Perfectly seasoned slow cooker Mississippi Chicken with pepperoncini is no ordinary chicken dinner! Five simple ingredients, one pot, dump-and-go chicken with zesty, tangy flavor! Crow-pleasing pepperoncini chicken dinner is one-and-done and ready to hit the table!

Hearty, nutritious slow cooker dinners always make my busy days better! Here are some of my favorites! Tender Pulled Pork, tasty Taco Soup, and zesty Mississippi Pot Roast hit the bullseye anytime. Additionally, you can add an easy make-ahead Ambrosia Salad or cake mix Lemon Brownies; so yummy!

Mississippi shredded chicken on a plate of mashed potatoes

Life-Changing Mississippi Chicken Dump Dinner!

Ok, maybe a one-pot meal changing your life is a bit dramatic. Still, slow-cooker Mississippi chicken can and will change the outlook on your day! A full schedule of work, tasks, or errands always feels lighter when dinner is ready to go when you walk in the door! Like the ripple effect in a pond, this one-pot pepperoncini chicken recipe is delicious, economical, and stress-free!

  • Five simple ingredients for one amazing slow cooker dinner.
  • Dump dinners easily shave an hour off your full day.
  • Savory, full-flavored pepperoncini chicken is uniquely seasoned and delicious. 
  • Mississippi chicken slowly tenderized by pepperoncini juice is fork tender.
  • Utter convenience is synonymous with a one-and-done dump slow cooker chicken recipe.
  • Zesty shredded pepperoncini chicken leftovers can be used in so many ways!
ingredients for Mississippi chicken

Five Ingredient Mississippi Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe

This is no ordinary chicken dinner! Five ingredients, one pot, dump and go, Mississippi chicken is a busy gal’s dream! Dinner-ready chicken with zesty, tangy flavor with these few simple ingredients thanks to the ranch dressing mix, brown gravy, and pepperoncini combination.

For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Chicken Breast – skinless and boneless
  • Dry Ranch Dressing Mix – packet, or you can use a homemade ranch mix.
  • Au Jus Gravy Mix or Brown Gravy Mix – will enhance Mississippi chicken with pepperoncini in the crock pot. 
  • Unsalted Butter– The ranch, au jus, and pickled pepperoncini have plenty of salt.
  • Pepperoncini Peppers – tangy jarred peppers and pickled pepper juice are both used in this slow cooker chicken recipe. Look in the condiment aisle by the pickles at the grocery store.

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How To Make Mississippi Chicken In The Slow Cooker

No need to plan on takeout when faced with a crazy day when all it takes is two minutes to throw together a mouthwatering one-pot chicken dump dinner in the morning! Additionally, takeout can’t compare to a wholesome slow cooker chicken recipe ready to go when you walk in the door after a long day. So, pull out your Crock Pot, and let’s start dumping! (That means no mixing!)

When you are making this recipe, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.

  1. Throw the chicken breasts in the crock pot and sprinkle the dry seasoning packets evenly on top. 
  2. Dump the pepperoncini peppers and juice around the chicken, and add the butter. 
  3. Set the slow cooker chicken on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. 
  4. Shred pepperoncini chicken with easy meat claws or two forks. (Maybe, this stuff wants to fall apart!)
  5. Serve the tender, savory, seasoned chicken with sauce from the slow cooker and pepperoncini on the side
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Recipe Notes & Tips

Above all…….DON’T MIX ANYTHING!! Mississippi Chicken in a crock pot is a true dump-it-and-leave-it slow cooker recipe!

  • Unlike its fraternal twin, Mississippi Pot Roast, it takes less time to cook and tenderize chicken breast, so don’t skip out on the butter to keep it moist.
  • You can use olive oil if you like instead of butter.
  • Pepporicinis are easy to find at the grocery in the condiment aisle by the pickles.
  • If you make your own homemade ranch, Mississippi chicken uses two tablespoons of dry ranch mix.
  • A brown gravy packet will make the pepperoncini chicken sauce a bit thicker than the au jus, but I’ve made it both ways, and you won’t go wrong with either.
  • Keep an eye on the salt content for those with dietary issues. You may have to cut down on the pepperoncini juice. Slicing the peppers into wheels and using less may help as well.
  • If you want your Mississippi chicken recipe to have a thicker gravy/sauce, add a cornstarch slurry when you take the chicken out to shred. Stir in a teaspoon and allow the cornstarch to work its magic for a few minutes, then add more until the gravy is as thick as you want.
shredded chicken on a bun with melted cheese

Frequently Asked Questions

What does pepperoncini taste like?

