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Slow Cooker Maple Chicken with Sweet Potatoes – $5 Dinner Challenge

Posted By Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom On October 10, 2011 @ 5:45 pm In $5 Dinner Challenge,chicken,Recipes,Slow Cooker | 40 Comments

Dear Chairman of the Kid Food Hall of Fame Committee,

I’d like to nominate this recipe to be inducted in the class of 2011 for Best Kid Friendly recipe for the following reasons.

1. All 3 children finished their entire plates in record time.

2. All 3 children asked for seconds and ate them all.

3. And we didn’t have to rush home from swim practice to get dinner ready…it was ready when we got home!

Thanks for the consideration-

A Happy Mom of Kids with Full Bellies

Seriously…we’ll be making this again before the winter hits! The sweet potatoes were perfectly delicious…almost like they were “maple steamed”…the chicken was perfect (we prefer chicken thighs in the slow cooker over chicken breasts, but if you don’t like chicken thighs, this will totally work with chicken breasts.) The carrots also had a sweeter flavor…and all 3 kids ate them willingly without being prodded. (Carrots are not their favorite veggie…but they really liked these.)

Slow Cooker Maple Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 8 hours in slow cooker


  • 1 pkg (about 1.5 lbs.) boneless skinless chicken thighs ($2.82) $1.88/lb sale last week
  • Salt and pepper
  • About 3 Tbsp maple syrup, drizzled over chicken (free from Amazon, or $.50)
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed ($1.25)
  • About 1/2 lb. baby carrots (or 4-5 peeled carrots sticks) ($.67)
  • 1 small red onion ($.40)
  • Salt and pepper over the top


  • Place the chicken the base of the slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the maple syrup all over the chicken.
  • Place the cubed sweet potatoes, baby carrots or carrot sticks and chopped red onion over the top. Sprinkle a little more salt and pepper over it all.
  • Set the slow cooker on low and let cook for 8 hours.
  • Serve Slow Cooker Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Baby Carrots.
  • (If you don’t like chicken thighs, use 3 chicken breasts.)

Cost $5.64

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