Slow Cooker Garlic Lime Chicken Thighs are full of flavor — let your Crock-Pot do all the work for you, then simply brown these up under the broiler to finish!
So what do you do when you have a big pack of cheap chicken thighs, but it’s too warm to want to run the oven for long? Enter the Crock-Pot to save the day: These Slow Cooker Garlic Lime Chicken Thighs just need a brief finishing under the broiler to brown them up nicely, while the Crock-Pot does all of the heavy lifting for you.
Cooking low and slow in the Crock-Pot infuses garlic-lime flavor throughout these chicken thighs, while the soy sauce adds just the right kick of umami saltiness to contrast with the faint touch of sweetness from the honey. It’s a nice little marinade that holds up well to slow cooking; just be sure not to skip the few minutes of browning at the end to help bring everything together.
Slow Cooker Garlic Lime Chicken Thighs
3 lbs bone-in skin-on chicken thighs, trimmed
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 Tbsp honey
Juice of one small lime
Zest of one small lime
1 Tbsp minced garlic (about six cloves)
1/2 Tbsp sesame oil (optional but recommended)
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp ginger
Black pepper, to taste
Trim the chicken and place it skin-side up in the bottom of the slow cooker.
Combine all of the other ingredients in a small bowl. Pour the soy sauce mixture evenly over the chicken thighs, then cook on low for five hours.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Use tongs to remove chicken thighs from the slow cooker, then arrange them skin-side up on the prepared baking sheet.
Broil on high for about three minutes to brown the thighs and crisp up the skin a little, then serve.
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This simple slow cooker chicken recipe is super affordable
This simple Crock-Pot chicken recipe is easy enough to throw together, right? These are just tangy enough, and talk about super affordable: Bone-in chicken thighs are always an economical choice, but watch for them to go on sale so that you can save even more. (Mine here were on sale for just $.77 a pound at my local grocery store, which also had a $1.50 coupon available.)
Just pair these garlic lime chicken thighs with veggies of choice to make a complete meal. Middle School Guy was a particular fan — although he was expecting them to be much more lime-y,and actually requested additional lime wedges on the side of his!
More recipes for bone-in chicken thighs?
Sure thing! How about…
- Italian chicken thighs with zucchini & red potatoes
- Roasted chile-lime chicken & potatoes
- Fajita inspired sheet pan chicken thighs & peppers
- Slow cooker chicken chickpea stew
You know, just for starters. This is such a versatile cut of chicken, that lends itself easily to so many recipes. 🙂
Slow Cooker Garlic Lime Chicken Thighs, printable recipe
Slow Cooker Garlic Lime Chicken Thighs
- 3 lbs bone-in skin-on chicken thighs trimmed
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp honey
- Juice of one small lime
- Zest of one small lime
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic about six cloves
- 1/2 Tbsp sesame oil optional but recommended
- 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- Black pepper to taste
- Trim the chicken and place it skin-side up in the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Combine all of the other ingredients in a small bowl. Pour the soy sauce mixture evenly over the chicken thighs, then cook on low for five hours.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Use tongs to remove chicken thighs from the slow cooker, then arrange them skin-side up on the prepared baking sheet.
- Broil on high for about three minutes to brown the thighs and crisp up the skin a little, then serve.
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