Slow-Cooker Chicken Pomodoro

Slow-Cooker Chicken Pomodoro

Brian CampbellCamfam Cookery
Chicken pomodoro should be perfectly suited for the slow cooker, but most slow-cooker recipes result in a dull, waterlogged dish. For a pomodoro recipe with assertive tomato flavor, we’d need to perfect the sauce. Both fresh tomatoes and canned diced tomatoes released too much liquid during cooking. Compounded with the juices from the chicken, they created a thin, dull sauce. Switching to tomato paste proved to be the answer; the thick, concentrated paste, thinned with a little heavy cream and the chicken’s juices, gave our sauce the perfect consistency and bold tomato flavor. Finishing the sauce with Parmesan contributed a nutty flavor, and a sprinkling of fresh basil tied it all together.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Calories 545 kcal


  • 1 Slow Cooker or Crock Pot


  • ¼ cup onion finely chopped
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp oregano minced fresh or 1/8 tsp dried
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 chicken breasts 6- to 8-ounce boneless, skinless & trimmed
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 tbsp basil chopped fresh


  • Microwave onion, tomato paste, garlic, oil, oregano, ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper flakes in bowl, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to slow cooker.
  • Stir in cream.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper and arrange in even layer in slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook until chicken registers 160˚ F for 1 to 2 hours on low.
  • Sprinkle chicken with Parmesan, cover, and let sit until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with basil and serve.




Serving: 1gCalories: 545kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 54gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 187mgSodium: 15148mgPotassium: 903mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1645IUVitamin C: 4mgVitamin D: 1µgVitamin E: 2mgCalcium: 205mgIron: 3mgZinc: 2mg
Keyword Chicken, Slow Cooker
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