Slow Cooker Recipe | Herbed Chicken Legs and Potatoes

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One of my most prized kitchen tools is my slow cooker. I use it year round for everything from soups to entire meals. In fact, I have two slow cookers just so I can skip cooking altogether sometimes. The smaller one is great for side dishes and the larger 7 qt slow cooker is great for big meals, like a whole chicken, or my favorite pot roast.

When I was in the grocery store last weekend the Taste of Home Summer Slow Cooker Meals magazine caught me eye. How perfect … a whole magazine full of slow cooker recipes! I may never turn on my oven again … okay, well that’s a lie, but seriously, I want to use my slow cooker as much as possible. There’s nothing worse than turning on the oven when it’s 90 degrees outside and sweating everyone out of the house.

My first stop in the slow cooker magazine was this herbed chicken recipe which forced me to re-examine my herb and seasoning cabinet. I probably own every seasoning McCormick bottles and finding spices in there is ridiculous. I need organization (and a spice rack or two).

Anyways, after I dug out all of the needed spices I created a rub for the chicken legs that is to die for. The color, the flavors, the tenderness, it’s just perfect. I even threw in a few quartered potatoes because well, a meal in our house just isn’t complete without those taters.

summer slow cooker herb chicken legs

Recipe Adapted from Taste of Home Summer Slow Cooker Meals magazine, page 27.

Herbed Chicken Legs and Potatoes Recipe
Cook Time
Total Time
Serves: 4
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon browning sauce (Kitchen Bouquet)
  • 8 fresh chicken legs
  • 8 red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients.
  2. Toss chicken legs in the mixture and place in a 5-7 qt slow cooker.
  3. Add potatoes.
  4. Pour the chicken broth in the slow cooker.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 4 - 5 hours, until tender.


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  1. This looks great! I love the slow cooker and I also have 2. I’m thinking about getting a third smaller one for sides :). Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • A third wouldn’t be a bad idea. I may have to replace my little cheapie, it boils even on low. There’s definitely some temperature issue with it.

  2. That sounds so good right now. I have yet to try cooking chicken in my slow cooker but I really want to!

    • Oh my gosh, don’t wait … chicken in there is the BEST. These will literally fall off the bone if you’re not careful pulling them out.

  3. That looks absolutely gorgeous-I’m a BIG chicken lover, so I’m drooling a wee bit right now ^.^

  4. Mmm! This looks so good! I love using the slow cooker in the summer so I don’t have to heat up the house! I can’t believe how brown that chicken looks!

  5. Looks delicious! I actually have chicken legs downstairs so I may whip this up soon!

  6. Yum! I’m meal planning right now and am going to bookmark this one to make. I agree on the slow cooker, one of the greatest inventions EVER.

  7. I’m with ya on the Crock Pot. It may be a Midwest thing! I use it year round and love it! I will have to try this recipe, chicken legs are very inexpensive!

  8. This dish is look so tasty that m gonna tel this recipe to ma wife so i can have this yummmyyy dish.

  9. thats looks delicious! i don’t have success with my slow cooker, i should use your recipes.

  10. This looks great! I am a single mom always on the lookout for easy and reasonably price meals. Even better if I can stretch it for 2 days :-) . I will be trying this recipe soon. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Debbie Ruby says:

    Looks Great – always looking for new recipes for the slow cooker! Can you put the potatoes in with it?

  12. Tanya says:

    What is the browning sauce

  13. how many potates, and do you put them in with the chicken all at once, and do they get seasoned in mixture as well?

  14. This recipe is amazing, and so easy to do!! The chicken is so tender, it falls right off the bone. I usually do 2 cups of chicken broth and cut up red skinned potatoes and carrots and let them all cook together! Its actually cooking in my crockpot right now. You won’t be disappointed!!

  15. elizabeth gutermuth says:

    how do you make the browning sauce? im going to make this for my 6 grandkids this Saturday. it’s my Granddaughter’s bd.

  16. Traci says:

    I have never heard of browing sauce before. Can you tell me what it is and where in the grocery store I can find it?

  17. Where are the potatoes? How many, type, toss in mixture with chicken, put under or on top of chicken, same time as chicken? ~ thanks!

  18. Jane Milligan says:

    Cat, on the recipe for the Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken Legs with Potatoes, you left out the potatoes. What kind? Looks like small reds, and cook for how long? Thanks!

  19. Simone says:

    I had everything in my kitchen for this meal and decided to try it. Its in the slow cooker now, I cant wait to see how it turns out. I will definitely let you know.
    Thanks for sharing

    • Simone says:

      Well the dish was delish!! The whole family loved it! Thanks again for sharing…next up is the smothered chicken dish.

  20. thank you for sharing this recipe with us, will try very soon. Would like to get more recipes from you, but I don’t know how to blog.

  21. Pauline Woodard says:

    I am cooking this now in my crockpot..used legs and thighs.. Sounds good.

  22. Bonnie says:

    It’s in the crockpot right now. Smells fantastic. Can’t wait to taste it. I’ll comment after we eat.

  23. Barbara M says:

    Can the recipe be doubled? and can it fit in my 7 qt crock pot when doubled?