Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan – The perfect family dinner! This easy chicken Parmesan recipe uses your slow cooker to do all of the work!
Have you ever had one of those weeks? Friday cannot get here soon enough.
Last weekend, my family and I went away for a quick weekend getaway before starting school this week. We returned home to a leaky pipe and water all over one section of our basement floor, which we didn’t discover until after being home for a day. Thankfully, we were able to get a plumber over here pretty quickly and he determined it was the washer machine in our laundry room that had the leaky pipe.
I know now how to shut off the water in our house. Like, the main water line. The plumber showed this to me in case (worst case scenario) the pipes burst and water would be pouring out everywhere. Make sure you know how to do this, people.
We have a huge front loader washer machine and dryer. And the lovely people who lived in this house before we did thought it would be neat to build a custom shelving thing for the washer/dryer, complete with cabinets above them. It’s great but our washer/dryer barely fit inside and they are in there like stuck together tight. so, the plumber was throwing out suggestions to me on how he could get behind the washer to access the situation and leak.
- Call Best Buy (where we purchased the washer and the Best Buy guys were the ones who delivered and installed them) and have them send out 2 guys to move it out. It’s huge by the way (one person can’t move it) and maybe the plumber didn’t want to be held liable if something happened? Like why would Best Buy do this? We’ve been living here for almost 2 years now.
- Go through the back wall, which meant cutting holes into the wall of my daughter’s bedroom. And not knowing exactly where the water line was, he might have to break through the wall in a few places.
- Hire 2 guys to pull and move the damn thing out.
Can you guess which one we ended up doing? #3. At one point though, they did think they were going to have to go through the back and break into the wall but thankfully, they found the problem once the washer machine had been moved. This process took a day and a half to figure out and like 10 minutes to move the thing. So, what was the problem? The washers on the hose to the hot water were just loose. I have no idea how this even happens. But whatever. There’s no more leak and we didn’t have to break into Phoebe’s bedroom wall.
And we have Chicken Parmesan for dinner!
THE EASIEST CHICKEN PARMESAN RECIPE
Three things I’m excited about: I started my Pure Barre classes yesterday. Fall is almost here! And this Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan!! It’s so delicious and is incredibly easy to make.
Like, for instance, my 8 year old could seriously make this dish.
The key here? Keeping dinner simple. This is a perfect dinner for a relaxing weekend, made with just a handful of wholesome ingredients and cooked mostly in your slow cooker.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE CHICKEN PARMESAN IN THE SLOW COOKER
- Nonstick cooking spray or butter to grease your crock
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper
- Jarred marinara sauce
- Garlic cloves – minced
- Dried oregano
- Crushed red pepper flakes – optional
- Panko or bread crumbs
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Fresh parsley
- Cooked spaghetti for serving
HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER CHICKEN PARMESAN
Your slow cooker seriously does all the work. After putting together all of the ingredients, the only “cooking” needed when you’re ready to serve is boiling the pasta!
Here’s my incredibly easy slow cooker chicken Parmesan recipe:
1. First prepare your slow cooker by using nonstick spray or butter to grease the crock. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, and place into the slow cooker in a single layer.
2. Next, in a large mixing bowl combine the marinara sauce, minced garlic, oregano, and red pepper chili flakes if you’re choosing to include them.
3. Pour the sauce over the chicken so that the breasts are completely covered. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours.
4. Once the chicken is cooked through, sprinkle the panko or breadcrumbs evenly over the chicken. Add the shredded mozzarella and most of the grated Parmesan cheese.
5. Cover the slow cooker, and let the cheeses melt for several minutes. Meanwhile, go ahead and make the spaghetti according to the package directions.
6. Lastly, garnish the chicken Parmesan with chopped parsley and the remainder of the Parmesan cheese.
Serve the chicken Parmesan over the freshly cooked pasta, and enjoy!
Because this recipe is so wonderfully easy and delicious, it is definitely on my family’s Top Dinners list. I love to put it all together on a Saturday or Sunday when we’re lounging around the house, or leave everything to cook while we go out to run errands or enjoy the weekend.
I hope you Pin this and give this recipe a try!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan
- butter or non-stick baking spray
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- salt and pepper
- 2 (24 oz) jars marinara sauce + more if needed
- 2 to 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional
- 1/2 to 1 cup panko or bread crumbs toasted (optional)
- 1 to 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese + more when serving
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley finely diced
- Spray or grease the inside of your slow cooker or crock pot. Season each chicken breast with salt and pepper on each side and place into the slow cooker in one layer.
- Using a large mixing bowl, pour in the marinara sauce, and add the minced garlic and dried oregano and crushed red pepper flakes if using. Mix together, taste and add salt and pepper if desired. Pour the sauce over the chicken breasts into the slow cooker. Make sure all of the chicken is covered with the sauce. Cover and cook on LOW for about 4 hours.
- After the chicken is cooked, sprinkle on the panko over each chicken breast. Alternatively, you can brown the panko or bread crumbs in a pan before sprinkling over the chicken. Add the shredded mozzarella cheese and parmesan over each chicken breast and cover the slow cooker and let cook until the cheese has melted. Garnish with the fresh parsley and parmesan cheese and serve over cooked spaghetti.
Give this recipe a try, and leave a comment to let me know what you think!