Slow Cooker Chicken with Apples & Rosemary

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This recipe is part of the 20 Slow Cooker Freezer Packs from Costco for $150 meal plan. Note that this is written as a single recipe, but is doubled in the Costco meal plan, so you will have enough ingredients to make 2 packs. 

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Slow Cooker Chicken with Apples & Rosemary

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 8 hours in slow cooker


  • 1 chicken breast, 2-3 chicken thighs
  • 3 apples, peeled and sliced
  • (lime juice for the apples)
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • Salt and pepper


Assembly Instructions: Add all ingredients to the pack, in the order they were listed. Remove as much air as you can or vacuum seal the pack. Freeze up to 6 months in a refrigerator freezer, or 12 months in a deep freezer.

Cooking Instructions: Thaw the slow cooker pack in the refrigerator overnight, or in a bowl of warm water for about 30 minutes. If the pack is partially thawed, cook on low for 8-10 hours. If the pack is completely thawed, you can cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours.

Side dish suggestion: I would serve this with some brown rice or warm bread.

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  1. Denise Guiles says

    Being in food service I must take exception to
    your thawing method. Food should NEVER be
    thawed in warm water! Always COLD running
    water! I would hope you will correct
    this misstatement so people
    won’t get sick!

    • says

      30 minutes in warm water will NOT make anyone sick. Remember the old adage of food being out for 2 hours and then it needs to be tossed? 30 minutes from frozen solid to slightly soft around the edges (’cause let’s face it, a frozen block into a warm bowl of water will soon turn that warm water cold too 😉 ) will not cause anyone any harm.

    • Cat Cain says

      Denise, the instructions for thawing the pack for 30 minutes in warm water, is not going to cause anyone to get sick, if it was a longer time it might, but it is fine to thaw a frozen pack of food for 30 minutes in warm water then throw it in the slow cooker. With meats that I’m thawing to cook i use cold running water or let it sit in cold water and change it every 15 minutes. But I think these instructions are just fine. The optimum choice, of course, would be to thaw it out in the refrigerator. 😉 Peace.

    • says

      Doesnt the cooking – kill any bacteria? I thought that pertained to food left out before being servied, not before being cooked?

  2. says

    You don’t have to thaw it at all, in my experience. Run it under hot water for a few seconds so that you can slide it out of the bag. Then plop it into the CrockPot, put a little water in the bag to rinse out all “the good stuff” and pour that water into the CrockPot, as well. Cover and cook.

    • Sarah L says

      That’s what I do. Lest we forget, these meals are going to cook for 5-8 hours. That is plenty of time to bring the temperature up, and kill off any bacteria that will grow in the short time the meat will be in the optimum bacterial growth temperature range in the crock pot.

  3. says

    Of all the work she did to put this together you guys griped about something? Would have been nice to say “Thank you for sharing your great ideas” And then keep your mouth shut about the negative stuff… Putting it in the fridge overnight to thaw is perfectly fine even according to HEALTH code standards! Thawing something “INSIDE A ZIPLOCK” in a “WARM” not hot water bath for literally half an hour isn’t going to cause poisoning or kill anyone. Really rolled my eyes when I read all your negative stuff. I want each of you that posted negative or rude things to think of 3 positive things every single morning when you wake up an post it or put it somewhere in your house. we’ve really got to turn your negative attitudes around :) Be HAPPY and spread HAPPY don’t be grouchy and negative! And it would be nice of you to apologized as well.

    • Kim Olson says

      Ya I have to agree! I have managed to raise 2 boys and cook many dinners as a working parent, thawing foods by whatever means necessary. I can happily say that all those turkeys left out on the counter overnight or taken out of the fridge to the counter several nights in a row never killed anyone. I’ve left chicken to thaw overnight on the counter, I’ve eaten potato salad that was older than a day, and I’ve re-frozen raw and previously frozen meant to boot. I can assure you that my family and I are all still alive and well and will live to eat more poorly thawed meat! :-)

  4. Heather says

    So I’m a little new to using the slow cooker, but this recipe sounded yummy. I’m curious though if there is any liquid? Most recipes I’ve done required some type of liquid in the slow cooker. I want to try this one out fresh, without freezing to see how the family likes it!

    • Jenn K says

      Heather, The meat and veggies/apples release enough liquid when cooking that they will be fine! But you can always add a 1/2 cup of water if you’re worried. I don’t add additional liquid to those recipes that do not call for it and they’ve always turned out great.

  5. Lori says

    I’m sorry…I’m such a visual person that I often require a picture with a recipe…so this may seem ridiculous.
    Do you serve this on the bread? It doesn’t seem like enough chicken for a family of 4 unless it is a topper to the rice or bread.

