Frank's Favorite Slow-Cooker Thai Chicken

Frank's Favorite Slow-Cooker Thai Chicken

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"Chicken thighs get delish with a family-pleasing, super-easy crock pot recipe. Only one step, start in the morning, ready when you get home. Just add your favorite rice."


8 h 15 m servings 562 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 562 kcal
  • 28%
  • Fat:
  • 35.9 g
  • 55%
  • Carbs:
  • 13.7g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 47.6 g
  • 95%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 137 mg
  • 46%
  • Sodium:
  • 860 mg
  • 34%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Combine the salsa, peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice, soy sauce, sugar, and ginger in the crock of a slow cooker; mix well. Place the chicken in the sauce, spoon mixture over chicken to coat.
  2. Place the lid on the cooker and set to LOW. Cook until chicken is very tender and sauce has thickened, 8 to 9 hours. A meat thermometer, inserted into the thickest part of a thigh should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Garnish with peanuts and cilantro before serving.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You'll never guess this is made with chicken thighs! They really taste better than using breast meat which dries out in the crock pot - and thighs are more economical.
  • The strength of the hot salsa dissipates when cooked, so this dish is not too spicy. You may even want to serve hot-sauce as an accompaniment. Regular coconut milk can replace the low-fat, if desired. If you don't have chunky peanut butter, use regular peanut butter.
  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.
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  1. 130 Ratings


I have been on here for years and have yet to leave a rate. This recipe really deserved it. 5 stars from a very critical cook. I made a few adjustments based solely on my own personal taste, but...

I have to agree, I was skeptical. The only thing I did differently is I used mild salsa (because that's what I had) and I used natural peanut butter (because that's all I buy). It was good! I ...

This was good but the peanut butter flavor seemed to get cooked out of the dish in the slow cooker. So, am going to add a little more. This also needs a little salt added to it after cooked. ...

I admit that I was skeptical about the combination of salsa and peanut butter when I first read this recipe, but it was fantastic! My changes were very minor: I used a whole can of regular coco...

This was wonderful! Due to my love (some might call it an obsession!) for cilantro, I chopped up a third of a bunch and threw that in with all the other ingredients, as well as using it as a gar...

Delicious and easy. Made only a few changes, creamy pb and whole coconut milk. A little spicy but even the 4 year old didn't mention it was too hot. Thanks Frank!

Very good....I prepared it off of night shift this morning and woke up to it ready to feed my family. Nice and easy. Can kick it up a notch in spices if you desire. Will be added to my slow c...

This was very bland...I followed the instructions to the letter but, I ended up adding a tablespoon of fish sauce, 3/4 cup more salsa and tripled the lime juice. I also shredded the chicken as s...

Easy and tasty recipe. I added some Sriracha hot sauce as others recommended. I placed all the thighs on the bottom for me and then for hubby put in a chicken breast on the top. I only had smoot...