Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken — 103 Comments

    • Hi Christina,
      Yes, you can use chicken breasts. In fact that’s what I did. I’m not a fan of brown meat but my husband is so I used half thighs and half breasts. NOTE: Make sure you use chicken breasts with bones otherwise they will be dry. Thanks for visiting! 🙂

  1. Sheryl,
    This chicken looks delicious, can’t wait to taste it. Your recipe is awesome and thank you so much for sharing it with Full Plate Thursday.
    Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. I made this dish last night and it was great! It was super easy to make with excellent flavor. We replaced white rice with quinoa. Will definitely make again. Thank you for sharing.

  3. In the picture, it doesn’t look like there is skin on the chicken…but the instructions don’t say to remove it.
    I’m afraid it will be too greasy with the skin. Did you cook it with or without the skin? Thanks!!

  4. What type of green olives do you recommend? The salty green olives typically used in a martini?
    Thank you for posting this dish!

  5. Hi! No need to brown the chicken? Everything looks so beautiful and browned in the photo. Can’t wait to try it out for my dinner party.

  6. I don’t use wine with in my cooking. Would I be better off to substiute chicken broth or apple juice or some other type of liquid?

  7. Hi there!
    If I leave the prunes out is there anything I should substitute it with or add more of ?
    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Samantha, You don’t have to substitute anything but you will miss the sweetness from the fruit. If you don’t like prunes you could also use raisins or apricots. 🙂

  8. Making tomorrow!! Went to Greece this summer and I am hoping this sparks our tastebuds 🙂
    Will let you know…

  9. Your dish looks great. In fact i am making it as i text. My question is how did u get your chicken that brown? Mine looks nothing like that.

  10. To be honest, this didn’t look amazing to me, but I had some capers to use up so I thought I’d give it a try. It was soooo good!!! I didn’t use the prunes because I didn’t have any, and I sprinkled paprika over the chicken for the last hour of cooking. I will definitely make it again! Thanks!

  11. Hi there. I’m not a fan of white rice. Do you think I can use quinoa, couscous or brown rice? I know that might change cooking time? How would you suggest changing that?

  12. Does anyone know how I can change the recipe for an oven? My slow cooker is broken so I’d like to make this in a heavy dish in the oven. Any idea how I can convert temperatures and times?

    • Hi Jordan, I would suggest cooking it low and slow in the oven with a lid on your dish. I was thinking 350 degrees for a couple of hours? That’s just a guess…..

  13. Question for you…not sure you’ll get in time before i make this tomorrow, but do you remove the skin on your chicken?

        • Hi Ashley, That is totally up to you. If you like the skin then leave it …if you don’t then remove it. I left it because my husband likes it but when I ate it I removed it. 🙂

          • Thanks so much! Made it for a group and it was a HUGE hit… Going to make it again for my Mom and MIL for Mother’s Day. Do you think it would still cook well tripled in a crock pot? Or should I put it in the oven… if so how long and at what temp? Sorry for all the questions! 😉

          • That’s awesome news Ashley! If you want to triple the recipe….I think your idea of baking it is the way to go. As far as the temp and how long….this is a total guess. I would bake it covered for half of the baking time and uncovered for the remaining time. I think 375° about 1 hour.

  14. Sheryl, my husband & I loved this recipe. I made it last week & making again tonight. I used cooking wine & saw you mentioned it is best to use wine you would drink. I’m not a wine person so would Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay be good? Any recommendations would be helpful, please?

    • Haha….I just made it again last week! Delish! Pinot Grigio would work well. I’m not a wine drinker either so I go for bottles under $10. HA!

  15. I made it last night- it was absolutely delicious !!! And easy to make.
    I used Chardonnay and since I have almost entire bottle left, I am making another batch tomorrow for my parents. I am going to double the ingredients, this recipe may be for 4 people but the dish was so good that my husband and I, we ate it almost all of it. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Can I use boneless skinless chicken thighs and would it change the cooking time? If I doubled the chicken would I double the rest of the ingredients as well?