    • Jenn K says

      Lori – serve with bread on the side or serve on top of rice! You can always add more rice and veggies to make the meal stretch to feed your family.

  6. Sandra Travis says

    I am guessing that if you use a crock pot liner to cook the meal in, you could also freeze the meal in the liner inside that Ziploc bag, thus eliminating the need to thaw the food at all! (I have never done this, so I am not positive it would work, in theory it sounds good though.) Recipe sounds good.

  7. Cathy says

    May be a dumb question, but … when you say “1 chicken breast, 2-3 chicken thighs” are you saying the breast PLUS the thighs or the breast OR the thighs? I think others have questioned the amount of protein in some of the recipes, too. I assumed you meant both but then began to wonder. :)
    Thanks for these great suggestions, by the way.

  8. Celeste says

    I also am curious about the above question – breast plus thighs or one breast OR thighs? Assuming it’s both and putting them in together for now :)

    Thank you!

  9. Maria beauton says

    Yes, you would need at least 1 cup of broth with any recipe in the crock pot. It’s too bad this didn’t say that. I downloaded the recipes and it didn’t even say that in the downloaded version. Kinda sad I stupidly paid for it!

    • Jenn K says

      So sorry to hear that you aren’t satisfied. We really don’t add more liquid to a lot of slow cooker recipes as the juice from meat (and in this case – the apples) makes it more than juicy enough! Feel free to add stock or water as you desire.

    • Zipporah says

      Maria – There is no need to chop the chicken breast. After a day in the crock pot, it will be falling apart. Chopping it would just be a waste of time.

    • Melanie says

      I just went shopping for the ingredients in the Costco meal plan. The chicken thighs that match her description/price were boneless skinless and were in saddle bag packaging. This isn’t the bulk pack from the frozen section–it’s over by the fresh meat.

  10. Neil Watters says

    We just made this for today’s dinner and it turned out great. 8 hrs is overkill for cooking on low. I stopped the slow cooker after 6 hrs. The apples turn into mush but that’s ok, it’s just a super apple sauce now. The chicken tastes great! My wife said it reminded her of Thanksgiving so we are going to eat this meal with stuffing. I look forward to trying all the recipes under the Costco plan. I appreciate you putting this together.

  11. Melanie says

    I work 12 hr. shifts. If I put this in crockpot frozen and and a little liquid, do you think it would turn out pr by mush?

  12. DH says

    What should the approximate weight be for the chicken and apples? These things can differ in size quite a bit, so I’m just trying to make sure I don’t mess it up. Thanks!

      • DH says

        I understand that the intention of the meal plan is to buy everything from Costco, but I live in the middle of a large city without a Costco and rely on public transportation. I’d be buying the ingredients from my neighborhood grocery store, which doesn’t package things in the exact same way Costco does. Just trying to get some clarity.

  13. Angela Phillips says

    Wish you included the nutritional information with all your recipes! Would certainly help those of us who need to count calories or WW points…..

    • Terri Miller says

      If you do work out the nutrition facts out on these recipes, would you share them? Thanks!
      I’ve not tried them yet, but I’d be willing to do some of them, too.

  14. Karen Lynne says

    Can you elaborate what you mean by “lime juice for the apples”? I don’t see it referenced in the recipe…


    • Rochelle Murphy says

      Karen, you toss the apples with a little lime juice after slicing just to keep them from browning. Technically you could leave the lime juice out if you don’t mind the brown color.

  15. Rebecca says

    Does anyone have the microwaveable slow cooker from QVC?
    If yes, how do you change cooking times?….looking forward to hearing back some good thoughts, thanks so much

  16. Arbodnangle Scrulp says

    Just found this site thanks to eBaum! I love the idea of freezer cooking, but as a single person who cooks only for himself I would need to cook the 4 person meal in a crockpot and then freeze 3 meals to be reheated later in a microwave. Is this sensible with this recipe?

  17. Natalie says

    Would it be possible to use ALL chicken breast instead of breast and thigh? We have an eater who refuses to eat chicken off the bone.

    • Jenn K says

      Yes, you can use just chicken breast or use boneless thighs. The darker meat on the thighs keeps the chicken moist in the slow cooker.

  18. Rita says

    Do you need to add any water or stock?

    I’m assuming if frozen it may produce some of its own mois ture but what if you are adding all the ingredients fresh and not frozen or thawed…then would it need water?

  19. Rachel says

    Can you please clarify on how many servings this recipe is? Each recipe is supposed to be doubled already to make two packs, with 4 servings each pack, so this recipe is supposed to be 8 servings? 1 chicken breast and 2-3 thighs does not seem to be enough for 8 servings. So am I supposed to double this recipe myself? I’m so confused!


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