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How to Cook Chicken Tenderloins in the Slow Cooker

author image Julie Christensen
Julie Christensen is a food writer, caterer, and mom-chef. She's the creator of, dedicated to family fun and delicious food, and released a book titled "More Than Pot Roast: Fast, Fresh Slow Cooker Recipes."
How to Cook Chicken Tenderloins in the Slow Cooker
How to Cook Chicken Tenderloins in the Slow Cooker

Chicken tenderloins are simply boneless, skinless chicken breasts that have been butterflied or sliced into smaller portions. They cook quickly and provide just the right portion size for a smaller appetite. The slow cooker works well for cooking chicken tenders, especially on a busy day. The tenders cook within four to five hours and remain juicy and tender. However, slow cookers can dilute flavors, so choose a savory sauce.

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Step 1

Rinse the chicken tenderloins under running water and pat them dry with a paper towel. Heat 2 tbsp. vegetable oil in a skillet or spray the skillet with cooking spray.

Step 2

Place the chicken tenderloins in the skillet and cook them for three minutes on each side, or until the chicken is nicely browned but not cooked through. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and place it in the slow cooker. Season it liberally with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Cover the chicken with a commercial sauce or make your own. For example, for an Asian-inspired sauce, mix orange juice concentrate, honey, soy sauce, ginger powder, tapioca and garlic in a bowl. Pour the sauce over the chicken to thoroughly coat it.

Step 4

Cook the chicken on low for four to five hours. Don't overcook it, otherwise it will get tough. Place the chicken in a serving dish and pour the sauce over it.

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