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Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan with Penne Pasta - tender chicken, tangy sauce and velvety melted cheese - this entire Italian classic is made in the slow cooker, even the pasta!

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan With Penne Pasta

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan with Penne Pasta -  tender chicken, tangy sauce and velvety melted cheese - this entire Italian classic is made in the slow cooker, even the pasta!

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan with Penne Pasta –  tender chicken, tangy sauce and velvety melted cheese – this entire Italian classic is made in the slow cooker, even the pasta!

How can I say Chicken Parmesan with pasta, sauce and cheese is part of a healthier eating plan? I know…with all that melting cheese it looks like a diet destroyer! Part of the answer is using the slow cooker removes the need for butter, oil or breading for cooking the chicken and I used part-skim mozzarella cheese.

Up the healthy ante by serving it with a cup of superfood broccoli florets or your favorite green vegetable. Broccoli only has 30 calories per cup and a great source of potassium and vitamin C.

I have said it before – I am not an expert and do not claim to be a nutritionist but for a hearty and healthier meal this one packs a punch. And FYI – even though the recipe says it serves 8 you could easily stretch it to 10 or 12 servings.

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan with Penne Pasta -  tender chicken, tangy sauce and velvety melted cheese - this entire Italian classic is made in the slow cooker, even the pasta!

This recipe uses three of my favorite recipe ingredients that are full of flavor and texture and will not tip the calorie scales –

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast – naturally high in protein and low in fat
  • Part-skim Mozzarella cheese is only 70 calories per ounce, compared to the whole milk variety  that is 85 calories per ounce
  • Parmesan cheese – 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan will set you back only 40 calories
Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan with Penne Pasta -  tender chicken, tangy sauce and velvety melted cheese - this entire Italian classic is made in the slow cooker, even the pasta!

 If chicken breasts are your thing, you might also want to try Lemon Garlic Chicken Piccata and Slow Cooker Herb Chicken Noodles, or any of our tasty and meaty Dinner Recipes.

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan with Penne Pasta -  tender chicken, tangy sauce and velvety melted cheese - this entire Italian classic is made in the slow cooker, even the pasta!
Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan with Penne Pasta - tender chicken, tangy sauce and velvety melted cheese - this entire Italian classic is made in the slow cooker, even the pasta!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan with Penne Pasta

One bite of this easy cook meal and it will be a new favorite. No more hassle – this Italian classic is made completely in the slow cooker, even the pasta!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 55 minutes
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 8
Calories 472kcal

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pounds chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 30 ounce tomato sauce, 2 (15-ounce) cans
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp basil, dried
  • 1 tsp parsley, dried
  • 1 tsp oregano, dried
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 16 ounces penne pasta, dry
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • salt and pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In the slow cooker combine onion, tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil, oregano, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper as desired, place in the slow cooker, pushing down so chicken is covered with tomato mixture. Cover slow cooker and cook on Low for 3 to 4 hours.
  • When chicken is cooked (165°F on meat thermometer), remove chicken breasts and allow to cool. Shred chicken into bite size pieces..
  • Turn slow cooker to High. Stir in 1 cup of broth and pasta. Cook pasta until tender, about 20 to 30 minutes. Add additional broth in 1/2 cup increments if the sauce becomes too thick.
  • Add the chicken back into the slow cooker and stir to coat with sauce. Sprinkle mozzarella and parmesan cheese over the pasta mixture. Turn the slow cooker back to Low and cook additional 15 – 20 minutes until the cheese is melted.

NOTES

Note – you may reduce sodium content by using low-sodium tomato sauce and tomato paste.
*Broccoli is not included in the nutrition label included with the recipe below.

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan with Penne Pasta
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 472 Calories from Fat 92
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.21g16%
Saturated Fat 4.41g28%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 944.03mg41%
Potassium 1062.25mg30%
Carbohydrates 53.33g18%
Fiber 4.33g18%
Sugar 7.51g8%
Protein 41.01g82%
Vitamin A 766.91IU15%
Vitamin C 10.7mg13%
Calcium 210.52mg21%
Iron 3.29mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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