Crockpot Lemon Chicken Recipe


This crockpot lemon chicken recipe really couldn't be simpler. If you have just ten minutes in the morning, you can prepare this and come home to a truly fine feast in the evening. Crockpot cooking at its best.

Crockpot Lemon Chicken
Mijoté de poulet au citron

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 4 hours

Makes 6 servings.


  • 2 onions, cut in eighths
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 8 pieces of chicken, skinned
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup chicken bouillon
  • 4 sprigs of tarragon (ok, if you have to, use 1 teaspoon dried tarragon)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream


  1. Place the onions and the garlic in the crockpot.
  2. Sprinkle the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, then slather them with the mustard and place in the crockpot.
  3. Pour the lemon juice and chicken bouillon on top and then finish with the tarragon sprigs (or sprinkle on dried tarragon).
  4. Cook on low heat for at least four hours, giving it a stir, if possible, along the way.
  5. Before serving this crockpot lemon chicken recipe, remove the tarragon and discard. Remove the chicken, which should be falling off the bone, and set aside. Stir the cream into the sauce and then return chicken to the crockpot to serve.

Note: For extra lemon flavor, place a couple of slices of lemon on top along with the tarragon before cooking.

Crockpot Cooking in France

By moving to France 17 years ago, I kind of missed out on the crockpot craze going on in the US. I happily cooked away for years not knowing what I was missing out on, like this super easy crockpot lemon chicken recipe.

Then we moved to French Guyana in South America. Ninety degrees Fahrenheit and ninety percent humidity can damper anybody's enthusiasm in the kitchen. I was cooking in the evening and sweating profusely at the dinner table as a result. I quickly got fed up and started looking for alternatives.

Of course, a slow cooker was what I needed! I'd put it on early in the day and in the evening I'd slide up to the table cool as a cucumber.

Trying to find a crockpot in Guyana was an adventure in itself. The French have not entirely caught on to the beauties of the mijoteuse, and finding one in South America was a real stretch. I finally located one in a truck trailer - a sort of traveling jungle hardware store - and I've been using it happily ever since.

If you have a family to cook for and you don't have a crockpot, you need one! It's not just good for hot weather, it can be a real life saver for working parents. (Hey, do you know any non-working parents?)

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