Crockpot Italian Chicken – The Cookie Rookie®


Let the slow cooker do all the work tonight when you make Crockpot Italian Chicken for dinner! Served over either pasta or rice, this tender, flavorful chicken is cooked to perfection in a medley of ingredients like tomatoes, red wine, garlic, and more.

shredded italian chicken on top of rice in a bowl

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken

Slow cooked chicken is always a good idea. It’s the best way to easily get tender chicken that shreds to perfection! When you cook it in a mix of ingredients like bold red wine and juicy diced tomatoes, it’s not only fork tender, but also infused with rich Italian flavors.

This easy to make Italian chicken is perfect for those weeknights when you want a tasty homemade dinner without lots of hard work! It’s as delicious as it is comforting and the whole family will love it. The addition of red wine makes it slightly more sophisticated, but still wonderfully simple.

Why You’ll Love this Crockpot Chicken Recipe:

  • EASY TO MAKE: Yes! Like any good Crockpot recipe, this Italian chicken recipe is incredibly easy to make.
  • FLAVORFUL: All Italian-inspired recipes should be anything but bland. Red wine, garlic, and more make this chicken flavorful as can be.
  • TENDER: Slow cooked chicken breast meat is fork tender and SO juicy!

Whether you serve this chicken over the pasta of your choice or some freshly cooked white rice, you’re going to love it!

shredded italian chicken in a crockpot

How to Make Crockpot Italian Chicken

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

  1. Season the chicken and place it in the Crockpot.
  2. Add the tomatoes, onion, green pepper, mushrooms, and garlic to the Crockpot.
  3. Whisk the red wine and tomato sauce together.
  4. Pour it over the chicken.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours.
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What kind of chicken should I use?

Chicken breasts work the best for this recipe. If they’re frozen chicken breasts, that’s fine, but they’ll need to be fully thawed prior to cooking.

How do I know when the chicken is cooked through?

At the end of the cook time, remove a chicken breast from the Crockpot and slice it in half. If it’s white all the way through with no pink color, it’s fully cooked.

What can I use instead of red wine?

Instead of red wine, use an equal amount of chicken broth.

Is this recipe gluten free?

Yes it is! To keep it gluten free, make sure you serve this chicken over rice or gluten free pasta.

Serving Suggestions

Here are just a few side dish recommendations that pair perfectly slow cooker Italian chicken!

The flavors in this easy chicken dinner are definitely bold, but still family-friendly!

shredded italian chicken in a crockpot with a wood spoon
shredded italian chicken on top of rice in a bowl

How to Make Ahead

This easy chicken dinner is best made the same day you’re going to eat it.

How to Store Italian Chicken

Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Freezing Instructions

Place leftover chicken in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure all of your veggies are nice and fresh! They contribute a lot of flavor and different textures to the meal, so they should all be fresh as can be.
  • When you serve this Crockpot Italian chicken, garnish it with some freshly shaved parmesan and chopped basil. Both garnishes add the most vibrant complimentary flavors to the dish.
  • If you’d like to make this meal spicy, add more red pepper flakes.
shredded italian chicken on top of rice in a bowl with a fork

Flavor packed Italian chicken is slow cooked to perfection in the Crockpot before being served over pasta or white rice. This is an easy weeknight dinner you can’t miss out on!

If you make this recipe be sure to upload a photo in the comment section below or leave a rating. Enjoy!



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