Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken

Just a few ingredients and a Crock Pot is all you need for this delicious and easy Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken!

5 minutes of prep for a super easy weeknight Crock Pot Balsamic ChickenDo dinners get any better than when they take 5 minutes of prep and then cook all day in a crock pot?  No.  The answer is definitively no. Especially with this Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken!  I didn’t know it was possible, but these days we seem busier than ever.  Between all the baby prep classes we’re taking in the evenings and all the nesting projects I have half started all over the house and yard, elaborate cooking has been put on the back burner (pun intended).  But really, as I’ve said in the past, cooking from scratch doesn’t mean it has to be elaborate or time consuming!  This dinner seriously took 5 minutes to prep and then slow cooked all day in our crock pot.  With some 10 minute Garlic Kale as a side, we had a ridiculously easy and low maintenance dinner that was also uber tasty. 5 minutes of prep for a super easy weeknight Crock Pot Balsamic ChickenEasy. And super flavorful. And did I mention how easy it was?5 minutes of prep for a super easy weeknight Crock Pot Balsamic ChickenJust a mix of your herbs,5 minutes of prep for a super easy weeknight Crock Pot Balsamic Chickenand some fresh garlic, sugar, balsamic, and stock,5 minutes of prep for a super easy weeknight Crock Pot Balsamic Chickenchicken seasoned and added to the trusty crock pot with the balsamic mixture, 5 minutes of prep for a super easy weeknight Crock Pot Balsamic Chickenand 8 hrs on low later, you’re done. 5 minutes of prep for a super easy weeknight Crock Pot Balsamic ChickenWith a nice healthy Garlic Kale side we had a nice healthy dinner that only took about 15 minutes of our time.  Which meant more time for me to tape off the rest of the baseboards in the house because apparently I’ve suddenly decided they need repainting before the baby is born.  My poor (patient) husband 😉 

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5 from 28 votes

Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken

5 minutes of prep for a super easy weeknight Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: chicken, crock pot, easy recipes
Servings: 4
Author: Damn Delicious


  • 3-4 bone in skin on, chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or water for lower sodium option
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary or 1/4 teaspoon dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  • Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, chicken broth, brown sugar and garlic; set aside.
  • Mix together the basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Place chicken breasts into a 6-qt crock pot and stir in balsamic vinegar mixture.
  • Cover and cook on low heat for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.


* Make your own Chicken Stock From Scratch :

5 minutes of prep for a super easy weeknight Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken

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  • firstly I absolutely love your photos…;) & when I’ve finished this comment I’m going in the kitchen to get my slow cooker from the back of the press to make this dish.. It sounds mouth watering. My family will love it

  • Oh yes, love this easy crock pot balsamic chicken. It’s amazing isn’t it, how much flavor one gets from these crock pot dishes? I recently made a Thai chicken crock pot dinner, and it was the most delicious dish I’d had from a crock pot dinner. Will definitely be bookmarking and trying yours very soon. Love balsamic and all the spices.

    • Can you share the Thai Chicken crockpot dinner recipe that you speak of since it was so delish?! I would love to try it as well… I was just scrolling along reading the comments and reviews on this recipe to see if it sounded like a winner when your comment def caught my attention. Hope to hear back from you w a recipe 🙂

  • I LOVE my slow cooker. You can never go wrong with a great tasting chicken dish. Love balsamic, so this is a winner for sure. The leftovers would be amazing in sandwiches too.

  • Ohhh yay! Another crockpot chicken recipe that I have never made. Which surprises me because I lovvvve balsamic chicken, so I’ll be adding this one to the “make that” list asap! I can just taste it now with the brown sugar, and all those yummy spices. Home run…thanks for sharing!

  • I need more “fix it and forget it” meals in my life! And we’re huge balsamic fans here– this sounds delicious! I wish I’d started it this morning lol. Who knows what my dinner will be!! I need to plan ahead for tomorrow- YUMMY!

  • Your balsamic chicken looks so tender and flavorful, it’s exactly the kind of meal we look forward to mid-week. A five minute meal prep is certainly something I can do in the morning before work — and to walk back in the door with a hearty, homemade meal ready to eat is a real boon. Love your suggestion for the kale side dish, too. We eat a LOT of kale around here.

  • I love easy-in-the-crockpot kind of weeknight dinners. Easy dinners during hectic weekdays is essential. This looks healthy, delicious and easy. Sounds like a winner to me!

  • I love when prepping for dinner takes under 10 minutes. Even better here since it’s 5! This is definitely going to be something I’ll be throwing together in the morning before I leave for work since it’s so quick and easy that I don’t have to wake up extra early to do.

  • Oh wow, this looks so amazingly flavorful and delicious! I always say I’m going to use my crock pot more in the winter months, so this dinner is definitely going on my list!

  • For whatever reason, I’ve never thought to cook my chicken in a nice balsamic glaze until now. (WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME.) This is so delicious and flavor-packed. And *easy*! I’ve been so Insant Pot-focused lately that I’d totally snubbed my crock pot for a while. Thanks for making me dust it off 😉

  • Always looking for more chicken recipes that take advantage of the crock pot. I depend heavily on it on days that I work. This sounds so tasty with all the herbs and I love that it uses ingredients that I always have on hand. Putting in the rotation for this week. THanks.

  • We are NEVER without balsamic vinegar. We can find so many delightful ways to use it. Not the least is with chicken and added flavorings. Making the chicken in the crock pot is an easy way to prepare the dish. Love all the seasonings that you use and most of all love the touch of balsamic vinegar.

  • This slow cooker meal will definitely give you time to finish up some of those projects in time for the big arrival. Many times one the weekend I start projects but don’t finish them because I have to stop to make dinner. This would be perfect to give me some ‘me’ time on Saturday. This Balsamic chicken with such a delightful herb mixture looks comforting and easy to make!

  • 5 minute prep time and a new chicken recipe?? I’m totally in. The garlic kale sounds equally easy to make and just as delicious!

  • This is the time of year when I really start looking to use my slow cooker, and this chicken dinner looks like exactly what I’ve been craving on these chilly nights. You’re so right that cooking from scratch doesn’t have to take up all of your time! This is a beautiful chicken dish, and I love the herbs that you’ve paired with the balsamic vinegar. That pop of red pepper flakes sounds like the perfect touch, too!

  • I love meals that can be prepped ahead and cooked in the crock pot, particularly at this time of year when it does feel like everything needs doing at once. I love the idea of the balsamic with the chicken, just perfect together. A really tasty hot meal for winter.

  • I love how easy and flavorful this sounds. Crock pot meals are great to set and leave while you get on with your day, though for me I need them to not be dry and lacking flavor, so this seems perfect.

    • Hi Katie! Yes! You should be able to put all of this into the Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. I haven’t made it in an IP yet, so I’m not sure about the flavors, but please let me know how it works out!

  • I have a quick question. On instructions, you say to salt and pepper the chicken. You mention more salt and pepper when you put all the seasonings together. So you use salt and pepper twice in this recipe?

    • Hi Maggie!

      Yes, I salt and pepper the chicken to season it and then add a little more with the seasonings. We generously salt both sides of the chicken and then just a pinch to the seasoning mixture. Enjoy!