Crock-Pot Lemonade Chicken

Crock-Pot Lemonade Chicken

This recipe,Crock-Pot Lemonade Chicken,  is included in our Crock-Pot 10 Easy Freezer Meals.  If you are coming to this page first and are interested in doing freezer meals, start here.  This recipe does NOT have to be frozen first, if you are wanting to do this recipe by itself, then stay on this page and we will go from here.

This Lemonade Chicken recipe makes a very tart flavored chicken.  I was actually a bit surprised with the taste.  The Rice and Green Beans was a great addition.  The Lemonade concentrate almost caramelized the chicken, if I was to change anything next time would be to cook it a bit less.

Crock-Pot Lemonade Chicken

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 4

Crock-Pot Lemonade Chicken


4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 Can (6 oz) Frozen Lemonade Thawed
1 Tablespoons White or Apple Cider Vinegar
3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1/4th Cup Ketchup
4 Cups of Rice (Cook on Stove Top or Rice Cooker)


  1. You can spray with pam to help keep the chicken from sticking to the crock.
  2. Place Chicken at Bottom of the crock.
  3. In a bowl mix all other ingredients except rice and then pour over chicken.
  4. Do not cook rice in crock..wait till it's nearly done and cook on your stove top or rice cooker.
  5. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  6. Add Salt and Pepper when serving to help garnish.


Freezer Instructions:

I did not thaw the lemonade for this recipe. Place chicken and all other ingredients except the rice right into the freezer ziploc gallon bag and mushed it around a bit, knowing I'll have to mix it a bit better when I thaw it due to the lemonade. I then laid it down on the counter, pushed out as much air as possible and laid it flat in my freezer. Follow directions above once your ziploc bag is thawed.



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  1. Paula Jean says

    Made this tonight and it was great – has a mild sweet and sour flavor and yes, carmelized the chicken-oh so tender. I think next time I will make a second batch of lemonade mixture, thicken with a little corn starch and use as out sauce on the meal. A keeper!

  2. Michelle says

    I am interested in trying some of these freezer meals. How do you thaw them when you are ready to use them?

    • Lady Katie says

      I just pull out the ziploc bag and then set it in the refrigerator. Allow it to thaw that way. I pull the bag out the night prior to cooking it.

      • says

        Can you substitute lemon juice for the vinegar? I really dislike the taste of vinegar. Also is this a sweet tasting recipe? My family doesn’t care for sweet main dishes. They would rather leave that for dessert.


        • Lady Sarah says

          It tastes very tangy. You won’t taste the vinegar at all. You could probably add some BBQ sauce to tone it down, or not use as much lemonade. If your still unsure, you can just do the other 9 recipes. No one will blame you if you skip a recipe you think your family won’t like.

  3. ERIN says

    I am in Australia and I think that the lemonade you use is different to the one I am thinking about. could I use lemonade as in the clear bubbly one (sprite?) or should I look at maybe using lemon squash?

    • Lady Sarah says

      I would probably just adapt it with some fresh lemon juice.

      You could certainly try something like sprite as well, but that may be easier to do non frozen. Sprite, coke and similar drinks make a great marinade. Not sure what lemon squash is, but that is not what you would be looking for.

  4. gloria says

    My daughter is having a baby next week and i wanted to make some meals that could be frozen and taken out as needed. I found your site and love the recipes. I put everything in a slow cooker bag (used for easy clean up of the crock) and then bagged it in a hefty gallon size freezer bag. The recipe/instructions were slipped into a snack size bag and placed between the two sacks. Hope it works for her. Will let you know.

  5. LeAnna says

    I really don’t do much sugar. Do you think a frozen -no sugar- lemonade would work? Or would you think the sweeter in those would taste funny?

    • Lady Sarah says

      The sugar is part of the marinade. What you may want to do is try lemon juice and a few splashes of vinegar..and then add some BBQ sauce at the end.

      this was a rather sweet recipe, so it may be more sweet then you like regardless.

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