Cooking chicken in tomato sauce, shredding it up and making spaghetti all in one pot is our super easy Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan recipe.
Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan Recipe
With a fast paced schedule, fuss free meals like this are regulars on our menu! With just ten minutes of hands on time, this crock pot recipe can be made quickly when you’re short on time.
We love homemade parmesan chicken tenders or a great baked spaghetti casserole. This Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan recipe takes a fraction of the time of any other chicken parm we’ve ever made. It’s not quite as fancy, but there’s plenty of satisfying flavor.
With inspiration taken from our Crock Pot Spaghetti and Crock Pot Lasagna cooking and shredding the chicken in the slow cooker is so easy. Not having to cook and drain the pasta saves so much time and effort.
Just stir fideo or small broken pieces of spaghetti in after the chicken is done cooking. Cook another 30 to 50 minutes on low until the pasta is tender and you have a delicious one pot meal the kids will enjoy.
Serve with a simple green salad or Broccoli Parmesan for a complete meal!
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – chicken needs to be totally trimmed, so that once they cook everything in the crock pot can be shredded and easily eaten.
- Pasta Sauce – marinara or pizza sauce also work fine. I like to use our Homemade Spaghetti Sauce when we have it in the freezer. It can be added to the chicken while still frozen, just increase the cooking time a bit.
- Tomato Juice – this is the liquid the spaghetti will absorb as it cooks and becomes tender, don’t skimp. A little extra is much better than a little les..
- Granulated Onion – adds a little flavor and is easier than chopping and browning fresh onion.
- Minced Garlic – I like the refrigerated jars and I just scoop a little into the tomato juice. Using a lot is a personal preference and creates a great Garlic Parmesan Chicken.
- Italian Seasoning – Using a variety of your favorite Italian herbs like oregano and parsley also works well.
- Parmesan Cheese – We like using grated parm in the crock pot. Shredded or freshly shaving parmesan cheese is also an option. Parmesan can be added during cooking or sprinkled on at the dinner table.
- Spaghetti – Broken into bite sized pieces or purchase smaller pieces called Fideo. No need to cook before adding to the crock pot!
- Mozzarella Cheese – more cheese means more flavor!
- Italian Breadcrumbs – add a little crunch and don’t get as soft as I thought they might in a slow cooker. Panko crumbs work fine. Using these is option and adds a more filling flavor similar to using lightly breaded chicken.
Step By Step Instructions
Trim chicken breasts and place in a greased or lined crock. We find these slow cooker liners make clean-up time so much easier.
Measure out tomato juice in a large measuring cup and mix in garlic, minced onion and Italian seasoning.
Place chicken in a crock pot. Pour tomato juice over chicken.
Then add tomato sauce. The sauce should cover the chicken breasts.
Generously top with grated Parmesan cheese.
Cover and cook on low for 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours until chicken is fork tender. Chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165°F easily shred with two forks to be done cooking.
Chicken can be served whole or shredded. We find that shredding it makes it easier for the kids to eat and makes dinner time more relaxing.
Ensure there’s still plenty of tomato juice before adding spaghetti pieces. If the chicken seems a bit dry add another cup or two of tomato juice. We don’t usually need to do this, but we always watch for it.
Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top. Sprinkle bread crumbs on at this time too.
Cover and cook on low for another 45 minutes or until the pasta is tender.
One of the joys of using a crock pot is this meal can be turned down to keep warm until ready to serve. Hope you enjoy!
Recipe Tips & Tricks
- This filling is great in Chicken Parm Stuffed Peppers too!
- For meal prep I like to put trimmed chicken breasts in a crock pot liner in the fridge the night before. The juice, spices and sauce can also be added, but store the bag in a bowl in the fridge to prevent spilling. I like to do this instead of placing the entire crock in the refrigerator and then heating a cold crock so quickly.
- Fideo is just spaghetti that has been broken into smaller pieces from 1 – 3″ long. I usually find it in the Barilla brand, but it does seem to be a more speciality product that can be missing with supply chain issues. In that case it’s very easy to grab regular or thing spaghetti and break it into pieces yourself.
- If chicken seems dry stir in more sauce and allow to warm up before serving.
- We have not tested this recipe with penne or other larger types of pasta, so amount of tomato juice and cooking time may vary.
More Easy Family Meals with Chicken:
Chicken & Dumpling Casserole uses Bisquick to make a great one dish casserole.
Chicken & Twice Baked Potato Casserole makes a great use of leftovers to make a flavor packed meal!
No-Peek Chicken is a simple way to make chicken and rice in a fuss free recipe.
One Pot Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan
- 4 chicken breasts
- 2 1/2 cups pasta sauce
- 2 cups tomato juice
- 1 teaspoon granulated onion
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup spaghetti Fideo or broken into pieces
- 1 cup Mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- Place chicken breasts in bottom of the crock.
- Add onion, garlic and Italian seasoning to the tomato juice. Stir and pour over chicken.
- Add sauce to crock and top with Parmesan cheese.
- Cover and cook on low for 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours. Chicken should be fork tender and shred easily when done cooking.
- Once chicken is shredded stir in tomato sauce mixture well. Then stir in uncooked spaghetti.
- Sprinkle mozzarella cheese and bread crumbs on top. Cover and cook for another 40 – 60 minutes until spaghetti is tender. Enjoy!
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