January 21, 2014

Aimee’s Slow-Cooker Chicken in Milk

Slow Cooker Chicken in Milk | The Naptime Chef

These days my cooking routine has to fit into two categories: cold-weather cooking and busy school night-friendly. The temperature continues to drop every night which means I want something hot and nourishing on the dinner table. However, my days are spent shuttling my daughter to and from school and running around the house after a little boy on a Y bike. (He loves that thing and can ride like the wind!) So, other than naptime, I don’t have a lot of time to cook. When I saw Aimee’s slow-cooker chicken recipe last month I knew it would be on my recipe list in short order. It is ideal for cold winter days filled with school runs and active toddlers.

The beauty of Aimee’s recipe is that it requires simple ingredients and barely any preparation. You brown the chicken quickly, cook the aromatics for a few minutes, pile everything in the slow-cooker and you are good to go. It is as simple as that. I do this during naptime, of course, but you could easily squeeze it in before breakfast or while you are making lunch.

While milk may seem like an unusual main ingredient it actually produces a moist, silky meat without any lingering dairy flavor whatsoever. I used 2% milk because that is what we have, but whole milk would work fine, too. If you are interested in making this but want to play with the flavors try lemon zest and pepper for a little change. Or, add a few cloves and pinch of nutmeg for a more rounded holiday-style spice. You pretty much can’t go wrong. Whatever you do, enjoy this awesome, easy chicken for dinner this week and stay warm until those spring breezes get here.

Aimee’s Slow-Cooker Chicken in Milk

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

adapted from Aimee at Simple Bites

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  • 1 4 to 5 pound roaster chicken
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Zest of two large oranges


  1. Season the chicken all over with the salt and pepper. Melt the butter and oil in a heavy bottomed pan and brown the chicken on all sides, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the browned chicken to a slow-cooker, breast side down.
  2. Pour off all but 2 teaspoons of oil from the pan and add the garlic and cinnamon. Cook it for about 2 minutes, then transfer to the slow-cooker.
  3. Pour the milk, thyme, and orange zest into the slow cooker and use a spatula to mix well and make sure the chicken is well coated. Cover the slow cooker and cook on High for 4 hours, or Low for 6 hours.

6 Responses to “Aimee’s Slow-Cooker Chicken in Milk”

  1. fancy Simple says:

    I love the chicken and mind if I try this one? I’m a private chef in austin and I like your recipe. Thanks and God Bless!

  2. rayme says:

    Just wanted to urge those trying the recipe to make sure they don’t have a hot running crock pot and check the chicken a few times before the designated times. I ruined it by not checking it early enough. I won’t fault the recipe just my crock pot!

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  4. Veronica says:

    This recipe actually belongs to Jamie Oliver…