Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken

Slow Cooker Chicken with Balsamic and Tomatoes

This is a super flavorful, savory dish with juicy, tender chicken that’s delicious over a swirl of spaghetti or other favorite grain. It also makes a dynamite leftover along with crusty bread for soaking up all those tasty juices.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 7 minutes
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Author katiemorford


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 4 whole cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • One 26-ounce box or 28-ounce can chopped tomatoes (with their juices)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bunch swiss chard (or other leafy greens), stems removed, roughly chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Cooked whole grain pasta, brown rice, or other grain for serving


  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Put onion, garlic, balsamic vinegar, tomatoes (juice included), rosemary, thyme, basil, and oregano into the crock pot and stir well.
  3. Nestle the chicken pieces into the tomatoes. Turn crock pot to high.
  4. Cook until the chicken is very tender, about 4 hours.
  5. Add chard to the pot and stir so that it is covered with liquid. Cook 15 to 20 minutes longer until the chard is tender.
  6. Serve over cooked whole grain spaghetti, brown rice, or farro with Parmesan cheese grated over the top.