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World's Easiest Crock-Pot Italian Chicken

Crock-Pot Italian chicken is a flavorful go-to recipe you can throw together even on your busiest days. All it takes is chicken thighs, sliced onion, a jar of spaghetti sauce, and a few simple pantry ingredients, and you're on your way to a flavorful meal the whole family will love!
Course Crock Pot/Slow Cooker
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Crock-Pot chicken recipes, Crock-Pot Italian chicken, slow cooker chicken recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 259kcal
Author Marsha Maxwell


  • Le Creuset of America Revolution Bi-Material Saute Spoon, Cerise (Cherry Red)
  • Crock-Pot SCCPCCP350-SS Programmable Digital Casserole Crock Slow Cooker, 3.5 quart, Stainless Steel
  • Pyrex Measuring Cup 4-piece Set


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 large yellow or sweet onion sliced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning herb blend
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 jar prepared marinara or tomato-basil spaghetti sauce see notes
  • ¼ cup water


  • Thinly slice a large yellow or sweet onion and place in the bottom of the Crock-Pot.
  • Trim excess fat from 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs. It is not necessary to trim all the fat from the chicken, just any large pieces.
  • Place the chicken on top of the onion slices. Sprinkle with garlic salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, and dried basil.
  • Drizzle seasoned chicken with olive oil and melted butter.
  • Pour the jar of spaghetti sauce over the chicken. Pour in water.
  • Place the lid on the Crock-Pot, and cook the chicken on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
  • During the last 30-60 minutes of cooking, turn the Crock-Pot to high and remove the lid to evaporate any excess water.
  • Shred the chicken with 2 forks.
  • Taste your Crock-Pot Italian chicken and adjust the seasonings. You may want to add more herbs, garlic salt, or pepper.
  • Serve over your favorite pasta, or over roasted or steamed vegetables.
  • Garnish with grated Parmesan and/or chopped fresh basil, if desired.


Choose a marinara or tomato-basil spaghetti sauce that is low in sugar. Look for a sauce with 6 grams or less of sugar per serving.