Slow Cooker Clean Eating Meal Plan: Lemon Chicken Thighs with Olives Recipe

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken from eMeals

Our slow cooker meal plan was one of our most anticipated plan launches ever! And in honor of this exciting time that so many of you have been looking forward to, we are giving you a recipe from our Clean Eating Slow Cooker Meal Plan. There are four slow cooker plans available through eMeals: Slow Cooker Clean Eating Family, Slow Cooker Clean Eating for 2, Slow Cooker Classic Family, and Slow Cooker Classic for 2.

Clean eating was one of the top requests we heard from our members when we asked for feedback on Facebook about what you wanted to see from a slow cooker plan. Keeping this in mind, we decided the best way to accommodate everyone on our meal plans was to create multiple options: slow cooker and classic.

This recipe has a nice, robust lemon flavor that blends well with the olives for a vibrant dish that will have your taste buds singing. Now, we’d love to have you come share your favorite slow cooker recipe with us on Facebook!

Slow Cooker Clean Eating Meal Plan: Lemon Chicken Thighs with Olives Recipe
  • 12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ cup pitted green olives
  1. Sprinkle chicken thighs evenly with salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add half of chicken.
  3. Cook about 3 minutes per side, or until browned.
  4. Transfer to a slow cooker.
  5. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to skillet, and repeat procedure with remaining chicken.
  6. Transfer to slow cooker, and add lemon slices.
  7. Combine broth, juice, flour and cumin, stirring with a whisk.
  8. Pour broth mixture over chicken.
  9. Top with olives and remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  10. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours.

Our slow cooker plans make the most of your time by reinventing slow cooked leftovers to create quick and easy dishes. See how to repurpose this meal in our Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Toss made with the leftovers from this meal.

**If you plan on using this recipe and the followup Chicken & Brocolli Pasta Toss, save about 4 chicken thighs.

To see some of our other popular slow cooker recipes, check out:

Paleo Thai Chicken Massaman Curry

Beef & Carrots Au Jus

BBQ Pork Sandwiches


37 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Clean Eating Meal Plan: Lemon Chicken Thighs with Olives Recipe

  1. Jennifer L

    I’m really excited about this! It’d be great if you released occasional freezer crock pot meals as well – where you dump the contents in a freezer bag and freeze until use. I’m planning on living by my crock pot while I do my kitchen renovation so I need as many ideas as I can get!

  2. Stephanie

    What size slow cooker is recommended for the “for 2” plans? I’m in the market for a new one but am not sure how big (or small) to choose.

    1. Jessica Cox, RD

      Stephanie – We recommend a 3- or 4-quart slow cooker for the “for 2” plans. Make sure your slow cooker is at least half full for safe cooking. We’ll have more information when the plans launch soon! Thanks for your interest.


    I am so excited about the new slow cooker plans! I requested this recently and am so glad to see it coming. The crock is the best invention ever and it makes it so easy to feed 5 poeple every night. Thank you thank you thank you! I love EMEALS!!!

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    1. Jessica Cox, RD

      Carla – We recommend a 5- to 7-quart slow cooker for this recipe and for all of the recipes from our Slow Cooker Family meal plans. As a general rule of thumb, always make sure your slow cooker is at least halfway full.

  5. Carla

    Oh, Ok. I only have a 4 quart slow cooker. It’s just me. Maybe I can cut this in half and hopefully my slow cooker will be at least halfway full. If I cut the recipe in half will the cooking time vary? Sorry, for so many questions. I’m new to slow cooking.

  6. Angela Worthington

    Just wondering recipe looks good but looking at the picture you have fresh cut lemons and looks like fresh parsley in it? But I don’t see those in the recipe below? Also curious as to taking the olives as my hubby hates olives and maybe adding mushrooms instead ?

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  8. K Horn

    I can’t have flour and often sub in corn starch. I can’t tell by the pictures, but is the flour used to thicken the sauce and if so, I’d assume corn starch could then be used. Any thoughts?

    1. Ashley Leath

      Hi Michelle,

      The chicken will finish cooking in the slow cooker. Browning first helps with developing great flavor (and looks prettier too).

      Ashley Leath
      Menu Editor

    1. Heather Brown

      Hi Cris!
      Yes, prep everything (through Step 9), and refrigerate the entire slow cooker insert overnight, if desired. Place the insert in the slow cooker, and start it in the morning.

  9. Elena

    I don’t think I’ve seen a clean eating recipe with all purpose flour before. Would something more nutritious like almond flour or coconut flour work instead?

    1. Heather Brown

      You can use 2 tablespoons arrowroot (which will not contribute any flavor), or use 1/4 cup almond flour but know you will get a bit of the almond flavor in the chicken and it won’t thicken as much.

  10. Joanna

    Wanting to try this but with only 3 chicken thighs. I’m only feeding me and my husband and we usually end up having 1 piece of chicken each and since he is not a fan of leftovers anything extra seems to go to waste. Obviously 3 pieces of chicken in a 5-qt slow cooker isn’t ideal so could I make this in the oven? What temp and time would you recommend? Thanks!

    1. Heather Brown

      Hi Joanna! There will be too much sauce for the amount of chicken. It would be best to make the full recipe and freeze the leftover chicken for later use. You could place the chicken thighs in a baking dish and pour the sauce over them. Cover and bake at 325°F until the chicken is done.

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  13. Margot

    I just went shopping and came upon this recipe after of course. I picked up regular chicken thighs with the bone still in them… Will I be okay to use them? Do I need to change anything?

    1. eMeals

      Hi Melody,

      Hot cooked brown rice or orzo pasta would work well and soak up the delicious sauce. Pair it with a steamed vegetable, such as broccoli, and you’ll have a full meal!

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