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Slow Cooker Zesty Chicken Recipe – Make Now or Freeze For Later

Slow Cooker Zesty Chicken has become a regular menu item at our house. Not only is it absolutely delicious, it takes only minutes to prepare.

Fall apart, tender chicken breasts cooked in a sweet and tangy sauce and cooked in a slow cooker for the perfect, hands off main dish!

zesty mustard chicken
Zesty Chicken that was made with just 4 basic ingredients and cooked in the slow cooker.

And best of all, it requires only 4 main ingredients. I don’t know about you, but I can use more recipes like this in my life!

Also, as an added bonus, this is a recipe that you can meal prep as a freezer meal!

Freezer Meal Preparation

When we buy a large amount of chicken breasts from the grocery store, we immediately begin dividing it when we get home. We trim off the fat and cut the large chicken breasts in half horizontally to make them a little thinner.

dijon mustard
Be sure to use Dijon Mustard instead of yellow mustard as it adds so much flavor to the dish.

Then we divided them equally between gallon size resealable bags based on what recipes that we are planning to make.

For this Slow Cooker Zesty Chicken Recipe, place 4 chicken breasts in the bag. Then mix together the remaining ingredients and pour it on top. Next seal the bag and massage the chicken in the sauce to coat. Label and place flat in the freezer.

When you are ready to cook it, simply take it out of the freezer and dump the ingredients in your slow cooker!

freezer meal
This recipe makes for a great Freezer Meal. Mix all the ingredients and throw in the freezer for whenever you need an easy to make main dish!

This makes for a great meal when you forget to thaw something out for a fresh cooked meal. Or you just don’t have the time or energy to come up with something for dinner!

Slow Cooker Zesty Chicken Recipe

However, you don’t have to make this with frozen chicken breast. In fact, if you want to use fresh chicken, the process is just as easy.

The first thing that you want to do is to spray the liner of your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. No, this isn’t absolutely necessary. However, it will make clean up much easier!

zesty chicken sauce ingredients
The sauce is the perfect blend of sweet and tangy flavors.

Next, place your chicken in the slow cooker. Now mix the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

The mixture of mustard, maple syrup and red wine vinegar make for the perfect Sweet & Tangy sauce.

When the sauce is well incorporated pour over the chicken. Then toss the chicken to coat both sides.

Now set your cook timer on your slow cooker and wait until the Zesty Chicken is cooked through!

zesty chicken in the slow cooker
Place your chicken in the slow cooker and toss in the sauce. Or pour the frozen ingredients in and cook until done.

It really is that easy!! If you love to use your Slow Cooker as much as we love our Crock Pot 6 quart Programmable Slow Cooker, check out all of our Slow Cooker Recipes.

Be sure to check back often for new recipes to add to your collection!

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Slow Cooker Zesty Chicken Recipe

zesty mustard chicken

Fall apart tender chicken in a sweet and tangy sauce that is prepared in minutes and cooked in the slow cooker. Makes for a great freezer meal!


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper, to taste


  • parlsey and/or thyme , optional


  1. Place the 4 chicken breasts in a large resealable bag.
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl and then pour over the chicken. Allow at least 1 hour to marinate or label and freeze flat for a freezer meal.
  3. Cook in Crockpot on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.


Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
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