Italian Crockpot Chicken

I’ve said it before, but I will say it again. There is something very tenderized about chicken that has slowly cooked over a tomato marinade like spaghetti sauce, for example.

This recipe is a staple in our house. It is quick and easy to prepare as well as delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 good size chicken breasts (or your favorite chicken parts)
  • 2 jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce
  • your favorite pasta (we like egg noodles for this)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan or mozzarella cheese

 

Drop your chicken breasts in the crockpot.

As you can see, mine were frozen- which totally rocks.

Pour the spaghetti sauce over the chicken breasts.

I use two jars because I use the sauce over our pasta as well once it is done cooking. If you are opting out of the pasta or do not want sauce on your pasta, one jar of sauce is sufficient.

Excuse the splattering photograph….

With two jars the chicken is completely covered.

Put the lid on the crockpot and cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10.

Once the chicken is done, it will be steamy. (See the steam?)

Oh, it is amazing!

Meanwhile, the last 20 minutes or so of chicken cook time, prepare your noodles according to the package directions.

Once the noodles are done, serve the chicken over top the noddles.

Scoop a couple spoonfuls of spaghetti sauce over the chicken.

Top with shredded Parmesan or mozzarella cheese.

Easy breezy.

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Italian Crockpot Chicken
Dinner
6
 
Ingredients
  • 4-6 good size chicken breasts (or your favorite chicken parts)
  • 2 jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce
  • your favorite pasta (we like egg noodles for this)
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan or mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Drop your chicken in the crockpot.Frozen totally rocks.
  2. Pour the spaghetti sauce over the chicken.
  3. Put the lid on the crockpot and cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10.
  4. The last 20 minutes or so of chicken cook time, prepare your noodles according to the package directions.
  5. Once the noodles are done, serve the chicken over top the noddles.
  6. Scoop a couple spoonfuls of spaghetti sauce over the chicken.
  7. Top with shredded Parmesan or mozzarella cheese.
  8. Enjoy!
Notes
I use two jars, because I use the sauce over our pasta as well once it is done cooking. If you are opting out of the pasta or do not want sauce on your pasta, one jar of sauce is sufficient.

Comments

  1. Tam says

    I’m planning on trying this recipe this week. I have made two previously posted recipes, the Crock Pot Lemon Chicken and the Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas, and both were big hits with my family. Thanks so much, Crystal!

  2. heyruthie says

    i love this, and do it a lot–last night, in fact!

    to “up the ante” but not the work (ha!) I also add in:

    1 small bag frozen mixed bell peppers and onions
    1 can black olives (omit olives if your family doesn’t like them.)

    but adding these really makes the dish seem complex and i always get compliments!

    • says

      What an excellent solution Ruthie to add frozen onions and bell peppers. I like that and will certainly be trying it.

      Thanks so much for sharing (and reading!).

  3. Shannon says

    I didn’t care for how the chicken came out like shredded chicken rather than how I’m used to (specifically the texture) and the sauce was runny after cooking the chicken in it. :( I like a thick tomato sauce. I like the taste but the texture of the chicken and the sauce was off for me. I wouldn’t make it again. I am going to re-purpose the chicken from the meal for enchiladas this week. Wonder if it would make a difference if the chicken was brown or on-the-bone chicken?

    • says

      Shannon-

      That is odd. I always use chicken breasts and usually use Classico sauce but have tried others. My sauce comes out the same consistency each time and I even put my chicken breasts in frozen. Did you use breasts or try something different.

      Your chicken breasts just fell apart while cooking? How long did they cook and at what temp?

      Did you use a thick spaghetti sauce and it turned thin while cooking?

      I want to make sure I fully understand. This has honestly always been a tried and true recipe for me that comes out the same every time.

      • Shannon says

        I thawed my chicken breasts 80% of the way before putting them in the crock pot. I put them in there about lunchtime on low and we ate dinner about 7:30. I had the crock pot on low the entire time. Perhaps I should have had them on low but only for maybe half that time. The sauce was much thicker in the beginning, and was like the consistency of broth when it was done…red colored broth. :( The broth was tasty but it obviously didn’t stick to my noodles that I made. I will have to try this again I guess and just not cook it as long. I thought by putting it on low I was safe. I even put it on warm the last hr. and a half.

  4. Marlyn says

    I’m new to crock pot….I want to try this sooo bad looks so delicious! I do have a question for you…. should the chicken be cooked before putting it into the crock pot or thawed and raw should be good?

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