    • Hi DeeZee, Yes, I would double the ingredients and no, I don’t think the cooking time would need to be adjusted if swapping out the breast for thighs. Adding double might change the time a bit.

    • Hi Deborah, I would be leery of combining Italian flavors with the Mediterranean. Maybe if you gave the a little rinse.

    • Hi Jess, Sure you can serve red potatoes with the chicken. I wouldn’t wait until the end to put them in the slow cooker. Potatoes take awhile to cook. To make it easier on you (no guessing) you could boil the potatoes until almost done and then put them in the slow cooker at the end with all the yummy flavors.

    • Hi Nina! I made it too! This time I made it in my Instant Pot…..only took 9 minutes! An Instant Pot Version is coming soon!

      • I am an IP fan (have 3 of them)….but when I stumbled on this recipe I knew I have to make it in my slow cooker for Christmas. It’s cooking now. Doubled the recipe, using only thighs, and threw in mushrooms on the top (we love mushrooms).
        Love a nice slow cooked meal occasionally, especially on a cold lazy Christmas Day. Merry Christmas!

  17. First, thank you for your meditteranean CHICKEN crockpot recipe. When I was searching for meditterean crockpot meals most of them were beef, lamb or soup. My husband and I limit our dark meat consumption, so I bought chicken breast for this recipe. I shamefully, honestly admit I didn’t pay attention to how much liquid was in the recipe. Certainly not enough to keep boneless chicken breast moist for 6 hours! I didn’t notice any of this until the chicken was already in the bottom of the pot 🙁 My solution was to pour low sodium, low fat chicken broth over the breasts. Just enough to cover. My plan is to scoop out the chicken, pour the liquid into a pan and reduce until I have a sauce, maybe add some arrowroot to help the process along. I will let you know how well my “fix” worked – good or bad. Thanks again for a recipe that sounds delicious!

  18. Any idea is i can make this in an instant pot. which is a pressure cooker and cooks quickly. Gonna try it tonight. wish me luck

    • Hi Estelle, I just made this recipe using my instant pot and wrote a recipe for it. It won’t be live for a while so here are the instructions….

      To an Instant Pot add the wine, brown sugar, oregano, vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper; whisk together. Add garlic, capers, prunes and olives; mix. Add chicken, nestling it amount olives and prunes. Tightly place on the lid. Select Meat button, high pressure. Adjust time to 8 minutes. Make sure the pressure nozzle is closed. Once the Instant Pot has come to the right amount of pressure and then cooked 8 minutes, let the chicken sit for an additional 15 minutes before releasing the pressure and removing the lid.


  19. Hi Sheryl,

    Looks so delicious !
    What can I substitute with red and white wine, my girls are 3 and 6 yrs old, that’s why.

    • Hi Joy, If you’re worried about the alcohol it will evaporate during the cooking process. If there’s another reason you can also use chicken stock or broth. ♥

  20. Love this recipe! I opt to chop the olives and prunes so my kids will eat it. Other than that,I follow the recipe to the letter and it never fails to impress. Amazing flavor.

  21. My family loves this recipe . It is delicious ! One thing I changed is that I use chicken broth instead of white wine. Also, I always double the recipe . Thank you for sharing this great recipe.

    • Hi Tanya, Because I only like white meat and my husband likes dark meat, I often combine the two….or you can only use chicken breast.

  22. Hi, I just put this together exactly according to the recipie and placed in crockpot. The chicken is barely covered with liquid, capers, olives & prunes. I have 8 pieces of chicken (4 thighs & 4 legs). I’m thinking there is no way the chicken is going to brown. Did I miss something?

  23. Great recipe! I used chicken breasts because that’s what I had. I did use a bit of cornstarch paste towards the end of the cooking time to thicken it a bit more. We used it as gravy on mashed potatoes and drizzled it over steamed veggies. Wonderful taste!!

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