Italian Crock Pot Chicken

Posted on Mar 12 2015 - 11:49pm by Kelly
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I’ve owned a slow cooker (also called a crock pot) since back when I was married in 2007. I think it was actually a gift purchased off of our wedding registry. But I think I used it maybe ONCE in 6 years?! So sad, because it really is an amazing meal maker! So when my husband and I split and I moved into my own place, I sure as heck wanted to take the crock pot with me! It was practically brand new and I knew he would never even notice it was missing!

Crock Pot

There are endless possibilities when it comes to slow cookers. Check out these 10 Surprising Foods You Can Make in a Slow Cooker and you’ll see what I mean. Brownies?! What! But more commonly, it is used to make easy family dinners. You usually just throw a bunch of ingredients inside, close the lid, turn it on, and forget about it until dinner time! Then six-eight hours later, BOOM- you’ve got a delicious home-cooked meal.

Italian Crock Pot Chicken

This Italian Crock Pot Chicken is just that- simple and delicious. It’s basically a healthier version of chicken parm! The chicken cooks perfectly, it’s tender and juicy, and will literally fall apart when it’s done- no knife needed! I usually serve it over pasta, and I just tried this Gluten Free Fusilli from Target and it was pretty good. Yes, I could tell it was gluten free, but once it was covered with all the saucey cheesey goodness from the chicken, I didn’t mind at all. This would also be great served over my Baked Margherita Spaghetti Squash!

Gluten Free Fusilli

Here is the Recipe for Italian Crock Pot Chicken:

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 2 1/2 – 8 hours

You will need:
4 chicken breasts
1 jar pasta sauce
4 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

Optional seasonings:
1 Tbsp. dried basil
1 Tbsp. dried oregano
1 Tbsp. dried thyme
1 Tbsp. dried marjoram
1 Tbsp. dried rosemary
1/2 Tbsp. dried sage
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Here’s what to do:

Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place chicken (thawed) inside slow cooker. If you’d like to season your chicken, in a separate bowl, mix together all or some of the optional seasonings, then distribute evenly over chicken. Pour pasta sauce over chicken. You can also add a few of your favorite spices to the sauce- I added some basil and oregano.

Cover and cook on High for 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 hours, or on Low for 6-8 hours. Place chicken on a serving platter and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. The cheese will melt within a minute.

Serve over your choice of pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese or red pepper flakes if desired. Enjoy!

Serve over Pasta
What is your favorite crock pot dinner? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

— Kelly

 

 

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  1. janet March 13, 2015 at 1:01 am - Reply

    Delicious!!!

    • Kelly April 1, 2015 at 3:13 am - Reply

      Thank you! :)

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