Busy back to school nights call for easy dinners … and these slow cooker chicken breast recipes totally fit the bill.
In less than a month, my kids are headed back to school. If you are a mom, yours probably are too (heck, some of my friends have kids heading back this week!). And you know what that means … evenings get even busier. Even if you have kids in camp, school adds another dimension to evenings — there’s homework, studying, activities and — wait — what’s for dinner? That’s why I am already thinking of recipes that will make busy back to school nights a little easier.
Step 1: Grab the slow cooker. Seriously, the slow cooker is a busy night life saver. Step 2: Mix it up. You just toss ingredients in, set it to cook and at the end of the day you have a perfect meal ready to go. No stress required. Step 3: Come home and eat.
Better yet: These slow cooker chicken breast recipes from some amazing bloggers have me totally drooling.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
When it comes to Indian food, one of my very favorite dishes is Chicken Tikka Masala. If Whole Foods has it in their hot foods section, you can bet I will take a little tray of it. And when it’s on the menu, it’s one of my favorite things to order. But why be limited by needing someone else to make it? Liz from The Lemon Bowl created this flavorful, lean recipe that slow cooks to perfection while you are off at work or school. I can’t wait to make it myself.
Get the recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala on The Lemon Bowl.
3-Ingredient Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
In terms of eating, Paige is the family enigma. While most of our family loves the crunch of a good spicy beef taco, she prefers soft tortillas filled with chicken and the mildest of salsas. So this recipe? When I saw it, I knew it was perfect for us — because while Will and I love beef, chicken taco filling is tasty too. And this will make Paige happy. Even better? It only requires three ingredients — which makes this chicken tacos a working mom’s dream.
Get the recipe for 3-Ingredient Crock Pot Chicken Tacos on Two Healthy Kitchens.
Crock Pot BBQ Chicken & Pineapple Quesadillas
Tangy barbecue, sweet pineapple and sharp (well, unless you prefer mild!) cheddar cheese combine in these inventive quesadillas. Creative dinners like this make eating so fun. The filling is made in the slow cooker, so all you have to do for this dish is finish these quesadillas off in the pan just before serving.
Get the recipe for Crock Pot BBQ Chicken & Pineapple Quesadillas on Krafted Koch.
Slow Cooker Thai Chicken
Like Erin from The Law Student’s Wife, I am a total sucker for Thai food. And though my kids aren’t always a fan of spicy things, coconut based Thai curries are something we can all enjoy together — the creamy coconut milk offsets the spice. Plus, I love that this is a step outside the ordinary — Thai in a slow cooker? Love!
Get the recipe for Slow Cooker Thai Chicken on The Law Student’s Wife.
Crock Pot Chicken Santa Fe
Cue the drool … Black beans, cilantro, corn, tomatoes and more combine with chicken in this easy slow cooker chicken breast recipe. Everything about this screams “happy family dinner!” to me — and if your kids love avocado like mine, you’ll want to top yours with a few slices. Be sure to also read the post from Maris on In Good Taste — she makes some great points about getting dinner on the table isn’t really any easier when you work at home. So true.
Get the recipe for Crock Pot Chicken Santa Fe on In Good Taste Magazine.
Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken Caprese
Oh, hello tasty chicken dinner. Chicken is slow cooked in a chunky, flavorful balsamic sauce to perfection and then topped with the chunky deliciousness of the sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil. Don’t you want to just dive right in? Because I do! (Is that weird?)
Get the recipe for Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken Caprese on The Law Student’s Wife.
Slow Cooker Enchiladas Tacos
Did I mention that my family really, really, really loves tacos? Because we do. And this version made with an easy enchiladas chicken filling is always a hit. Be sure to serve it up with a salad — it makes the whole thing well-rounded.
Get the recipe for Slow Cooker Enchiladas Tacos here on Sarah’s Cucina Bella.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.