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Easy Crockpot Thai Chicken

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This crockpot Thai chicken recipe is perfectly spiced and incredibly tender. The chicken can be used for tacos, sandwiches, lettuce wraps, and more! 

Crockpot Thai Chicken Tacos - This is the ABSOLUTE best crockpot chicken recipe. It comes out so tender, juicy, and flavorful! Easy to make, too.
Is it already that time of year? Am I really going to send you a crockpot recipe right now while it’s still summer? Yes, yes I am. Depending on where you live, we might as well start planning ahead and saving some crockpot gold to our Pinterest boards, right? Here in Colorado, the mornings and nights are starting to cool off. And to me, that means it’s time to bust out the crockpot.

For soups and chilis and stews, obviously. But more importantly, for this tender, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth Thai chicken situation.

With just a few simple ingredients and a couple hours of patience (that’s the hard part), dinner is on the table and we are all happy campers. The only things that you might not have on hand would be lemongrass paste and green curry paste – both of which are available at almost any grocery store! And both of which are useful for plenty of other recipes, too – such as these Thai peanut sweet potato noodles.

But I digress. Enough about ingredients. Let’s talk about the end result instead. The end result being you, chilling on the couch, re-watching Game of Thrones (?) with a full belly and a clean kitchen. Because crockpot recipes are the bomb. And mayyyyybbeee you’re also feeling like a boss because you know you have leftovers to eat for lunch tomorrow?

Crockpot Thai Chicken Tacos - This is the ABSOLUTE best crockpot chicken recipe. It comes out so tender, juicy, and flavorful! Easy to make, too. Crockpot Thai Chicken Tacos - This is the ABSOLUTE best crockpot chicken recipe. It comes out so tender, juicy, and flavorful! Easy to make, too.
PS – This recipe was originally intended to be straight up Thai chicken tacos. But then I thought to myself, “who am I to tell this chicken what it has to be?” Sure, it makes a pretty phenomenal taco filling. But it can be eaten straight up. Or over rice and steamed veggies. Or in sandwich form. Or even in lettuce wraps.

Whatever your prerogative with this chicken, just go make it. And tell me how much you love it!

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Easy Crockpot Thai Chicken

This easy crockpot Thai chicken recipe is perfectly spiced and incredibly tender. The chicken can be used for tacos, sandwiches, lettuce wraps, and more!

  • Author: The Fitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Crockpot
  • Cuisine: Thai

Ingredients

1 pound chicken thighs
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup coconut milk (canned, full fat)
2 Tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
1/2 Tablespoon fish sauce (or additional soy sauce)
1 Tablespoon lemongrass paste
1 Tablespoon green curry paste
1/2 Tablespoon coriander
1 teaspoon ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
3-5 thai chiles, optional

Instructions

Place chicken thighs into the crockpot.
Combine other ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together to combine. Pour into the crockpot.
Cook on low heat for 2 hours. Remove chicken thighs, saving the liquid from the crockpot if desired. Shred the chicken. Serve on tortillas, in sandwiches, or over rice!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 144
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 414 mg
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1 g
  • Protein: 15 g
  • Cholesterol: 70 mg

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11 Comments
  • Rebecca White
    April 24, 2018

    Hi! Bone in or bone out on the chicken thighs?

    • thefitchen
      April 25, 2018

      Boneless!

  • Jessica
    March 28, 2018

    I really want to make this tonight, but could not find lemongrass paste in my local store? Would doubling up on the green curry paste be a good alternative? Or do you have another suggestion?

    • thefitchen
      March 31, 2018

      You can leave out the lemongrass paste! It does add a nice note to the flavor, but it’s still delicious without!

  • Alyk
    December 27, 2017

    Do you mix the shredded chicken back in with the sauce?

    • thefitchen
      January 4, 2018

      You certainly can mix the chicken back in with the sauce! I find that it winds up too juicy and messy that way so I just store the shredded chicken. I save the sauce for adding to the chicken if necessary – for example, I’ll sometimes reheat the chicken on the stovetop for a sandwich and add a bit of sauce to rehydrate.

  • sarah
    December 11, 2017

    Not sure why the cooking time was only 2 hours. Didn’t look remotely done enough at 2 hours. I left it in the crock pot on low all day – about 8 hours. We put it in lettuce boats with jasmine rice. Got rave reviews here! Thanks.

  • Greta B Cox
    November 19, 2017

    What are the nutrional contents of this recipe?

    • thefitchen
      November 20, 2017

      Hi Greta! I’ve just updated the recipe with nutritional info. The recipe makes about 6-8 servings. Thanks!