Crock Pot Thai Chicken


Crock Pot Thai Chicken is a 3 ingredient crock pot dish that’s as easy as they come!

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Hello, and happy Monday!

This was one of the best weekends in awhile as we had nothing on the agenda. When life gets crazy, a free weekend is like a rare jewel to be treasured and polished. Or maybe just treasured. I got so much done these past two days! So I guess it actually wasn’t free… Isn’t that funny? Even when there’s nothing scheduled we still find ways to fill the time with chores, errands, etc. Such is life!

Anyway, it was also Ben’s birthday weekend and instead of going out for dinner or drinks he decided he wanted to cook at home all day Saturday. Super random, but also fine by me! Yum, yum. : )

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After running out to buy a pasta roller, he spent a few hours rolling and cutting fresh pappardelle pasta to pair with a bolognese sauce full of veggies, pancetta, red wine, fresh rosemary, beef, and pork that he simmered on the stove top all afternoon. (Recipe from his brain – I don’t know how he does it!)

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Lincoln was as nervous as his Dad was to see how it’d turn out…

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Total success! The slow-cooked sauce was packed with flavor, and you really can’t beat the taste and texture of homemade pasta. Go Ben!

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Sunday the boys packed up and headed out to brunch while I worked, then we spent the afternoon at a friend’s house watching football and chowing on Cheeseburger Dip. Think I’ll recreate for ya’ soon.

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While the boys were away, I popped the ingredients for Crock Pot Thai Chicken in the crock pot so it’d be ready for dinner after we returned from Sunday funday.

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THREE ingredients including a Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette, light coconut milk, and chicken breasts are tossed together in the crock pot, slow cooked all day, and then served over coconut rice. This dish tasted like the islands and could not be simpler.

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Like I said – just three ingredients!

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Besides 1-1/2lbs chicken breasts, you’ll need 3/4 cup each Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette and Light Coconut Milk, both of which I got at Trader Joe’s. If you don’t have a TJ’s near you, any Asian peanut vinaigrette or even a similar marinade would work instead.

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Add all the ingredients to a 5.5 – 6 quart crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours, or until the chicken is very tender.

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When the chicken has about 20 minutes to go, make a batch of Coconut Rice to go underneath. This rice is MA JAM. Ben, who hates all things coconut, is even a fan of this stuff. Start by sauteing 1 chopped green onion, 1 minced garlic clove, and 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme (or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme) in 1 Tablespoon coconut oil until tender. Then add 1 cup each light coconut milk and water.

This recipe is great because between the chicken and rice you only need 1 can of light coconut milk!

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Bring the liquid to a boil then add 1 cup long grain white rice, pop a lid on top, turn the heat down, and then simmer until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is fluffy, about 15 minutes.

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Add a big ‘ol scoop of coconut rice onto a plate then top with a couple pieces of slow cooked chicken and chopped peanuts. Drizzle a bit of the cooking liquid over everything then dig in!

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Crock Pot Thai Chicken

serves 4


Crock Pot Thai Chicken is a 3 ingredient crock pot dish that's as easy as they come!


  • 1-1/2lbs chicken breasts
  • 1-14oz can lite coconut milk, divided
  • 3/4 cup Trader Joe's Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette (or something similar)
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped (or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • chopped salted peanuts, optional


  1. Cut chicken breasts in half then lay in the bottom of a 5.5 - 6 quart crock pot. Add 3/4 cup coconut milk and 3/4 cup spicy peanut vinaigrette on top then lift chicken breasts to get liquid underneath. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours, or until very tender.
  2. When chicken has 20 minutes left, make Coconut Rice. Heat coconut oil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add green onion, garlic, and thyme then saute until tender, 2 minutes. Add remaining coconut milk (1 cup,) water, and salt then bring to a boil. Add rice, place a lid on top, then turn heat down to medium-low and simmer until rice is tender, 15-20 minutes.
  3. Scoop rice onto plates then top with chicken and drizzle cooking liquid on top. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts, if desired, then serve.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,


Fresh and tropical tasting, I almost which I had a juicy mango to chop and sprinkle on top. MMM! Hope you enjoy this easy crock pot meal!

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  1. Funny, I was JUST saying how I need to knock the dust off the ol’ crockpot soon! This looks fantastic…and I love the coconut rice! Again…you’re tempting me with rice! Well, I guess that’s a plus since I just made it my mission for the next couple of months to eat down the collection of grains I’m hoarding in my pantry right now! Ha!

