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Marlene's Creamy Lemon Chicken Thighs

Updated April 10, 2023
Marlenes Creamy Lemon Chicken Thighs
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Marlene's Creamy Lemon Chicken Thighs will make you homesick for the meals Mom used to make. This old-fashioned chicken thighs recipe is sure to be a winner with the whole family because it brings comfort to the table. Mustard, lemon juice and chicken broth combine for a creamy sauce that coats these tender, slow-cooked thighs with the perfect flavor. For an easy yet elegant meal, this is a no-brainer. This is the perfect main dish to serve at something as special as Easter dinner, howevr, it's practical enough to make for a Thursday night at home.


Preparation Time15 min

Slow Cooker Time HIGH4 hr

Slow Cooker Time LOW7 hr



  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper (can adjust to taste)
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon grainy mustard
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Sprinkle each side of chicken with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.

  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter with olive oil, add onion and garlic and saute for about 2 minutes and then add seasoned chicken thighs.

  3. Sauté for about 2-3 minutes on each side until nicely browned.

  4. Transfer contents of pan to slow cooker and add chicken broth. Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours or high for 3-4.

  5. Remove chicken and cover to keep warm. Add cream, mustard, lemon juice and cornstarch to slow cooker and whisk. Pour over chicken and serve.

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Generally I'm not a big chicken person, but this sounds pretty yummy! Plus, I think Marlene sounds like a name I could trust.

Can I use cream cheese instead of the heavy cream in the sauce? I have the cream cheese in the fridge along with all the other ingredients. I would hate to go out just for one thing because I will bring back half the store. It always happens that way for me.

Hi SissieSass, a better substitute would be to add a little melted butter to milk. That way it will be more of the right consistency. - Natalie, Editor of AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes

A nice lightened up slow cooker recipe without a too heavy sauce, bring cream to room temp or heat slightly to avoid sauce separating.


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