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This mouthwatering Mississippi Chicken is slow-cooked in the crock pot with au jus mix, ranch mix, pepperoncini peppers and butter. This easy recipe is juicy and flavorful with only 5 minutes of prep!

Shredded Mississippi Chicken in the crock pot

This Mississippi Chicken is an offshoot of the ever-popular Mississippi Pot Roast. The concept is the same: slow-cooking the meat until tender with au jus and ranch mix, pepperoncini peppers and some butter. Then simply shred and serve!

Chicken breasts are nice and lean, so it’s easy on the waistline but still full of flavor. The best part? It’s an easy dump-and-go recipe with only a few minutes of prep! If you’re in a hurry, use the Instant Pot to make it in less than 30 minutes.


Here are the 5 ingredients you’ll need to make it:

  • Chicken breasts: Boneless skinless are best. You can also use boneless chicken thighs for a flavorful, budget-friendly option.
  • Au jus gravy mix: This is usually available in supermarkets, and you can use brown gravy mix in a pinch.
  • Ranch dressing mix: This is the mix you use to make a ranch dip.
  • Pepperoncini peppers: These are pickled yellow peppers that are mildly spicy. Use sliced banana peppers if you can’t find any.
  • Butter (optional): A knob of unsalted butter adds flavor.

Note: If you prefer a less salty dish, then use reduced sodium au jus and ranch mixes.

Mississippi chicken served on a bed of mashed potatoes

How to Make Mississippi Chicken

To make it, simply put all the ingredients in the crock pot, seal the lid and set to “Low” heat for 3-4 hours or “High” for 2-3 hours. Use the shorter end of the time range for small chicken breasts, and the longer end for large chicken breasts.

Above all, avoid overcooking as the meat can dry out and become chewy. Once it’s ready, you can easily shred the meat by using two forks to pull it apart. Voilà! Dinner is served!

If you want to keep it warm for a party, it will stay tender for several hours on the “Warm” setting. You can also make it several days ahead and store in the fridge or freeze for up to 3 months.

Can I make it in the Instant Pot? Yes, and it’s much faster. Just put all the ingredients into the Instant Pot and add 1/2 cup water or chicken broth. Set to Manual High pressure for 10 minutes followed by a natural pressure release for 5 minutes.

Can I make it from frozen? Putting frozen chicken in the crock pot is not recommended according to the USDA, as the meat could spoil prior to cooking (read more on how to use a slow cooker). To thaw the chicken quickly, put into a ziptop bag and place in a cool water bath for 20 minutes. Flip and sit for 20 minutes more.

Spooning juices from the slow cooker onto the shredded chicken

How to Serve Mississippi Chicken

For dinner, you can serve it with mashed potatoes, noodles, rice or cauliflower rice for a low-carb option. Vegetables like broccoli or green beans work well as sides.

For a delicious lunch idea, serve it on a bun with sliced cheese and shredded lettuce on top.

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Shredded Mississippi Chicken in the slow cooker ready for serving
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Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken

This mouthwatering Mississippi Chicken is so juicy and full of flavor. It's easy to prepare in the crock pot with just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 3 hrs
Total Time: 3 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 6 servings


  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 6-8 breasts (see note)
  • 1 oz au jus mix, 1 packet or 3 tablespoons, or brown gravy mix
  • 1 oz ranch dressing mix, 1 packet or 3 tablespoons
  • 6-8 pepperoncini peppers
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, 4 tablespoons (optional)


  • Place the chicken breasts in the crock pot.
    Ingredients for Mississippi Chicken
  • Sprinkle the au jus mix and the ranch dressing mix onto the chicken. Then add the pepperoncini peppers and optional butter.
    Crock pot with chicken breasts, au jus mix, ranch mix, pepperoncini peppers and butter
  • Cover and seal the lid. Then cook on "Low" for 4-5 hours or "High" for 2-3 hours (depending on the size of the breasts). No liquid is required, as the chicken will release its own juices during cooking.
    Chicken breasts in the crock pot with cooking juices
  • Remove the lid and use two forks to shred the chicken. Serve with juices drizzled on top.
    Shredding chicken breasts with two forks before serving


  • Chicken: You can use chicken thighs instead of breasts, although they require one more hour or cooking time to shred. You may also wish to omit the butter since the fat content of thighs is higher.
  • Instant Pot: To make it in a pressure cooker instead, use the same ingredients plus 1/2 cup water or chicken broth. Then use a 10-minute manual cycle of High pressure followed by a natural release. 
  • Leftovers: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container, or freeze for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Facts
Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken
Amount Per Serving (5 oz)
Calories 355 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 165mg55%
Sodium 974mg41%
Potassium 865mg25%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 48g96%
Vitamin A 338IU7%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Author: TipBuzz
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crock pot mississippi chicken, mississippi chicken
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Mississippi Chicken is an easy crockpot recipe with just 5 minutes of prep time and 5 ingredients, delicious served with mashed potatoes or on a bun #mississippichicken