Slow Cooker Greek Chicken is a flavorful, healthy chicken dinner. This crockpot chicken recipe is nicely sized to feed a family of four. I ate the entire crock pot full. BY MYSELF. It’s one of my best healthy crock pot chicken recipes for a busy family.

slow cooker Greek chicken topped with kalamata olives, fresh herbs, and feta cheese

Ben spent the better part of August and a chunk of September camped out at his office, which meant that for many evenings, it was just Teddy and me at home for dinner.

Since the pooch doesn’t eat people food (unless it’s something that fell on the floor, in which case, fair game!), that’s 50% of the usual consumers in a kitchen that produces three to four new recipes a week.

The leftovers situation has been REAL.

Staunch Midwestern girl that I am, I can’t handle the idea of wasting food. Instead of tossing the leftovers I couldn’t eat, I started asking friends if they’d mind if I dropped off a giant pan of XYZ for dinner that night. Gracious pals that they are, they usually a) said yes, then b) asked me to stay to join them.

Life tip: a successful way to get yourself invited over for dinner is to offer to bring it.

This slow cooker Greek chicken, however, was a different situation. I didn’t share it. Not one bite. This one stayed right at home in my refrigerator, where I proceeded to devour it for lunch and dinner, sometimes in the same day. It is THAT GOOD. (I didn’t want to share this Crockpot Chicken and Potatoes either.)

Looking for a keeper recipe? Slow Cooker Greek Chicken, quite literally, is it.

slow cooker full of Greek chicken

What Makes Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Recipe So Special

Like Crockpot Italian Chicken, Greek chicken is a textbook example of the triumph of simple ingredients. It combines:

  • lightly browned chicken breasts (I also used this trick in my Crock Pot Chicken Marsala)
  • convenient Greek pantry staples (holla roasted red peppers!), and
  • a 30-second Greek red wine vinegar dressing.

I promise that the extra step of browning the chicken in a pan on the stove top before adding it to the crock pot is 1,000% worth it. Your taste buds will thank you, and the golden color is much prettier. I enjoy Mediterranean flavors, so I expected I’d like the Greek chicken just fine. What I didn’t expect was to fall for it so completely that the leftovers turned into a hoarding scenario.

Greek chicken made in a crockpot.

Even after hours in a slow cooker, the flavors of the Greek chicken stay remarkably vibrant and bright (just like my Crock Pot Moroccan Chicken).

The chicken is some of the most tender I’ve ever had in a crock pot chicken recipe; the dried herbs don’t lose their oomph, and the roasted red peppers and olives give the dish a robust flavor.

I opted for a sprinkle of feta cheese and fresh thyme at the end, but if you prefer to omit either, the Greek chicken is still tasty without.

What to Serve with Greek Chicken

Healthy Slow Cooker Greek Chicken with roasted red peppers, olives, and feta. Easy and a family favorite dinner! Recipe at

How to Store and Reheat This Recipe

  • To Store. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat. Since chicken can be hard to reheat, I recommend cutting it into smaller pieces, then reheating gently in the microwave with a splash of chicken stock. You can also enjoy leftover chicken at room temperature over salads or try mixing it into hot pasta. I enjoyed it sliced on top of a salad, with the red peppers and olives mixed in.
slow cooker Greek chicken topped with kalamata olives, fresh herbs, and feta cheese

Slow Cooker Greek Chicken

4.74 from 56 votes
Slow Cooker Greek Chicken. Moist, juicy chicken with a bright Mediterranean flavors, roasted red peppers, and feta. Easy, healthy, and absolutely delicious!

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 3 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 20 mins

Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 jar roasted red peppers (12 ounces), drained and chopped
  • 1 cup kalamata olives drained
  • 1 medium red onion cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic from about 3 large cloves
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese optional for serving
  • Chopped fresh herbs: any mix of basil parsley, or thyme, optional for serving (I used fresh thyme)


  • Lightly coat a 5-quart or larger slow cooker with nonstick spray. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper, then place it in the hot pan, seasoned side down. Let brown on the first side for 1 to 2 minutes until golden, then flip and brown on the other side for 1 additional minute. If your skillet isn’t large enough to fit all of the chicken pieces, work in batches so that the chicken does not overlap. Transfer the chicken to the slow cooker.
  • Arrange the peppers, olives, and onions around the chicken (do not place on top).
  • In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the red wine vinegar, garlic, honey, oregano, and thyme. Pour over the chicken and vegetables. Cover and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours on high or 3 to 4 hours on low, until the chicken is cooked through and the center reaches 165 degrees F. Serve warm, sprinkled with feta and fresh herbs.


  • All slow cookers differ in temperature and cooking times, so adjust the cooking time according to your experience with your model. When in doubt, check early to ensure the chicken does not overcook.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Since chicken can be hard to reheat, I recommend cutting it into smaller pieces, then reheating gently in the microwave with a splash of chicken stock. You can also enjoy leftover chicken at room temperature over salads or try mixing it into hot pasta.


Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 399kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 50gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 140mgSodium: 1093mgFiber: 2gSugar: 9g

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  1. I made this last week and it was quick, easy and excellent! My husband loved it and said it’s a keeper! I passed it on to my daughter who is a big fan of Greek food. 5 stars

    1. Hi Tara! I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe, but other readers have reported success with using bone-in chicken thighs instead.

    1. Hi Emma! The roasted red peppers do add a lot of flavor, and pepperoncini will add a different flavor profile. I’d try adding 1/2 cup julienne-cut sun-dried tomatoes instead!

  2. We love this recipe! I am making it for another family and will need to cook more than what can fit in my crockpot. Have you ever made this in the oven and was it as good?5 stars

    1. Hi Janell! I have not tried this myself yet, but you could put the chicken and ingredients in a covered oven-safe casserole dish and roast at 350*F for 30 to 40 minutes. I’d start checking it for doneness (it should be cooked to 165*F) at the 25-minute mark, depending upon the thickness of the chicken pieces. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  3. I’ve made this before in the slow cooker. And it was excellent! This time, bc I didn’t think ahead ??‍♀️, I was going to try the instapot. Anybody have any tips for using this recipe in an instapot? Thank you in advance!

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed it, Kate! While I haven’t tried this in the Instant Pot myself, a handful of readers have commented with their positive results. I hope this helps!

  4. I have this in my crockpot now. As I was making it was was wondering about draining the liquid for the olives. I saw you mentioned to drain the red peppers, but not the olives. I did drain the liquid as I felt all of the sodium in the brine would make too salty. What is the correct way to handle the olives- drain or undrained. Fingers crossed I didn’t mess it up and it comes out as good as everyone is saying…

  5. Hi! Making this now and noticed a lot of juices (but I drained everything). Is this a good sign? haha
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Christina! There will be some liquid from the vinegar mixture, so that should be fine. I hope you enjoyed the recipe!

  6. This was delicious and really hit the spot! I added artichoke hearts and opted to brown the chicken and bake in the oven, covered at 325 for 1 hour. The chicken was moist and delicious! I served it over penne.5 stars

  7. This was absolutely delicious beyond words!! Never had this mix of flavors and they were amazing. Put on couscous with a sprinkle of feta.5 stars

    1. Hi Kelli! Browning the chicken adds more flavor, so I recommend not skipping that step, but other readers have tried the recipe without that step and enjoyed the results. I hope this helps!

  8. This is a great, quick week night meal! I was in a pinch for what to make for dinner and, thankfully, had all these ingredients on hand. I only had green olives and was worried it would affect the taste, but didn’t notice a big difference. Even my husband, who hates olives thought it was delicious! To make it a one pot dish, I browned the chicken in the Instant Pot, then cooked on high for 10 minutes. Came out perfect – thank you, Erin!5 stars

  9. Tasty and easy to make. I used chicken thighs with bone in because it was what I had in refrigerator.
    I served toasted pine nuts and goat cheese on the side to sprinkle over the dish. I doubled the recipe so there was enough for my family for lunch the following day.
    I purchased the cookbook The Well Plated by Erin Clark which I highly recommend. Every recipe I have made has been a hit.5 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed it, Katherine! Thank you for sharing this kind review and for purchasing my cookbook!

  10. Love this recipe! I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts and the chicken was so tender it fell apart when I was taking it out of the slow cooker. Will definitely be making it again. Thanks again Erin for another great recipe!5 stars

  11. This is amazing and so light. We served it over lemon garlic pasta and my husband who isn’t a fan of olives loved them in this! We made double and gave half to some friends who had just moved. They enjoyed it too. I’m so excited to make this again.5 stars

  12. I was really disappointed by this recipe considering the description you gave here. The chicken barely had any flavor, and while the vegetables tasted really good, the vinegar-ish flavor was strong enough that I could only eat so much of that. I don’t know how big your crockpot is but there was no way for me to put the vegetables “around but not on top of” the chicken. I either had to pick up the chicken and put it on top, or cover everything over with vegetables, and since you said specifically *not* to cover the chicken at all, I placed it on top of the vegetables.

    I don’t know if I just did something wrong or what, but the chicken was really bland.1 star

    1. Hi Ashley, thanks for taking the time to give this recipe a try! I’m sorry to hear it wasn’t a hit for you. Many others have tried it and enjoyed it, but I know everyone has different tastes. I truly wish you would’ve enjoyed it!

  13. The flavors of this recipe came together so nicely. The red wine vinegar wasn’t overpowering but really took this over the top for us. I used both breasts & thighs. Simple yet flavorful. Will definitely be making again. Thank you.5 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the recipe, Nancy! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  14. Made exactly as directed but also added 1/2 cup or so of olive brine (by accident) and it was amazing. This is a keeper 👍🏼.5 stars

  15. I made this on the stove top using chicken thighs, yellow onions and fresh mini bell peppers in a saute pan! I accompanied it with a side salad and used the same vinegar honey mixture but added olive oil, salt & pepper as the dressing. It was delish! Thanks so much for your recipe!5 stars

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