Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Casserole

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    Anyone who has been following me for any length of time knows what a fan of Chicken Parmesan I am. I have a Slow Cooker version, and the ULTIMATE Chicken Parmesan recipe as well.

    But this is even easier. Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Casserole. And it's so good!

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    Now if you want to use jarred sauce, be my guest (but make sure to use about 28 oz.). But I prefer using crushed tomatoes, basil, garlic, salt, and pepper. The flavors end up making a really tasty sauce, especially with the chicken cooking in it.

    MY whole family LOVED this Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Casserole. And so easy to make!

    So anyway – just cook the chicken in the sauce, shred it, and then add the pasta (I recommend something like penne). Now the pasta will take longer to cook than if you were following the directions on the box. But a pasta like penne would take about 20 minutes to become al dente.

    slow cooker chicken parmesan casserole step by step

    Once the pasta is done, top with cheese and then close the lid. It will melt in about 10 minutes.

    Ok – now for my favorite part… for any good chicken parmesan recipe, you will need a bit of crunch, right? The best chicken parmesan always has a nice crispy breadcrumb crust on the outside. So to achieve that, we will make a crispy breadcrumb topping. Simply fry some breadcrumbs in oil for a few minutes, and that's all it takes.

    Use this awesome breadcrumb topping when you serve it. Super good.

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    Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Casserole
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    Serves: 6
    MY whole family LOVED this Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Casserole. And so easy to make!
    • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
    • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1 Tbsp dried basil
    • 1 tsp minced garlic
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 12 oz. uncooked pasta
    • 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 2 Tbsp olive oil
    • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
    1. Place chicken, spices, garlic, crushed tomatoes, and water in the slow cooker.
    2. Cook on high for 4 hours, medium for 6, or low for 8.
    3. Shred chicken.
    4. Add pasta and mix in well so that the pasta is covered in the liquid.
    5. Cover and cook for another 20 minutes.
    6. Add the cheese on top and close the lid and let it melt (this should take another 10 minutes).
    7. While the cheese is melting, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
    8. Add the breadcrumbs and mix well into the oil. Cook for a few minutes until the breadcrumbs are crispy.
    9. Serve and top with the breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.


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  • just made this last night for the family and they totally LOVED IT!.. At first once the 4 hours where done i saw still too much water so I was a little worried it was going o end up being soggy pasta, but in the end it was perfectly done.. not today nor watery..

    baby approved too

  • Can i add the pasta at the beginning? I want to make this before going to work and let it cook all day. So i wont be able to put the pasta in until i get home which is late. I would like it to be ready for when i get home

  • Can you cook the chicken in the sauce ahead of time then reheat and add the rest before serving? Would like to prep the say before since I won’t have enough time the same day.

  • Not flavorful enugh for me and needs more sauce. It was missing that ‘something’, some spoces maybe…

  • Hi Lauren,

    I’m putting together my shopping list for making this casserole tonight. I’m surprised to see it called Chicken Parmesan when the recipe calls for mozzarella. In fact, parmesan did not make it onto your ingredients list. Am I missing something?

  • Where is the red sauce…I would think that it would have since the pics show some kind of red sauce?? I am just confused?? I am using pasta far so good!

  • Made this today and my kids loved it! I used a jar of sauce and some extra water. Also used gluten free pasta and it was great! Thanks for the recipe, I am going to share with others!!

  • I made this tonight and have read some comments.. I haven’t tried it yet it’s still cooking waiting on pasta to be done but 1/4 cup of water was barely ANY liquid after 4 hours on high.. I’ve seen comment that they thought it was going to be to much but I barely had any when I went to add the pasta so I added some more.. I may have added to much

  • Silly question, but how much parmesan cheese is needed? For some reason I don’t see it listed in the ingredients section.
    TIA ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sounds delish. Over here we usually boil dried penne pasta in water for 11mins til al dente. Did I use dried or fresh pasta?

  • Made this tonight for dinner, accidentally got petite diced tomatoes but it’s not too bad. Didn’t have much water in Crock-Pot so cook the penne some before adding it, was a lil bland so ended up adding some of my own spices. Only tried a bite and so far it taste pretty good. I cooked the chicken and sauce this morning and did the rest this evening.

  • Woke up to the glorious smell of simmering chicken breast in an AMAZING sauce. Just added in the pasta and getting ready for the day. This recipe is perfect and so easy to follow! Thanks โ™ฅ๏ธ

  • This is such a great and easy recipe!!! The bread crumbs really add a lot too. I added a little garlic salt to them just because I got unseasoned crumbs. So cheap and easy plus it makes great leftovers!

  • I thought there wasn’t enough water so I added some. Big mistake. Turned out with mushy pasta that was pasty and bland. Next time I will follow the instructions or make the pasta separate as that seems the easiest. Maybe add some more spices too.

  • Did mine on high for 4hours. There was not enough water to cook all my pasta. Ended up adding almost a cup of hot water and letting the pasta continue to cook for another 20 minutes and then while the cheese was melting. Donโ€™t know if there was supposed to be a loose sauce or more casserole consistency when finished but mine was definitely on the casserole side. Still it was delicious and even my picky 5 year old ate it without complaining.

  • i followed the recipe to the T, and my can of crushed tomatoes looked like it had more chunks of tomatoes than yours. and also the parmesan was not included in the recipe so unfortunately missed that part. overall, it was ok. donโ€™t think i would make again.

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