Mouthwatering Crockpot Italian Chicken with Pasta (GF) cooks low and slow, resulting in a delicious meal that is healthy, gluten-free, and guaranteed to spice up your evening dinner!
Oh my goodness! Do I have a fantastic recipe for you today! This Crockpot Italian Chicken with Pasta (GF) is so good it ought to be against the law. Not only does it taste so good that you just might want a second helping, it is also healthy and gluten-free.
The chicken breasts are super tender and moist, just what you expect from a crockpot recipe. And the Italian seasonings, they are perfect. This recipe is spicy, loaded with tomato flavor, and best of all it has lots of tasty lean vegetables to go with the penne pasta. Add a tossed or spinach salad to this delicious dinner and your meal is complete.
Even better, this recipe serves eight, so depending upon the size of your family, you may have some tasty leftovers for another meal or two. And you know how I like leftovers: more about these leftovers in a minute.
So what inspired me to make this delicious crockpot recipe? Well, I saw this amazing looking pasta recipe on the internet for Slow-Cooker Rustic Italian Chicken. The recipe, a post by Chels & Josh from Catz in the Kitchen, sounded so good that I knew I had to make it. Oh – be sure to check out this lovely blog and their great recipes ranging from healthy, to Italian, to Mexican, and yes, to desserts.
When I made the recipe, I wanted to add a few more lean vegetables. So I added chopped onions to the recipe and I doubled the mushrooms. The more lean vegetables you add to a recipe, the lower the calories.
I also added tomato sauce as we absolutely adore a strong tomato flavor in the sauce when eating pasta. The best thing about this fantastic tasting recipe is what I did with the leftovers. I combined them all together and made an amazing Easy Rustic Italian Pasta Soup. It’s absolutely delicious! Hope you have enough leftovers from this Crockpot Italian Chicken with Pasta recipe to make this tasty, rustic soup recipe.
Lean, skinless chicken breasts are so good for you. It’s best to choose organic chicken breasts from pasture-raised chickens. If not, do be sure to remove all the skin and any excess fat. Chicken breasts are loaded with protein and when skinless, low in calories and fat.
100 grams (about 3.5 ounces) chicken breast, cooked has:
Protein – 29 grams or 58% DRI (Dietary Reference Intake)
Niacin – 8.5 mg or 42% DRI
Selenium – 22.3 mcg or 32% DRI
Phosphorus – 165 mg or 17% DRI
Vitamin B6 – 0.3 mg or 17% DRI
Calories – 151 or 8% DRI
Total fat – 3 grams or 5% DRI
Skinless chicken breasts are a good source of magnesium, zinc, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and potassium. Eating protein rich chicken helps you maintain a healthy body weight and aids weight loss.
When buying chicken breasts, be sure to check the sell-by-date on the label and do not buy chicken if the date has expired. Store chicken in the coldest part of your refrigerator. Make sure that the store packaging is completely sealing the chicken and no liquid is leaking. Repackage it if there is any leakage.
You can safely keep raw chicken in the refrigerator for two or three days. If you are not planning on using the chicken within that time frame, simply freeze it for later use. You can keep well-wrapped, airtight chicken in the freezer for several months or about one year.
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This crockpot meal is so easy to make. You start by placing the chicken breast into your crockpot. Then you chop up some carrots, peppers, and onions. Next you slice 2 cups of mushrooms. Add all these lovely vegetables to your crockpot.
Open a can of tomatoes and a can of tomato sauce, scooping out the ingredients into the crockpot on top of the veggies. Add in the spices. Cover, cook on low for at least 6 hours. When chicken is almost done, cook the penne pasta. Shred the chicken breasts, dish up the meal and serve. Easy peasy!
Hope you make this recipe because it’s:
Easy to make
Bursting with flavor
Rich in protein
Low in calories
Robust and rustic
Loaded with colorful lean vegetables
This tasty sensation has become one of my favorite chicken meals to make in the crockpot. With only the two of us in our household, this makes four wonderful meals for us. We have dinner one night, lunch or dinner the following night, and two meals of rustic soup, with at least one of them going into the freezer. Oh yes, my kind of meal!
Not fond of peppers? Add more carrots or add a couple of cups of chopped celery. You could also add fresh, frozen, or canned green beans.
Use any small gluten-free pasta for the penne pasta. Also, you don’t have to use gluten-free pasta. Regular wheat pasta is also delicious.
Instead of fresh parsley, garnish with fresh basil. Yum!
If you make this Italian chicken pasta recipe, please let us know. Leave a comment and tell us how your family liked it. Take a picture and tag it #yourdailyfoodchoices on Instagram! We’d love to see your delicious creation.
Until next time,
Linda and Steve
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P.S. Need more information about which type of meat is good for you? Check out this article on why protein is essential for your health.