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Mississippi Crockpot Chicken

My Mississippi chicken in the Crock Pot is flavorful and hearty. It’s a family regular of mine because it’s the perfect set-it-and-forget-it recipe!

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Mississippi chicken in a bowl with pepperoncini peppers

This Mississippi Chicken Recipe is bursting with flavor!

My husband absolutely loves pepperoncini peppers so I just needed to make a Mississippi chicken recipe to introduce him to a way to make them so much more flavorful than just eating them in salads.

But here’s the thing, I’m also a lazy cook half the time. My family has so much going on between school, sports, and work that by the time dinner comes around, I get exhausted. So, I created a version of this recipe to basically requires no effort.

I chop up the onion the night before and just toss everything into the slow cooker first thing in the morning. The house smells fantastic for dinner and I just shred the chicken and serve it!

And if you love this easy chicken recipe, you will love my shredded chicken tacos, chicken spaghetti with Rotel, chicken cordon bleu, air fryer chicken tenders, and white chicken chili recipes!

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ingredients laid out for mississippi chicken

Mississippi Chicken Crock Pot ingredients

  • Chicken Breasts — boneless, skinless
  • Pepperoncini Peppers — jarred
  • Pepperoncini Pepper Juice
  • Chicken Broth
  • Onions
  • Au Jus Gravy Mix
  • Ranch Seasoning
  • Butter

How to make Mississippi Chicken

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of the Crock pot. 

STEP TWO: Sprinkle the au jus mix and ranch seasoning mix over the chicken. 

STEP THREE: Add the chopped onions, pepperoncini peppers, pepperoncini juice, chicken broth, and butter.

ingredients in a crock pot for mississippi chicken

STEP FOUR: Cover the Crockpot with its lid and set it to cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 3-4 hours.

Tip: Make sure that the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F for safety.

STEP FIVE: Once the chicken is cooked through and tender, shred it with two forks and serve on a sandwich bun, with mashed potatoes, over rice or egg noodles, or alongside green beans.

chicken breast and pepperoncini peppers for mississippi chicken
mississippi chicken in a crock pot with pepperoncini peppers

Mississippi Crockpot Chicken Tips

  • Use low-sodium chicken broth to control the saltiness of the recipe. I find the ranch seasoning has a lot of salt in it so the low sodium broth keeps the saltiness in check.
  • Add extra pepperoncinis to give the dish an extra tangy flavor.
  • For the most tender chicken, cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.
  • Cube the butter so it will distribute more evenly in the Mississippi Crock Pot chicken.
  • For a thicker sauce, remove the chicken when it’s done cooking, mix in a cornstarch slurry with 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 tablespoon cold water, then turn to high and cook the sauce for 15-20 minutes.
mississippi chicken in a slow cooker with pepperoncini peppers

How to serve Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken

For typical weeknights, I love making it with air fryer potatoes and onions, air fryer cabbage, or sauteed butternut squash.

When I feel like cooking a little more, I pair it with air fryer green tomatoes, stovetop mac and cheese, or Instant Pot garlic mashed potatoes!

Storing Mississippi Chicken

Make sure you let the leftovers fully cool, then store them in an airtight container. They will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to three days. 

I find this dish reheats beautifully and is so good the next day. I’ve used it for a quick lunch or a second dinner!

mississippi chicken in a bowl with pepperoncini peppers, parsley, and mashed potatoes

Mississippi Crock Pot Chicken FAQs

Is it OK to put raw chicken in the slow cooker?

It’s completely safe to put raw chicken in the Crock Pot as long as the chicken cooks to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

I recommend using a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken breasts.

Why is my chicken rubbery in the Crock pot?

Mississippi chicken in the Crock Pot can turn rubbery if it’s cooked too long on high heat. For best results, I cook the chicken breasts on the low setting for 6-8 hours.

Mississippi chicken on a fork

Is it better to cook chicken in the Crock pot on high or low?

Cooking on low is generally better for tender, juicy chicken breast. This is my preferred method. It’s okay to use high heat if you’re short on time, just keep an eye on it so you don’t overcook the chicken!

Should chicken be covered in liquid in the slow cooker?

It’s not necessary to cover the chicken entirely in liquid in the crock pot. The moisture from the chicken and added broth is usually sufficient.

Mississippi chicken in a bowl with pepperoncini peppers

Mississippi Crock Pot Chicken

Samantha Erb
This flavorful Mississippi Chicken is bursting with zesty ranch, savory au jus, and a kick of pepperoncini peppers.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Course Slow Cooker
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 257 kcal

Ingredients

Instructions
 

  • Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of your Crockpot. Sprinkle the au jus mix and ranch seasoning mix over the chicken.
  • Add the chopped onions on top of the chicken. Then, add the tangy pepperoncini peppers, pepperoncini juice, and low-sodium chicken broth, and butter.
  • Cover the Crockpot with its lid and set it to cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 3-4 hours. Make sure that the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (74 degrees C) for safety.
  • Once the chicken is cooked through and tender, shred and serve it in a sandwich bun or with mashed potatoes, over a bed of rice or cauliflower rice, egg noodles, and green beans.

Notes

  • Optional Thickening: If you prefer a thicker sauce, remove the chicken from the crockpot once it’s cooked and then mix in a cornstarch slurry (1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water) into the liquid in the crockpot. Turn the crockpot to high and let it cook for about 15-20 minutes until the sauce thickens.

Nutrition

Calories: 257kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 33gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 430mgPotassium: 616mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 302IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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