Tender, juicy chicken breasts with just 5-minutes of prep! This crock pot balsamic chicken is as easy as it gets for a gluten-free dinner. Soaked in maple balsamic dressing and cooked slowly over the day, this maple chicken makes the perfect busy mom, weeknight dinner.
This slow cooker balsamic chicken recipe was made with busy weeknights in mind! Just like sheet pan dinners, the crock pot is a staple
And unlike some other crock pot dinners, this maple chicken doesn’t require a ton of prep. No marinating, soaking or even mincing!
This crock pot balsamic chicken keeps dinnertime ultra-simple busy weeknights (as do these awesome speedy, gluten-free dinner recipes geared towards busy mamas!).
And as a Certified Nutrition Coach, though it's easy, it still gives your family fuel and not junk.
- Easy to whip together
- Can be served over rice, noodles or even spaghetti squash
- The maple chicken makes a great meal prep recipe for the rest of the week (learn how to keep meal prep simple)
Ingredients You’ll Need
With only 4 main ingredients, you don’t need much for this recipe!
Chicken: opt for high-quality chicken breasts. You’ll want to trim the cartilage and any major white parts off of them but that’s it.
Maple Syrup: you need to use real maple syrup for this recipe as man-made syrup may burn off or congeal differently.
Oil: we use avocado oil when heating at higher temperatures but the choice is yours. Choose wisely though as some oils are carcinogenic at high temps.
Balsamic Vinegar: any balsamic vinegar should work however the brand you choose will affect the flavor of the recipe slightly.
How To Make Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken
- Place the chicken at the bottom of the crock pot.
- Whisk together the oil, vinegar, and maple syrup.
- Pour the maple balsamic dressing over the chicken.
- Cook on low for 4-5 hours.
- In the last 45 minutes before cooking, trim the beans and place them on top of the chicken, recover and let them steam.
- When ready to eat, thicken the sauce if desired and serve over your choice of grain.
Important Teaching Tips
This maple chicken recipe is sweet but not too sweet. Likewise, because it’s cooking all day, the chicken breasts are tender. They can be used for a full dinner or they can be shredded and used as meal prep all week long in any of the recipes below.
The recipe can be made with full chicken breasts or strips of breasts (which will cook faster).
You can use the maple balsamic dressing as is or make a sticky version. To do that: mix together 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder to 3 tablespoons water and whisk into the sauce with the chicken before placing the beans on top. Likewise, you can add the arrowroot powder to the remaining juices into a small pot on the stove and heat at a rolling boil for 2-3 minutes.
Green beans are used in this recipe but cauliflower or broccoli florets work too.
To make the recipe paleo-friendly, serve the chicken on top of more steamed veggies or spaghetti squash.
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So long as you're cooking the chicken for an extended period of time (4-6 hours), you can put raw chicken in the slow cooker. The fewer ingredients you put into the slow cooker with the chicken (and the smaller the pieces of chicken) the less time it will take to cook fully.
If overcooked, chicken will become dry even if it's in a crock pot. One way to avoid overcooking the chicken is to ensure there is a lot of liquid in the crock pot for the chicken to absorb.
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Kitchen Tools You Need
Maple Balsamic Slow Cooker Chicken
- Place the chicken at the bottom of the crockpot
- Whisk together the vinegar, oil and syrup.
- Pour over the chicken and stir until chicken is coated.
- Cook on low for 4-5 hours (though there’s lots of liquid so it can cook for longer).
- Prep/trim the beans.
- In the last hour of cooking, before eating, place the green beans on top of the chicken, put the lid back in place and let steam.
- Hack: the sauce stays very thin. If you prefer something thicker, mix together 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder to 3 tablespoons water and whisk into the sauce with the chicken before placing the beans on top.
- Serve over rice.
If ever there was an easy way to cook dinner- the crock pot takes the cake! Place the ingredients into it the night before (or the morning of if you were lazy) turn it on and walk away!
This crockpot chicken breast helps keep busy moms sane… and full! Plus, it only contains four ingredients and it’s also dairy-free and gluten-free.
If you’re struggling to fuel your family with quality meals my advice to you is this: keep it simple. There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel. Make simple meals, stay sane and stay healthy.