Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs Recipe with Rosemary and Lemon

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There’s nothing more heartening than coming home to the glorious aroma of rosemary and lemon in this Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs Recipe which has been quietly simmering away for hours. With the inclusion of potatoes and carrots, it’s a one-pot meal that the whole family will enjoy.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs Recipe

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

This slow cooker chicken thighs recipe, flavored with rosemary and lemon and served up with potatoes, and carrots is an easy weeknight meal for the whole family.

Cooking with a slow cooker is a great way to spend less time in the kitchen – other than browning off the chicken thighs, it’s just a matter of placing everything into the slow cooker pot and turning it on to cook for several hours while you get on with your day.

This no-fuss recipe uses just a few staple ingredients, and feel free to change the types of veggies or herbs to your personal choice. Rosemary and lemon are the main flavors, but you could just as easily use thyme or oregano, both work superbly with chicken.

Slow Cooker Rosemary & Lemon Chicken Thighs Ingredients - a bowl of chopped carrots, potatoes and onions, garlic cloves, salt and pepper, rosemary sprigs, and part-cooked chicken thighs sat next to a slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Rosemary & Lemon Chicken Thighs Ingredients

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients (and equipment) needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.

It does not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

  • ProteinBone-In Chicken Thighs
  • Fresh ProduceGarlic, White Onion, Carrots, Fingerling Potatoes, Lemons, Rosemary, Parsley
  • DairyUnsalted Butter
  • Chicken Broth/Stock

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Rosemary Lemon Chicken Thighs Recipe

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How to Make Rosemary-Lemon Chicken Thighs - with six images of the steps to making the dish: raw chicken thighs in a frying pan; seared chicken thighs in the same pan; all the ingredients assembled (as previously described); the veggies in the crock pot being seasoned; the chicken thighs placed on top; lemon slices placed on top of the chicken with stock being poured over; and finally the cooked dish on a plate, as previously described.

How Do I Make Slow Cooker Rosemary Lemon Chicken?

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Rosemary Lemon Chicken Thighs Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Rosemary & Lemon

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes

There’s nothing more heartening than coming home to the glorious aroma of rosemary and lemon in this Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs Recipe!


  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter or extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup chicken broth/stock
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ medium white onion, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, chopped into chunks
  • 1 lb (450g) fingerling potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 large lemon, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped


  1. Melt one tablespoon butter (or heat olive oil) in a large skillet over medium heat. Season chicken thighs with salt and black pepper and transfer four of them to the skillet. Brown chicken, approximately 3 minutes per side, and transfer to a platter.

    Browning the Chicken Thighs
  2. Repeat process with remaining butter (or olive oil) and chicken thighs. Once browned, transfer the remaining chicken thighs to the platter with the first batch.
  3. Deglaze skillet by adding the chicken broth and gently scraping the bottom with a spatula to incorporate the flavorful brown bits into the liquid. Remove from heat and reserve the deglazing liquid. Set aside.
  4. Add garlic, onion, carrots, and potatoes to a 6-quart or larger slow cooker crock and arrange the browned chicken thighs on top.

    Adding Veggies to Slow Cooker Pot
  5. Spread 2/3 of the lemon slices over the chicken and pour the chicken broth from the skillet on top. Sprinkle with the crushed rosemary leaves and season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired.

    Placing Chicken on top of Veggies with Lemon Slices

    Adding Chicken Stock to Pot
  6. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
  7. When cook time is complete, discard lemon slices and serve immediately with chopped fresh parsley and the remaining (uncooked) lemon slices, cut into small wedges for garnish. Enjoy!

    Rosemary Lemon Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 513Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 232mgSodium: 447mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 43g

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