Heavenly Slow Cooker Mississippi Chicken for the Lazy Days

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January 13, 2023
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This Slow Cooker Mississippi Chicken is LOADED with incredible flavors. It’s so easy to make right in your crockpot!

Hi, friends! This is Nettie from Moore Or Less Cooking here with a crockpot chicken recipe you’ll love! After I shared the recipe for Slow Cooker Mississippi Pot Roast two years ago, I had a lot of readers asking me about making it with chicken.

I’m excited to bring you this slow cooker Mississippi chicken version that’s every bit as delicious as the original!

This Slow Cooker Mississippi Chicken is LOADED with incredible flavors. It’s so easy to make right in your slow cooker! #thewearychef #slowcooker #crockpot #chicken

What I love most about this meal is that it is a true slow cooker recipe — no precooking is required. Simply sprinkle both packets of au jus gravy mix and ranch dressing mix on top of the raw chicken!

I also love that this recipe works well with any kind of meat – beef, chicken, or pork. Just place all of the ingredients in the slow cooker, set it on low, and come home to a delicious meal!

Slow Cooker Mississippi Chicken

The chicken and onions in this dish are combined with Ranch seasoning, gravy mix, butter, and pepperoncini. It is a rich, zesty, and spicy dish. It’s excellent and quite original. The traditional Mississippi pot roast made with beef has been updated as this chicken variant. Early in the new millennium, Robin Chapman of Mississippi modified her aunt’s chuck roast recipe to produce the dish that would become known as the original Mississippi pot roast. Five basic items made up Robin’s recipe: a chuck roast, a packet of dry ranch spice mix, a stick of butter, and pepperoncini peppers. It may seem like a strange combo, yet it works.

More About Mississippi Chicken Ingredients

Butter is not necessary for this recipe for Slow Cooker Mississippi Chicken because the chicken thighs already taste buttery. This is a variation on the well-known Mississippi Pot Roast dish. The chicken tastes fantastic over plain white rice because it is tangy and not hot. A tried-and-true chicken crock pot recipe that consistently yields delicate, flavorful chicken is slow cooker Mississippi chicken. This beloved family recipe is excellent for both inexperienced and seasoned cooks. There are various alternatives with low carbs. You can come home at the end of the day to tender pulled chicken that you can serve over rice or mashed potatoes, in sandwiches, or with mac & cheese, biscuits, cornbread, or green beans. This simple dinner almost prepares itself.

Ranch seasoning and pepperoncini peppers make a mouthwatering mix. It is heavenly. It almost becomes a dip, and serving it as a way with Frito scoops or tortilla chips would be quite great. The same ingredients are used for Mississippi chicken as for Mississippi pot roast, but boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs are used in place of the chuck roast. It doesn’t have a lot of heat or flavor. The mild peppers offset the thick, luscious meat with a hint of acidic acidity. The dish has the flavor of a pot of zesty, delicious pulled chicken. The “hidden” components will make your dinner guests curious.

This Slow Cooker Mississippi Chicken is LOADED with incredible flavors. It’s so easy to make right in your slow cooker! #thewearychef #slowcooker #crockpot #chicken

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Mississippi Chicken

This Slow Cooker Mississippi Chicken is LOADED with incredible flavors. It’s so easy to make right in your slow cooker! #thewearychef #slowcooker #crockpot #chicken
  • Chicken thighs ( I used frozen) but fresh works great too!
  • Butter
  • Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
  • Au Jus Gravy Mix
  • Pepperoncini Peppers

The chicken will produce its own juices, so you don’t have to add any other liquid to this. These are the only seasonings that you need. Place the chicken in the slow cooker, add Ranch mix, Au Jus mix, pepperoncini, and a stick of butter.

When all ingredients are in the slow cooker, cover with a lid, and don’t peek! Set your slow cooker at HIGH for 4 hours. Oopsie, I did peek! Smells amazing!

Just look at all of those delicious juices!  Simply shred the chicken with two forks, and serve it over rice, noodles or potatoes. You can even serve it over riced cauliflower or zucchini zoodles to make it low carb! YUM!!

Mississippi Chicken Ingredients

Chicken Breast: Chicken is a great source of protein and is very nutritious. Eating chicken in your meals may assist bone strength, building muscle, and losing weight. You can use frozen or fresh chicken breasts, but for safety sake, we advise thawing the chicken first.

Ranch Seasoning Mix: Ranch seasoning give meals a tonne of flavor and is ideal for crockpot meals you can add and see the magic when this dressing mix with all of the juices and makes the chicken delicious. American ranch dressing is a type of salad dressing that is typically made from a sauce based on mayo or another oily mixture with garlic, salt, buttermilk, onion, and herbs.

Chicken Gravy Mix: a sauce created from the seasoned and thickened juices of cooked meat. This can be discovered in the grocery store’s spice aisle. you can also use substitutes turkey gravy mix or any sauce mix.

Pepperoncinis: These tiny pepperoncini chilies offer a lovely spicy, briny taste when dried, crushed flakes of any one of several red hot peppers are added. Banana peppers would be the ideal replacement.

Salted Butter: salted butter contain salt. In addition to giving the food a saltier flavor, salt preserves food and increases the storage life of butter. Applying salted butter on toasted bread is ideal. you can utilize un-salted butter instead of salt.

Reason to Love Chicken

  • An easy recipe that can be made in a hurry.
  • Simple ingredients.
  • Simple to cook in a crock pot
  • Consistently delicious and juicy chicken
  • Tangy pepper taste with a ranch flavor
  • Ideal for prepping meals
  • Five basic elements
  • There’s no need to watch over, stir, or modify this recipe.
  • This chicken is used in many recipes as a base for salad, sandwiches, and bowls.
  • You can make this recipe according to your taste and preferences you add spices to make it mild.

