Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

by Alli

My family is crazy about my Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan. Tender chicken is cooked in a tomato basil sauce and topped with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses and crunchy breadcrumbs. 

If you’re fortunate enough to have any leftovers, it’s even better the next day. I like to serve Chicken Parmesan over spaghetti, but you can use whatever type of pasta your family prefers.

Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

Sometimes, I make Chicken Parmesan the traditional way – dipping the chicken in an egg and then in breadcrumbs. This way doesn’t work in the slow cooker. The breadcrumbs become soggy and it’s not very good.

When I make Chicken Parmesan in the slow cooker, instead of coating the chicken with breadcrumbs, I brown the breadcrumbs in a skillet a few minutes before the chicken is done.

Then, I top each piece of chicken with the breadcrumb mixture right before serving. It must be good because my daughter-in-law asked me how I made the breadcrumb topping taste so delicious.

Of course, when my large family comes over for lunch every Sunday, I have to quadruple this recipe. Thankfully, I have several slow cookers.

This past Sunday, I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. The family loved the swap. Add a green salad, rolls (or garlic bread) and you’re good to go.

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

(Scroll to the end of the post to find the full, printable recipe card)

  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • tomato and basil pasta sauce (in a jar!)
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper 
  • olive oil
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • shredded parmesan cheese
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • thin spaghetti, cooked according to package directions

Tips For Making Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a slow cooker. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.

How to Make Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

Pour Tomato and Basil Sauce over chicken.

Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

Cook on low for 4-5 hours.

Before serving, top the chicken with shredded mozzarella, parmesan, and breadcrumbs. Serve over pasta (I use thin spaghetti).

Top Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan with Breadcrumbs

Helpful Hint: To make the breadcrumb topping, heat two tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add 1-1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs. Cook 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly until browned.

Or, if you had rather make your own breadcrumbs, it’s easy to do. I also have a recipe for baked chicken parmesan

Yield: 4 servings

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

Chicken breasts are cooked in a slow cooker with a tomato basil sauce and topped with two types of cheeses and sprinkled with breadcrumbs

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (24 oz.) jar tomato and basil pasta sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 & 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz. thin spaghetti, cooked according to package directions


  1. Place chicken breasts in a slow cooker. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Pour pasta sauce over the chicken and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
  2. Before serving, cook pasta according to package directions.
  3. Just before the pasta is done, heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the breadcrumbs and stir until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Serve chicken over the pasta and top with cheeses and breadcrumbs.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 498Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 117mgSodium 651mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 49g

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This is such a simple recipe and when my daughter-in-law asked if it was on the blog, I knew I had to add it. It’s a keeper!

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robin rue February 14, 2018 - 6:57 am

That sounds delicious. I love chicken parm, but I have never made it in the crock pot before. I need to try it 🙂

candy February 14, 2018 - 8:23 am

Can never have to many chicken recipes. When you throw in using the slow cooker it is a winner in my book. One of our favorites meals to fix.

Jeanettte February 14, 2018 - 8:29 am

There are so many chicken recipes out there I love getting ideas for something that is simple and easy to do that tastes great!

Jenn @ EngineerMommy February 14, 2018 - 11:59 am

Chicken parm is one of my fave dishes of all time. I love that you made it in the slow cooker. Talk about convenience! Now if I didn’t have to worry about heartburn, I would eat chicken parm every single day!! 🙂

Saidah Washington February 14, 2018 - 2:08 pm

That looks so good. I love spaghetti. I could always eat spaghetti no matter what.

Tomi C February 14, 2018 - 2:27 pm

I never knew you could make chicken parmesan in a slow cooker. *Mind blown* My crock pot is my go to kitchen appliance. Love my Instant Pot but my tried and true is my crockpot.

Sara Welch February 14, 2018 - 3:23 pm

This is easily one of my favorite recipes you have posted. I have got to try this one.

Sarah Bailey February 14, 2018 - 3:49 pm

Oh my goodness yes please! This is right up my street and that fact I can pop it in the slow cooker and leave it to sort itself across the day is just perfect.

Emily February 14, 2018 - 3:55 pm

This looks so good! I am all for using our slow cooker, during the week we have so much going on and knowing that dinner is ready to go is amazing. I will have to give this a try!

Heather February 14, 2018 - 4:01 pm

Oh this looks so good. I think I’m going to change up my menu planning next week and do this recipe instead! Thanks Alli!

Roch February 14, 2018 - 7:37 pm

Wow, this recipe is a classic. It’s delicious and filling at the same time. I love preparing dishes like this during family meals so we can all enjoy it together.

Sandy N Vyjay February 15, 2018 - 2:48 am

We love spaghetti at our home. Of course we do not eat chicken. But this recipe sounds good to try minus the chicken with veggies and cottage cheese.

Ricci February 15, 2018 - 4:02 am

Slow cooker chicken Parmesan?? Yes please!! I need to make this ASAP!!

Terri Steffes February 15, 2018 - 9:40 am

I love your tip about browning the bread crumbs and then putting it on the chicken. It makes perfect sense for keeping the crumbs crisp.

Chubskulit Rose February 15, 2018 - 9:48 am

My husband who loves any pasta dish would love this. I would like to make this over the weekend!

Rachel Ferrucci February 16, 2018 - 1:23 am

I love chicken parm and would never think to do it in a slow cooker. I always think of it fried, I may need to try this and see if my family would like it because these is SO easy!

Our Family World February 16, 2018 - 1:34 am

One more reason to love my slow cooker! I have never tried making chicken parmesan in a slow cooker but thanks to your recipe, I will now!

Anosa February 16, 2018 - 2:18 am

I am trying to make good use of my slow cooker before winter is over and this is the perfect recipe for me. Thanks Alli, I will be copying this for this weekend

Samantha Paul February 16, 2018 - 2:21 am

Hey Alli…..! Am a big fan of your slow cooker chicken and this looks soooo good & delicious; I will try to making this from your simple recipe tips. Thanks for sharing…keep shared your new idea with beautiful recipes….!

Merry Jessy January 2, 2019 - 11:31 am

I can’t make recipe better in slow cooker. But spaghetti with Parmesan is my favourite!


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