Crock Pot Italian Chicken with Tomatoes

There’s something about this time of year, when the summery sunshine creeps back and the weather warms up – I always forget to use my CrockPot! It just sits down there in my cabinet, all lonely and collecting dust ‘til the next winter. Why is this?!

Lately, I’ve been busting it out more and loving the quick, easy weeknight meals that come from it. My slow cooker is my Monday thru Friday savior and it should be yours, too… no matter the season!

This saucy, scrumptious chicken with tomatoes, bell peppers and mozzarella was a GREAT use of my slow cookin’ workhorse! I dreamt it up and dumped all the ingredients in at 4:30, and cooking on high, it was done in time for a 6:30 dinner. How ‘bout that?

Using some fresh herbs from my new garden and a heap of simple, flavorful ingredients, this meal was totally mouthwatering for a Monday! I served it on top of a pile of whole grain pasta, poured some wine, and scarfed it down with my sweetie.

And the best part? Hardly any clean-up!

Toss this delicious meal together some morning before work, set it to cook on low, and forget it. That is, ‘til you come home, smell the amazing aroma, and can’t wait to dig in! I guarantee you’ll love it just as much as we did.

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Crock Pot Italian Chicken with Tomatoes

Yield: Makes 4-5 servings

Ingredients:

1 lb. (2) boneless skinless chicken breasts, thawed

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

2-3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained

1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce

1 Tbsp. tomato paste

3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (or a mix of basil, rosemary, oregano, marjoram and thyme)

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese or small chunks of fresh mozzarella

1 (13-15 oz.) box whole grain pasta, cooked al dente and drained

2 Tbsp. fresh parsley or basil, chopped, optional

Directions:

Place chicken in slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients and seasonings, except mozzarella, pasta and herbs. Stir ingredients gently to combine flavors.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 2-3 hours. (Mine only took 2 hours on high)

Once cooked, remove chicken and slice into bite-sized pieces. Add back to slow cooker and stir in mozzarella. Serve heaping spoonfuls on top of cooked pasta.

If desired, sprinkle with fresh parsley or basil.

Enjoy!

TIPS

Set this to cook on low before you go to work, and you’ll come home to a warm home cooked meal 8 hours later!

To make with cooked chicken, combine all ingredients (except chicken, mozzarella and pasta) in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil then simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Combine with cooked chicken and serve over pasta.

You can make this with frozen chicken breasts if cooking on low, though it will most likely take the full 8 hours to cook. I recommend thawing the frozen chicken at room temperature the morning before making.

      

33 Responses to “Crock Pot Italian Chicken with Tomatoes”

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    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — May 10, 2013 @ 1:11 am

    Georgia…this looks so scrumptious! You are right. Just as I like to come home on a cold winter night and have dinner ready; it’s also nice to have it waiting on those warmer nights when you don’t want to fuss over the stove or turn the oven on! And this dish will be perfect as our summer tomatoes become available! GREAT recipe!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 10, 2013 @ 1:24 am

    I’m all for easy weeknight meals! Sometimes I’m too lazy to cook after work so I just don’t eat anything. But this – I’d gladly devour at least 2 servings of this!

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — May 10, 2013 @ 1:49 am

    I’m always looking for slow cooker recipes and this will be on my to-make list. Pinning! Thanks for the recipe.

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — May 10, 2013 @ 6:26 am

    Love slow cooker meals! I also tend to forget about mine in the spring/summer, but I shouldn’t! This looks fabulous, lady!

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    Sadie — May 10, 2013 @ 7:11 am

    I love your site! Will be making this because crockpot recipes are some of my favorites!! Thanks for sharing

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — May 10, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    I love anything crockpot, anytime of year. It’s like I have my own personal chef!

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    Eileen — May 10, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    I love crockpot recipes Georgia. This looks so yummy and belly filling!

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — May 10, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    I forget to use mine too most of the time but lately I have Been making the effort to pull it out! This looks delicious!

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    Tieghan — May 10, 2013 @ 8:26 am

    Easy weeknight meals rule!!! This looks so good! Yum!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — May 10, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    Perfect weeknight meal! Hardly any prep or clean up is always a good thing!

