Slow Cooker Creole Chicken – $5 Dinner Challenge

A simple variation of chicken and rice.

It’s simple to make. It calls for simple ingredients. And is simply delicious!

This is the last of the recipes that was on my “pantry challenge” list from December and January. And how fitting that I’m making it on the last day of January! I had the chicken thighs in the freezer and knew I wanted to use them in the slow cooker (because I don’t grill when it’s 20 degrees out!)  While using a gumbo soup vegetable mix would have been more appropriate, I used a vegetable soup mix of frozen vegetables…that has also been hanging out in the freezer!

Add some Creole seasoning (and say BAM! while you’re at it!)…sorry, I had to!

Let it cook the day away and enjoy a no fuss meal at the end of the day!

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Slow Cooker Creole Chicken


  • 2.5 lbs. chicken thighs ($2.49) On sale for $.99/lb
  • Drizzles of olive oil ($.05)
  • 1-2 Tbsp Creole seasoning ($.20)
  • 1 bag vegetable soup frozen vegetables or gumbo soup mix ($.88)
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes ($.15)
  • 1 cup brown rice, as side dish ($.40)


  • Add the chicken thighs to the slow cooker.  Drizzle a little olive oil over the top.  Season with the Creole seasoning.
  • Add the diced tomatoes over the chicken, then the vegetables over top of the chicken. (Adding them while still frozen is fine!)  Sprinkle a little more seasoning over top.  Add a few dashes of salt and pepper as well.
  • Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 8 hours.
  • About 1 hour before dinner time, start cooking the brown rice.  Cook according to package instructions. (If using instant brown rice, you’ll only need a few minutes!)
  • Serve Slow Cooker Creole Chicken and veggies over brown rice.

Cost $4.17

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  1. Janet says

    if you simply swap out any objectionable ingredients with fresh items, your cost would not change that much. I never use packaged foods, only fresh so I know you can still bring this in under $5

  2. says

    This sounds like a great, easy recipe- I wouldn’t exactly call this a “packaged food” meal. Yes, the vegetables are frozen, but frozen veggies are often higher in nutrients than fresh. And even WAP and Sally Fallon approve of canned tomatoes. Really I don’t see what is in this recipe that is objectionable, and I would make this in a heartbeat. Awesome!

  3. Grace says

    I think this recipe looks great. And there is nothing listed that I wouldn’t consider to be healthy… I am really confused by the comment on this recipe containing “packaged” items. This website has been a lifesaver for me as I am trying to bring our grocery budget way down. Thanks for all of your hard work!

  4. D'Nae says

    i have a question, well a few actually. :) first off i am a HUGE fan. are the chicken thighs frozen when you placed them in the crockpot or did you thaw them out? and did you add any water to the crockpot and are the tomatoes drained?

    • Cheri says

      I am going to try this recipe sometime this week. I am not using frozen thighs, and I am not adding water. I am going to pour the entire undrained can of tomatoes in. You usually don’t need very much liquid when cooking in a slow cooker. Good luck–I hope it works out for you!

  5. Josephine says

    delicious! we ate it and loved it… added to cups of homemade chicken stock and did not drain the tomatoes.


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