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Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan

I am now convinced anything can be cooked and cooked well in a crock pot. Chicken Parmesan was one recipe I was sure could not be pulled off well in a slow cooker. I mean, how can you get that crispy, breaded coating?

Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan

But this recipe from Cook’s Country, my go to source for classic recipes, solves that problem by adding a crispy Panko crumb topping after the chicken is cooked. Genius!

Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan

Now granted, it’s not quite the same as eating a perfectly fried piece of chicken like this one. But it is the next best thing.

There is a small amount of precooking for this recipe- sauteing the onions and garlic mainly. All in all this is a totally easy and hands off recipe for chicken parmesan.

An easy sauce is made from the sautéed onion and garlic plus a whole can of tomato paste, seasonings, and diced tomatoes.

Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan

To keep the sauce from getting watery, as sauces tend to get in the crock pot, you start with an extra thick sauce and add some cornstarch. The result is a super flavorful and tomatoey  Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan with just the right amount of cheese and a crunchy Panko crumb topping.

Chicken Parmesan was never so easy!

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Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan

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Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan

Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan

Super flavorful Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan with a thick, not watery, tomato sauce and a crunchy Panko crumb topping. So easy!
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 4 hours
TOTAL: 4 hours 10 minutes


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, I like to use fire-roasted, drained
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup Panko crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add onion, tomato paste, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, 1/4 teaspoon salt. and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook until onions are softened and tomato paste is rust in color, about 4 minutes.
  • Transfer onion-tomato paste mixture to a lightly greased crock pot (or use a crock pot liner) and stir in drained diced tomatoes.
  • Dissolve the cornstarch in the 1 tablespoon of water and stir into the tomato sauce.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper and lay them on top of tomato mixture so that they are shingled and the tapered ends face the side of the crock pot with the control panel. Cover and cook on LOW for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Mix together mozzarella and half of the Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle cheese mixture over chicken, place the lid back on and let sit in turned-off crock pot for 15 minutes to melt the cheese.
  • Combine Panko crumbs and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Cook until nicely browned, stirring frequently. Transfer Panko crumbs to a bowl to cool and then add in remaining Parmesan cheese, the basil, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle on top of cheese and serve.


Calories: 372kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian

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Recipe adapted from Cook’s Country 

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30 thoughts on “Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan”

  1. Megan Stevenson

    Wow, never thought to do chicken parm in the crockpot. I will have to try this! I love using my crockpot!

  2. Megan Stevenson

    Wow! I have never tried (or thought) to do chicken parm in the crockpot. I will have to try this! Love using my crocrockpot!

  3. I would have never thought chicken parm would work in a crockpot! I love this! I’m always looking for new recipes to make in mine!

  4. Kathy @ Olives & Garlic

    I love that you made this in the slow cooker. It looks perfect and I bet it smells fantastic. I’d love to come home to that smell.

  5. This crock pot version of chicken parmesan looks better than any other version I’ve seen — I love this and need to make it soon! Pinned. 🙂

  6. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel

    Love this idea!! Chicken parm is one of my fave comforting meals, but it definitely takes a lot of work and makes a mess. This version is so easy! I’ll definitely have to try this! 🙂

  7. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    Okay, this I’ve never seen before! Such a great idea! Love the topping added afterwards!

  8. Carol at Wild Goose Mama

    I love love crock pot meals. As I age and as I seem to get busier the more I use it even for entertaining.
    Wonderful recipe.

  9. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    I love that you made this in a crockpot. Stopping by here always leaves me wanting more!

  10. Thao @ In Good Flavor

    I’ve got to try this. My husband and son are not huge fans of crockpot cooking, but they seem to be coming around to it. I think they might like would really enjoy this chicken recipe.

  11. Haha, I think I’ve only cooked in a crock pot once in my life! Eeek, I should probably fix that! This looks so bright and delicious! I was trying to hold out on eating dinner for a while but now I’m so hungry!

  12. We love chicken parmesan! I love that you can make this right in the crockpot, it makes things so much easier. This looks so delicious, Christin!

  13. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel

    Absolutely delicious and would make for a filling meal. I’d give myself an extra large portion 😀

  14. Everytime I see you using crock pot, I tell myself that I need to start to use mine…this chicken looks fabulous…great flavors!
    Have a great rest of the week Christin 🙂

  15. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    I love Cook’s Country’s crock pot recipes! I can’t wait to try this!

  16. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I definitely think anything can be made in the crock pot, too! This looks perfect, Christin! My mom always used to make chicken parmesan growing up, but never in the crock pot. Love this!

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