Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Published on August 3, 2016 by Lauren

chicken parmesan casserole

Anyone who has been following me for any length of time knows what a fan of Chicken Parmesan I am. I have a Slow Cooker version, and the ULTIMATE Chicken Parmesan recipe as well.

But this is even easier. Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Casserole. And it’s so good!

If you want to use jarred sauce, be my guest (but make sure to use about 28 oz.). But I prefer to use my homemade spaghetti sauce recipe.  The flavors end up making a really tasty sauce, especially with the chicken cooking in it.

chicken parmesan casserole

So anyway – just cook the chicken in the sauce, shred it, and then add the pasta (I recommend something like penne). Now the pasta will take longer to cook than if you were following the directions on the box. But a pasta like penne would take about 20 minutes to become al dente.

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Once the pasta is done, top with cheese and then close the lid. It will melt in about 10 minutes.

Ok – now for my favorite part… for any good chicken parmesan recipe, you will need a bit of crunch, right? The best chicken parmesan always has a nice crispy breadcrumb crust on the outside. So to achieve that, we will make a crispy breadcrumb topping. Simply fry some breadcrumbs in oil for a few minutes, and that’s all it takes.

Use this awesome breadcrumb topping when you serve it. Super good.

If you’re interested in some other recipes like this one, I’ve got a whole BUNCH of amazing slow cooker recipes that you’ve got to check out.

Make sure to bookmark or pin this one, because I’m sure you will make it again!

And if you like this one, you might be interested in 40 other slow cooker dump recipes that are AMAZING! The Slow Cooker Ribs are one of my favorites!

chicken parmesan casserole

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Casserole

MY whole family LOVED this Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Casserole. And so easy to make!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Lauren Cobello


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes 28 oz
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12 oz. uncooked pasta
  • 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs


  • Place chicken, spices, garlic, crushed tomatoes, and water in the slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours, medium for 6, or low for 8.
  • Shred chicken.
  • Add pasta and mix in well so that the pasta is covered in the liquid.
  • Cover and cook for another 20 minutes.
  • Add the cheese on top and close the lid and let it melt (this should take another 10 minutes).
  • While the cheese is melting, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add the breadcrumbs and mix well into the oil. Cook for a few minutes until the breadcrumbs are crispy.
  • Serve and top with the breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.


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  • just made this last night for the family and they totally LOVED IT!.. At first once the 4 hours where done i saw still too much water so I was a little worried it was going o end up being soggy pasta, but in the end it was perfectly done.. not today nor watery..

    baby approved too

  • Can i add the pasta at the beginning? I want to make this before going to work and let it cook all day. So i wont be able to put the pasta in until i get home which is late. I would like it to be ready for when i get home

  • Can you cook the chicken in the sauce ahead of time then reheat and add the rest before serving? Would like to prep the say before since I won’t have enough time the same day.

  • Made this today it is Amazing and so easy.
    Can I leave it in yhe crock pot over night and reheat tomorrow?

  • Not flavorful enugh for me and needs more sauce. It was missing that ‘something’, some spoces maybe…

  • Hi Lauren,

    I’m putting together my shopping list for making this casserole tonight. I’m surprised to see it called Chicken Parmesan when the recipe calls for mozzarella. In fact, parmesan did not make it onto your ingredients list. Am I missing something?

  • Where is the red sauce…I would think that it would have since the pics show some kind of red sauce?? I am just confused?? I am using pasta far so good!

  • Made this today and my kids loved it! I used a jar of sauce and some extra water. Also used gluten free pasta and it was great! Thanks for the recipe, I am going to share with others!!

  • I made this tonight and have read some comments.. I haven’t tried it yet it’s still cooking waiting on pasta to be done but 1/4 cup of water was barely ANY liquid after 4 hours on high.. I’ve seen comment that they thought it was going to be to much but I barely had any when I went to add the pasta so I added some more.. I may have added to much

  • Silly question, but how much parmesan cheese is needed? For some reason I don’t see it listed in the ingredients section.
    TIA 🙂

  • Sounds delish. Over here we usually boil dried penne pasta in water for 11mins til al dente. Did I use dried or fresh pasta?

  • Made this tonight for dinner, accidentally got petite diced tomatoes but it’s not too bad. Didn’t have much water in Crock-Pot so cook the penne some before adding it, was a lil bland so ended up adding some of my own spices. Only tried a bite and so far it taste pretty good. I cooked the chicken and sauce this morning and did the rest this evening.

