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Savory Citrus Chicken – Slow Cooker Recipe

by Milisa on July 24, 2013

Savory Citrus Chicken is prepared in the slow cooker for an easy weeknight meal.

Savory Citrus Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe from Miss in the Kitchen

As the heat continues I have been turning to my slow cooker more and more to get meals on the table.  It has just been too hot to turn on the oven.  I had a package of chicken thighs and decided the slow cooker was the answer.  Since the heat index was 119 degrees today, I think it was a good call.

I did have a crazy-bad experience cooking chicken in my slow cooker/deep fryer that I received as a wedding gift many years ago.  The fact that it was supposed to cook super low and slow or super hot and fast should have served as a warning.  My husband came home from work before me and the chicken had exploded.  It seriously exploded all over the kitchen, from the cabinets to the floor.  A total greasy chicken mess.  It was awful!  That slow cooker went into the trash and my husband being the sweet guy that he is, had it all cleaned up by the time I got home.  Love that man.

These days no exploding chickens in my kitchen, just a great meal that couldn’t have been easier.  I had chicken thighs, you could use chicken breasts, what ever floats your boat. To the chicken I added a little beer, some honey dijon mustard a few spices and some orange slices and closed the lid.  Four hours later I had Savory Citrus Chicken and it was fabulous.

I served the Savory Citrus Chicken with some nice King’s Hawaiian Honey Wheat Rolls, pasta salad and some fresh watermelon.  A great summer meal!

Savory Citrus Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe from Miss in the Kitchen

Savory Citrus Chicken – Slow Cooker Recipe


  • 4 chicken thighs or breasts (about 2 pounds)
  • 12 oz beer (I used Bud Light)
  • 2 tablespoons honey dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoon herbs de provence
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 whole orange, ends trimmed and sliced into 4 slices


  1. Add chicken to slow cooker. Pour beer into slow cooker and whisk in honey dijon mustard. Sprinkle herbs de provence and salt over chicken thighs. Lay a orange slice over each chicken thigh.
  2. Cook on high for 4 hours or 6 to 8 hours on low.
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Kim | a little lunch July 24, 2013 at 7:29 am

Your exploding chicken story made me laugh and almost cry — what a mess. Bravo to your hubby! Thanks for starting my day with a smile and a great recipe, too.


Paula - bell'alimento July 24, 2013 at 9:58 am

I really need to use my slow cooker more often.


JulieD July 24, 2013 at 10:32 am

I love slow cooker chicken recipes! This looks great!!


Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain July 24, 2013 at 10:32 am

Oh shoot. I really need to use my slow cooker more! I mean, who wants to stand over a stove during a heatwave!! Love this chicken dish!


Cookin Canuck July 24, 2013 at 10:34 am

Oh my goodness, I can’t believe the chicken exploded. That’s crazy!

This recipe caught my eye right away. What great, simple flavors.


Tara @ Unsophisticook July 24, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I can totally relate to the exploding chicken, only mine was exploding potato soup in my blender. What a mess — thankfully my hubby helped clean it all up too!


Bonnie K. July 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm

I love a truly simple recipe resulting in a great tasting meal. The photo looks good. I don’t know why I haven’t used the slow cooker during the summer. I’ve always equated it with fall/summer recipes.


Shaina July 24, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Oh, what a terrible surprise to walk into. I agree, no ovens with the heat is wonderful. Looks like a great meal!


Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective July 25, 2013 at 5:33 am

This sounds wonderful!


Taylor @ greens & chocolate July 25, 2013 at 6:47 am

Yikes! Glad you got rid of that slow cooker…exploding chicken sounds like no fun! I’ve been loving my slow cooker lately too with the hot weather. I love the simplicity of this dish…it looks delicious!


Nutmeg nanny July 27, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Oh man, this looks so delicious! I love citrus chicken :)


Jen of My Tiny Oven August 7, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Using the slow cooker in the summer is a GREAT idea, I always think of it more as a winter thing.
This chicken looks amazing, it is going on my To Make list right now!


Jennifer September 22, 2013 at 8:09 am

I love this recipe! I’ve made it a couple of times – its so easy. And YUMMY!


Milisa September 22, 2013 at 9:23 am

I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me know it turned out for you.


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Kim March 29, 2014 at 2:05 am

This looks great! Going to try with a white wine though…I think it will complement the dijon and herbs de provence beautifully (and I’m gluten intolerant so beer is a no-no). Will let you know how it turns out!


Debra August 15, 2014 at 4:47 am

Sorry but neither my husband or myself enjoyed this


Milisa August 16, 2014 at 3:16 pm

I’m sorry to hear that it was not enjoyable to you.


Desiree September 3, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Sounds yummy…if you use chicken breasts, should they be boneless?


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