2 Ingredient Brown Sugar Bourbon Crockpot Chicken Breasts

2 Ingredient Brown Sugar Bourbon Crockpot Chicken Breasts

I don’t know why it took me so long to figure out that I could take a simple marinade mix packet and use it in the crockpot.  This was so simple to make but infused so much flavor into boring old chicken breasts.  They stayed super moist too and practically fell apart.

I know this really isn’t a “recipe” but I figured maybe it’s something others haven’t thought to do either.  It’s one of those things that makes you smack your forehead and go “duh”.  All along I had the makings for an easy and flavorful meal right in my pantry.

2 Ingredient Brown Sugar Bourbon Crockpot Chicken

Brown Sugar Bourbon Crockpot Chicken

1 – 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 packet McCormick Grill Mates brown sugar bourbon marinade


1.  Place chicken breasts in the bottom of your crockpot.  Follow the directions on the back of the marinade packet and whisk together ingredients.

brown sugar bourbon marinade

2.  Pour all of the marinade over the chicken.  Cook on high for 4 – 6 hours or until chicken starts to fall apart.

brown sugar bourbon crockpot chicken

3.  Remove chicken breasts from crockpot and discard the remaining sauce.  Serve with your desired side dishes.

crockpot brown sugar bourbon chicken breasts

Hope you enjoy this quick tip “recipe”.  Have you ever used a mix packet in the crockpot before?  let me know what your favorite one is.

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88 thoughts on “2 Ingredient Brown Sugar Bourbon Crockpot Chicken Breasts

  1. There are 5 ingredients, not 2. Also couldn’t you strain the marinade and bring it to a boil for a minute so you could serve it, maybe over rice?

  2. Wow…somebody is a little nit picky lol. Amanda, thank you for taking time out and posting such an easy peasy recipe… Some people just have to overcomplicate everything lol.

    • I know right!? I was shocked at how easy it was and that I’ve never thought about doing it before either. Makes a nice quick and flavorful meal.

    • Hi Lisa. No, I have not tried any other packets yet. I did make bbq chicken breasts in the crockpot yesterday with just a bottled bbq sauce and it turned out fab as well.

  3. Thanks for the idea!!!! Couldn’t find the Brown Sugar Bourbon which looks great!!!! I am cooking the chicken in the Grill Mate Mesquite flavor…it smells great!! Love cooking in my crockpot….great for women whose lives are way too busy to slave over a stove all the time.

    • You’re welcome Holly! I love my crockpot too especially in these humid hot days we’re having here lately. Keeps me from having to stand in front of a hot grill or stove. Plus the chicken stays so moist and tender.

  4. Pour chunky salsa over chicken and cook in your crockpot. Makes a tasty, low calorie meal. I use a medium salsa, but others prefer mild.

  5. Awesome idea!!! Thanks for sharing. I work crazy hospital hours so cooking good meals can be almost impossible sometimes. This is super simple and looks like it will taste great. Can’t wait to try.

  6. I also love to do chicken thighs with Yoshidas marinade in the ctock pot. It makes a super easy teriyaki chicken :)

      • Have you tried the thighs with Yoshidas? How long did you cook it?
        I know these are basic recipes, but my problem is I never know the length of time/temperature to cook meat, then I get over cautious and it ends up dry. Thanks

        • Hi Diane. No, I’ve never tried that. Usually chicken breasts cook for me on high for about 3 hours. It really all depends on how thick they are too.

  7. Great idea! Trying the Mojito Lime on chicken for tonight’s dinner, added the juice of one fresh lime. Hope it’s good.

  8. Sounds yummy! My sister and I are making this today. The marinade only makes about 2/3 cup….just wondered if this is enough to cook the chicken in that long or did someone add more water etc.

    • I only followed the directions on the marinade with no other additions. As it cooks, the juices from the chicken thin it out a bit more. It won’t cover the chicken completely but I basted it every hour or so while it cooked.

  9. I haven’t tried this yet but it looks like it will be great! Anything easy is always worth a try! With 3 children under age 4, easy is what I need! I have done a packet of Italian seasoning(the salad dressing mix) with a stick of butter over chicken breast! Thanks for the idea!

    • That’s where I find mine too Kim. You would think they’d be by the bottled liquid marinades and bbq sauces but they are not. You’ll usually find them with the other dry gravy, seasoning packets. In my local Walmart and Giant Eagle that is in a section by the boxed stuffing mixes and jarred gravies.

