Mississippi Chicken (Easy Crock Pot Recipe!)

Last Updated on November 29, 2023 by Kayla Berman

Today, I’m super excited to share my latest obsession: slow-cooked Mississippi Chicken. All you need is 7 simple ingredients, 10 minutes of your time (honestly, the most you’ll do is chop an onion), and then, toss everything into your crockpot, and bam! You’re free to binge-watch your favorite series or scroll through Insta while the juicy, flavorful magic happens.

Love slow cooking? Stop by my Crockpot Salsa Chicken next.

Mississippi chicken with mashed potatoes

What is Mississippi chicken? 

Mississippi Chicken is your soon-to-be family favorite go-to recipe that’s all about big flavors with minimal effort. It’s the culinary equivalent of finding an amazing TV show you can binge-watch all weekend – satisfying, a little addictive, and just what you need to unwind and indulge! 

Imagine swapping out the beef for chicken in the classic Mississippi Pot Roast recipe. You still get all those incredible flavors – the ranch dressing mix that adds a tangy, herby zing, the au jus for that deep, savory goodness, and of course, those zesty pepperoncini peppers that give it a kick. Then, instead of the traditional pot roast, you have tender, juicy chicken breast that practically falls apart it’s so soft.

It’s super easy, super flavorful, and just like its beefy cousin, it’s incredibly versatile. Serve this chicken version over rice, mashed potatoes, or even in a sandwich – it’s always a hit.

shredded slow cooker chicken

Why You’ll Love This Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken Recipe

Get ready to fall in love with your slow cooker all over again, because this Mississippi crock pot chicken recipe is about to become your new favorite! Here’s why you’ll be totally smitten:

  • The Epitome of Convenience: This recipe is the true definition of ‘set it and forget it’. Busy day ahead? No problem. Dump everything in your crockpot and let it do its magic while you go about your day. It’s so easy, it feels like cheating!
  • Personal Favorite Alert: Not to toot my own horn, but this might just be some of the best chicken I’ve ever made. And I’m pretty sure you’ll agree once you’ve had a bite!
  • Tender Beyond Belief: We’re talking fall-apart, melt-in-your-mouth white meat chicken. This is the kind of comfort food that dreams are made of!
  • Flavor For Days: It’s savory, saucy, and wonderfully seasoned. Between the zesty heat from the pepperoncini, a hint of sweetness from the onions, and plenty of buttery goodness, this Mississippi chicken crock pot meal is downright crave-worthy.
shredded Mississippi chicken on a fork

Ingredients & Substitutions

As promised, you only need a handful of ingredients to make my Mississippi crockpot chicken. Here’s what to grab:

  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – Perhaps my favorite part of this quick and simple recipe is that it’s made with super lean white meat. Despite tasting like a super decadent treat, this Mississippi mud chicken is actually pretty virtuous!
  • Yellow Onion – While I love the sweet flavor of yellow onions, you’re welcome to use red or white onions instead. Shallots also work!
  • Au Jus Mix & Ranch Seasoning Mix – These convenient flavor boosters mean you don’t even need to bust out the measuring spoons. 🙌
  • Pepperoncini Peppers – These infuse the chicken and gravy with a mild, tangy heat that I find intoxicating.
  • Chicken Stock – You’re welcome to use either homemade or store-bought. Alternatively, use vegetable stock. 
  • Unsalted Butter – Between the seasoning packets, stock, and pepperoncini, your easy meal has plenty of seasoning. Feel free to add more salt at the end if needed, but wait till the chicken is done cooking to make your assessment.
Mississippi style slow cooker chicken ingredients

Equipment 

How To Make Mississippi Pot Roast Chicken

As promised, this chicken Mississippi roast comes together in mere minutes. Here’s what to do:

Step 1: Add the chicken breasts, diced onion, pepperoncini peppers, and chicken stock to the slow cooker.

