This Easy Keto-Friendly Crockpot Chicken recipe makes chicken breasts so tender they fall apart at the touch of a fork. This recipe creates a savory sauce that can be spooned over the chicken for serving. This recipe can be part of a low-carb, keto, Atkins, gluten-free, dairy-free, or Paleo diet.


Easy Keto-Friendly Crockpot Chicken-served with sauce.

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The Recipe for Easy Keto-Friendly Crockpot Chicken

Sometimes simple is better. This recipe embodies both simple and easy.


This chicken is not only easy to make, but has a simple, but classic, flavor. 


This recipe simmers chicken for hours in a broth with onions, celery, and thyme. That good flavor soaks into the chicken and makes a simple sauce. Are you hungry yet?


This recipe can be served as whole breasts with the sauce spooned over top. The chicken can also be shredded and served with the sauce. Alternatively, the chicken can be removed from the sauce, shredded, and then used in recipes that call for shredded chicken.


If you decide to use the recipe in other recipes that call for shredded chicken, you may wish to leave out the thyme. This depends on the final recipe using the shredded chicken. If the final recipe contains thyme already, you can leave it in. 


Do you need to brown the chicken before it goes in the crockpot?

While you can slow cook chicken without browning it first, it doesn’t taste as good. Browning the chicken adds a lot of flavor.


In this recipe, I first coat the chicken pieces with glucomannan. Glucomannan is a wonderful fiber-based thickener derived from the Konjac root.


This thickener provides fiber that is lacking in many keto diets, but the fiber isn’t metabolized, so it doesn’t cause problems for most people who eat keto or low-carb.


Coating the chicken breasts with glucomannan helps brown the pieces. It also thickens the sauce as the chicken cooks.


Easy Keto-Friendly Crockpot Chicken-Close up of shredded chicken.


How long does it take to cook chicken in a crockpot?

The amount of time it takes to cook chicken in a crockpot or slow cooker will depend on how large the pieces of meat are and the temperature of the individual appliance. 


Typically, for average chicken breasts, I cook them for 4-6 hours on high, or 6-8 hours on low. I give this range of time so that you can accommodate your schedule.


My preference is to cook it on low for about 6 hours, as the slower it’s cooked the more tender it is. I do find that some flavor can be lost at the high end of the 6-8 hour range.


Easy Keto-Friendly Crockpot Chicken-garnished with thyme.


Can you overcook chicken in a slow cooker

The goal with this recipe is to end up with tender, flavorful chicken breasts. It is possible to overshoot this goal if you cook the chicken too long.


Overcooking the chicken will result in a less flavorful meat with a mushy texture. This is definitely not what we’re going for!


To help prevent overcooking, many new crockpots have a timer feature. When the time is up, they switch to a “keep warm” feature rather than continuing to cook your food.


Using this timer feature can be helpful if you end up in a traffic jam, or you run late at work and can’t serve dinner right on time.


How do you shred chicken?

Shredding this chicken breast is easy because it’s so tender already!


Before shredding the meat, be sure to allow it to cool to a temperature that’s comfortable to touch. You want the meat to be still warm, since warm meat is easier to shred, but not so hot you burn yourself.


To shred chicken, you can use your hands and simply pull apart the meat. 


A second way to shred chicken is to use two forks and use them to pull the meat apart. Use one fork to hold the meat, and the other fork to shred.


For more information on how to shred chicken, you might want to check out this article on how to shred chicken from Kristine’s Kitchen. She uses her stand mixer to do the job!


How do you store shredded chicken?

To store the shredded chicken, place the meat in a container with an airtight lid. If you plan to freeze the chicken, be sure your container is freezer-safe.


After putting the meat in the container, be sure to stir in a few tablespoons of the sauce from the pot. This will help keep the meat moist and add flavor.


You can store the meat for 2-3 days in the refrigerator, or 2-3 months in the freezer.


How do you use shredded chicken breast?

Shredded chicken can be handy to have on hand for a quick meal. It can be substituted for the leftover turkey in my Leftover Turkey (or Chicken) Soup, my Low-Carb Leftover Turkey Casserole, my Low-Carb Leftover Turkey (or Chicken) Avocado Salad, this keto chicken salad from Joy Filled Eats, or this chicken salad recipe from Twosleevers.


If you’re looking for additional ideas, you might want to check out the recipes in this round-up of low-carb ways to use shredded chicken


Final words

This recipe for chicken breasts is super-tasty and very versatile. It’s one of those low-carb main dishes that the whole family will love! Enjoy!



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Easy Keto-Friendly Crockpot Chicken

This Easy Keto-Friendly Crockpot Chicken recipe makes chicken breasts so tender they fall apart at the touch of a fork. This recipe creates a savory sauce that can be spooned over the chicken for serving. This recipe can be part of a low-carb, keto, Atkins, gluten-free, dairy-free, or Paleo diet.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, low-carb
Keyword family friendly, keto chicken recipe, keto crockpot chicken, keto dinners for family, kid friendly, low carb crockpot chicken, shredded chicken recipe, slow cooker chicken recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 6
Calories 291 kcal
Author Annissa Slusher


  • 2 tablespoon avocado oil (quantity divided)
  • 2 small onions peeled and chopped
  • 2 ribs celery sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves (if making shreded chicken for another recipe you may want to leave out)
  • 2 tablespoons glucomannan
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 pounds chicken breasts boneless skinless
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add one tablespoon of avocado oil. Cook the onion and celery until edges are slightly soft and the vegetables are starting to soften. Stir in thyme.

    Overhead shot of vegetables cooking in a pan.
  2. Transfer onion mixture to the crockpot. Set skillet aside to use for the chicken.

    Overhead shot of vegetables cooking in a pan.
  3. Add the glucomannan, sea salt, and black pepper to a large plastic bag (or a large bowl). Mix together well.

    Mixing the coating for Easy Keto-Friendly Crockpot Chicken in a Ziplock bag.
  4. Place the chicken breasts in the bag and close it tightly. Shake chicken to coat with the mixture. If using a bowl, use your hands to coat the breasts.

    Coating the chicken in a Ziplock pouch.
  5. Heat one tablespoon of the avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. In batches, brown the chicken breasts, making sure they do not touch. Do not cook the chicken breast through through the center.

    Cooking chicken in a pan.
  6. Transfer the chicken breasts to the crockpot.

    Adding chicken to the crockpot.
  7. Add red wine vinegar to the pan. Stir, scraping up bits on the bottom of the pan. When vinegar has thickened, add the chicken stock and continue to scrape up browned bits. Bring mixture to a simmer, then pour into the crockpot over chicken breasts.

    Deglazing the pan for the sauce.
  8. Cover the crockpot and cook mixture 4-6 hours on high, or 6-8 hours on low. Serve with sauce spooned over or shred chicken and use in other recipes.

    Photo of Easy Keto-Friendly Crockpot Chicken on a plate with sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Keto-Friendly Crockpot Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 breast)
Calories 291 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 159mg53%
Sodium 595mg26%
Potassium 80mg2%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 53g106%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.