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — May 10, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    It’s so rewarding cooking with fresh herbs that you’ve grown yourself! And also rewarding to throw ingredients in a crock, set it, forget it and walk in the door to a house of deliciousness. This recipe looks fabulous as always!

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    ashley - baker by nature — May 10, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    YES! I want this for dinner.

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    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — May 10, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    As far as I’m concerned, one can never have too many Crock-Pot recipes! This looks so fresh and yummy Georgia. Pinning to my Slow Cookin’ board on Pinterest :)

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — May 10, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    Love this! “The Comfort of Cooking”…even during the summer! Yes, why do we forget about our favorite winter workhorse, the slow cooker, during the warm summer months? Beautiful food photography, too…as usual! Thanks for the great recipe and inspiration, Georgia! Pinning to group boards at Pinterest! xo

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 10, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

    This chicken looks so good, Georgia! Love the tomatoes and all those flavorful herbs!

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    CCU — May 11, 2013 @ 5:47 am

    I cannot get enough of pasta these days so a few veggie adjustments, and your recipe as always would be perfect :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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    Joanne — May 11, 2013 @ 6:28 am

    It’s rare to see this many fresh flavors in a crockpot recipe…which is maybe why i avoid them so often? But this is gorgeous.

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    Liz — May 11, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    Oh, man. What a delectable topping for pasta! And perfect to come home to after a busy day! YUMMY!

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    Kathy — May 11, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    Love recipes like this in the slow cooker! So fresh and easy!

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    Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie — May 11, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    I love any excuse to use my crockpot more :) This looks beautiful!

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    Cathy — May 12, 2013 @ 12:52 am

    Do you really defrost chicken at room temperature? If so, do you totally defrost it at room temperature, or just an hour or so??

    I always defrost in the refrigerator, but it often takes longer than planned! Plus if you don’t plan in advance – no dinner!

    • Georgia — May 12th, 2013 @ 8:46 am

      If thawing overnight, thawing at room temperature is the most effective way to make sure the chicken is thawed all the way. I also defrost in the fridge if I’m not short on time. But, for a CrockPot recipe, I will put frozen chicken in the sink around 9pm, and by morning it can ready for cooking.

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — May 13, 2013 @ 2:07 am

    Perfect and delicious comfort food, my friend :)

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    Jeanette — May 13, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

    I do love the idea of using the crockpot year-round as I have a tendency to think of it for cold weather use only. This dish sounds great and I agree with Kiran – pure comfort food!

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    Heather — May 14, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

    This was so easy and delicious. My hubs is a big cacciatore fan, but,with a rambunctious 2yo, I don’t have the time to make big, complicated dishes. My husband loved this meal. I try to stay away from carbs at night so I had mine over spinach-yum! Thanks again!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — May 14, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

    I’d love this for my dinner tonight! I have to wait another day, as it’s almost dinner time. I need a crockpot one day, till then I just use my le creuset to slow cook for a long time…

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    honeywhatscooking — May 14, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

    Gorgeous! This reminds me of Chicken Caccitore.. love it.. so hearty.

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    nellootiout — May 21, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    Everything looks very yummy.I love it
    Thank you for sharing.

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    Crystal — May 21, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    Yummy! Just bookmarked!

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    Finger Food Catering Adelaide — April 4, 2014 @ 5:48 am

    Hi there again! You never fail to surprise me with your recipes. they are all so mouthwatering. I cant wait to try this at home. I will be preparing this for this weekend for my family’s gathering. Thank you very much for sharing.

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    Jenna — April 14, 2014 @ 4:04 pm

    Hi There! I just got a crock pot and will try this recipe for the first time – have it in the pot now :) I cooked the (2) defrosted chicken cutlets for 6 hours on medium (right between high and low) – is that enough you think? I checked the chicken and it falls apart nicely and there is no pink so just making sure!

    Thanks :)

    • Georgia — April 14th, 2014 @ 4:36 pm

      Sounds good to me, as long as it’s fully cooked. Enjoy!

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    Lyza — May 8, 2014 @ 2:16 pm

    Thanks for this scrumptious recipe!!! It has become a staple in my house. Most definitely my favorite recipe for the Crock Pot. Everyone in my family devours it. I love how easy it is to put together. Just a perfect recipe!!!!

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