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Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

Everyone’s favorite Italian dish, chicken parmesan, adapted for the slow cooker. Uses a convenience ingredient that is the secret to it’s juicy success!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 5 mins
Course: Chicken, Everyday Meals, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken parmesan, slow cooker chicken
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 325kcal


  • 1 bag 26-32 oz frozen fully cooked breaded chicken strips or nuggets (see NOTES)
  • 8 oz sliced mozzarella cheese


  • 28 oz can petit diced tomatoes
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar see NOTES


  • Spray the crock with non-stick spray.
  • Mix all sauce ingredients in the crock pot. I used a 5 quart round crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours, high 3-5 hours--add the chicken the last hour of cooking.
  • Place slices of cheese on top about 15 minutes before you plan to serve.


Omit the sugar if you like a tart sauce. I like a sweet sauce and 1/4 cup brown sugar does it for me. If you prefer a less sweet sauce, use 2 tbs brown sugar.
Don't use frozen chicken made from "chopped and formed" chicken. Make sure they are real, unprocessed chicken breast meat.
You might want to consider using a liner when making this. I sprayed but still had hard baked-on food that only a Brillo pad would remove.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 1539mg | Potassium: 1074mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 1485IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 387mg | Iron: 4mg