Slow Cooker Chicken Marinara with Roasted Vegetables

Like many areas around the country, its still cold here, but now we’ve added snow to the mix.  Preston and I spent yesterday morning cooking and food prepping.  We made a batch of New England Clam Chowder, which we enjoyed yesterday for lunch, as well as a new slow cooker meal that we haven’t tried before: Chicken Marinara with Roasted Vegetables.  This recipe was inspired by one that I saw in a cookbook, but like usual, we put our own spin on the recipe.

chicken marinara


2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
5 cloves of garlic, peeled and diced
14.5 oz can of petite diced tomatoes, drained
2 small or 1 large zucchini, diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 large onion, diced
1 jar marinara sauce
1 tbl dried basil
1 tbl dried thyme
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Sea salt and pepper to taste


1.  Place the chicken in the slow cooker.  Add the garlic, tomatoes, zucchini, green pepper, and onion.  Pour the marinara sauce over, and sprinkle with basil, thyme, and red pepper flakes.
2.  Stir well, ensuring that the chicken is well coated with vegetables and sauce.  Add sea salt and pepper per taste preferences.
3.  Cook on low for at least 7-8 hours.

Once the chicken is cooked, there are a couple of options for serving it.  It can be served solo, or along side spaghetti (whole grain spaghetti if you’re looking to make it healthier).  The chicken will be soft enough that it can be shredded, or you can serve it whole.

QOTD: What is your favorite Snow Day meal?

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41 Responses to Slow Cooker Chicken Marinara with Roasted Vegetables

  1. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    Yummm, I love a good homemade mac n cheese. Nothing like a good comfort food for a snow day!

  2. Yum! I love roasted vegetables any day!

  3. This looks so yummy! I always make crockpot meals on Wednesday- I will have to add it to my menu! 🙂

  4. Lesley says:

    I just got a crock pot and I love it. My favorite winter meals are the ones that fill the whole house with the smell and gives me plenty of leftovers. I love comfort food if the weather is awful.

  5. Looks good. It reminds me of a chicken cattitore I use to make.

  6. haha. Forget the chicken; I want that clam chowder.

  7. Elle says:

    Looks good and easy too. Love that. I would have it with mashed sweet potato.

  8. yum! I love just-throw-it-in-the-crock-pot-and-go recipes like this

  9. That looks very yummy! I love crock pot meals! We don’t have snow days here on the Gulf Coast but on really cold days I like Taco Soup!

  10. Pam says:

    I never use my crock pot except for chili but this looks easy and good. Maybe I will have to rethink the whole crock pot meal during the winter.

  11. Now that looks delicious! I think I am going to make that TONIGHT!!!! It won’t be done til about 8 pm ET but that’s ok. 🙂

  12. tonee78 says:

    Looks easy and delicious, my kind of meal! Thanks for sharing I can’t wait to try it!!

  13. I love using my crockpot and having dinner ready when I get home. One thing that I need to figure out though is I put it in for 8 hours but I will get home later than that and then it’s cold…I don’t think mine has a “warm” setting 😦 Will definitely be trying this!

  14. I haven’t had a SNOWY DAY MEAL in quite some time because I live in LA (thank goodness) but my favorite would be (when I lived at home in WY)… Salmon baked with clam sauce!!! Nothing gets better! 😉

  15. Ali Ronan says:

    This recipe sounds great. I love making easy things in the crock pot and then having healthy/tasty leftovers too. The last thing I cooked for a snow day was chili. That’s my standard go-to for cold weather.

  16. i’m all about anything in the crock pot. pinning this to make later! 🙂

  17. NutriFitMama says:

    I love slow cooker recipes. So easy and definitely comfort food friendly for the cold winter days!

  18. RFC says:

    My favorite snow day meal has ALWAYS been grilled cheese and tomato soup. Ever since I was a little girl!

  19. jillconyers says:

    Yum. I bet making it vegetarian would be delicious!

  20. Jennifer says:

    This looks really good! I love chili and soups on a snow day. I am craving clam chowder right now 🙂

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