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Easy Crockpot Thai Chicken


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!


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 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Crockpot
  • Cuisine: Thai


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
35 thai chiles, optional


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!


  • 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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  • Lisa Toliver
    September 1, 2019

    I am very excited to try new recipes for the crock pot, slow cooker. I am changing the way I eat also and I believe these recipes will also help me.

    • thefitchen
      September 23, 2019

      Oh you will love this one! It’s so good! Enjoy, and best of luck on your new journey!

  • Liz
    February 19, 2019

    Super delicious and easy! Thanks for sharing. I didn’t have lemon grass so I doubled the green curry paste. I also added a splash of chili garlic sauce for an extra zing. I saved half for salads and added the remaining to butternut squash noodles

    • thefitchen
      March 8, 2019

      Yummmmm! Good substitution – I’m sure it still tasted fantastic. Love the idea of serving over veggie noodles!

  • Ciara
    January 29, 2019

    Would the leftovers be alright frozen and then thawed a couple weeks later? Not sure with shredded chicken.

    • thefitchen
      January 29, 2019

      I would think this would freeze just fine! I can’t say for sure because I haven’t tested it, but if you do, please let us know!

  • Liz
    January 3, 2019

    I made this tonight and served over a baked sweet potato. So incredibly good with lots of flavor! The sweet potato gave just the right amount of sweet to offset the spice of the curry. I mixed chicken thighs and breasts, so had to increase cook time. Cooked on low for 3 hours and turned up to high for an additional hour. I’m definitely keeping this recipe around and highly recommend!

    • thefitchen
      January 6, 2019

      Oooooh excellent idea with the sweet potato – I bet the flavors paired perfectly! I’m so glad you enjoyed. :) Thanks for commenting!

  • Stacie
    December 16, 2018

    I loved this recipe! Will definitely make again. Is it possible to do with a pork roast?

    • thefitchen
      December 19, 2018

      I’m so glad you liked it! I’ve never tried this recipe using a pork roast before so I couldn’t say for sure. If you try, be sure to let us know how it went!

  • Ben
    November 5, 2018

    Good recipe but highly advise against using the fish sauce or use significantly less. The smell and taste overpowers the other flavors in a disappointing way. Next time I will definitely substitute with soy sauce

    • thefitchen
      November 5, 2018

      Interesting! I’ve made this recipe both ways (we were out of fish sauce) and I preferred it with the fish sauce instead. I appreciate the feedback! :)

  • Veronica
    August 21, 2018

    The recipe just said chicken thighs, not boneless. I bought it with bones, but I just noticed in the comments you said boneless. Can I use bone in? Will it change how long I should cook it?

  • Liz
    August 7, 2018

    Newer crock pots cook at higher temps than older ones.
    It’s messing up the cooking times for people.
    All my old recipes need way less time and many with thicker sauces burn on the sides of the pot. No longer can you set it up and leave the house, they now need to be watched.

    • thefitchen
      August 7, 2018

      Definitely true. It seems like all crockpots cook a little differently.

  • RK
    July 19, 2018

    I’m super excited to try this! Has anyone tried it with chicken breasts instead?

    • thefitchen
      July 20, 2018

      I haven’t tried with chicken breasts yet! Let me know how it works!

    • Katie D
      January 11, 2019

      I made with skinless/boneless chicken breast and the chicken was a little rubbery and hard to shred but it was still yUMMY!!! I also used low fat coconut milk bc that was what I had in my pantry. Will make again! Also I was worried about the 2h on low but it cooked all the way through.

      • thefitchen
        January 12, 2019

        Using chicken breasts vs. thighs definitely would turn out to be a different texture. The low fat coconut milk most likely had an effect on that too. I’m glad you still enjoyed! :)

  • Rebecca White
    April 24, 2018

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

    • thefitchen
      April 25, 2018


  • 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.

    • Jay
      June 11, 2018

      2 hours on low? That sounds very unlikely. A previous commenter said it was definitely not enough. Maybe that should be 2 hours on high? Even that doesn’t sound likely. Any clarification on this?

      • thefitchen
        June 24, 2018

        We cooked for 2 hours on low. Perhaps more time would be necessary if the chicken thighs were super large or if the recipe was doubled. But as it stands, it took 2 hours on low to cook throughout.

  • 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!