Italian Crockpot Chicken

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Are you looking for an easy dinner recipe that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser? Look no further than Italian Crockpot Chicken! This flavorful dish is made with chicken breasts, spaghetti sauce, Italian seasoning, green onions and more. Plus, it’s incredibly simple – just set it up in your slow cooker and let the delicious aromas fill your home. Top it off with freshly-shredded Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese for a cheesy twist, and serve over your favorite pasta or egg noodles. Get creative in the kitchen and try out this delicious Italian Crockpot Chicken dish tonight!

Have you ever had one of those busy days where you come home exhausted and starving but the thought of cooking a meal sounds like a daunting task? Enter the crockpot! This magical contraption allows you to throw a bunch of ingredients in, set it and forget it, and come back to a delicious, hot meal waiting for you. From savory stews to mouth-watering roasts, there’s no shortage of Crockpot Recipes to choose from. Plus, it’s a great way to meal prep for the week without having to spend hours in the kitchen.

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Easy Crockpot Recipes

Looking for easy crockpot recipes? Look no further than your trusty countertop slow-cooker! With just a few ingredients and minimal prep time, you can have a delicious meal cooking away while you go about your day.

Ingredients Needed for this Crockpot Recipe

Here’s what you need to make this amazing Italian dish!

  • Chicken BreastsChicken breasts are lean and when cooked low and slow in a crockpot, they become just melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Plus, they easily soak up all the flavors of your herbs and seasoning which is key in making Italian dishes. Another added bonus? Chicken breasts are super versatile and affordable.
  • Spaghetti SauceWhen it comes to Italian Crockpot Chicken, the sauce can make or break the dish. You want a sauce that is flavorful, but not overpowering.
  • Italian SeasoningItalian seasoning is made up of a delicious blend of herbs that perfectly complement the flavors in this dish. Oregano, basil, thyme, and rosemary all work together to give the chicken a fragrant and savory taste that’s hard to resist.
  • Green OnionsThese little guys may seem like a simple addition, but they really bring a lot to the dish. For starters, they add a burst of fresh flavor that pairs perfectly with the rich tomato sauce and tender chicken. But beyond just taste, green onions are also a great source of vitamins and minerals, like vitamins C and K, folate, and potassium.
  • Pasta or Egg NoodlesWhen you combine those beloved noodles with mouthwatering Italian crockpot chicken, you’ve got a truly winning combination! The noodles soak up all the rich flavors of the chicken, while adding their own unique texture and heartiness to the dish. It’s comfort food at its finest, and every bite is like a warm hug on a chilly evening.
  • Shredded Parmesan or Mozzarella CheeseThe creaminess and tanginess of the cheese perfectly complement the tender chicken and rich tomato sauce, creating a flavor that’s both comforting and sophisticated. Plus, who doesn’t love a gooey, cheesy bite? Whether you’re making dinner for yourself or hosting a dinner party, Shredded Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese is the perfect addition to your recipe toolkit.
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What is a Good Side Dish to Serve with Italian Chicken?

When it comes to cooking Italian chicken, you want to make sure you’re serving it alongside the perfect side dish. You don’t want to just throw together any old side and hope for the best. So, what’s a good side dish to serve with Italian chicken? Well, there are a few options that come to mind.

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You could go with a classic Caesar salad, a side of creamy risotto, or some garlic roasted vegetables. Each of these options complements the flavors of the Italian chicken and adds a little extra something to the meal.

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So, next time you’re cooking up some Italian chicken, think outside the box and try out one of these delicious side dishes to really round out your meal.

Do You Have to Defrost Chicken Before Adding it to the Crockpot?

So, you’re in the mood for some delicious Crockpot chicken but the question on your mind is whether or not you have to defrost it. Good news, my friend – it’s totally possible to cook frozen chicken in the Crockpot! It might sound crazy, but trust me, it can be done. Just make sure to add an extra hour or two to your cook time to account for the frozen state of the chicken.

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And if you’re worried about food safety, don’t be – as long as the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F, it’s safe to eat. So go ahead, toss that frozen chicken in your Crockpot and get ready for a mouthwatering meal.

Can You Overcook Chicken Breasts in the Slow Cooker?

Have you ever left chicken breasts simmering away in your slow cooker for just a tad too long? Don’t worry, we’re not here to judge. We’re here to answer the age-old question – can you overcook chicken breasts in the slow cooker? Well, the answer might surprise you. While slow cookers are meant to make cooking easier, it’s important to note that they do have their limitations.

crockpot italian chicken on top of noodles

Cooking chicken breasts for too long can lead to a dry, tough and chewy final product. So, how do we avoid this kitchen catastrophe? Keep an eye on the cooking time, choose the right temperature setting and invest in a meat thermometer to ensure your chicken breasts are cooked to perfection every time – no overcooking necessary.

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crockpot italian chicken

Crockpot Italian Recipe

Need an easy dinner recipe? Perfect for busy nights – get creative and add your favorite pasta or egg noodles.

Ingredients

  • 4-6 Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Jars Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 3 Green Onions, diced
  • Egg Noodles, or your favorite pasta
  • 1/4 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.

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25 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing…I am going to try these!!

  2. This looks great – and easy! I’m craving crockpot recipes now that we have officially entered Fall. Thanks!

  3. I am always on the lookout for crockpot recipes! Thanks!

  4. 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!

    1. You just made my day, Tam! I really appreciate your feedback.

      I hope your family enjoys this one too. It really has great flavor and is so easy.

  5. 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!

    1. 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!).

  6. You weren’t kidding! That really is easy! Thanks for sharing.:) We might try that one.:)

  7. Crystal, this is a great Crock Pot meal that we will really enjoy! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have had a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. It’s in the crock pot right now!! Love an easy “on-hand ingredient” recipe for the crock pot! Thanks!

    1. Awesome, Amy. I am glad you found it to be a recipe that worked for your family.

  9. 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?

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

  10. 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?

    1. It needs to be raw chicken. It can be frozen if you want. The crockpot will cook the meat. Hope that helps.

  11. I’m saving this recipe for when soccer season starts. Simple and delicious!

  12. I love good, easy crockpot dinner ideas like this! It’s so helpful and really pretty healthy as well! Perfect with a simple salad on the side!

  13. This was such a delicious and easy slow cooker meal! The whole family gave it 2 thumbs up!

  14. Crystal, this sounds fantastic!
    Visiting today from Sunday Sunshine #1&2

  15. I’m making this tomorrow. I don’t want the sauce watery. What can I do to make sure it stays on the thicker side.

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