Crockpot Mississippi Chicken

This is the perfect meal for any busy night. You’ll love how tender and juicy this chicken turns out.

And it’s so easy to make with truly ZERO prep work.

Crockpot Mississippi Chicken served on a plate with egg noodles, pepperoncini, and parsley, with a spoon drizzling sauce over the dish.

Crockpot Mississippi Chicken

A super easy dinner recipe that's packed with flavor and has almost zero prep time.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Serving Size 4 people

Equipment

  • Slow cooker

Ingredients 

  • 4 chicken breasts (about 20 ounces chicken total)
  • 1 ounce package of ranch seasoning mix (1 ounce packet)
  • 1 ounce au jus seasoning mix (1 ounce packet)
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 5 whole pickled pepperoncini peppers

Instructions 

  • Prep. Spray the slow cooker liner with nonstick spray. Make sure chicken is defrosted before you begin.
    Ingredients for Crockpot Mississippi Chicken, including chicken breasts, ranch seasoning mix, au jus gravy mix, butter, and pepperoncini peppers.
  • Lay chicken in slow cooker. Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker. Some will probably overlap, but try not to directly stack them on each other.
  • Sprinkle seasoning on top. Sprinkle the ranch dressing and au jus seasoning over the chicken. Dot the top with pats of butter and place the peppers on top. No additional liquid is needed!
    The initial stage of Crockpot Mississippi Chicken in a slow cooker, with chicken, seasoning, butter, and pepperoncini before cooking.
  • Cook. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours, until the chicken is cooked through. Serve with mashed potatoes or buttered egg noodles.
    Crockpot with Mississippi Chicken and pepperoncini peppers cooked, showing a side of the slow cooker with cooked ingredients.
  • Serve. Shred the chicken and serve with buttered egg noodles or mashed potatoes, spooning additional liquid on top..
    A plate of Crockpot Mississippi Chicken served over buttered egg noodles, garnished with parsley and slices of pepperoncini

Notes

The cooking time will vary slightly based on the size of the chicken breasts, but do not overcook them or they’ll be dry.
Try serving on soft burger buns to make Mississippi chicken sandwiches, or rolled in tortillas with yellow rice.  The chicken has a lot of flavor and does well paired with something plain.

I love making things from scratch but there’s no need to be snobby about seasoning packets. There’s a time and a place for super easy recipes. This is a go-to dinner when I’m feeling drained and don’t have the energy for a lot of work.

ingredients on counter

You’ll need the following for this simple slow cooker meal:

  • Ranch seasoning mix. This blend of herbs and spices can typically be found in the spice aisle or with the salad dressings. It infuses the chicken with a tangy, herby flavor that’s hard to replicate, but in a pinch, a combination of dried parsley, dill, garlic powder, and onion powder can be used.
  • Au jus seasoning mix. Located near the gravy mixes or soup stocks, this savory ingredient adds a depth of flavor to meats that is both rich and comforting. If you’re out, mixing beef bouillon with a dash of soy sauce and a sprinkle of garlic and onion powders can offer a similar umami-rich profile.
  • Pickled pepperoncini peppers. You’ll find these tangy, mildly spicy peppers in the pickle aisle, and they add a bright, zesty kick to the dish. If pepperoncini isn’t your style or you can’t find them, banana peppers make a great substitute without losing the dish’s characteristic zip.

If you don’t have seasoning packets, you can makke your own. To be clear, I would never (NEVER!) o this! The whole point of this recipe is how easy is it. But just in case, here you go 😉:

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix:

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Simply mix these spices together and use in place of a packet of ranch seasoning mix.

Homemade Au Jus Seasoning Mix:

  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules or 1 cube crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • A pinch of salt (optional, depending on the saltiness of your bouillon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce (to be added to the liquid in the recipe)

Combine the dry ingredients and use as a substitute for one packet of au jus mix. Remember to add the soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce to the cooking liquid to fully replicate the depth of flavor found in au jus mixes.

  • Slow cooker. The cornerstone of this recipe, a slow cooker allows the chicken and seasonings to meld over several hours, resulting in tender, flavorful meat that practically falls apart.
  • Large spoon or spatula. Essential for mixing the ingredients without making a mess and for serving the finished dish, a sturdy spoon or spatula will ensure you can scoop out every delicious bite.
  • Meat thermometer. To guarantee that your chicken is cooked safely and to perfection, a meat thermometer is a must; it removes all guesswork, ensuring the internal temperature is just right.
  • Cooking spray. A quick spritz inside the slow cooker before adding your ingredients helps prevent sticking, making cleanup a breeze.
  • slow cooker
  • large spoon or spatula

🍴Instructions

Step One: Add everything to the slow cooker

crockpot in stages cooking chicken breast

Spray the slow cooker liner with cooking spray. Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker. Try to put them so that they are not overlapping too much.

Sprinkle the ranch dressing and au jus seasoning over the chicken. Dot the top with pats of butter. Then place the peppers on top.

Step Two

finished chicken dish

You will want to cook the chicken slowly on low for 4-5 hours until it is cooked through. Serve it with mashed potatoes or buttered egg noodles

🍽 Serve it with

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🥫 Storage instructions

Refrigerate any leftovers. Make sure they are cooled down completely before putting them in the fridge. They will last for 3-4 days in the fridge.

I have frozen this in the past and didn’t love the results, but it might be worth a shot!

🔍 FAQs

Do you need to chop or pre-cook the chicken?

Absolutely not. The whole point of this recipe is to be easy! 😊

Should I use fresh or frozen chicken breasts?

Either will work just fine. If you use frozen, just make sure they are thawed before adding them to the slow cooker.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Choosing the Right Chicken. Opt for chicken breasts that are roughly the same size to promote even cooking. If the breasts are thick, consider butterflying them for more uniform thickness and better seasoning coverage.
  • Layering Ingredients. When adding your ingredients to the slow cooker, place the chicken at the bottom so it’s directly in the heat. Then, add your seasonings before the butter and peppers to allow the spices to seep into the meat as it cooks.
  • Managing Moisture. If you prefer a thicker sauce, remove the cooked chicken at the end, and set the slow cooker to high with the lid off. Mix a tablespoon of cornstarch with water and stir it into the juices to thicken.
  • Balancing Flavors. Seasoning packets can vary in saltiness. If you’re sensitive to salt or using homemade seasonings, start with less. Taste as you go, and adjust accordingly before serving.
  • Serving Suggestions. If serving with noodles or potatoes, use some of the cooking liquid to flavor them.
  • Utilizing Leftovers. Shred any leftover chicken and use it as a filling for tacos, sandwiches, or as a protein boost for salads.
  • Slow Cooker Care. To prevent cracking your ceramic slow cooker insert, always allow it to reach room temperature before cleaning it. This is especially important if using cold water.

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Remember, there’s nothing wrong with embracing a dump and go crockpot meal like this when you need to. Not everything in life has to be hard!

Close-up view of Crockpot Mississippi Chicken over egg noodles, highlighting the shredded chicken and pepperoncini.
Crockpot Mississippi Chicken

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is one of my go to’s. It works equally well with chicken, beef or pork roast. Especially delish served with rice and the yummy gravy. I have substituted pickled Jalapenos when pepperoncini peppers weren’t available, made this gluten free with gf gravy packet and have added veggies to the roast, like potatoes and carrots. Just a terrific recipe to have in your kitchen recipe arsenal.

  2. Hi Katie, could you cook this in the slow cooker on high for 2-3 hours instead of on low for 4-5, also can you omit the peppers all together?
    Thank you 🙂