Step 2: Sprinkle the packet of au jus gravy mix and ranch seasoning evenly on top of the chicken. Then place the butter on top.

Mississippi chicken ingredients in a slow cooker

Step 3: Cover & Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours. 

chicken in a slow cooker after cooking for 7 hours

Step 4: Shred the cooked chicken with two forks and combine with the sauce. 

shredded chicken in a slow cooker

Step 5: Serve & Enjoy with your favorite sides!

Mississippi chicken with mashed potatoes

Optional Variations & Dietary Adaptations

Even though I love this easy recipe so much I secretly call it Mississippi crack chicken, there are plenty of ways for you to put your own spin on things. Here are some fun twists and tweaks to cater to different tastes and dietary needs:

  • Dairy-Free Dreamin’: Want to ditch the dairy but keep all that deliciousness? Easy-peasy! Swap out the butter & ranch mix for plant-based alternatives. My go-tos are high-quality vegan butter (e.g. Miyoko’s) and this homemade ranch seasoning — you won’t even notice the difference. You’ll still get that rich, buttery flavor without any dairy!
  • Spice It Up, Buttercup: For those who love a little heat in their eats, let’s turn up the spice! Add some pepperoncini juice to the mix for an extra kick. It adds a tangy, spicy depth that’ll make your tongue tingle with joy. And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, throw in a few extra pepperoncini peppers. Just remember, the more you add, the spicier it gets!
  • Veggie Delight: Want to sneak in some veggies? Toss in some sliced bell peppers or sliced carrots in the last hour of cooking. They’ll soak up all those amazing flavors and add a lovely texture and sweetness to your dish. Plus, it’s an easy way to hit your 5 a day goals!
  • Low Carb Lover: Watching those carbs? Serve your crockpot Mississippi chicken over a bed of cauliflower rice, on top of heart-of-palm “pasta,” or alongside some steamed broccoli. You’ll still get all the saucy goodness without the carb count.
  • Creamy & Dreamy: For a creamier twist, stir in some cream cheese (regular or dairy-free) during the last 30 minutes of cooking. It thickens the sauce beautifully, giving you a rich and creamy texture that’s just divine.
Mississippi pot roast chicken on a bed of mashed potatoes

Expert Tips

  • No Peeking! Whenever you lift the lid on your slow cooker, heat escapes. It’s like opening the oven! The more often you open the lid, the longer your chicken will take to cook.
  • Low & Slow is the Way to Go. One of the keys to perfect slow cooker Mississippi chicken is cooking it on low heat for a longer period. The long cooking time ensures the chicken is unbelievably tender and allows all those flavors to meld together beautifully. Resist the urge to cook it on high to speed up the process – patience pays off here!
  • Avoid Overcrowding: Make sure your chicken has enough space in the crockpot, as overcrowding can lead to uneven cooking. If you’re doubling the recipe, consider using a larger crockpot or cooking in batches.
  • Let the Chicken Rest: Once it’s cooked, take the chicken out and let it rest for a few minutes before shredding. This helps ensure every bite is juicy and flavorful.
  • Shred with Ease: For super easy shredding, use two forks or, even better, an electric hand mixer right in the crockpot. It shreds the chicken perfectly and saves you time and effort.
  • Add Freshness: Before serving, consider adding a sprinkle of fresh herbs like parsley or chives to add a pop of color and a fresh flavor.
shredded chicken (Mississippi pot roast style) on mashed potatoes with fresh parsley.