  10. Trying with the Brown Sugar Bourbon packet for tonight’s dinner. Used actual Bourbon instead of water, hope it’s good.

  11. I’m going to try this! My favorite is beef in the crock pot with Au Jus and you just get whatever cut of beef you want… Roast or whatever and I do brown it first, then you just add the au jus packet after mixing it per directions, I add an extra packet with no water for more flavor, and then when it’s done put it on rolls and have beef au jus sandwiches, it’s delicious! I think it cooked for 6-8 hours depending on size

  12. My favorite McCormick ‘Grill Mates’ packet is the Garlic, Herb & Wine – it is sooooo flavorful! Sometimes in the summer we will dry rub the chicken breasts with that and put it on the grill, yummy!!

    • Mmm, never tried that one. You made it sound so yummy that I may have to try that when the weather warms up and the snow melts a bit. Thanks!

  13. Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing! I use a lot of these marinades and never thought of using them in the slow cooker. Any reason why you suggest discarding the leftover marinade from the slow cooker? Is it unsafe to use it? I’d like to use a different marinade and shred the chicken so discarding the marinade wouldn’t be an option.

    • Hi Kay, nope no reason. You’re left with a very runny marinade that I had no use for it other than flavoring the chicken while cooking. We just wanted to eat the whole chicken breasts so we didn’t need the leftover marinade.

  14. Wow this is so easy and tastes awesome!
    And there are so many other flavors to try, I don’t thing I’ll ever make chicken in my oven again ! Lol

  15. Thanks for the idea! Looks great! I like to make chicken in the Crock pot with cut up potatoes, a bottle of fat free Italian dressing and some parmesan cheese. It’s delicious.

  16. This was a duh moment for me as well. I often sit at work thinking of new ideas to cook for dinner the next night and when I finally started using the packs of marinade my husband really thought I had put a lot of work into the meal. It was amazing how easy these are! My favorite is the lime and teriyaki one. I use it on chicken as well.

  17. I LOVE those marinade packets!! my favorite one for steak is the Mesquite. they were on sale at Winco for only approx. 50 cents each so I loaded up on all the different flavors.
    definitely going to try this with the chicken in the crockpot tonight though.!

  18. Thanks! Great idea! I can’t wait to try this. My other favorite marinade packet is the “Mojito Lime” I can’t wait to try it with that one too. Yum!

    • I always see that one in the store but have yet to try it. I’ll have to break down some day and try it, lol.

  19. So my favorite packet crock pot recipe is a pack of ckn breasts, box of stove top stuffing mix (plus ingredients on box), and 1 can crm of ckn soup. Put stuffing mix + ingred in bottom, then ckn, then soup on top. Cook on low 6 – 8 hrs.
    The first time I made this my brother asked for it again the next day.

  20. Try a pork tenderloin, one can of chicken broth and just a packet of the Carolina Brew. Don’t make it into marinade, just dump it on top. Cook on low 4-6 hours for a 3lb tenderloin.

  21. I love this idea. I use their Chipotle Pepper a lot. Love it with Goya yellow rice with peas and Mexican corn mixed in. Salad on the side and it’s a meal in about 40 depending on method to cook chicken.

  22. I feel like it’s not healthy to add all of the pre made seasoning to my food. It’s not organic and chocked full of chemicals and sodium your body doesn’t need nor know what to do with. I see you chose organic chicken? But the seasoning is not.. Doesn’t seem very healthy.

    • You’re right Diana but I feel it’s ok when done in moderation. It’s not something I do every week or even every month.

    • That’s weird Darlene. The marinade should be really runny when you mix it, before you pour it over the chicken.

    • Hi Kendra. I always use thawed chicken. The USDA does not recommend using frozen chicken in the crockpot.

  23. Hi! Thanks for the simple recipe. Sounds good! Can’t wait to try it. I have a question though. Do you think I could prepare marinade and put in a freezer bag with chicken and then freeze? Thanks!

  24. We loved this! I also added sliced onions and fresh broccoli. Next time, and there will be a next time I’ll add more veggies. Thanks for such a great recipe!

  25. Thanks so much for sharing this. I made it tonight and it was so beyond good and a huge hit with my picky eaters

  26. By luck I came across this today while my chicken was marinating in this McCormick’s flavor! So I cut up some bell pepper and threw it all in the crockpot for dinner. Cannot wait to eat! Thank you for posting!

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