The Best Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Recipe

This Slow Cooker Italian Chicken recipe is incredibly delicious! Made with simple ingredients and packed with amazing flavor. This single serving slow cooker chicken recipe features tender, juicy chicken with a flavorful sauce. Wonderful served over pasta, rice or potatoes.

A plate with two chicken thighs in italian sauce and chopped roasted potatoes

Even though you might be cooking for just yourself, you can still enjoy using a slow cooker or Crockpot. This wonderful slow cooker Italian chicken recipe is one of my favorite slow cooker chicken recipes and is so easy to make in my compact slow cooker.

Small slow cookers are perfect for folks who cook for one. Just like your average sized slow cooker (or Crockpot), all of the ingredients are placed inside the base in the morning and a few hours later, your meal is ready and your kitchen will be filled with the most wonderful aroma.

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As for this chicken recipe, I know you’ll love it. It’s adapted from a Crockpot recipe I used to make all the time when all of my five children were living at home. The flavors are amazing and the chicken is so tender and juicy.

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An overhead view of italian chicken with a small salad of iceberg lettuce and tomato slices and chopped roasted potatoes on a plate

Ingredients In Slow Cooker Chicken

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • Marinara sauce or tomato sauce
  • dried basil
  • dried oregano
  • garlic powder

See ways to use leftover ingredients below.

How To Make Italian Chicken

Step 1

Begin by placing two boneless, skinless chicken thighs in the base of a slow cooker. You can also use boneless, skinless chicken breasts if you’d like.

Pro Tip: I buy the big bags of frozen boneless, skinless chicken thighs from my grocery store and take out the amount I need when I’m ready to make a chicken dinner. It saves me from running to the store as often and the chicken is always there when I need it.

Just remember to defrost the chicken before you put it in the crockpot – you can do this by taking out a few pieces the night before and letting the chicken thaw in your refrigerator or microwave a couple a pieces before you put them in the slow cooker.

Step 2

Whisk together a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar and pour it over the chicken.

Then, add a little salt and pepper, Marinara sauce, garlic powder, dried basil and dried oregano.

Step 3

Let the chicken cook on low for 7 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Serve with pasta or roasted potatoes and enjoy!

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Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this Italian Chicken recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

Chicken: Chicken Fricassee, Chicken Margherita, Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Balsamic Vinegar: Chicken Caprese, Spinach and Orzo Salad, Antipasto Salad

Marinara sauce: Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls, Roasted Vegetable Pasta, Goulash

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What To Serve With Italian Chicken

Scalloped Potatoes

Roasted Carrots

Rice Pilaf

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Mashed Potatoes

For this Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Recipe For One, I use a 1.5 quart slow cooker, for best results use a slow cooker or crockpot of similar size.

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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Recipe For One

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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
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Total Time: 7 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Main Dish
Keyword: chicken, crockpot, slow cooker
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 566kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1 cup Marinara sauce or tomato sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

How To Video


  • Spray the inside of the slow cooker with an oil spray to prevent sticking.
  • Place the chicken thighs on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and the vinegar and pour over the chicken thighs.
  • Top with the salt and pepper.
  • Pour the Marinara sauce or tomato sauce over the chicken thighs.
  • Top with the spices.
  • Cook on low for 7 hours or high for 4. Serve with pasta, potatoes or rice.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 566kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 194mg | Sodium: 1761mg | Potassium: 1311mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1061IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 4mg
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The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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20 thoughts on “The Best Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Recipe”

  1. That blue pot, that looks like it’s sitting on it’s own heating pedastal is killing me! Where can I find it?

    1. Hi LeeAnn,
      It’s a Hamilton Beach Party Crock and I love it. It’s 1.5 quarts and I use it as a slow cooker sometimes. I did a quick check on Amazon and didn’t see it listed so I’m thinking it may be discontinued.


  2. I love your site. Do you have any cook books out. I want these recipes for my college age granddaughter. We gave her a crockpot for Christmas and she loves it.
    I am going to make the pasta and shrimp salad this week. Can’t wait!

    1. Hi Joey,

      Thank you so much, I’m so glad you are enjoying the recipes and I hope your granddaughter loves the slow cooker recipes!
      We are currently working on our cookbook and it should be released later this year (in time for Christmas!). We’re so excited about it and will keep our readers updated when we have an exact publication date.
      Have a wonderful week!

  3. Great recipe served “drippings” over rice using the microwave individual rice servings – the meal couldn’t have been simpler or tastier.

  4. Jakub Przedzienkowski

    5 stars
    Nice to have a site dedicated to cooking for one. I live alone and it just makes it easier then recalculating recipes for one. So thanks for this site

  5. 5 stars
    What a delicious looking recipe and so easy! I love dinners that I can set and forget so I don’t have to worry about rushing around in the evening making sure I put something on the table. This would work well for my husband and I by just doubling the recipe.

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