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Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken is a simple recipe that requires minimal prep and will have you pulling out your slow cooker on a weekly basis!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: balsamic chicken, slow cooker balsamic chicken
Servings: 2
Calories: 865kcal
Author: Jordan



  • 1 cup apple jelly
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube, or 1 teaspoon ground bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup orzo pasta
  • Fresh parsley, coarsely chopped


  • In your slow cooker, whisk together the apple jelly, apple juice, water, balsamic vinegar, chicken bouillon, garlic power, salt, thyme, paprika and pepper. Add the chicken breasts, turning once to coat.
  • Set the slow cooker to high for 3 hours.
  • Melt butter in a small bowl, whisking in cornstarch. Stir into slow cooker mixture to thicken the sauce. Continue cooking on low for 15 minutes.
  • During the final 10-15 minutes of cooking, prepare the orzo pasta according to package instructions.
  • Serve hot over orzo and garnish with fresh parsley.


Calories: 865kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 1191mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 677IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 3mg