Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Crock Pot Italian Mozzarella Chicken

Thought I love my crock pot, I haven't used it as much as I have been lately. Usually I'd pull it out, once every couple of months, for spaghetti and meatballs, soup, pulled pork. Lately, with being at school all day on Mondays, Mr.Crock has been making an appearance more often, and I'm actually starting to love Mr. Crock. I mean who else could you have a delicious meal waiting for you, when you've been gone all day?

This week, I threw something together with a bunch of bits I had in the fridge. Some frozen chicken from the freezer, marinara sauce, cheese, pasta and olives. Pretty good eh? The chicken was fall apart tender, but a bit dry. I let it cook for about 8:30 hours, so I'd reduce that to 6 hrs in the future. The kids loved the pasta with the olives and the wonderful gooey cheese on the chicken. Served with a salad, you have dinner ready in about 15 minutes. Perfect in my book, LOL

Crock Pot Italian Mozzarella Chicken
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4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (can be frozen)
salt and pepper
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
3 cloves garlic, minces
2 c marinara sauce
1 C mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 lb penne pasta
1/3 C pimento stuffed olives, chopped
1/4 C Parmesan Cheese

Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt, pepper, oregano and basil. Place in a 4 qt slow cooker, sprinkle with minced garlic and top with marinara sauce. Cook on low for 6 hrs.

Once chicken is cooked, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add in pasta and cook to al dente. Remove Chicken from crock pot, onto an oven safe baking sheet. Top equally with shredded mozzarella and set aside. Add chopped olives and Parmesan to sauce in crock pot, cover and cook, while pasta is cooking.

Preheat broiler and place cheese topped chicken under broiler, to melt and toast the cheese. Toss cooked pasta with sauce and serve with chicken.

This post linked to

See Ya in the Gumbo
In and Out of the Kitchen
Manic Monday
Hearth and Soul
Tasty Tuesday
Delicious Dishes


Kalamity Kelli said...

Looks so delicious but the olives really make a HUGE impact! LOVE!

A Little about Ally! said...

Oh, this is gorgeous, and I LOVE the olives!!

Spatulas On Parade - Dawn said...

Thanks for sharing with us at In and Out of the Kitchen Link Up Party.
Dawn co host

Michelle said...

I can't get enough olives lately! The olives and the browned cheese on top of the chicken is making me hungry!
Thank you for sharing this with See Ya in the Gumbo, Cindy.

Shea @ Dixie Chik Cooks said...

Oh my word - this looks amazing! LOVE it :)

April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

Your dish looks absolutely scrumptious - the perfect easy and comforting supper. It's excellent that you can use the crock post for this too. Thank you for sharing this delicious dish with the Hearth and Soul hop.

Anonymous said...

Oh so good!