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Lemony Lime Slow Cooked Chicken

Fresh lemon and lime juices paired with apple juice serve to rev up the natural tastes in this slow-cooked comfort dish. It’s a snap to put together, even before heading off to work. Like it hot? Throw in a teaspoon or two of dried chilies. Add quartered bell peppers or frozen peas for the last half hour of simmering and they will take care of the veggie portion of your balanced dinner. Just be sure to have lots of rice or orzo to soak up the vibrant sauce.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 min


8 bone-in, skinless chicken thighs
4 bone-in, skinless chicken breasts
8 bone-in, skinless chicken drumsticks
1 cup apple juice
2 tbsp cornstarch
juice of one lemon
juice of one lime
2 tbsp liquid honey
1 tbsp cumin, ground
1 tbsp tarragon
1 tbsp fines herbes
½ tsp salt
italian parsley, for garnish
cilantro, for garnish
basil, for garnish

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Remove all excess fat from chicken. If using large chicken breasts, slice each into two pieces. Turn slow cooker to high and pour in the apple juice. Sprinkle with cornstarch and stir until dissolved.

  2. Add the juice from the lemon and the lime, honey and seasonings. Stir to blend. Add chicken, turning to evenly coat, then place chicken bone-side up. Cover and cook on high for 3 ½ to 4 hours or on low for 5 to 6 hours.

  3. Place chicken on plates and spoon some of the sauce over top. If serving with rice or orzo, liberally pour sauce over them as well. Serve remaining sauce in a pitcher. Garnish with Italian parsley, fresh coriander or torn basil leaves.

Nutrition Info

Per 200 g serving Amount
Protein22 g
Fat6 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Carbohydrate21 g
Fibre1 g
Sugar16 g
Cholesterol95 mg
Sodium400 mg
Per 200 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A2
Vitamin C60
Vitamin B623
Vitamin B1220