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Slow Cooker Chicken with Dates and Golden Raisins
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 45 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 5 mins

This Slow Cooker Chicken with Dates and Golden Raisins is easy for a weeknight dinner or meal prep, but the flavors are also impressive enough for a dinner party! 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Keyword: chicken breast, dates, slow cooker
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 cup fresh cilantro, chopped + more for garnish
  • 6 dates, cut in half
  • 1/8 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1.5 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in half
  • 1.5 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 strips of orange zest (optional)
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. When hot, add the onion and bell pepper to the pan. Sauté for 4 minutes, then add the garlic to the pan and sauté for 1 more minute. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the onion mixture into the bottom of a slow cooker.
  2. Add 1/8 cup of cilantro, dates, golden raisins, just ¾ cup of the chicken broth, and the apple cider vinegar to the slow cooker. Give everything a quick stir.
  3. In a small bowl combine the paprika, cinnamon, cumin, ginger, cayenne, and salt. Add HALF of the spice mixture to the slow cooker and reserve the other half.
  4. Place the chicken breast pieces on a large plate and rub the remaining spice mixture onto the chicken, so that it is thoroughly coated on all sides.
  5. Bring the large skillet back to medium heat and add an additional Tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Add half of the chicken pieces to the pan and brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side, but do not cook all the way through. Put the browned chicken into the slow cooker, then add an additional Tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and repeat with the remaining chicken. Add the last batch of chicken to the slow cooker, laying the pieces next to each other, and spooning some of the broth mixture on top of the chicken.
  6. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW for 3.5-4 hours. When the time is up, whisk together the cornstarch with the remaining ¼ cup of chicken broth and add to the slow cooker with the orange zest. Cook on HIGH for 20 minutes, until sauce is thickened. Serve hot over whole wheat couscous or barley and garnish with chopped fresh cilantro.