How to Store?

Storage: Mississippi chicken leftovers can be stored for 3–4 days in the refrigerator in an airtight jar.

Freeze: If you want to increase the life of leftover chicken store it in an airtight jar in the freezer for 3 months. If you’re making a lot of frozen dinners, then also can freeze the raw ingredients all at once in a sizable Ziploc freezer bag. When you’re ready to cook the chicken, place everything from the package into a slow cooker after letting it thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Reheat: On the cooktop, combine the sauce and the cooked chicken. Warm the chicken over low heat, covered, just long enough for it to achieve the correct temperature (stirring regularly). Additionally, you can reheat each dish for 1-2 minutes in the microwave.

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Heavenly Slow Cooker Mississippi Chicken for the Lazy Days

Heavenly Slow Cooker Mississippi Chicken for the Lazy Days

  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x




  1. Add chicken thighs to the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle both packets of au jus gravy mix and ranch dressing mix on top of the chicken. Top with stick of butter.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.
  3. When it’s ready, take a couple of forks and shred the chicken.
  4. Serve over rice, potatoes, or noodles. For a low-carb meal, serve over riced cauliflower.
  5. Enjoy!
  6. Heavenly Slow Cooker Mississippi Chicken for the Lazy Days


Add chicken thighs to the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle both packets of au jus gravy mix and ranch dressing mix on top of the chicken. Top with stick of butter.

  • Author: Andi Gleeson
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 160

Keywords: Mississippi Chicken

Nutrition Information

Per serving:

Calories331 kcalCarbohydrates6 g
Protein19 gFat25 g
Saturated Fat15 gPotassium384 mg
Iron1 mgSodium825 mg
Vitamin A782IUFiber1 g
Sugar1 gVitamin C13 mg
Cholesterol115 mgCalcium14 mg

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1 year ago

Sherry says:
Loved this recipe. I’ve mad Mississippi pot roast before and it is a family favorite. This chicken thigh recipe was just wonderful. I strongly advise using unsalted butter as there is salt in both the ranch and Au jus packets. The whole family loved it.

4 years ago

Could you use chicken breasts instead of the thighs?

2 years ago

Don’t see why not. Not as flavourful, but still good

4 years ago

Can you use chicken breasts instead?

4 years ago

There are only two of us senior citizens and both of us had gastric bypass surgery many years ago. Proteins are an essential part of our diet. However, meats that are intact are sometimes difficult for us to digest. I tried this recipe using just two large boneless skinless Chicken Breast straight from the freezer (we don’t care for dark meat), 1 pkg Au Jus, my HOMEMADE Ranch Dressing Mix and half a stick of unsalted butter. Normally I start this and most other crockpot meals after breakfast before we start our day. I use a small 4-quart crockpot. I always preheat my crockpot on HIGH while assembling the ingredients and reduce the temperature to low for 8 hours allowing us a full day to go about our business. Just before dinner, I Shread the Chicken and crank it up to High while preparing the carbohydrate of choice. Never had a failure and this is so yummy.

Why HOMEMADE Ranch Dressing you ask? After my surgery, I became very sensitive to MSG. The store-bought has MSG and my HOMEMADE does not. :-)

BTW, this recipe works well for beef and pork.

4 years ago

Thanks Kay! This is very helpful!

Kathy Standley
5 years ago

I followed the directions which forgot to tell you to add the peppers, so when I remembered (after going grocery shopping), they went in 2 hours late.

5 years ago

To cut back on sodium, I use only 1 tablespoon each of the gravy mix and ranch mix. I also cut back on the unsalted butter. It still comes out delicious!

5 years ago

I made this today and it turned out great!

Arlesha W.
5 years ago

Love this recipe! Easy to make and so delicious! I halved the recipe and used unsalted butter as this is what I usually cook with. The only thing I’ll do differently next time is to check it at three hours as all the juices cooked out. Thank you for sharing

5 years ago

Can you us margarine instead of butter. I don’t have any butter. Thanks in advance.

5 years ago

Can I use rings instead of whole peppers?

Garrette Smith
6 years ago

I do not eat beef and the au jus gravy packet has beef fat as one of its ingredients. What can I use as a substitute???

6 years ago

Its really just a broth. You could use any kind of stock chicken, mushroom, vegetable or buillion powder base.

Sonya Dean
5 years ago

I substitute with 1 package of Lipton Onion Soup mix. That is what the other version of the original Mississippi Pot Roast (using chuck roast) calls for. It’s delicious with the onion soup mix!

Laura Nadel
6 years ago

Making this right now. Have you tried making it with a little beer added? Seems like that might add a nice flavour & perhaps take the salt level down a notch. Not sure if I want to add without checking to see if it has been tried?

6 years ago

Would this be kid friendly, I have kids who don’t do well with spicy!

6 years ago

Made the Mississippi chicken. Very salty is there anything I can do to leftovers to reduce the salt. Otherwise very good and easy to make for an amature cook.

6 years ago

How do I adapt this to an insta pot?

6 years ago

I fixed this last week and it’s absolutely delicious!! My husband is not one to eat left overs but he ate for two more days after. I fixed it according to recipe except only used half of the Ranch and used Smart Balanced Butter. For and easy and delicious recipe, I highly recommend this one.

6 years ago

Directions are missing when to add pepperocini peppers

6 years ago

What is the butter for? Can I leave that out?

6 years ago

Place “frozen” chicken in slow cooker or thawed?

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