    That Bolognese! And with homemade pasta?! I’m speechless!

    PS, your son is absolutely adorable! Love that big smile!

  2. Runner Girl Eats 10.07.2013

    Thanks for sharing this! I have been lookng for new Crockpot meals and this seems so tasty!

  3. Kathy 10.07.2013

    Can’t wait to see the cheeseburger dip recipe. I need some more football food recipes! :)

  4. Crockpots are a busy mom’s best friend, no? Love mine. And this recipe looks beyond simple. Perfect for extra busy weeks.

    And I have to comment on how jealous I am of your husband’s culinary skills. Homemade pasta and sauce?! Gah!!

  5. Tieghan 10.07.2013

    He is so cute! These are the best photos!!

    Oh and homemade pasta and sauce is the best! Your husband nows what up!! Love the crockpot thai chicken too!

  6. Cookbook Queen 10.07.2013

    Your little guy is TOO adorable. And I am in LOVE with this meal…my baby girl is 10 months old and the crockpot is a life saver right now!!

  7. faith 10.07.2013

    we love making pasta too! although we don’t have the pasta machine.. we actually made some this weekend with a spinach and lamb Alfredo sauce- so yummy! I am going to have to try that chicken recipe- who doesn’t love a few ingredient Crockpot recipe !!!????!!

  8. i’ve been looking for a new crockpot recipe, this is perfect timing! most of my recipes are so heavy, this will be such a good lighter option.

  9. C. 10.07.2013

    This recipe looks delicious! I live a few blocks from Trader Joe’s – definitely trying this out soon. I have tried slow cooker Thai-style recipes in the past and they NEVER seem to work out. Fingers crossed :)

  10. I think I could eat thai food everyday of my life if I had to. so good. this looks amazing and simple!!

  11. Connie Conlon 10.07.2013

    I love seeing all the pictures of little Lincoln. He is just the cutest and happiest little fella. Thank you for sharing !

  12. I am always looking for crock pot recipes – anything with coconut is a total bonus! I imagine this chicken is super tender :)

  13. This is going on my menu next week. I have some boneless skinless chicken thighs that would work great with this recipe. Thanks!

  14. Cristy 10.07.2013

    Hey Kristen! How spicy is this? Wondering if my kids would go for it.

  15. Robyn 10.07.2013

    Just made your crock pot bourbon chicken sammies on the weekend and they were so good. obviously have to make this too. no TJ’s in toronto though, so i’ll have to make my own peanut sauce!

  16. Libby 10.07.2013

    Does anyone have a recommendation for something similar to Trader Joe’s Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette? I would love to make this, but we’re Trader Joe-less here in Alabama!

    • christine 10.10.2013

      I used a thai peanut sauce that I found at Target! It worked great! If you can find any bottled peanut sauce, you will be all set!

  17. Ali 10.07.2013

    I love thai food. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  18. This looks wonderful!! And so easy! And amen, I have a Trader Joe’s nearby. I can not wait to make this. :)

  19. Becky 10.07.2013

    Wow! Ben is a culinary genius! That looks awesome!

    My husband doesn’t like coconut, but he’ll eat coconut rice and curry with coconut. The next time I get to TJ’s, I’ll pick the marinade up!

  20. Emily 10.07.2013

    Oh man, this looks amazing. Definitely making this week!

  21. Nichole C 10.07.2013

    weekends where you have nothing big planned, are THE best! We had one as well. Can’t wait to make this dish!

  22. Tracy 10.07.2013

    Sounds like you actually did “polish” and treasure your free weekend haha!!

    Love these easy no fail crock pot meals! Keep ’em coming!

  23. Once again another recipe to pin! I love your crockpot recipes :-) I recently purchased a thai infused broth so it seems like that might sub in perfectly for this recipe.

    As for boys and cooking…my man is the same way. For some reason, he just comes up with stuff in his head…and it works!

  24. Mmmmm!! Now that fall has officially hit Chicago, I’m all about crockpot recipes. My husband is all over Thai food so this is going on my “to make soon” list!

  25. Yum! Both to this recipe and Ben’s pasta. Gotta love a man who can cook! For the Thai Chicken, if I want to add some veggies (maybe potatoes, carrots and broccoli a la Thai curry), would you recommend waiting until the last hour or so of cooking time?

  26. Marit 10.07.2013

    Not so sure I will EVER make my own pasta.. but will definitely try the crockpot recipe!

