Crockpot Mississippi Chicken is a hearty, juicy and slightly spicy chicken recipe perfect on sandwich buns, pasta or alongside a fresh salad. Turn the leftover cooking liquid into a spicy gravy with just a sprinkle of flour for the ultimate in indulgence.
Crockpot Mississippi Chicken Recipe
Sharing this recipe with you today is like letting you in on a family secret.
This slow cooker Mississippi chicken recipe is my go-to dish when I have to cook for friends or bring a dish to a potluck event and I’m completely strapped for time. The flavor is so amazingly out-of-this-world that it tastes like you’ve put hours of effort into marinating and perfectly cooking this recipe… but really, it’s one of those “throw everything in the crockpot and forget about it” recipes.
The original inspiration for this recipe is a classic Mississippi Pot Roast, which is seasoned with ranch, onion soup mix and au jus powder along with some butter and pepperoncini peppers.
For my Mississippi Chicken recipe, I keep a lot of the ingredients the same but I skip the onion soup mix.
The result is a tangy, zesty chicken recipe that is unbelievably juicy. It’s the perfect comfort food if you like a bit of spice and the shredded chicken can be used in so many different ways – served as sandwiches, tossed with pasta, made into a salad, etc.
What to Serve with Crockpot Mississippi Chicken:
- roasted or sautéed veggies
- serve on slider buns (check our our homemade Hawaiian rolls recipe here) – and for another twist, melt some provolone or swiss cheese overtop
- toss in some cooked pasta or egg noodles for a unique pasta dish
- serve on soft or hard taco shells for a unique chicken taco recipe with all of your favorite toppings
- serve over a bed of mashed potatoes or cauliflower with the gravy overtop
- I also recently learned that I love this recipe on top of a bed of macaroni salad or homemade mac and cheese – that creative combo is thanks to my daughter, Ella
Leftover Mississippi Chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
How to freeze Mississippi Chicken: Cool completely before storing in ziptop freezer bags or in an airtight freezer container for up to three months. (This set of freezer containers is a crazy bargain.)
Is Mississippi Chicken spicy? This recipe isn’t spicy but it does have a bit of kick from the acidity. Adding on the gravy amps up that acidic tang and may be considered “spicy” to some. Just for reference, the pepperoncini peppers used in this recipe rank as a 100-500 SHU on the Scoville scale while jalapeños are anywhere from 2500-8000 SHU and poblano peppers have double the SHU of pepperconcini. (Read more about the Scoville scale here.)
What kind of chicken should I use for Mississippi chicken? For this recipe, I used a whole chicken because it’s easy and cost effective. However, if you don’t want to deal with removing the bones after cooking I recommend using boneless, skinless chicken breasts because they are super quick and easy to shred and the white meat gets really juicy and flavorful after cooking in this recipe.
Can Mississippi Chicken be made in the Instant Pot? Yes, and you can find our Instant Pot Mississippi Chicken recipe here.
Can Mississippi Chicken be made in the oven? Yes, you can combine all ingredients in a casserole dish and bake at 350ºF for 20-25 minutes.
More Crockpot Chicken Recipes:
Mississippi Crockpot Chicken Ingredients
- Whole Chicken (can use chicken breasts or thighs)
- Au Jus seasoning packet
- Ranch seasoning packet <– grab our recipe for homemade ranch seasoning here
- Butter, sliced
- Pepperoncini Peppers, plus juice from jar
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: you can replace the pepper juice with chicken broth or water for a less acidic/spicy chicken, if desired.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- This is the crockpot that I use the most often – it has a thermoshield which not only prevents little fingers from being burned if the kids touch the outside of the crockpot, but it’s also great for bringing along to potlucks. I also like that I can set the cook time on it, so if we end up taking too long playing outside (or running errands) I don’t have to worry about the food burning.
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Large Forks or Meat Shredders
How to Make Mississippi Crockpot Chicken
Place chicken in the crockpot.
Sprinkle the seasoning packets over top of the chicken.
Slice the butter and place all over the chicken.
Add the peppers to the crockpot and pour the pepper juice (or broth) over the chicken.
Secure the lid on the crockpot and set heat to high for 3.5 to 4 hours, or low for 7-8 hours.
Once the chicken is done cooking, insert a meat thermometer into a few thick places of the chicken to ensure the chicken has reached a temperature of 165F.
Shred the chicken and remove all bones.
Serve on rice, potatoes or as sandwiches.
Grab your free printable recipe card for our crockpot Mississippi chicken recipe:
- 3 lb Whole Chicken (can use chicken breasts or thighs)
- 1 package Au Jus seasoning packet, or to taste
- 1 package Ranch seasoning packet, or to taste
- 1/2 cup Butter, sliced
- 6 Pepperoncini Peppers, plus about 1/3 cup of juice from jar
- Place chicken in the crockpot.
- Sprinkle the seasoning packets over top of the chicken.
- Slice the butter and place all over the chicken.
- Add the peppers to the crockpot and pour the pepper juice (or broth) over the chicken.
- Secure the lid on the crockpot and set heat to high for 3.5 to 4 hours, or low for 7-8 hours.
- Once the chicken is done cooking, insert a meat thermometer into a few thick places of the chicken to ensure the chicken has reached a temperature of 165F.
- Shred the chicken and remove all bones.
- Serve on rice, potatoes or as sandwiches.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 437Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 1010mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 38g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
I hope your family loves this crockpot Mississippi chicken recipe as much as mine does!
For more ways to use your crockpot, check out our full crockpot recipe collection here:
For more ways to enjoy chicken, check out our full chicken recipe collection here:
For more scrumptious sandwiches, check out our full sandwich recipe collection here: