Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy

Slow-cooker chicken and gravy is the ultimate comfort food. Tender and juicy boneless chicken cooked in a thick, creamy, rich gravy in your slow cooker. Serve over rice, mashed potatoes, or even pasta.

A white bowl on table that is full of rice and topped with a chicken and gravy mixture

We just love a meal that makes itself. With a few minutes and a few ingredients and dinner can be done. Oh, how we love our slow cooker, or crock pot, as it is known to many. It sure comes in handy, doesn’t it?! 

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Throw it into the slow cooker and let it handle the rest.
  • Tender, juicy, and flavorful boneless chicken is perfect for this slow cooker recipe.
  • Versatile in the ingredients you can use.
  • Great for yourself or a crowd. Plus, this dish is excellent to reheat for later.

We use our slow cooker all year long but probably more so in the fall and winter months. I guess because we grill out more in the spring and summer months.

close up of chicken and gravy in a slow cooker on the counter

 🛒Ingredients

This is a dish that takes minimal effort and minimal ingredients to make. Here is all you need to whip this up for dinner any night of the week.

  • Chicken: For this recipe, opt for boneless chicken. We opted for boneless chicken breast, but thighs and tenderloins also work great.
  • Chicken Gravy: Buy the packets of gravy for this recipe. It will be a nice condensed powder that will perfectly richen the dish.
  • Cream Soup: Cream of chicken soup is the perfect thick base for slow-cooking the chicken for optimal flavor.
  • Chicken Stock: Grab some chicken stock or even water to add moisture to the recipe, keeping the chicken nice and moist as it slowly cooks.
  • Pepper: Season the chicken with some black pepper to add more flavor.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy collage of two images showing the chicken and rice in a bowl and slow cooker

🔪 How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy

This chicken and gravy recipe is pretty simple. Here is a quick walkthrough of how to make this crockpot chicken and gravy.

Start by adding the gravy packets in the slow cooker with the cream of chicken soup, and stock, and pepper. Mix well until creamy.

Add chicken breasts to the slow cooker and press down into the liquid.

Cover and cook on low heat for 5-6 hours or until the chicken is fully cooked. Then serve with potatoes or rice.

collage of two images of close up of chicken in gravy in a slow cooker

📝Variations

Check out these easy ways to change up the recipe a bit. Here is a list of different ways to alter the crock pot recipe a bit.

  • Bone-in Chicken: Add a longer cooking time to the chicken if you opt for bone-in chicken. It will take a few hours longer to cook.
  • Cream Soups: You can use any cream of condensed soup, including mushroom, celery, etc. Feel free to use any type of soup.
  • Cream Cheese: For the last 30 minutes, add cream cheese to the dish. Let it warm up, and then stir to create an ultra-creamy chicken.
  • Bone Broth: Consider swapping the chicken stock or water with a bone broth for a bit more protein.
  • Cayenne Pepper: Elevate the flavor and add a little heat with cayenne pepper. You could also use hot sauce or crushed red pepper.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy

 🥄 Equipment

  • Slow Cooker
  • Measuring Cups
  • Wooden Spoon or Spatula
overhead of a black slow cooker with chicken and gravy in it all cooked up

🥫 Storage

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the fridge. When you want to eat any, just warm in the microwave or in a skillet on the stovetop. Heat slowly, or it will burn the gravy.

You can also freeze any of the leftovers as well. Place in a freezer container and freeze for 1-2 months. Then defrost straight from the freezer or place in the fridge overnight to slow thaw. Then reheat as you would like.

Serve With

This chicken and gravy is great served over mashed potatoes, rice, or even pasta. Then pair with a crisp salad, roasted carrots, creamy corn, or even this cucumber salad.

Pick and choose any or all of your favorites to go along with this chicken dinner.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy

What would you serve this chicken dish over? 

We like it served over rice or mashed potatoes and we usually make a side of stuffing to go with it. 

Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy in the slow cooker

💭 Tips

  • Make sure the chicken is submerged in the liquid or it can dry out the meat.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check the doneness of the chicken. It should read 165 degrees F internally.
  • Make sure to mix up the gravy packets and stock before you put the chicken in so you get an even flavor.
  • You can double or even triple the recipe, make sure you have enough room in the slow cooker.

