Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

Save time/effort and make everyone’s FAVORITE Italian dish in your slow cooker. You can also freeze half for another meal!  Make once and eat twice!

Ingredients:
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp.Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 Tbls. minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 pound penne – (gluten free or whole wheat)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

    1. Combine crushed tomatoes, onion, basil, oregano, parsley, garlic and red pepper flakes, if using. Stir into the slow cooker and gently toss to combine.
    2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Place chicken into a 6-qt slow cooker into the sauce.
    3.  Cover and cook on low heat for 4 hours.
    4. Remove chicken from the slow cooker and shred, using two forks.
    5. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
    6. Stir pasta (you can keep the pasta separate so you can portion out your own carbs) and chicken into the slow cooker; top with cheeses. Cover and cook on low heat for an additional 10-20 minutes, or until the cheeses have melted.
    7. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
    8. Serve with a side of steamed or roasted broccoli, green beans or zucchini.  If you keep the pasta separate you can serve your chicken Parmesan over a bed of Zucchini noodles.