Thursday, June 2, 2011

Slow Cooker Week: Crock Pot Italian Chicken

This crock pot chicken recipe is so easy its almost embarrassing.  Its one of the first recipes I made when I was first working and had moved out on my own into my first apartment. It was easy to throw the short list of ingredients into the crock pot in the morning and head out the door.  Over the years, I've adapted the recipe and played around with the ingredients and to make it more to the liking of my family.  Plus, I almost always have the ingredients on hand so its a good "pantry meal" (with the exception of the chicken of course).

Basically you take boneless chicken breasts (or you could use boneless thighs as well) and simmer it all day in your favorite jarred tomato sauce and diced tomatoes with a mixture of spices.  Then when you get home, you shred the chicken with a fork, boil some pasta and sprinkle some shredded mozzarella cheese on top and some Parmesan cheese.  You could also top with a dollop of ricotta cheese if you'd like-- and just like that dinner is served! The chicken gets really flavorful from cooking slowly all day and the tomato sauce nice is nice and mellow. This recipe can be easily doubled  if you need to make this for more people or you want to have leftovers.

Crock Pot Italian Chicken

4 chicken breasts
1/2 cup light Italian salad dressing
2 cups of your favorite jarred tomato sauce (I like to use 4 cheese)
1 can diced tomatoes
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. dried parsley
mozzarella cheese for topping

Place all ingredients in crock pot except mozzarella cheese and cook on low for 8 hours. Shred chicken with fork. Prepare your favorite pasta and serve the chicken over the noodles.  Top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.


  1. This looks amazingly tasty! I never think that pasta dishes would turn out well in a crock pot. Guess I'm wrong. Can't wait to try your recipe!

  2. I love simple and fast recipe. It comes handy on days that I am not in the mood of doing a lot preparation and washing lots of dishes.

  3. I love easy recipes and yeah i never thought of using a crock pot cooking a pasta haha.
    great to meet you Ryan! im so glad you came to visit me, which led me to yours!

    here's to know you more!

  4. What a lovely classic dish made simple by the use of a crock-pot. This looks delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  5. This looks so delicious! I pretty much have all those ingredients right now except for the Italian salad dressing. Thanks, Ryan!

  6. Mmm looks so good!The most simple pasta sauce are always the tastiest. Love the crock pot idea.
    Jackie at

  7. Mmm this looks so good! :))

  8. I love using my crock pot…Makes for a very easy dinner. Your pasta looks Amazing! Will definitely be giving this dish a try!

  9. I need a crockpot in my life. Love the idea of dumping things in and letting the slow cooker work its magic... perfect for busy people and it also leaves time for you to do other stuff :) this chicken looks delicious!

  10. Never thought crock pot cooking could look so amazing. It really looks like a slow cooked meal:)

  11. I'm always looking for more crock pot recipes. I never really think to do chicken, but this looks great. And it's always nice to have dinner pretty much ready for you when you get home :)


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