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Crock Pot Catalina Chicken is sweet and tangy and the combination turns chicken into something special. The slow cooker makes it easy and dinner is a breeze on busy nights.

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We eat a lot of chicken and I’m always looking for new ideas that the entire family will love. This delicious Catalina chicken is definitely a hit around here and it couldn’t be any easier.

Your family will love this easy and delicious chicken recipe.  The sauce is almost like a glaze and the kids ask for this dish all the time.

Why This Recipe Works

Have you try our  Catalina Grilled Chicken? If you are in the mood to grill, that is a great option with a ton of flavor. Like this grilled chicken recipe, the slow cooker cooks the chicken tender with amazing savory flavor.

The peach preserves and tangy Catalina dressing really jazz up chicken. The slow cooker saves me during the week from being tempted to get take out.

I can put this delicious slow cooker chicken in the crock pot in the morning and come home to dinner ready to go.


Catalina Chicken ingredients - catalina dressing, peach preserves, dry onion soup mix, pepper, cornstarch, cold water

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Variations Ideas

  • Chicken – You can also use chicken thighs, chicken tenderloin or anything you prefer. Pork chops also work in this recipe and taste delicious.
  • Jelly – You can also use apricot preserves like in this Crock Pot Apricot Chicken recipe.
  • Seasoning – Sometimes I add in red pepper flakes for extra heat with the black pepper.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – In a small bowl and mix together the salad dressing, peach preserves, onion soup mix and pepper.
Combining the sauce ingredients in a bowl with a whisk
  • Step 2 – Second, put the chicken in the bottom of the crock pot.
  • Step 3 – Next, pour the Catalina dressing mixture over the chicken.
Pouring sauce mixture over the chicken in the slow cooker
  • Step 4 – Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or high for about 2 to 2.5 hours. You want to make sure the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Step 5 – Now, it is time to thicken the sauce. You will need a small bowl to mix the cornstarch and water in. After this is combined, stir this mixture into the crock pot for the last few minutes of cooking time. I normally do this in the last 30 minutes.
  • Step 6 – Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • Programmable crock pot  – Great for when you are going to be away.
  • Liners– We use crock pot liners to just toss and go. You will love how easy clean up is.
  • Chicken – Approximately 6 Chicken Breasts but I often cut them up into smaller pieces to make it easier for the kids. We recommend cutting or cooking about the same size to ensure the chicken cooks evenly.
  • Meat Thermometer – Cooking time will vary so we recommend using a meat thermometer to ensure is fully cooked before serving.
Close up image of catalina chicken in the slow cooker with a serving on a wooden spoon

Serving Suggestions

  • Rice – The sauce is really tasty so I love to spoon a bunch over rice. I could eat it by the spoonful because it is that good. Try Instant Pot rice or this Crock Pot Rice Recipe. Learn how to freeze rice and save even more time with this easy meal.
  • Salad – Slice the chicken and serve over your favorite salad greens. This is delicious and also a great way to enjoy leftovers. Sometimes, I will pack this up for lunch the next day or later in the week. Yum!
Catalina Chicken breast on white rice with a side of green beans

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

This chicken taste even better the next day. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

How to Freeze

Store the leftover chicken in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. You can store this chicken cooked or uncooked.

How to Reheat

Thaw the chicken and reheat in the microwave or the oven depending on how much have you have left.

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Crock pot catalina chicken

4.98 from 180 votes
Crock pot catalina chicken is sweet and tangy and the combination turns chicken into something special. The crockpot makes dinner a breeze.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 603


  • 3 lbs Boneless Chicken Breasts Approximately 6 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Cup Catalina Salad Dressing
  • 1/2 cup Peach Preserves
  • 1 Packet Dry Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp Cold Water
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  • In a small bowl, whisk together the Catalina Salad Dressing, Peach Preserves, Onion Soup Mix and Pepper.
  • Place the chicken in a 6 quart crock pot.  Pour the Catalina dressing mixture over the top of the chicken.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2-2.5 hours until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Mix the cornstarch and cold water together in a small bowl.  Stir this mixture into the crock pot for the last 30 minutes of the cooking time to thicken the sauce.

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Recipe Notes

This is delicious served over rice or slice and serve over the top of your favorite salad.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 603kcal, Carbohydrates 35g, Protein 47g, Fat 28g, Saturated Fat 7g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 145mg, Sodium 680mg, Potassium 526mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 25g, Vitamin A 190IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 33mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. Carrie Barnard says:

    Yes that is exactly how I would do it.

  2. Samuel Forsythe says:

    5 stars
    I have not cooked this as of yet but I will have it soon, I’ll be back soon!!

  3. Valerie says:

    If I want to freeze uncooked, I combine all ingredients and put it in freezer. Then how would I cook it later? Thaw in the fridge and then put it in the slow cooker and cook according to instructions? lmk thanks

  4. Carrie Barnard says:

    That sounds delicious. I hope you try this recipe! I think your family and you will enjoy it!

  5. Charlene Tackett says:

    5 stars
    So good and so easy. I’ll be making this often.

  6. Betty Boughton says:

    My family has tried the grilled recipe but we add a cup of dry, white wine to ours(usually Chablis or Chardonnay)…we love it and it has become a summer staple in our home. I will be anxious to try the crockpot version.

  7. Grace Barbuschak says:

    Hi Carrie, thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I’m making this for dinner tonight ?

  8. Cathy Terry says:

    5 stars
    Looks so delicious

  9. CLM says:

    5 stars

  10. Sheila Symreng says:

    4 stars
    I have made this recipe several times over the years. It’s a keeper

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