Mississippi Chicken

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This Mississippi chicken recipe is tender, juicy, and so easy to make. Chicken is slow-cooked with ranch, onion soup mix, and pepperoncini peppers for a rich and zesty flavor unlike any other. 

A plate with a fork and a bed of rice, topped with shredded chicken and pepperoncini peppers


I love to make dinner in the slow cooker. It’s such an easy way to fill a dish with flavor. This Mississippi chicken recipe is everything I love about slow cooking. It barely takes any work, and it’s bursting with rich, tangy, and spicy flavors. And best of all? It’s so juicy and tender that it practically melts in your mouth.

This slow cooker chicken has so much flavor from both ranch dressing and onion soup mix. But I think the secret is the pepperoncini peppers. This recipe uses both the peppers and the pepper juice. The result is a kick of heat but also the tang of vinegar. It’s fantastic and so easy to make. 

Why You’ll Love This Slow Cooker Mississippi Chicken

There are so many reasons to make this Mississippi chicken recipe. Here are a few of them.

  • Super easy. This recipe couldn’t be simpler. It’s really just a matter of placing all the ingredients in a slow cooker and turning it on. There’s not much else to do other than that! It’s a restaurant-quality chicken dish that’s even easier than ordering takeout! 
  • Affordable. Mississippi chicken is bursting with flavor, but it only uses a few ingredients. And the ingredients are all quite affordable. This is a great way to get a protein-filled dinner for a low price. 
  • Versatile. One of my favorite things about this recipe is that you can use it to make a million other recipes. This slow cooker chicken is excellent in sandwiches, wraps, burritos, and tacos, or when served on top of pasta or a salad. The possibilities are endless!
Overhead view of the ingredients needed for Mississippi chicken: a plate of raw chicken breasts, a bowl of ranch dressing mix, a bowl of onion soup mix, a bowl of pepperoncini peppers, a glass of pepperoncini juice, and half a stick of butter

Ingredients Needed

Here are all the ingredients you need to make spicy, tender slow cooker chicken. Make sure to check out the recipe card at the bottom of the article to see the exact amounts for each ingredient.

  • Chicken breasts – Be sure to use boneless, skinless breasts.
  • Ranch dressing mix
  • Onion soup mix
  • Pepperoncini peppers
  • Pepperoncini pepper juice
  • Butter – You want to use unsalted butter for this recipe. 

How to Make Mississippi Chicken

Here’s how to make this tender chicken recipe. It only takes a few minutes of work.

  • Put the chicken in. Place the chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker. 
  • Season the chicken. Sprinkle the ranch dressing and onion soup mixes over the chicken, then pour in the pepperoncini pepper juice.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients. Place the pepperoncini peppers and butter on top of the chicken.
  • Cook. Put the lid on the slow cooker and turn it on low. Cook for 3-4 hours.
  • Shred. Remove the pieces of chicken and shred them with 2 forks.
  • Serve. Put the chicken back in the slow cooker and toss it in the juices until it’s well coated. Serve while hot.  

Tips and Tricks

Here are a few of my favorite tips for making this easy chicken dinner.

  • Make your own mixes. This chicken recipe gets most of its flavor from the ranch dressing and onion soup mixes. So an easy way to take this recipe to the next level is to make your own mixes. My Onion Soup Mix Recipe and Ranch Dressing Mix are so easy to make and way better than the store-bought versions. 
  • Adjust the spice. I love the kick of heat from the pepperoncini peppers and juice. But everybody has a different spice tolerance. If you really like spicy food, add a few extra peppers. If you like things mild, cut back on the peppers, or replace the pepper juice with pickle brine.
  • Check the seasoning. This recipe doesn’t call for any salt. That’s because there’s a lot of salt in the onion soup and ranch dressing mixes. However, the amount of salt in those mixes can vary, so you may need to adjust the salt levels. After the chicken is done cooking, taste it and see if it needs any more seasoning. Adjust the salt as needed. 

What to Serve It With

You can put this slow cooker Mississippi chicken in or on pretty much anything. I love to simply serve it on a bed of rice or pasta. But you can replace the chicken in any of the following recipes with juicy Mississippi chicken. 

A plate with a fork and some rice, topped with shredded chicken and pepperoncini peppers, next to a kitchen towel

How to Store and Reheat Leftover Mississippi Chicken

This zesty chicken recipe will last in the fridge for up to 5 days. Just make sure to store it in an airtight container. Reheat in the microwave in 30-second increments until warm all the way through. 

Can This Recipe Be Frozen?

Yes, I love to freeze this recipe for easy weeknight meals. Just store it in an airtight container and it will last in the freezer for 4 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight or defrost fully before reheating. 

More Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes 

Slow cookers are a great way to cook chicken. You can get so much flavor in the meat while keeping it moist and tender. Here are a few more slow cooker chicken recipes for you to try. 

A plate with shredded chicken on top of rice, topped with pepperoncini peppers, with a fork on the plate
4.86 from 7 votes

Mississippi Chicken

By Erin
This Mississippi chicken recipe is full of zesty ranch, rich onion soup mix, and spicy pepperoncini peppers. It's so easy to make, and the slow cooker results in tender, juicy meat.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 3 hours
Total: 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 2-2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  • 1 packet onion soup mix
  • 1/3 cups pepperoncini pepper juice
  • 6 pepperoncini peppers
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes


  • Arrange the chicken breasts on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle the ranch dressing mix and onion soup mix evenly over the chicken. Pour in the pepperoncini juice.
  • Top the chicken with the pepperoncini peppers and cubes of butter.
  • Put the lid on the slow cooker. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove the chicken and use 2 forks to shred it. Add the chicken back to the crockpot and toss it in all of the juice.
  • Serve immediately.


  • For best results, make homemade mixes using my recipes Onion Soup Mix and Ranch Dressing Mix.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 days, or in the freezer for 4 months.
  • Reheat in a microwave in 30-second increments.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 1547mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 342
Keyword: chicken crock pot, crock pot mississippi chicken, easy chicken breast crock pot recipes
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  1. What if I don’t own a slow cooker? Can this be made in a regular pot on the lowest setting of my stovetop?

    1. If you don’t’ have a crockpot or instant pot, I would do it in the oven at 300º until the chicken is cooked. The low temperature will give it time to really flavor the chicken and stay nice and juicy.

  2. This sounds so good! I make Mississippi pot roast all the time, and I love the idea of transferring those flavors to chicken.

  3. We love chicken and this is definitely something we need to try!! It sounds so good!