  27. We are a huge fan of Thai food in our house! I love the idea of a Crock Pot version. :)

    P.S. Where did you find that absolutely adorable red zip up hoodie for Lincoln?!

  28. Adrienne 10.07.2013

    I know a while back you were doing marketing or PR for a local museum. Are you (or were you, pre-Lincoln) still doing that, or are you sticking to the blog and your side gigs now?

  29. Daisy 10.07.2013

    Thanks for sharing this, I’m always looking for fun new slow cooker recipes!!!!

  30. Coconut milk is just so darn good! This recipe sounds delicious and so easy, love it :) And speaking of, Lincoln’s faces are ridiculously amazing, so so cute!

  31. Kristen 10.07.2013

    I have a question about the pasta…any kind of gluten free dough ideas?

  32. Carrie 10.07.2013

    That pasta looks DELISH. Would love to have that recipe too. Crock pot chicken sounds tasty too. I just pulled out my crock pot today and made lemon garlic chicken. Mmmmmmmm. I think the Thai chicken is next.

  33. Tamara 10.08.2013

    Oh wow, that chicken and rice looks amazing… and so easy! (The pasta/sauce also looks phenomenal. You two are a double-bill in the kitchen!)

    Glad you enjoyed a relaxing (ish) weekend! I had the laziest Sunday ever… I had surgery a month ago and have generally been feeling better. But my Saturday was much busier than I’ve been used to lately, including an evening wedding. I was home by 10:30 and in bed shortly thereafter, but that didn’t stop me from spending the entirety of Sunday on the couch. We binge-watched S1 (it’s “only” 8 episodes) of Broadchurch, an AMAZING British series.

    My need to do absolutely nothing on Sunday made me realize that, while I have been feeling nearly back to normal, I’m still very much in the recovery stages of my post-op experience. :)

    Thanks for the recipes!

  34. em@simplypresent 10.08.2013

    Crockpots + Asian Food = Two of the best things ever!

  35. Every time you post a pic of Lincoln, you send my baby fever through the roof!! I can’t even handle the preciousness.

    And Ben’s meal is so impressive! Homemade pasta is no joke.

  36. Awww Lincoln’s nervous face is priceless! And this chicken – love seeing crockpot recipes this time of year!

  37. Erin 10.08.2013

    Mine is in the crock pot perfecting as I type!! Gosh, I am sooo excited to get home and try it. Here’s to hoping my husby doesn’t mess up the rice (I measured out the rice and put it in the pan, coconut milk and water are ready to go) All he has to do is combine and cook- surely he can’t mess that up?! Ha! Ben is a keeper if he makes pasta from scratch and sauce! Keep up the crock pot recipe’s, I am always looking for new ones!

  38. I’m always looking for delicious CrockPot meals and this looks killer, Kristin! What a perfect dish for spicing up weeknights! And Lincoln’s face? Haha, precious!

  39. Chew HuiTing 10.09.2013

    The food looks so good! xo

  40. Nicole G 10.09.2013

    I am trying this recipe out for tonight- looks delish!!!!

  41. Lincoln is the cutest little thing I have ever seen! And go Ben for being a guy wanting to cook on his birthday! I wish my husband… little brother… or even Dad would want such a thing on their birthday! You are one lucky girl! And I’ll be on the look out for that recipe for the cheeseburger dip! :)

  42. christine 10.10.2013

    Made the thai chicken tonight,it was great! Served it over spaghetti squash I had cooked in the microwave (seasoned with salt, onion powder, garlic powder and curry powder!) Great, low carb meal! Thank you for sharing!

  43. Alyssa 10.10.2013

    You have such an amazing husband to want to cook for you on his birthday! During my birthday month (yes, I’m one of those people), I don’t lift a finger!

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  45. Is there any reason you used white rice instead of brown? Just wondering! This looks to die for… and I love how easy it is!

  46. Rachel O'Hanlon 10.12.2013

    Love a crockpot recipe that ventures away from condensed soup and barbecue! I can’t wait to try this Thai chicken crockpot meal.
    Really enjoying your blog as a fellow iowa girl, runner and avid traveler myself.

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  49. Lindsay 10.14.2013

    Making this tonight and I’m pumped!

  50. Brittney 10.14.2013

    I may or may not have just polished off my second bowl of this coconut rice for the evening :) I threw a bag of HyVee frozen stir fry veggies in towards the end of the chicken cooking & it added some great bulk & color. Definitely a new favorite at our house!

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