Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken


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Bring the flavors of Tuscany into your kitchen with this delicious Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken recipe. Made with skinless boneless chicken breasts, sun dried tomatoes, sliced onion, basil, and a host of other seasonings – this chicken dinner is one the whole family will love.

There’s other ways to add Tuscan flavors in your meal plan, especially with my Slow Cooker Creamy Tuscan Mushrooms and Slow Cooker Tuscan White Bean Soup.

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Why You’ll Love This Tuscan Chicken Recipe

Making an Italian-inspired dish doesn’t have to be overwhelming and I think that’s what you’ll love most about this recipe. The finishing dish will taste like something purchased from a restaurant but was made in the comfort of your own kitchen. All you’ll need are just a few pantry staples, your crock pot, and 3-4 hours of cooking time.

It boasts of lots of flavor thanks to the variety of seasonings, spices, and herbs. The chicken locks in flavors due to the pre-browning process and everything else is dumped in just before setting the slow cooker temp. I have no doubts that your family will be asking for seconds and to see this cooked more than once!

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for tuscan chicken on a table.
  • Chicken: All you’ll need are 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts for this recipe.
  • Seasonings: Dried oregano, dried thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, kosher salt, black pepper, minced garlic cloves.
  • Veggies: Sun dried tomatoes (drained and chopped), sliced onion, and baby spinach. We also use sun dried tomatoes in our Slow Cooker Marry Me Chicken recipe.
  • Wet Ingredients: Olive oil is used for browning the chicken just before slow cooking, low sodium chicken broth, and heavy cream.
  • Garnish: Fresh parsley and freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional).

Step-by-Step Directions

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Step One – In a small bowl, mix together the dried oregano, dried thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper.

Step Two – Rub the spice mixture over the chicken breasts, ensuring they are evenly coated. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Brown the chicken breasts on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side.

Step Three – Transfer the browned chicken breasts to the slow cooker.

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Step Four – Directly over the chicken in the slow cooker, add the finely chopped onion, minced garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and pour the chicken broth evenly over the top.

Step Five – Cover and cook on LOW for 3-4 hours, or until the chicken is tender and cooked through.

Step Six – Stir the heavy cream and baby spinach into the slow cooker.

Step Seven – Allow the spinach to wilt and the sauce to thicken slightly.

Step Eight – Sprinkle the freshly grated Parmesan cheese over the chicken.

Step Nine – Cover and cook for an additional 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Serve crockpot tuscan chicken using some of the suggestions below and enjoy!

overhead shot of slow cooker tuscan chicken.

How to Serve

  • This dish pairs wonderfully with al dente pasta, such as fettuccine or penne, to soak up the delicious creamy sauce.
  • Serve the Tuscan chicken garnished with fresh parsley and accompanied by your choice of pasta, rice, or crusty bread.
  • You can also serve the chicken on a bed of green salad for a refreshing meal. For the dressing, use some of the cream sauce drizzled over the chicken breast.
  • Other starch options are serving over mashed potatoes, or steamed white rice.
overhead shot of serving of slow cooker tuscan chicken on a plate.

Recipe FAQs

How do I store leftovers?

Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 3 days and reheated gently on the stove or in the microwave.

What’s the best way to add more flavor to this crock pot tuscan chicken recipe?

For an extra depth of flavor, consider adding a splash of white wine along with the chicken broth. Also, adding the onions, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and broth directly to the slow cooker simplifies the preparation process while still infusing the chicken with rich flavors.

How can I make the chicken mild?

You can leave out the crushed red pepper flakes and also cut back on the black pepper.

Can I use boneless skinless chicken thighs?

Yes. They will taste great as well.

close-up of serving of slow cooker tuscan chicken.

More Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

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Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Bring the classic flavors of Tuscany into your kitchen with this easy Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken recipe.

Ingredients 
 

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp, onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, mix together the dried oregano, dried thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper.
  • Rub the spice mixture over the chicken breasts, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Brown the chicken breasts on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Transfer the browned chicken breasts to the slow cooker.
  • Directly over the chicken in the slow cooker, add the finely chopped onion, minced garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and pour the chicken broth evenly over the top.
  • Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, or until the chicken is tender and cooked through.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the slow cooker and set aside.
  • Stir the heavy cream and baby spinach into the slow cooker, allowing the spinach to wilt and the sauce to thicken slightly.
  • Return the chicken to the slow cooker and spoon some of the sauce over the top.
  • Sprinkle the freshly grated Parmesan cheese over the chicken.
  • Cover and cook for an additional 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Serve the Tuscan chicken garnished with fresh parsley and accompanied by your choice of pasta, rice, or crusty bread. Enjoy!

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Sarah’s Notes

  • Adding the onions, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and broth directly to the slow cooker simplifies the preparation process while still infusing the chicken with rich flavors.
  • For an extra depth of flavor, consider adding a splash of white wine along with the chicken broth.
  • This dish pairs wonderfully with al dente pasta, such as fettuccine or penne, to soak up the delicious creamy sauce.
  • Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 3 days and reheated gently on the stove or in the microwave.

Nutrition

Calories: 508kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 184mg | Sodium: 485mg | Potassium: 1512mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2338IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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7 Comments

  1. Debra Damiani says:

    5 stars
    This was a delicious meal and so flavorful! I made a few modifications. I didn’t have the sun dried tomatoes so I added baby Bella mushrooms. After the chicken was browned and placed in the crock pot I deglazed the pan with white wine, then added the onion & mushrooms. Cooked until the onions were soft, then added to the chicken. The final modification I made was I used fat free half& half instead of the cream since that’s what I had. The hubs loved it! The short time in the crock pot ensures that the chicken won’t get too dry. This was absolutely delicious and I plan to make it again! Highly recommend! Thank you for sharing this great recipe.

  2. Renee says:

    Can I substitute bone in thighs or legs?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes, either will work great! You may need to degrease the sauce before serving though.

  3. Joann says:

    Hi, in the ingredients it says 1 onion sliced. In the instructions it says to add the finely diced onion. Does it make a difference how the onion is cut?
    Thanks

  4. Debbie says:

    5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was delicious! Excellent flavoring. Next time I will add that splash of wine. This is going in my KEEPER file.

  5. Cyn says:

    Where is the basil in this recipe? It’s shown as an ingredient in the pictures.

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      That is actually spinach! I apologize for the confusion.