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Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan


Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan is an Italian Classic – tender chicken thighs coated with a tangy tomato sauce and then covered in a layer of bubbling Mozzarella cheese – so easy to make in the slow cooker!

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan is an Italian Classic - tender chicken thighs coated with a tangy tomato sauce and then covered in a layer of bubbling Mozzarella cheese - so easy to make in the slow cooker!

 

Lately, I have been on a rampage (my son’s word)  with my slow cookers! It is amazing to me that in a simple electric pot with a lid you can make pasta, baked potatoes and even desserts. Last year, I made our entire Thanksgiving dinner in my slow cookers…it was awesome! No crowding stuff into the oven, then screaming at people to get out of my way as I opened the oven door to stuff more in!!

Normally I use chicken breasts for chicken parmesan, but for this recipe I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Sometimes chicken breasts can dry out in the slow cooker, so I changed it up.  The thighs have incredible flavor and stay juicy while cooking for hours!

It is really  tasty served over angel hair pasta. Just ladle the extra sauce on thick so it soaks down and flavors the pasta underneath!  I like to serve it with crusty bread to soak up the last of the sauce in the bowl…yummy!

Tips and Hints on how to make the best Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan recipe:

  • Start with quality meat – use organic chicken breasts if possible
  • When it comes to using spices, keep the shelf fresh by storing spices in a cool, dark place, away from direct heat or sunlight. In tightly closed containers whole spices will stay fresh for about 4 years, ground spices for about 2 to 3 years and dried herbs for 1 to 3 years.
  • Using fresh herbs is always best when the recipe calls for it. Unfortunately sometimes the grocer doesn’t carry them or they are not in season.  When this happens I use re-hydrated herbs. I just soak the amount of herbs I need it in a few drops of water and it re-hydrates to almost fresh. The smell and color were like fresh herbs, and to have herbs on hand anytime is a real treat.  You can find jars of dehydrated herbs in the spice aisle or produce section of most grocery stores.

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

 

Looking for more Slow Cooker pasta recipes? Check my collection here:

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan with Penne Pasta – family pasta meal loaded with cheese

Slow Cooker Easy Spaghetti – meaty family meal all in one pot

Slow Cooker Herb Chicken Noodle – an American classic to satisfy your pasta craving

 

 

Essential Tools and Ingredients to make Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan:

  • Slow Cooker – I use it all the time, almost every day. I love that I can just add the recipe ingredients, set it and walk away. Sometimes I use a liner for the pot to make it the easiest clean-up ever!

 

Here is the handy printable recipe. Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Description

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan is an Italian Classic – tender chicken thighs coated with a tangy tomato sauce and then covered in a layer of bubbling Mozzarella cheese – so easy to make in the slow cooker!


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Ingredients

  • 23 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 can favorite spaghetti sauce (I used Hunts Garlic and Herb)
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 TBSP italian seasoning
  • 1 TBSP minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces sliced mozzarella cheese
  • fresh basil and parmesan for garnish(optional)
  • cooked angel hair pasta for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Into the slow cooker, pour about 1/4 of the pasta sauce into the bottom.
  2. Salt and pepper the chicken thighs liberally and throw them into the slow cooker on top of the pasta sauce.
  3. Add the remaining pasta sauce, the can of tomatoes with the juice, the italian seasoning and the garlic into the slow cooker on top of the chicken. Stir to combine and coat the chicken with sauce.
  4. Cover and set the slow cooker on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. When the chicken is cooked thru, lay the mozzarella slices over the top, replace the lid and heat until the cheese is melted.
  6. Garnish with basil and parmesan and serve.
  7. Serve over angel hair pasta with a slice of crusty toasted bread.


Notes

Chicken breasts can be substituted for the thighs.

 

 

If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it with your friends! You may also enjoy Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti!

Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti is the real deal - with just beef, pasta , sauce and a few spices it is a cinch to make and full of flavor. This recipe is a definite thumbs up!

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3 Comments

  1. OH yum! This looks delicious and sounds so simple. Pinned.

  2. Hi Kim, thank you so much!! I am honored to be featured and that news made my day! Have a super weekend!
    Hugs,

    Christine

  3. Oh yum! I wish I had all the ingredients right now! Sounds like a great dinner! Stopping by to let you know you are being featured on Friday’s P3 Party post! Have a great week! Thanks for pinning!
    Best,
    Kim

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