Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken (AIP Friendly)

AIP Friendly Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken
AIP Friendly Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Earlier this week I wrote a post discussing my recent commitment to the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) Diet. I gave a brief overview of the excluded foods and I will admit that, even for someone who is used to living on a restricted diet, the list is extensive. As a result, most pre-made, processed, packaged, or store-bought food is off of the table. Even things that I used to eat like store bought sweet potato fries, or coconut milk ice cream are now no-no’s because of the additives and preservatives in them.  You can imagine then, that following this diet means a lot of one thing… cooking.

Unfortunately, I think this is major deterrent for a lot of people. I like to cook and I am blessed enough to have a schedule that allows me to have both the time and the energy to do so, however many people do not. Cooking in general is unavoidable on this diet, but I am making it my mission to develop some quicker and simpler recipes that may make this eating protocol more manageable for others looking to try it.

What is easier than a meal that cooks itself and is ready when you walk in the door after a long afternoon? The crock-pot has long been my go-to kitchen gadget for saving time. There is very little prep. Simply throw the ingredients in the pot, turn it on, run out the door, and when you get home dinner is ready. If you can’t get home in the middle of the day, a simple light timer can be used to turn your crock-pot on at the right time.

This simple recipe was honestly inspired by the ingredients I most commonly have in my kitchen; nothing out of the ordinary or weird here. The taste is delicious and slightly reminiscent of Chinese honey chicken. I usually pair it with some quickly steamed broccoli and its ready to be enjoyed.


2 Chicken Breasts

1 TBS of Olive Oil

1 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar

1 TBS of Honey

3 cloves of garlic (minced or chopped)

salt to taste


Place chicken breasts in the crock-pot, in a small bowl add the remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Pour the combined ingredients over the chicken. Cook in slow cooker on high for 3-5 hours.


Jesse St. Jean

Jesse St. Jean

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  • This looks great, Samantha. I use my crockpot all the time and I’ll definitely try this! Hope you and Markus are having a good week.


    • Thanks Nancy,
      We’re doing well. We’re thinking about you all, I hope your week has been good so far.

  • I am completely confused this recipe states AIP friendly however honey is not allowed on the first 30 days of AIP do I have this right?

    • Honey is allowed on AIP, however for people dealing with yeast or a small intestinal bacterial overgrowth it is important to keep your levels of carbohydrates lower to resolve these issues. However, that is a personal choice. According to Sara Ballantyne, the creator of the AIP diet, honey is not off limits and can be consumed occasionally in moderation.

  • I’m Attemoting AIP, biggest obstacle is that cooking doesn’t interest me so I struggle big time. Recipes need to be easy enough for a 5-yr old in order for me to understand what to do. The irony of now having an autoimmune issue that requires me to do AIP is not lost on me 🙁

    Anyway, this recipe calls for 2 chicken breasts. Two?? I can eat 2 myself (at least the kind I’m familiar with, boneless & skinless). How do you adjust the recipe for, say, 6-8 chicken breasts?

    Thanks and sorry for the long post.

    • to increase the recipe just triple the rest of the ingredient amounts.

  • I just made this for dinner. It was amazing! My 14 y old son, who usually hates boneless skinless chicken breasts said, “Mom that chicken was amazing!” and ” Is there anything you’re not good at cooking?” Thanks for this recipe.

  • Hmm what did I do wrong? Followed your instructions exactly and my chicken was black after 3.5 hours. And all black char in the bottom of my slow cooker 🙁

    • It sounds like your slow cooker might get hotter than most! Next time I would cook it on low and add some more liquid to keep it from burning.

      • Thank you! That’s too bad…I even invested in a nice crockpot one! Maybe I will add some bone broth and see how that goes. I’m a terrible cook though lol…how much broth (or other liquid) would you start with? Thanks for the great recipe! It sounds delicious and with a six month old, I love how easy it sounds. 🙂

      • I have a crockpot slow cooker I bought it thinking it was the best one. It heats up WAY too hot and burns a lot of things. My friend gave me her very old swan one and it’s fabulous finally I can make a perpetual bone broth without it boiling to nothing.

  • My garlic turned green during the cooking process! Wondering if it was from the acidity of the ACV? Super strange!

  • Can I cook this on low all day while at work or have your tried that? My slow cooker has a timer but when it shuts off it turns to keep warm and still cooks a little at a time, if i cook this for 3 hours on low and I leave at 7:30 then from 10:30 to 5:30 it is still cooking EEE what would you advise?

    • you probably would just need to add some more liquid since this recipe doesn’t have a lot and it may burn if you cook it for too long.

  • This sounds so good! I’m going to attempt it in my Instapot. I’ll let you know how it works out!

  • I just made this with 2 pounds of chicken breast. About 4, so I doubled the recipe. I cooked it on high for 5 1/2 hours in a cheapy little $15 slow cooker. It was starting to get a little brown, I should have taken it out at 5 hours hehe BUT it was really good. The chicken fell a part and will be great on salads the next few days. The taste isn’t to light or to strong. I love how easy it was and how tasty. A very smart recipe. Thank you very much for sharing it!!!

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