Tangy, salty-sweet pickled pepperoncini have a crunchy texture
with a mild kick and vinegary finish.

Can you make Mississippi Chicken in the oven?

Sure! Arrange ingredients in a baking pan, sprinkle sliced pepperoncini, and pour the juice around the chicken. Bake in a pre-heated 425° F  oven for 30-40 minutes. The internal temp must reach 165° F.

Is cooking raw chicken in a slow cooker safe?

Yes, but note the USDA guidelines specifically requires frozen chicken (meat) to be thawed and refrigerated until it goes into the slow cooker.

Also, according to the USDA-FSIS: “The direct heat from the pot, lengthy cooking and steam created within the tightly-covered container combine to destroy bacteria and make the slow cooker a safe process for cooking foods.”

What temperature should cooked chicken reach to be safe?

The internal temperature of chicken must reach 165° F – 175° F to ensure dangerous bacteria are destroyed.

How To Store Mississippi Chicken Dump Dinner


Pepperoncini chicken in the crock pot is an equal opportunity leftover!! See below for serving ideas. This one-pot chicken recipe will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days in an airtight container.


You can freeze Mississippi chicken for up to three months. Make a double batch and freeze the shredded chicken in dinner-sized or individual portions for sandwiches or other meals.


Since chicken breast is very lean, coddle it a bit when reheating. Use a tinfoil packet with a butter pat for smaller portions, or cover with foil in a baking dish (butter) and bake in the oven until heated.

For the microwave, cover pepperoncini chicken with food-safe plastic wrap, adding butter if necessary, and heat for 60 seconds; check and stir, continuing in 30-second intervals until hot.

shredded chicken sandwich on a bun with melted cheese

Serving Suggestions

Convenience is just the beginning! (And what a great place to start!) This one-pot chicken recipe with pepperoncini is so much more and can be used in multiple dishes!

  • For a “proper” meal, we have Mississippi chicken with (make-ahead) mashed potatoes and veggies. Almost any vegetable side dish works with pepperoncini slow cooker chicken.
  • We love this chicken recipe served as a delicious sandwich with melted provolone cheese or BBQ sauce! Add a yummy soup or fresh salad, and call it a day!
  • This slow cooker chicken recipe makes burrito bowls, chicken tacos, and rocks on my Sheet Pan Chicken Nacho Recipe!
plate of shredded chicken with pepperoncini
bowl full of slow cooker shredded chicken

Mississippi Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Slow Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

Perfectly seasoned slow cooker Mississippi Chicken with pepperoncini is no ordinary chicken dinner! 5 simple ingredients, one pot, dump-and-go chicken with zesty, tangy flavor!


  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 packet dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1 packet au jus gravy mix (or brown gravy mix)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 6-8 pepperoncini peppers
  • ¼ cup Pepperoncini juice (from the jar of pepperoncini)


  1. Place the chicken inside your slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle both the ranch dressing and au jus dry seasoning packets over the chicken.
  3. Place the pepperoncini peppers on the chicken. Pour the juice around the chicken. 
  4. Place ½ stick of butter on top of the chicken.
  5. Turn on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Once fork tender, use 2 forks to shred the chicken, and serve warm with the sauce from the slow cooker, with or without the pepperoncini.


DON’T MIX ANYTHING!! This chicken is a true dump it and leave it recipe!

We love to eat this chicken on buns with melted provolone, in a burrito bowl, or with mashed potatoes and veggies.

STORAGE: This one-pot chicken recipe will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or 3 months in the freezer in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 357Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 1211mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 44g

Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients used and are just estimates. We encourage, especially if these numbers are important to you, to calculate these on your own for most accurate results.

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