Easy Thai Chicken

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Easy thai Chicken

Im so excited to share my Easy Thai Chicken freezer meal with you!

Whats better then pulling a freezer meal out, throwing it into the slow cooker and enjoying a healthy and delicious Thai chicken that night!

Not only is this slow cooker thai chicken better then take out, its also family friendly!

My kids love pad Thai when we go out and this recipe gives them all the same delicious flavors! 

Its not too spicy which makes it kid friendly.

Tip: If you like a kick in your Thai Chicken just add some crushed red pepper flakes to your plate or a little sriracha.

Creating easy and healthy freezer food is a passion of mine. Feeding a family of 5 filling and tasty dinners takes time, and no one wants to be stuck in the kitchen every night. I would rather be playing with my kids, hanging with my partner or even going for walks.

Spending a little bit of time meal prepping gives me the ability to be doing the things I enjoy. Plus I feel confident in feeding my family healthy dinners and being present with them in small moments. 

Why you will love this easy Thai chicken recipe. 

  • 10 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Healthy (Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free)
  • Family Friendly

Is Thai chicken healthy?

Yes! This recipe is very diet friendly and clean using only natural ingredients. If you are paleo sub out soy sauce for coconut aminos. Its an amazing dish you will love!
 

Ingredients you will need for this easy Thai chicken recipe.

  • chicken thighs
  • red bell pepper
  • onion
  • chicken broth
  • soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
  • cumin
  • garlic powder
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • tapioca starch
  • peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • fresh lime juice

What are coconut aminos? What can I use if I do not have them?

 
Coconut aminos is a sauce made from coconut palm and sea salt (Its soy, wheat and gluten free) making it a healthy alternative to soy sauce for those with allergies or food sensitivities. 
If desired you can use soy sauce instead of coconut aminos.  
 

How to make the thai sauce?

SUPER EASY! In the past sauces have intimidated me. But this one is as simple as throwing all the sauce ingredients together and whisking them until smooth. Place sauce ingredients to the side and add in toward the end for more flavor! 
 

How to make this easy Thai chicken recipe in the slow cooker?

Just throw everything into a slow cooker or crockpot and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner!
 
 
 
 
 

 

What kind of meat can I use?

Chicken thighs work best in this recipe. I use skin-less bone-in chicken thighs because I love the flavor of cooking with bone-in meats. You can use skin-less bone-less chicken thighs if desired.
 
Chicken breasts will also work well in this recipe, just cook closer to 4-5 hours if using chicken breasts to avoid dryness. 
 

What to serve with slow cooker Thai chicken?

Serve over rice or cauliflower rice with pickled veggies and a fresh fruit salad. Or serve with na’am bread.
 

How to store this easy Thai chicken recipe?

After cooking store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
 

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

You can use a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe. It is designed to be fast and easy so you do not have to take the time to cook all night.
 
This is my favorite slow cooker thai chicken recipe!
 

Can I use an instant pot instead?

Of course! Instant pot thai chicken is easy and delicious!
 
If you are tight on time or a last minute cook then throw everything in the instant post and adjust cook time.
 
For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!
 

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

How do you make this Slow Cooker Thai Chicken recipe? 👇 

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 15 mins
Calories: 381kcal
Author: Hannah Stewart

Ingredients

Main:

  • 2 lb Bone-In Chicken Thighs, no skin*
  • 1 1/2 cup Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup Onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce (Coconut Aminos for paleo)

Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes*
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Tapioca Starch
  • 2/3 cup Peanut Butter (almond butter for paleo)
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce (Coconut aminos for paleo)
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice*

Supplies for Freezing

  • 1 Gallon Freezer Bag
  • 1 Quart Freezer Bag

Instructions

Directions:

  • Add all main ingredients into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  • Whisk together sauce ingredients and set aside.
  • Stir in whisked sauce with one hour cook time remaining.
  • Shred Chicken, remove bones and stir back into sauce.
  • Serve over Basmati Rice (Cauliflower Rice for Paleo).

Freezer Directions

  • Label gallon freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from freezer directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  • Add all main ingredients to labeled gallon freezer bag.
  • Add all sauce ingredients into quart freezer bag.
  • Set sealed quart bag into gallon freezer bag and seal. (Remove as much air from gallon bag as possible).
  • Store in freezer for up to three months.

Cooking from Freezer Directions:

  • If desired, Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Add freezer bag contents into the slow cooker (Set sauce in quart size bag aside).
  • Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  • Whisk thawed sauce ingredients, and stir into slow cooker with one hour cook time remaining.
  • Shred Chicken, remove bones and stir back into sauce.
  • Serve over Basmati Rice (Cauliflower Rice for Paleo).

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How freezer meals will change your life.

Makes homecooking Easy

Only spend one hour in the kitchen for a whole week of dinners. Day of, throw your freezer meal in the slow cooker or instant pot and enjoy dinner!

feel confident

Knowing you have a fool proof systen for something that is easy and works gives you confidence in the kitchen. So wether you're a seasoned chef or occational home cook the method of freezer cooking will work for you!

Eat Healthier

Because you're prepping the freezer meals with fresh foods you're eating healthier. Anytime you cook at home instead of eating out you get the benefits of healthier food.

Enjoy less stress

Have you ever felt the pressure of forgetting about dinner, or having to cook at the end of a long day?! No more, just grab something out of the freezer and you're good to go.

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Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the freezer meal in your slow cooker and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen when cooking).

This thai chicken recipe is made using a peanut sauce so it is not spicy. You can add heat by adding red pepper flakes to taste. 

If you or family members do not like spice then omit the red pepper flakes. 

Follow the instructions below for an easy thai chicken recipe. No browning of the meat required. Just dump all ingredients together in a slow cooker or crock pot and let dinner cook for you. 

A serving size assumes 1 cup of Thai chicken at 381 kcal per serving. 

Absolutely. This can easily be a instant pot thai recipe.

You may have to play around with cook times if using chicken breasts.

If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

Yes, try using cauliflower or even a potato to replace your chicken. You could even find a tofu (although I am not familiar with the exact type needed). And as long as you use a vegan appropriate nut butter and coconut aminos this Thai sauce recipe is vegan. 

Yes this recipe uses peanut butter traditionally in the sauce. Although a traditional peanut curry sauce contains more peanut. There is enough in the recipe that it gives it a hint of peanut with the flavorings of a pad Thai dish. 

Add in 1-2 tbsp tapioca starch mixed with 1-2 tbsp water to make a slurry and then add to the sloppy joe mix and cook on low in slow cooker for an additional 30 minutes to thicken sauce. (you can also use cornstarch or arrowroot powder if that’s what you have on hand)

Absolutely! This dish cooks the chicken in an amazing sauce allowing your chicken to soak up all that flavor!

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