⁉️ FAQ

Here are a few of the common questions answered here. If you have more questions just leave a comment and I will answer it for you.

Can I add vegetables to this recipe?

Yes. You can add in items like diced potatoes, green beans, carrots, etc. Just add in when you add the chicken and slow cook.

Is there a low-sodium option for this recipe?

Use a low-sodium chicken stock, and cream soup. Then you can use a lower sodium gravy packet for this recipe.

What can I use if I don’t have chicken stock?

Water, chicken bouillon, or even a vegetable stock. Feel free to use what you have on hand.

OTHER SLOW COOKER RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy

Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy is what comfort food is all about in our house and it is totally ahhh-mazing! Easy and delicious always wins in our home.
3.93 from 567 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 0.87oz packets dry chicken gravy mix or brown gravy mix or a package of each
  • 1 10 oz. can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 ¾ cups water or chicken stock
  • tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Empty the gravy packets, cream of chicken soup, water and pepper in a slow cooker. Whisk until the gravy is smooth. Add chicken breast. 
  • Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Serve on rice or mashed potatoes.

Notes

Most people say they don’t notice much difference in the water or stock especially if your using the brown gravy and chicken gravy mix. We always use the mix. It is so much more flavorful! 
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93 Comments

  1. Debbie Mann says:

    5 stars
    I made this last night. It was very easy and my husband LOVED it! Definitely going on my dinner menu!! Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe!!

    1. So glad you and your husband loved it Debbie. It’s a family favorite for us too! And so easy 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    When I pull the chicken out to shed it I add stuffing mix to it. The best chicken dressing that is quick and easy.

    1. Sounds great! Can you leave the chicken whole? Also when you add the stuffing mix is there any gravy left to pour over, or do you remove some first?

      1. We have never tried it with whole chicken. We use boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs. We don’t add stuffing to this. We serve it with stuffing on the side. If you want to try adding stuffing I think there would be enough gravy as it makes a lot. But we have never made it that way so I can’t guarantee it

  3. I’m going to make this to top waffles for a work potluck! Yummy!

    1. That sounds delicious! I hope it’s a big hit. Enjoy

  4. Can this be done on high heat?

    1. We have only made this on low heat but I think high heat would be ok just watch that the chicken breast doesn’t dry out. That why we prefer low heat.

  5. 5 stars
    I made this today after waking up with a migraine and zero desire to cook. I added some boursin cheese at the end…*chef’s kiss* Awesome recipe that I will make even on non-migraine days! Thank you!

    1. So sorry about your migraine! I’m glad you found this easy recipe to make. The Boursin at the end sounds so good! We will give that a try.

  6. 5 stars
    So easy and so delicious. Served with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli and carrots. Was a hit this evening. Thank you!

    1. Thank you and so happy you liked this easy recipe! It’s one of our favorites 🙂

  7. I plan to make this soon, quick question though, do you mix the gravy packets according to packet directions or just empty them in with the cream of chicken and broth?!

    1. Just empty them in with everything. do not mix them with water!

    2. I like the easy of this recipe. I would recommend using low/reduced sodium dry gray mix and soup. I used chicken tenders seasoned only with black pepper for the recipe and added egg noodles for the last 15-20 minutes for a chicken noodle dinner. Delicious.

  8. Can I substitute cream of mushroom for the cream of chicken?

    1. Yes you can really use almost any cream soup. Cream of celery works well too. We use cream of chicken since the recipe uses chicken.

  9. Can you use frozen chicken?

    1. Yes just just the cooking time we always use defrosted or fresh

  10. The recipe says to cook on low for 5 – 6 hours. Will it be okay to cook it on low for 8 – 9 hours?

    1. No you will overcook the chicken. 5-6 hour is the max I would suggest. There is nothing worse than dried out chicken!

    2. 8 hours on low won’t dry out the chicken. I cooked it on low for 8 hours and it was great!

      1. We never cook chicken tenders on low for 8 hours. chicken breast if they are large yes but you can try it and see how it works for you.

