Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 10, 2009


This recipe is from the fabulous Stephanie O’Dea’s Make it Fast, Cook it Slow Cookbook. I just can’t get enough of her recipes!  If you don’t own this book, you should!

1 Tbsp olive oil ($.10)
1 beaten egg ($.10)
3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts ($2.31)
1/2 cup bread crumbs ($.20)
1/4 cup parmesan cheese ($.25)
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning ($.02)
Couple shakes of salt and pepper
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese ($.75) Bought this week with store mailer coupon
1 26 oz. can favorite marinara sauce ($1) On sale for $1 :)
1/2 pound spaghetti noodles ($.25) Bought recently with $1/2 coupon when on sale for $1, only used half the package!
1 box frozen spinach (free) Used free item coupon this week

1. Place olive oil in the base of the slow cooker.
2. In small bowl, whisk the egg. In another small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese (omit if dairy free!), Italian seasonings and salt and pepper.
3. Dip each chicken breast into the egg, then coat with the bread crumbs mixture. Then place into the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with handful of shredded mozzarella cheese. Pour marinara sauce over the top.
4. Cook in the slow cooker on low for 6-7 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.
5. Just before dinner, prepare your favorite pasta according to package instructions. I choose whole wheat spaghetti noodles.
6. Cook frozen spinach as directed on package.
7. Serve Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan over Pasta with Spinach.

Cost $4.98
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Ashley November 10, 2009 at 7:40 pm

I just found you on Twitter… so glad I did – this looks AMAZING!! I love cooking with my crockpot and this is a dish my family will LOVE!


Tanya @ Mommy Goggles November 10, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Omgosh! I am soo trying this! Looks awesome!


Stacie November 10, 2009 at 9:13 pm

This sounds delicious. I am going to have to make it sometime soon. I absolutely love my crock pot.


tara November 10, 2009 at 9:53 pm

Thank you for all of the great tips!


Lauren November 11, 2009 at 12:11 am

I LOVE my slow cooker and I LOVE stephanies blog and i LOVE chicken parmasan but i LOATHE this recipe. ive made it twice, both times it came out awful. It makes the chicken taste horrible for some reason. It made my husband nauseas


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom November 11, 2009 at 12:00 pm


So sorry Lauren! We enjoyed it! Did you ask Stephanie for suggestions?!?


Allie Zirkle November 11, 2009 at 11:35 am

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this dish! We happened to make this in a hotel and it worked out GREAT!!

My folks invited us to visit while they were traveling and staying in a hotel. I prepped this the night before we left- “battering” the chicken and tossing into a gallon bag into the freezer, shredding the cheese and tossing into a sandwich sized ziptop bag into the freezer. I also cooked two boxes of pasta- fun shapes for the kids and spaghetti for the adults. I tossed the pasta with a tad bit of olive oil to ensure the noodles didn’t stick terribly. Those went into 2 seperate ziptop bags in the fridge. In the morning, I tossed the ingredients into a cooler for our drive to the hotel. Once we arrived at the hotel, I plugged in the crockpot, added the ingredients, and we enjoyed our day (playing in the hotel pool, etc). We came back to the hotel for dinner, microwaved the pasta (most hotel rooms have microwaves and they also have microwaves available from the front desk- along with plates and utensils), and topped with the delish! chicken parmesan!

We picked up a bagged salad from the nearby grocery store and for $10 for 8 people, we dined with delight. It was so much fun to have dinner in at a hotel. I would highly recommend it!



Lauren November 11, 2009 at 12:20 pm

i read through the old comments but there didnt seem to be anything that would have made a difference. i tried it again thinking maybe it was the chicken i used or something but it was still gross i dont think i like the chicken juices cooked in spaghetti sauce.

one of my husbands all time fav meals though is her cream cheese chicken, also one of the easiest!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom November 11, 2009 at 2:03 pm


That could be…chicken with spaghetti sauce does make for a different flavor! We’ll have to try the cream cheese chicken! Mmm…


Beth J November 12, 2009 at 10:51 pm

This sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing! How many servings does this recipe make? 4?


Lisa November 18, 2009 at 9:45 am

I enjoyed this recipe at a friend’s home last evening. It was wonderful! When I asked about the recipe, I also learned about $ and now the Make It Fast Cook It Slow Cookbook. Yay! I’m already “hooked.”


Susan November 19, 2009 at 2:31 am

We had this tonight and it was a huge hit. So awesome to walk in after a long day at work/school and smell this cooking!!


Lacey December 29, 2009 at 11:36 am

I’m going to have to give this a try…just got a new crock pot!


Claire January 16, 2011 at 9:43 am

This is my favorite! So yummy! Thank you for sharing it! I use my slowcooker every Sunday so the food is ready when we get home from church. Everyone eats this and is happy with it!


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