  • Woke up to the glorious smell of simmering chicken breast in an AMAZING sauce. Just added in the pasta and getting ready for the day. This recipe is perfect and so easy to follow! Thanks ♥️

  • This is such a great and easy recipe!!! The bread crumbs really add a lot too. I added a little garlic salt to them just because I got unseasoned crumbs. So cheap and easy plus it makes great leftovers!

  • I thought there wasn’t enough water so I added some. Big mistake. Turned out with mushy pasta that was pasty and bland. Next time I will follow the instructions or make the pasta separate as that seems the easiest. Maybe add some more spices too.

  • Did mine on high for 4hours. There was not enough water to cook all my pasta. Ended up adding almost a cup of hot water and letting the pasta continue to cook for another 20 minutes and then while the cheese was melting. Don’t know if there was supposed to be a loose sauce or more casserole consistency when finished but mine was definitely on the casserole side. Still it was delicious and even my picky 5 year old ate it without complaining.

  • i followed the recipe to the T, and my can of crushed tomatoes looked like it had more chunks of tomatoes than yours. and also the parmesan was not included in the recipe so unfortunately missed that part. overall, it was ok. don’t think i would make again.

  • Please correct the ingredients list to include Parmesan cheese. I’m just now seeing at the very end of the instructions to sprinkle some on at the end. I went shopping for all the ingredients yesterday, and since Parmesan wasn’t on the ingredients, I didn’t buy any. I thought it was funny the recipe didn’t call got any, but it’s usually best not to stray from a recipe but he first time around. I’ve already started making it, so hopefully it will taste ok without it

  • I made this for dinner this evening and was not impressed. To begin with, I followed the recipe exactly but when I went to put in the pasta, there was almost no water. I decided to trust the recipe and go with it. Unfortunately, 20 minutes later, the pasta was barely cooked so I had to add water, and a good bit of it. I ended up adding garlic salt and garlic powder to the top of the cheese, which turned out being the best part. I was very disappointed that the sauce was bland. This may have been because I needed to add water but I saw a few other posters that thought it was vland as well. I don’t think I will make this again and if I do, I will use a jar of sauce instead. On a final note, parmesan was not listed in the ingredients (luckily I has some grated parmesan on hand) and for being called Chicken Parmesan, it sure played a very minute role in this dish.

  • Was anyone’s chicken dry? I seem to have that problem a lot with crock pot recipes I try. Any suggestions?

  • This was so bland and awful. No one in my famIly would eat it. Also, there wasn’t enough water to cook the pasta.

  • Hi Lauren – I made this before with my crockpot and it was delicious. Do you know if it could be made with an instant pot? Any recommendation on how long I would pressure cook this? – Thanks!

  • Pasta is too hard, which i had cooked the pasta first. The entire thing is probably ruined. My husband wont heat hard uncooked pasta

  • Very bland. Needs much more seasoning and sauce. Also, very al dente pasta. Probably won’t make again, regardless of ease.

  • The taste was good overall. But I made it with even a little less pasta than the 12oz and wasn’t enough sauce- ended up having to use almost a whole jar of sauce to make it enough. The pasta took way longer than 20 minutes, maybe just boiling it and adding it in would be better.

  • I’m not sure what went wrong with this. I took the slow/low approach for 8 hours. The chicken turned out beautifully, but there was very little liquid. I ended up adding a can of chopped tomatoes and water in order to get the pasta cooked. The whole thing ended up pretty dry. If you make this, I suggest doing the 4 hour method. I won’t be making it again.

  • Oh. my. goodness, Lauren Cobello! This recipe is SO scrumptious! My husband said he was surprised this was a slow cooker recipe. I used panko bread crumbs on top for even more delicious crunch. I’ve been cooking your meals one by one, and this was especially amazing! I’ve been substituting bison for the beef ones, and that’s worked out well. It’s been such a relief to plug an LG recipe into my weekly meal plan knowing that one day a week, I get a break from the kitchen while the slow cooker does the work for me. I get to share a yummy dinner with my family , AND I spend less money on groceries! Win-win-win! Thank you so much!

    • Tips: I almost always turn my slow cooker to high–you def need that for the pasta in this recipe. For chicken recipes, I cook them for no more than 3 hours to prevent a mealy texture. Sometimes I sub thighs for chicken breasts. I also followed the recipe & used canned tomatoes instead of pasta sauce. The extra liquid helps cook the pasta.

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