Crock Pot Mock Fried Chicken – A Crispy Crock Pot Chicken Recipe

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Do you love fried chicken but hate making it? Try our Crock Pot Mock Fried Chicken for all of the taste but none of the mess! After the chicken is slowly cooked in the crock pot, just pop it under the broiler to crisp up the skin.

Do you love fried chicken but hate making it? Try our Crock Pot Mock Fried Chicken for all of the taste but none of the mess!

Crock Pot Mock Fried Chicken Recipe:

Both Barbara and I have a confession to make…neither of us have ever truly fried chicken!

It’s too messy, and our local restaurant makes some pretty good fried chicken! Barbara, as a busy momma, doesn’t have time for that. (And I’m just too lazy.)

So, Barbara decided to make an easy “mock” fried chicken, and it is a hit. Nobody would ever guess that it was made using the crock pot.  The crock pot crispy chicken is moist from the slow cooking process, and the skin is crispy from the broiling step.

Do you love fried chicken but hate making it? Try our Crock Pot Mock Fried Chicken for all of the taste but none of the mess!

Southern Fried Chicken in Slow Cooker

In a nutshell, Southern Fried Chicken in the Slow Cooker bastes the chicken slowly, and then the broiler is used to crisp up the skin, giving it the “fried” texture you know and love. Barbara likes to use her Casserole Crock Pot for this but a regular slow cooker will do.

The cooking time may vary so we suggest you use your trusty meat thermometer and check it starting at 2 hours. It needs to be at an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. (Need help using a meat thermometer? Check out this post on My Fearless Kitchen.)

The seasonings are so simple, just garlic salt and black pepper. We used Garlic Salt with Parsley because that is what we had on hand but any garlic salt will do.  Or, if you’re lacking garlic salt, use a blend of garlic powder and regular salt.

You can use as many pieces of chicken as your family requires for dinner. Just use a ration of one tablespoon of butter for one piece of chicken.

Do you love fried chicken but hate making it? Try our Crock Pot Mock Fried Chicken for all of the taste but none of the mess!

Crispy Crock Pot Chicken Ingredients

Skin-on Chicken, (use your favorite cut-thighs, breasts, quarters, etc.)

Garlic Salt

Black Pepper

Butter

 

How To Make Slow Cooker Fried Chicken:

  1. Season chicken with garlic salt and pepper.
  2. Rub softened butter over the top and bottom of each piece of chicken.
  3. Cook on high for 2 to 4 hours or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.
  4. Move chicken skin side up to a broiler pan.
  5. Broil on high until skin is golden brown and crispy.

For the full recipe and ingredient amounts for slow cooker fried chicken, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this page.

Notes About Crock Pot Fried Chicken:

  • Who knew you could make a crispy crock pot chicken recipe?  In all honesty, the crock pot makes the chicken moist, and a broiling step makes the skin crispy.
  • Be sure to use skin-on, thawed chicken. We prefer thighs but breasts or chicken quarters would work too.
  • Substitute garlic powder and salt for garlic salt, if needed.
  • Margarine can be substituted for butter in this slow cooker fried chicken recipe.
  • Use a digital thermometer to make sure this crispy crock pot chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
  • Use a oven safe broiler pan for the broiling step.
  • Do not walk away from the chicken while broiling; it can easily go from beautiful golden brown to burnt black!
  • Serve this with Old Fashioned Pea Salad or your favorite side dish.

Do you love fried chicken but hate making it? Try our Crock Pot Mock Fried Chicken for all of the taste but none of the mess!

 

How to get crispy chicken in the crock pot?

To get a “fried” chicken or crispy chicken skin using the slow cooker or crock pot actually requires the use of the oven, specifically the broiler.

  1. Turn on the broiler to high.
  2. Place chicken, skin side up, on a broiler pan.
  3. Broil for approximately 5 minutes, watching closely.

The skin could burn if left unattended.  You may also want to move turn the chicken a couple times to get each side of the skin close to the broiler.

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Crock Pot Mock Fried Chicken - A Crispy Crock Pot Chicken Recipe

Do you love fried chicken but hate making it? Try our Crock Pot Mock Fried Chicken for all of the taste but none of the mess!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crispy crock pot chicken, crock pot fried chicken, crock pot mock fried chicken, slow cooker fried chicken, southern fried chicken in slow cooker
Servings: 4
Author: Megan

Ingredients

  • 4-6 Tablespoons softened butter (1 Tablespoon per piece of chicken)
  • Garlic Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 4-6 Chicken Breast or Thighs Bone-in, Skin-on

Instructions

  • Season thawed chicken - on both sides - heavily with garlic salt and black pepper.
    Do you love fried chicken but hate making it? Try our Crock Pot Mock Fried Chicken for all of the taste but none of the mess!
  • Rub softened butter over the surface of each piece of chicken, top and bottom.
    Do you love fried chicken but hate making it? Try our Crock Pot Mock Fried Chicken for all of the taste but none of the mess!
  • Put into crock pot insert, and cook on high for 2 to 4 hours or until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F.
    Do you love fried chicken but hate making it? Try our Crock Pot Mock Fried Chicken for all of the taste but none of the mess!
  • Remove from crock pot, and place onto a broil pan.
  • Broil chicken in oven for approximately 5 minutes or until skin is golden brown and crispy. Be sure to watch chicken closely so the skin doesn't burn.
    Do you love fried chicken but hate making it? Try our Crock Pot Mock Fried Chicken for all of the taste but none of the mess!

Notes

  • Who knew you could make a crispy crock pot chicken recipe?  In all honesty, the crock pot makes the chicken moist, and a broiling step makes the skin crispy.
  • Be sure to use skin-on, thawed chicken. I prefer thighs but breasts would work too.
  • Substitute garlic powder and salt for garlic salt.
  • Margarine can be substituted for butter in this slow cooker fried chicken recipe. 
  • Use an digital thermometer like this one to make sure this crispy crock pot chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. 
  • Use a oven safe broiler pan for the broiling step.
  • Do not walk away from the chicken while broiling; it can easily go from beautiful golden brown to burnt black!
  • Serve this along side Old Fashioned Pea Salad

Do you love fried chicken but hate making it? Try our Crock Pot Mock Fried Chicken for all of the taste but none of the mess!

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    1. It is. Looking back, we probably should have called it more of a roasted chicken than a fried chicken since the outside isn’t quite “fried chicken” like!

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