Mississippi Chicken is super quick, easy, and cooked low and slow to perfection – it’s an ideal weeknight meal or perfect for lazy days. You are going to love the combination of flavors so much that this recipe will quickly become a family favorite.
I would be willing to bet that we have all tried the version of this recipe that uses pot roast, am I right?
So when I created this recipe, I thought it was an absolutely brilliant idea to use chicken instead of beef.
Now personally, I love pot roast, but I also love chicken dishes that are lower in fat and calories.
And honestly, the youngest members in my family seem to prefer chicken. So, I love to cater to them because I want them to have a nutritious meal that they love.
I think the best thing about this recipe is the fact that there are only 5 ingredients. It only takes a few minutes to put the ingredients in the crock pot then you just set it and forget it. 😁
Time-saving recipes that my favorite people love are the biggest bonus for me as a mom. This Mississippi Chicken falls into both of those categories!
Serve this Mississippi Chicken on a bun or over rice or mashed potatoes for a healthy, delicious meal that will leave your family asking for it time and time again.
If you want more scrumptious, main dish chicken recipes, try my:
- Sheet Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts with Summer Veggies
- Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake
- Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Skillet Dinner
Ingredients Needed For Mississippi Chicken
- Whole Chicken – can use chicken breasts or thighs
- Au Jus Seasoning Packet
- Ranch Dressing Seasoning Packet
- Butter – sticks or block
- Pepperoncini Peppers – plus 1/3 cup of juice from the jar
How To Make Mississippi Chicken
Rinse the chicken or chicken pieces and place in the crockpot.
Sprinkle the au jus seasoning packet and ranch dressing seasoning packet over the top of the chicken.
Slice butter quarters into small pieces and lay on top of the chicken.
Place the pepperoncini peppers into the crockpot. Then pour the pepper juice over the chicken.
Place the lid on the crock pot and cook on high heat for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or 7 to 8 hours on low.
Before removing the chicken from the crock pot, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest parts of the chicken and make sure the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees F.
Shred the chicken making sure that all the bones have been removed.
Serve on a bun as a sandwich or over rice or potatoes.
Mississippi Chicken Recipe Notes And Tips
- Replace the pepper juice with chicken broth or water for less spicy chicken.
- If you do not have au jus, you can use beef broth as a liquid substitute.
- You can use banana peppers in place of the pepperoncini pepper if you so desire.
- If you like to make your own ranch dressing seasoning mix, you can definitely use that instead of using store-bought.
Variations Of Mississippi Chicken To Try
- Rye, sourdough, french or ciabatta are fantastic choices to use for a Mississippi Chicken sandwich.
- Serve with a piece of cornbread. YUM!
- A turkey breast or leg is a great substitute for chicken if that is your preference.
If you have questions about making Mississippi Chicken, check to see if I’ve already answered them below. Don’t see your questions? Leave them in the comments so I can answer them!
If you love leftovers, this Mississippi Chicken only gets better the next day. You can store the chicken in a resealable plastic bag or air-tight container in the refrigerator for 2 – 3 days.
Or you can put it in the freezer for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container.
Yes, I am sure that you can, although I can not speak to exactly how to do that because I have not tried it in an instant pot.
They are generally located in the same aisle as the olives and pickles.
As you are shopping, make sure you check the label for the degree of heat.
I like mild, but medium and hot are also an option. It all depends on your family’s preference.
Also, you can find them whole or pre-sliced. You should definitely buy the pre-sliced peppers, which will save you from having to slice them.
If you use a whole chicken or thighs, be sure to remove all the bones before you start the shredding process.
For the shredding process, you can use a couple of forks to pull the chicken apart, use your hands or use a mixer on low-medium speed if you have a large amount to shred.
More Incredible Main Dish Recipes To Try
- Simple & Easy Lazy Crock Pot Lasagna
- Easy Three Bean Slow Cooker Chili
- Crock Pot Hamburger Helper
- Slow Cooker Tangy Barbeque Chicken
- Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup
- 3 lb whole chicken - or chicken breasts or thighs
- 1 package Au Jus seasoning packet, or to taste
- 1 package Ranch seasoning packet, or to taste
- 1/2 cup butter, sliced
- 6 Pepperoncini Peppers, plus about 1/3 cup of juice from jar
- Place chicken in the crockpot.
- Sprinkle the seasoning packets over top of the chicken.
- Slice the butter and place all over the chicken.
- Add the peppers to the crockpot and pour the pepper juice (or broth) over the chicken.
- Secure the lid on the crockpot and set heat to high for 3.5 to 4 hours, or low for 7-8 hours.
- Once the chicken is done cooking, insert a meat thermometer into a few thick places of the chicken to ensure the chicken has reached a temperature of 165F.
- Shred the chicken and remove all bones.
- Serve on rice, potatoes or as sandwiches.