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Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Recipe

The best slow cooker chicken parmesan recipe you can throw together in the morning and have tender chicken breasts with a cheesy sauce for dinner tonight. 

chicken parmesan in slow cooker

If you’re looking for the best slow cooker chicken parmesan recipe, this is it! Needing only a few ingredients, it is a healthy and simple Crockpot recipe everyone (even the kids) will love. Use chicken breasts, thighs, with a light breading, and you’re set. (affiliate links present)

Crockpot Chicken Parmesan

Yes, we do have a lot of simple chicken recipes here on The Typical Mom blog but this gets 6 thumbs up from my kids. It’s also on our list of easy cheap Crockpot meals because it costs under $20 to make for all of us! That is always the ultimate win for me as I am frugal but want to eat healthy at the same time.

If you love this meal when you are at your local Italian restaurant it is actually not hard to do. Yes you can make frozen breaded and processed pieces, homemade is better. You just need to dip, coat and lay in with some sauce to get it much better.

Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….

  1. This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
  2. I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.

Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉


Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Frozen Chicken

You can’t get much better than that right??!! I mean we love this combination for all sorts of things, not just meat. From air fryer eggplant parm to this same mix on chicken and even pork chops would be killer. We make this often. Forgot to defrost your meat?? NO problem, you can still save dinner.

Believe it or not you can use medium size frozen chicken breasts in Crockpot for this too. Just make sure they are separated from one another before laying inside. You won’t be able to coat the with breading but do the rest as stated below and sprinkle that on top of the cheese before serving to get that incorporated.

Maybe you think since it cooks low and slow all day that you’d need to skip the breading, wrong! It still works great to roll the meat in breadcrumbs so you still have that coated flavor and texture you love. Add your favorite seasonings to coat and you’re set.

Now with that said just know that the texture on the outside is going to be soft. That is typical when it is served to you yes but if you need a bit of crisp you won’t get that. NOW if you want a crunchy coated outside you’ll need to follow our air fryer chicken parm recipe instead. Up to you.

crockpot Chicken Parmesan

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan No Breading

Start with some boneless skinless chicken breasts. I mean you could use thighs if you really wanted but typically this is the cut that is preferred. You do not have to coat it. Instead you can use the same flavors but skip that part. To incorporate the breading flavor just sprinkle crushed breadcrumbs over the top before serving. Easy!

How do you make chicken parmesan from scratch?

We will show you! Well, it’s pretty homemade. 😉 Unlike our Instant Pot chicken parmesan casserole, this dish doesn’t have any noodles cooked with it. You’d have to throw those into a pot to get tender a few minutes before serving. We shared how to air fry above too. Honestly, I love them all but it depends on my mood and how busy I am that day. 

  • Try them all and see which you like the best!
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Crockpot Chicken Parmesan Recipe

This is what else you’re going to need:

  1. Spaghetti sauce
  2. Parmesan cheese
  3. Breadcrumbs
  4. Italian seasonings
  5. Mozzarella cheese
  6. Parsley
  7. Salt and pepper if you like

Garlic powder and any other seasonings you like can be added too. I like to season as I am adding ingredients into the pot but not too heavily.

You can always add more later when served but you can’t take it away and you don’t want it to be overwhelming. Remember the sauce has a lot of seasonings in it as it is.

crockpot chicken recipe

First I recommend spraying the inside of your crock with non stick olive oil spray to help with cleanup later on.  Then you’re going to use a shallow bowl to combine your seasoned bread crumbs together and coat both sides of chicken well.

  • In the bottom of your Crock pot lay your coated chicken.
    • If you really really wanted some crunch you could sear/brown outsides in a large skillet and then add but I don’t bother.

Then pour your spaghetti sauce on top. You could mix together your own seasonings and tomato sauce yourself but this just makes it easier on me to have it done in a jar.

  • Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of that and cook on high for 4 hours or low for about 7.
    • I personally prefer low and slow. The meat comes out more tender and more flavorful in my opinion.

Once you’re done cooking chicken, sprinkle the mozzarella on the very top about 30 minutes before serving. Then once cheese is melted serve with a side of noodles or rice.

crockpot chicken parm

What side goes with chicken parmesan?