  11. Have you ever tried broth instead of stock? If so was it ok?

    1. Yes either one will work fine. Enjoy!

  12. Molly Beeke says:

    Hello. I made this last night. I only had a can of cream of potato and a package of Pioneer brown gravy mix which is double size of regular gravy packets so only used one packet. Big hit! Served over stuffing with a side of green beans. Super easy delicious meal after working in our yard several hours. Yes we live in the south :-). I will be adding this to my cookbook it was delicious and super simple!

    1. So glad you enjoyed it! This is a very versatile recipe (one of the things we love about it) so you can use almost any soup with it within reason lol.

  13. Deena Ireson says:

    5 stars
    I made this last night and my partner and I loved it! Great taste and easy to make. Just wish the gravy was a little thicker, but I will definitely make it again. I’m served it over bread with mashed potatoes and corn. 5 stars!

    1. Thanks so much Deena! So happy you loved it. If you want a thicker gravy you can try cutting the broth down some. We find if it sits a little once it’s cooked the gravy thickens up a bit.

  14. Lisa Radel says:

    Hi I’m cooking this right now but I don’t have the packets of the chicken gravy I have the cans , and I do not have the cream of chicken soup but I have regular chicken broth . Do you think it would work ?

    1. No it won’t work. It will come out more like soup than a chicken & gravy. I would make something else and wait until you have the right ingredients. also I sugest you use 1 package brown gravy for better flavor

  15. I made this last night and my girls LOVED it! They loved it so much that we didn’t have any leftovers. Thank you for the recipe

    1. I’m so glad it was a big hit! We love it. It’s easy and always delicious

  16. Does this recipe still work if you double the amount of chicken, do I double the amounts of everything else like the gravy packets and soup cans? Or would that be too much gravy mix or soup?

    1. It really depends on how much gravy you like. We have used more chicken, but not double and it’s worked fine. Everyone loves the gravy for mashed potatoes and rice
      so it really depends on what your tastes are. But adding more chicken would work. If your doubling though I persona;;y would add more gravy and soup

      1. If you double the recipe does it add to cook time?

        1. I would still cook it the same time but just check it and maybe add more time if you need it.

  17. Kelly langston says:

    Can I use chicken thighs instead?

  18. 5 stars
    This is soooo good! Everyone loved it. Served over mashed potatoes with a side of green beans. Yum!

    1. Thank you Dixie! So happy everyone loved it. We make this often since it’s so easy and everyone in the family loves it

  19. Can you use chicken tenders instead of chicken breasts?

    1. You would need to adjust your cooking time. The chicken tenders would cook much faster and dry out if you cook them too long

  20. Can I use frozen chicken or does it need to be thawed?

    1. You can use frozen you may have to add a little on the cook time

      1. Christine says:

        Would it be okay to use a peppered gravy along with the chicken gravy?

        1. If that’s the flavor you would like YES! That sounds really good! 🙂

  21. 5 stars
    Oh shoot, I just realized I only have one packet of gravy mix. Would it turn out really bland with just one packet? My son loves this recipe so I cook it often, but he’s very picky. Should I hold off on cooking it until I get that second gravy mix?

    1. I would hold off. We have always used 2 packages and always mix chicken and brown gravy. You could also mix chicken and turkey.

  22. 5 stars
    Made it with rotisserie chicken in a pot, and it was amazing.

    1. so glad you enjoyed this easy meal! Great idea with the rotisserie chicken!

  23. 5 stars
    Tried this recipe tonight, added little sour cream at the end. Served/ w brown rice tossed with steamed peas an carrots 🥕, so good. Thank you

    1. Thank you so glad you enjoyed it! It’s so easy and always a family favorite for us

  24. 5 stars
    I put petite potatoes and baby carrots in it for a complete meal. Delicious 😋

    1. Sounds so good Sarah! 🙂

  25. Connie Forbes says:

    5 stars
    I love this recipe and make it to feed a large number of people (tripled, of course). I love it because you can substitute different flavors of soup if you don’t have what’s called for. I use cream of chicken, cream of mushroom or cream of celery and always get compliments! Thank you!

