Slow Cooker Sweet Heat Spice Rubbed Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker Sweet Heat Spice Rubbed Chicken is the perfect low-calorie, set-and-forget slow cooker chicken. Serve on salad or with fresh veggies.

My daughter-in-law was talking about this recipe yesterday and mentioned that this recipe for sweet heat spice-rubbed chicken is now a weekly staple for her family, which made me wonder why it wasn’t a staple in my home anymore.  

I already had chicken thawing in the fridge, so I grabbed my slow cooker, my sweet heat spice rub and put it in the slow cooker so dinner tonight will be both tasty and low-calorie. This chicken is filled with amazing flavor and will be a new family fav.

Slow cooker chicken is definitely a go-to for me, but sometimes I want my chicken on the dry side so I can shred it to top salads or a baked potato. This is the perfect slow cooker chicken for just that purpose.

Slow Cooker Sweet Heat Spice-rubbed Chicken

Course: Appetizer, dinner, lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American, BBQ, Chicken, healthy, Low-calorie, Slow Cooker
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 299 kcal
Author: Kelly DiMascio

This is one of my favorite set-and-forget slow cooker chicken recipes.  The long slow cooking infuses every bite of chicken with wonderful sweet and spicy goodness.



Slow Cooker Chicken

  • 16 oz chicken breast fresh or thawed, boneless, skinless
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T honey
  • 2 T sweet heat spice rub
  • sea salt and pepper fresh ground

Sweet Heat Spice Rub

  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 T smoked paprika
  • 1 T granulated sugar
  • 1/2 T cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 T chili powder
  • 1/4 T garlic powder
  • 1/8 T cinnamon


  1. Remove excess moisture from chicken by placing them between layers of paper towel and let sit for 5 minutes.

  2. Add chicken to slow cooker and season with fresh ground salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Drizzle with 1 T olive oil and 1 T honey.  Sprinkle 1 T sweet heat spice rub.

  4. Flip chicken and repeat the last 2 steps.

  5. Cook on low for 6-8 hours (or longer)

Recipe Notes



This chicken makes a great topping for a light summer salad or served with grilled vegetables.


Important Note About Chicken and Slow Cookers

Do not cook still-frozen chicken breasts in a slow cooker.  The slow cooker takes too long to heat and your chicken will be swimming in a warm pool of chicken juices as it thaws, potentially allowing dangerous bacteria to contaminate the chicken.


Speed Defrost Chicken

  • Place chicken covered on a microwave-safe glass dish and use your microwaves defrost setting to quickly defrost the chicken.


  • Place chicken in a plastic zip-lock bag and put it in a shallow bowl filled with cold water, let sit for 5 minutes.  Repeat.


Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Sweet Heat Spice-rubbed Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 154mg7%
Potassium 510mg15%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 1470IU29%
Vitamin C 1.9mg2%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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