Sunday, May 8, 2022

Crockpot Chicken Parmesan

Crockpot Chicken Parmesan features juicy, breaded chicken breasts smothered in gooey mozzarella and a bold tomato sauce — hello, comfort food! The best part?

No standing over the stove or dodging oil splatters while you’re cooking. This easy chicken parm recipe combines all of the classic Italian flavors you love into a crockpot meal your family will be begging for again and again.

Crockpot Chicken Parmesan on spaghetti

Crockpot Chicken Parmesan

With a mouthwatering combination of seasoned poultry, breading, tangy marinara, and melted cheese, it’s no wonder this popular Italian dish is enjoyed around the world!

I’ve also got a more classic stovetop version if you’re in a hurry, or you can transform this dish into sliders for game day or family get-togethers.

And don’t forget the sides! You can never go wrong with a big bowl of salad and homemade breadsticks with any Italian meal.

Ingredients for chicken parmesan

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Chicken - Boneless, skinless breasts work best for this easy chicken parmesan recipe. If yours seem extra thick, you can slice them into cutlets so they cook a bit faster. And be sure to pat them dry first to help the breading stick to the surface!
  • Breadcrumbs - Italian breadcrumbs add loads of flavor, making it super easy to bread and season the meat at the same time. You could also use plain or panko breadcrumbs and add your own seasonings — about 1 tablespoon total per cup of breadcrumbs.
  • Cheese - For more variety, you can use any combination of Italian cheeses to top the chicken. Mix some freshly grated parmesan into the mozzarella, or swap it for fontina, asiago, or provolone instead.
  • Marinara - Make your own from scratch or grab a jar from the store. Really, any red pasta sauce will do the trick!
  • Pasta - We love to serve this crock pot chicken parmesan on a bed of spaghetti, but it’s just as delicious with another type of noodle. Be sure to have extra warmed marinara on hand to coat every bite.

2 dip station - chicken in egg wash, chicken in breading

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Slow Cooker - Great for soups, roasts, shredded chicken, and more! I love it in the cooler months, but it’s also great in the summer when you don’t want to heat up the whole house with the oven.

  • Mixing Bowls - I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all.

  • Box Grater - As much as I love buying bagged shreds because it’s easier, freshly grated cheese melts down so much smoother and tastes better too.

breaded chicken in tomato sauce

Crockpot Chicken Parmesan FAQ

Is chicken parmesan always served with pasta?

This dish would traditionally be served after the pasta course perhaps with a side of vegetables.

However, many families don’t serve separate courses for meals and choose to have everything available at once.

It doesn’t hurt that the noodles can soak up all that delicious marinara and cheese that will inevitably be left on the plate!

You can also swap the pasta for mashed potatoes or enjoy this crockpot chicken parmesan as a sandwich instead.

cheese on breaded chicken

How do you know if chicken is done cooking?

According to the USDA, cuts of chicken should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F. Check this by inserting an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the meat and reading the display.

Can I cook pasta with slow cooker chicken parmesan?

While there are other recipes that allow that option, I wouldn’t recommend adding pasta to the crock pot with the chicken parmesan.

You would need to add extra liquid for the noodles to absorb, which would cause the breading to slide off of the meat.

Just boil and drain the spaghetti while you are melting the top layer of cheese, and it will be ready to serve together!

melted cheese on breaded chicken in slow cooker

Prep Ahead Instructions

If needed, you can bread the chicken the night before and store it in the refrigerator. Shred the mozzarella while you’re at it so everything is ready to go!

This crockpot chicken Parmesan comes together in a snap — just toss it all in to cook for 5 hours, then melt some extra cheese on top before serving.

How To Store Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

Allow leftovers to cool, then transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for 3 to 4 days.

You can also freeze crock pot chicken Parmesan for future meals! I suggest storing individual servings in quart-sized freezer bags so they don’t all stick together.

Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat in the microwave or on the stove. Or, warm several servings in the oven at 350°F with extra marinara.

Chicken Parmesan on a fork over a slow cooker


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Crockpot Chicken Parmesan on a plate

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Author: Donna Elick
Crockpot Chicken Parmesan

Crockpot Chicken Parmesan

Crockpot Chicken Parmesan comes together in a snap for an easy, delicious meal. Serve over a bed of pasta with fresh salad and breadsticks!
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 5 HourTotal time: 5 H & 15 M


  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 32 ounce jar marinara or spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups freshly grated mozzarella cheese, divided
  • Parsley for garnish


  1. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  2. In a shallow bowl, whisk together egg and milk.
  3. In a second shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.
  4. Dip each chicken breast into the egg mixture and then into the bread crumb mixture, coating both sides well.
  5. Spread 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  6. Place coated chicken breasts in a single layer across the bottom of the slow cooker.
  7. Top with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and then pour the remaining sauce over the top.
  8. Cook on LOW for 5 hours. Confirm that the chicken is cooked through by checking that its internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  9. Top the cooked chicken parmesan with the remaining mozzarella cheese, cover, and continue cooking for about 15 minutes longer until the cheese is melted.
  10. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and basil and serve.
  1. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  2. Serve with any type of pasta - we like spaghetti.
  3. Any type of breadcrumbs will work - the Italian seasoned breadcrumbs have lots of flavor added in, making this super easy to bread and season the chicken at once. You can also use panko or plain breadcrumbs and add your own seasonings.
  4. The chicken parmesan is done when the chicken is cooked through (165°F).

Crockpot Chicken Parmesan closeup

Originally published May 2022

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