooks in the slow cooker, the end result is what looks like large black pepper flakes. Don’t be alarmed, it’s just the basil and it will still taste like…basil.