This is a really easy recipe if you’re looking for a meal that is high in protein and low fat too.

  • Pasta or zoodles are a good low carb alternative side dish
  • Of course you can’t go wrong with a salads. This option gives you a crispness to balance out the rich flavors of your dish.

Veggies are usually a favorite around here. A mix of air fryer vegetables like zucchini, squash and mushrooms are my go to.

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

Is chicken parmigiana the same as chicken parmesan?

Yes, they are both the same delicious, mouth watering meal that you know well and love. It’s a breaded chicken cutlet with lots of melted mozzarella and/or provolone cheese on top.

This recipe started way back with eggplant parmigiana in Campania and Sicily in Italy and was brought to the U.S. to be loved by many more here.

What if you want to make homemade spaghetti sauce? That is totally fine! I have done that myself from time to time. If you have a family recipe, use that. I have a link above to the throw together method I follow. 😉

Can you put pasta in a slow cooker

You can at the end like our Crockpot spaghetti and meatballs. So here’s the deal. I do not add it when I am making a dish that has raw meat in it. That is going to cook funky and take much longer for the meat to cook, and not have the noodles get mushy.

  • For something like our Crockpot hamburger casserole you can cook everything together including the pasta.
    • This is because the cook time is only 3 hours AND the ground beef is cooked before it’s added into your slow cooker.

In this case I would say it’s a flat out NO, don’t do it. Instead just boil it on your stovetop, or in your pressure cooker covered with water for about 3 minutes with a quick release. 

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How do you cook just pasta in a slow cooker? 

Pasta cooks quickly in a Crockpot and adding it too soon will leave you with a mushy mess. You’ll need to add pasta, stir it into the sauce, liquid, or soup you’re making. Add extra water if the liquid content is low so noodles are submerged. Cook for 20 minutes and serve.

  • I will say this is how my Mom has done it, I prefer the quicker method above myself. 
  • For more easy Crockpot chicken recipes see our roundup here and enjoy friends.

Directions for Instant Pot chicken parmesan are here. The same great flavors in a fraction of the time. So good. We have a printable recipe card here below for your reference with nutritional information listed in it as well. Calories and saturated fat amounts will vary slightly depending on the sauce and amount of cheese you use but is pretty accurate for each serving amount.

pressure cooker chicken parmesan

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Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

The best slow cooker chicken parmesan recipe you can throw together in the morning and have tender chicken breasts with a cheesy sauce for dinner tonight.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword chicken, crockpot, parmesan, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 6
Calories 373kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • In a shallow bowl combine 1 tsp Italian seasonings, salt, garlic powder, dry parsley, and your breadcrumbs, mix together
  • Roll each chicken breast in this mixture so each is well coated
  • Place coated chicken in Crockpot that's been sprayed with non stick spray.
  • Pour jar of spaghetti sauce on top of coated meat.
  • Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of that. Cook on low for about 6 hours. (timing will depend greatly on how thick your breasts are)
  • 15 minutes prior to serving lift lid, sprinkle on mozzarella cheese + remaining Italian seasoning and put lid back on.
  • Once cheese is melted serve immediately


Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 373 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 134mg45%
Sodium 1615mg70%
Potassium 1014mg29%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 893IU18%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 287mg29%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Friday 31st of March 2023

So easy and delicious!


Friday 3rd of March 2023

This was delicious and easy. The only change I made was to use regular bread crumbs to lower the sodium a little. The chicken was so tender. My husband loved it as well. This recipe is a keeper

The Typical Mom

Friday 3rd of March 2023

Great tweak


Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Is the Parmesan cheese grated or shredded?

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

I have used both it doesn't really matter


Saturday 30th of January 2021

Definitely overcooked... the chicken basically turned to mush after 5 hours on low.

The Typical Mom

Saturday 30th of January 2021

Mush?? I have never seen chicken turn to mush. Even in a pressure cooker under high pressure if it were cooked a bit too long it would just be so tender it would become shredded chicken. Don't understand but breasts were probably too small if they didnt stay in tact.

Page Thompson

Saturday 16th of January 2021

Made this in my slow cooker. Was a hit. I served I over spaghetti pasta with a salad and garlic bread. Will definitely make again.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 17th of January 2021

Yay for a yummy dinner

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