Serving Suggestions

Wondering what to serve with Mississippi chicken? There is no shortage of delicious ways:

  • Mississippi Chicken Sliders: Shred your chicken and pile it high on small, toasted buns. Top with coleslaw for a crunchy twist. Perfect for parties or a fun family dinner!
  • Over a Bed of Mashed Potatoes: Serve the flavorful chicken over creamy mashed potatoes to soak up that delicious, savory sauce. You can also use mashed cauliflower for a low-carb version with all the comfort! Egg noodles would be another hearty carb-filled option.
  • Mississippi Chicken Tacos: Add a Tex-Mex twist! Serve the shredded chicken in taco shells or soft tortillas. Top with diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, a dollop of sour cream, and a sprinkle of cheese for a fun spin on Taco Tuesday.
  • With a Side of Garlic Bread: Nothing beats the combo of saucy chicken and warm, buttery garlic bread. Use the bread to sop up every last drop of the delicious sauce.
  • Over Rice or Quinoa: For a heartier meal, serve your Mississippi chicken pot roast over a bed of fluffy white rice or quinoa. This not only stretches the meal and your food budget, but also makes for a satisfying, wholesome dinner. Then add some green beans or carrots for a pop of color and nutrition!
  • Mississippi Chicken Pasta: Mix the shredded chicken and sauce with cooked pasta, like penne or fettuccine. Garnish with grated Parmesan and fresh parsley for an instant crowd-pleaser.
  • Stuffed in Jacket Potatoes: Scoop the chicken into baked potatoes for a comforting and filling meal. Add a sprinkle of cheese and a dab of sour cream to complete the dish.
  • As a Pizza Topping: Spread the shredded chicken over your pizza dough, add your favorite cheese, and bake for a delicious homemade pizza with a twist. Yum!
close up shot of shredded slow cooker chicken

FAQs

What slow cooker should I use? 

Any … slow cooking is slow cooking! I use the Our Place Dream Cooker, but an old-school Crockpot or even an Instant Pot with the slow cook function will work!

Is Mississippi chicken spicy?

I’d say “spicy” is an overstatement, but there is a touch of spice thanks to the pepperoncini peppers. If you’re worried, you can always dial it back by adding less. 

Is it healthy?

Let me preface this by saying I’m not a registered dietician — if you want real diet advice, I suggest you talk to the professionals. That said, this Mississippi chicken crockpot meal is brimming with lean, high-protein chicken breast, which is always a good thing in my book. 

The seasoning packets add a good amount of sodium, so if you’re watching your salt intake, it might be worthwhile to search for low-salt or salt-free alternatives. I also suggest swapping in a low-sodium broth option.

Aside from that, there’s a bit of fat, but nothing crazy! At the end of the day, it’s a cozy, comforting meal I feel good about eating and serving my loved ones.

Can you freeze it?

Sure thing! Leftovers of my Mississippi roast chicken will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days, but if you’d like to extend the shelf-life, they can be frozen for up to 3 months. To serve, defrost overnight in the fridge, then heat in a skillet or microwave until the temp hits 165F.

For more information on storing cooked chicken, check out my in-depth post on Storing Rotisserie Chicken!

crockpot Mississippi chicken

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Mississippi Chicken (Easy Crock Pot Recipe!)

Slow-cooked Mississippi Chicken is my new favorite easy and delicious dinner recipe! All you need is 7 simple ingredients, 10 minutes of your time (honestly, the most you’ll do is chop an onion), and then, toss everything into your crockpot, and bam. You’re left with savory, saucy, zesty, and buttery chicken! It is fall-apart, melt-in-your-mouth, tender perfection.

  • Author: Kayla Berman
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 6-8 Hours
  • Total Time: 6-8 Hours
  • Yield: 5 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker

Ingredients

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  • 2 lb chicken breasts, boneless skinless
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 oz packet au jus gravy mix packet
  • 1 oz packet ranch seasoning 
  • 1/4 cup pepperoncini peppers
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Add the chicken breasts, diced onion, pepperoncini peppers, and chicken stock to the slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle the au jus gravy mix and ranch seasoning evenly over the the chicken. Then place the butter on top.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  4. Shred the cooked chicken with two forks and combine with the sauce.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

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One Comment

  1. I found the flavors to be overpowering and salty, the au jus flavor bring most prominent. Next time I will only do half a packet of the au jus seasoning and use water instead of chicken broth.

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