Slow Cooker Recipe | Smothered Chicken Legs

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During the dreadful heat of the summer, I find myself using my slow cooker a lot. Not only does it keep me from turning on the oven but when we’re having a busy day out of the house with the kids, I can set it and forget it. Just this week I spent the afternoon shopping, did a super long walk and came home to a hot meal because I threw it together that morning. We were all starving and just read to eat and go to bed. Which is exactly what we did.

slow cooker smothered chicken carrots

Smothered steak (or Swiss steak some call it) is one of the very best meals my mom ever made. It’s still one of my favorites but I can’t cook the “steak” without it being a piece of leather. However, I’ve found that chicken legs are a great alternative. They come out tender and moist when using the slow cooker and well, I’m cutting a lot of red meat out of my diet anyways.

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Slow Cooker Recipe | Smothered Chicken Legs
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Serves: 6-8
  • 1 - 28 oz can petite diced tomatoes (Hunt's)
  • 1 large Vidalia onion, sliced
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 2 packets McCormick Swiss Steak Seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 6-8 chicken legs
  1. Set a 7 qt slow cooker to low heat.
  2. In the bottom layer the tomatoes (with juice), then the onions and carrots.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the seasoning from both packets, olive oil and minced garlic.
  4. Use your hands to rub the chicken legs with the seasoning mixture and add them to the slow cooker.
  5. You can also toss in a few quartered potatoes if you like.
  6. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  7. We like to serve this with cottage cheese and cheesy mac.


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  1. says

    Those look amazing! I can never get enough chicken in my diet; I love it so much and I never get tired of it :)
    And I see you had a chance to put that serving plate you just got to good use!

  2. says

    Looks delicious! I’ve gone to three grocery stores so far (Northeastern MA) and can’t find the McCormick Swiss Steak Seasoning, I’ll have to try to find an alternative for the packets.

    • Kim says

      I could not find McCormick neither so I used the store brand of steak seasoning ( package said for pork or poultry & beef) in a packet so what the heck Id tried it & OMG, DELISH

  3. says

    Looks great!
    I love both chicken and slow cooker.
    I want to try but can’t find the McCormick Swiss in my area too.

  4. Elisabeth says

    I made this exactly as directed. It had good flavor. The guys in my life didn’t really enjoy it though. I certainly liked it.

  5. Amanda says

    This looks very tasty! I would love to make this so can it be done in a 5 qt slow cooker?

  6. Erin says

    Got this off Pinterest and like many above comments I couldn’t find Swiss Steak seasons so I used Italian dressing seasoning packet instead and it’s delicious!

  7. Keelin says

    Am I supposed to stir it? I also think 2 cups of carrots is too much. Mine is not at all liquidy.

  8. Debra says

    I just put all this together in the crock pot can’t wait to try it. Mine had hardly any liquid so i added a can of chicken broth that i had, just a small can bc usually the crock put is good at producing it’s own juices. I couldn’t find the McCormick seasoning either so i just used things like chicken rub and garlic powder i also used some of that seasoning for the tomatoes i mixed all the veggies together minus the potatoes…I’m excited to try it!!

  9. Kristina says

    Just an fyi they no longer make the swiss steak seasoning as of June. You can however look at their
    website to see what was included in the packet.

  10. Tina says

    I can’t find the mcormick swiss steak spice is there something else I can use that is similar?