    1. Thanks Connie so happy you like this recipe. It is one of our favorites too! 🙂

  26. 5 stars
    Hi great recipe I did it a little different. I was in a hurry so I cheated and bought two rotisserie chickens did it on high for 3 hours and used garlic powder in addition to pepper poured over uncle bens jasmine ready rice turned out amazing 🤩

    1. That sounds like a great meal! I may try that too 🙂

  27. Morgayanna M says:

    5 stars
    Very good!! I followed the recipe, used one chicken and one brown for the gravy packets. I put some herbs from my garden in the crock pot for the last half hour. My husband also loved it, will make again! Thanks!

    1. So glad you enjoyed it! It’s one of our favorites and I love your additions!

  28. Rachel Haas says:

    5 stars
    It was amazing. I’m making it again tonight!

    1. So happy you liked this! 🙂 It’s definitely a favorite for us!

  29. I was concerned about the sodium and the dish being salty so here is what I did. First I used boneless thighs instead of breasts (preference). I used 1 cup of water and 3/4 cup of low-sodium chicken broth. I mixed everything prior to putting it in the slow cooker so I could adjust the taste as I needed to. This was so delicious and will be in my rotation.

    1. So glad you enjoyed this recipe!

  30. Charles L says:

    5 stars
    I mixed in a can of green beans and 2 cans of stems and pieces mushrooms, my super market has large chicken breast 2 of them would have worked out better. After thought I should’ve used about of 1 cup of baby carrots and maybe chopped them up a bit to make them smaller, over all this dish came out great, great comfort food

    1. Sounds like delicious additions!

  31. 5 stars
    Was great I used boneless skinless thighs instead of breasts. And tasted wonderful

    1. So glad you liked it! Thighs work great!

  32. Rachel Simpson says:

    Can I cook this on high?

    1. Yes but I would keep an eye on it you don’t want the chicken to dry out

  33. 5 stars
    Made this tonight. So easy and delicious!! Will definitely make again.

    1. So glad you liked it. It’s a favorite in our house

  34. 5 stars
    This was fast, easy and very delicious! We will definitely make this again. Good recipe to use up leftover turkey.

    1. So glad you liked it! We love it it’s so easy

  35. Greenwood says:

    5 stars
    This chicken and gravy dish was great! I will definitely be making it again! So easy to make! Thank you!!,

    1. You’re very welcome. So glad you enjoyed it!

  36. Elizabeth Clinton says:

    I am cooking this right now and did just what is printed and it is looking very thin liquid not what I excpected it’s been cooking 3 hrs what is wrong

    1. The gravy is thinner but we like it for over rice that way. You can add a cornstarch slurry to thicken it up

  37. 5 stars
    I made the crockpot chicken. It was excellent. I made it with one packet of brown and one with turkey gravy.

    1. So glad you liked it! We always use brown gravy mix with ether chicken or turkey. Both work really well

  38. Would you double the amount if you had 3 large chicken breast?

    1. We normally use 3-4 breasts and don’t have to double the gravy or stock. I think you should be fine

  39. 5 stars
    This was exceptionally good. I followed the recipe and used the brown gravy and the cream of chicken soup. It tasted so good and the chicken cooked perfectly. I also made mashed potatoes and green beans. I will be using this recipe again. ❤️

    1. So happy you enjoyed it!!

  40. Can I use country gravy instead of brown/chicken?

    1. That sounds great but we have never tried it. I think it will be different but delicious!

  41. Bob the baker says:

    Just finished cooking this in the crockpot. The only variation was a 1/2 cup of sour cream right at the end. I put it over egg noodles. I highly recommend this, especially for the cooler months. I’m demo_ing fall recipes now. Thanks for this.

    1. Thanks Bob that sounds delicious. This recipe is so easy to add things to. glad you enjoyed it

  42. 5 stars
    This was a win in our house tonight. It’s hard to please a family of 9 every night. Someone is always disappointed… but not tonight. Thank you

    1. I’m so lad everyone loved it! It’s a dinner we make often.