How to Make Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

by Alli

My family is crazy about my Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan. 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 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 Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan, 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.

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.

Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

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Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

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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