One of my favourite meals has always been lemon chicken. I love how versatile it is, it goes perfectly with chips, wedges, roast potatoes, rice, cous cous or salad. I’ve often made it in the oven but for those days where I don’t want to cook after the school run, I’ve adapted the recipe for the slow cooker. Pop it on before you go to work and return to a beautifully lemon and herb scented kitchen and home cooked meal ready to serve.

I’m using basil in this recipe, basil is famous for its delicious aroma and warm peppery flavour. It’s such a great herb that can be used to flavour a variety of foods including soup, salads, sauces, main meals and desserts. With its peppery undertones and earthy aromas, this versatile flavour enhancer doesn’t overpower other tastes, making it the perfect accompaniment to combinations of herbs like rosemary and oregano. Or in the case of this recipe, it combines incredibly well with lemon. Basil is also known for its relaxant and digestive properties, perfect for after a stressful day at work.

I have done the recipe below for 4 people so obviously you can change the portions as needed.


  • 500g carrots
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • Lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Lemon chicken recipe

  • Chop 500g of carrots and place at the bottom of your slow cooker


Jug of chicken stock with basil in and lemon cut up next to it for the lemon chicken recipe

  • Mix 500ml chicken stock with the juice from 1 lemon and 1 tablespoon of dried basil. I used Schwartz dried basil as it is picked and dried on the same day to ensure freshness and it’s fairtrade too.


Four chicken breasts layered on top of carrots in the slow cooker

  • Layer the chicken breasts on top of the carrots in the slow cooker
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper


The chicken In the slow cooker with the stock poured over, chicken is covered in the herbs and the lemon rind is also on top

  • Pour over the mixed stock
    Leave to cook in the slow cooker, according to your cooker timings. I leave mine on the low setting if I’m going to be out all day and put on in the morning. If I’m in, I will put on the high setting for 4 hours
  • I also put the remainder of the lemon in the slow cooker to further marinate but this is optional and may be too strong of a lemon flavour for some


Lemon and basil chicken on a white plate served with rice, carrots and leeks

  • If you would like a more substantial meal and not need to cook anything to go with it when you get in, layer some potatoes under the carrots too

If you are a looking for chicken recipes, check out these Slimming world chicken recipes

Slow cooker lemon chicken recipe


9 Comments on Slow cooker lemon chicken recipe

  1. My other half loves lemon chicken but I’ve never done it in the slow cooker. I’m going honey and garlic chicken in the slow cooker as we speak x

  2. This sounds delicious! I love my slow cooker as I am often in and out all day so I love that I can chuck everything in and come back to the house smelling amazing a meal basically ready for us lol! Will definitely give this a try as I think it would be a big hit with the kids too!

  3. I’ve never actually made lemon chicken before but your slowcooker version looks absolutely delicious so will have to give a whirl.

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