Crockpot Skinny Lemon Chicken

4.50 from 2 votes

Our classic Skinny Lemon Chicken gets a slow cooker makeover!

Serve this tasty chicken over rice or with a side of veggies.

There’s something magnificent about simplicity. Combining natural lemon flavors with juicy, tender chicken is so simple, yet so delicious! The first lemon chicken recipe that we developed was a stovetop meal. This dish was an absolute hit, but it got us thinking: Is there a way to make this tasty dinner even easier to make? After hitting the kitchen and trying our hand at a few different versions, we conjured up this delicious, crockpot skinny lemon chicken!

Basic Ingredients Create Unbeatable Flavor

This super simple chicken is made with fresh, healthy ingredients.

Just like the original skillet recipe, our crockpot skinny lemon chicken is mildly sweet with lovely hints of citrus. We combine flavors like lemon juice and zest, soy sauce, and honey with other Asian-inspired ingredients like coconut oil, poppy seeds, and sesame seeds. The result is a dish with flavors that mingle in your slow cooker until the dish is infused with a unique, complex taste. 

Our Crockpot Skinny Lemon Chicken is Simple and Healthy

Our crockpot skinny lemon chicken is perfect for a low calorie weeknight dinner.

The majority of the cooking in this recipe is done in the slow cooker, so you can get with your day while dinner cooks! We start by browning the chicken in a skillet to develop an extra layer of flavor. Then, allowing the crockpot to slow cook the chicken leaves it juicy, tender, and loaded with citrusy goodness. This amazing meal is essentially effortless. Does it get any better than that? Well yes, actually!

You’d be hard-pressed to find a healthier, more complete meal than this one. Chicken breasts are a lean protein that add very little excess fat and calories to your recipe. Lemon contributes vitamin C and antioxidants, and coconut oil is an excellent substitute for unhealthy fats and oils. Honey rounds it out with a natural sweetness that doesn’t pack on calories.

Great for Meal Prepping and Super Versatile!

This nutritious meal is loaded with flavor but not calories!

When it comes to meal-prepping, some recipes are better than others. This crockpot lemon chicken is one of the best! Make it ahead of time, portion it out, and have a high-protein, low-carb option ready to go all week long.

In addition to being perfect for meal-prepping, this chicken recipe is incredibly versatile, so you can serve it in a number of different and delicious ways. Go the classic route and serve it with a side of brown rice and steamed veggies. Quinoa is a good, nutritious option, too. Of course, you can always serve it with a side of roasted, baked, or mashed potatoes if you prefer enjoying chicken with a starchy vegetable!

Trying to keep it low-carb or keto-friendly? No problem! Our skinny lemon chicken makes a great addition to stir-fried veggies and is super tasty when thrown on top of a salad! The possibilities are pretty much endless, we made a list of some of our favorite sides for this crockpot skinny lemon chicken:

The only thing left to do now is deciding how you want to enjoy this flavorful chicken dinner!

4.50 from 2 votes

Crockpot Skinny Lemon Chicken

With healthy and flavorful ingredients, this slow cooker chicken recipe is a delight you will want to make over and over again.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 1.5 cups
Course Dinner
Cuisine Universal
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 lemons juiced and zested
  • 1 tablespoon lite soy sauce Braggs aminos or coconut aminos for substitutes
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup green onions diced


  • Melt coconut oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add chicken and brown quickly--you don't need to cook each piece through, just add a little color to the outside.
  • Place in a crockpot. Sprinkle with chopped garlic, salt, and drizzle 1 1/4 cups of vegetable broth over the chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until very tender.
  • 30-40 minutes before serving, whisk together remaining vegetable broth, lemon juice and zest, soy sauce, cornstarch, and honey. Pour this mixture into the crockpot, stir to coat. Turn crockpot to high and cook for 30 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
  • Sprinkle with poppy seeds, sesame seeds and green onions. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 177mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 10
Keywords Kid-Friendly, Slow Cooker

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  1. Would this work for a crock pot dump meal? Could I put all the ingredients in a ziplock bag and freeze until I’m ready to use?

    1. Holly, I would work for everything but the chicken. Frozen chicken should not be placed in the slow cooker.

  2. How would you do this for leftovers? Pour all of the lemon sauce on and then reheat when ready? Or keep the lemon sauce separate and add when ready to eat?

  3. Loved this recipe! The chicken was so tender and juicy with just the right amount of sour and sweet! Will definitely be making again, thanks!!

  4. What if I don’t have time to cook on low for 4-6 hours, what is the cook on high option? Or would that change the dish dramatically…

  5. I just made this recipe and followed directions and liquid did not get thick. Very runny. What did I do wrong?

    1. Eileen, Eileen, Without being there, it’s impossible to say for sure. You could try adding two teaspoons more of cornstarch and see if that helps. It’s always thickened fine for us with just 1 T cornstarch.

  6. OMG! I loved eating this! I used two large lemons instead of 3 because it seemed like enough lemon. It was perfect! Served over rice. Making it again soon. Thanks ?

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