Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan recipe – tender chicken breast topped with marinara, cheese, and crisp breadcrumbs! Easy crock pot dinner recipe!
The crock pot is great for making all sorts of recipes! I've made cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, desserts, and breakfasts with my slow cooker.
Since I don't like overly crunchy chicken parmesan, I thought that chicken parmesan that's made in the slow cooker would be good fit. That way you get a little crunch but mostly it's just saucy, cheesy chicken.
With this slow cooker chicken parmesan recipe, you end up with very moist chicken breast that's smothered in sauce and cheese. It's all topped with a bit of crunchy breadcrumb topping. All of which is my idea of delicious chicken parmesan!
How to make slow cooker chicken parmesan
Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, garlic, Italian seasoning, basil, salt, and pepper to the slow cooker insert. Stir to combine the sauce ingredients.
Add the chicken and nestle the chicken down into the sauce. Cook for 4-6 hours on LOW, or until chicken registers 165F.
To make the topping, add olive oil to a pan. Stir in bread crumbs, and cook until toasted and golden brown. To serve, top chicken with sauce, cheeses, and toasted bread crumbs.
- Tomato sauce: I almost always get questions about what tomato sauce is when I use it in a recipe. Tomato sauce is a simply pureed tomatoes.
- Chicken: For this recipe, I recommend using larger chicken breasts. Using chicken breast halves, cutlets, or tenderloins can leave you with dry chicken.
- Cooking time: The cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the chicken breast used.
Can you put raw chicken in a crock pot?
You can! The raw chicken will fully cook in the sauce. If you aren't sure whether the chicken is fully cooked, check the temperature. The chicken should be 165F.
Can you put frozen chicken in a crock pot?
The USDA cautions against using frozen chicken in a crock pot as the meat could spend too much time in the danger zone which can lead to harmful bacterial growth. I have heard from people who like to use frozen chicken in the crock pot, but I don't see any reason to chance it.
How to serve
This chicken is great served over pasta like spaghetti. It is also great served on a hoagie roll for chicken parm sandwiches.
Sides that go well with this recipe
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Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan
- 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 8 ounce can tomato sauce1
- 4 ounces tomato paste
- 6 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon dried sweet basil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 chicken breasts2
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- Combine crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, garlic, seasonings, salt, and pepper in the slow cooker; mix well.
- Place chicken breasts in the sauce.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours.3
- Remove chicken from slow cooker, and stir sauce.
- Top chicken breasts with sauce and cheeses.
- In a small pan, heat the oil over medium heat for a minute.
- Add the breadcrumbs, and cook, stirring regularly, for about 5 minutes, or until toasted.
- Serve chicken topped with toasted breadcrumbs.
- Tomato sauce is a simply pureed tomatoes.
- For this recipe, I recommend using larger chicken breasts. Using chicken breast halves, cutlets, or tenderloins can leave you with dry chicken.
- The cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the chicken breast used.
- Nutrition facts are estimates.
Originally published 3/21/12. Updated with new photos and tips 9/6/19.