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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 176.8
  • Total Fat: 3.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 70.2 mg
  • Sodium: 129.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 7.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
  • Protein: 26.8 g

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Slow Cooker Marinara Chicken and Vegetables

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Slow Cooker Marinara Chicken and Vegetables

Introduction

In the morning, throw all the ingredients for this simple recipe in the slow cooker. A hearty and healthy dinner will be waiting for you when you get home! In the morning, throw all the ingredients for this simple recipe in the slow cooker. A hearty and healthy dinner will be waiting for you when you get home!
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken
    breasts
    4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
    4 tomatoes, chopped or one 14.5-ounce can low-sodium tomatoes, drained
    4 medium ribs celery, diced (1 cup)
    2 small zucchini, diced (2 cups)
    1 bell pepper, cored, seeded, and diced
    One 18-ounce jar low-sodium marinara
    sauce
    1 tsp dried basil
    1 tsp dried thyme

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Directions

1. Place the chicken in the slow cooker; add the
garlic, tomatoes, celery, zucchini, and pepper.
Pour the marinara sauce over all, and sprinkle
the basil and thyme on top.
2. Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 6
to 7 hours. Before serving, shred the chicken
with a fork.






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  • Incredible!
    83 of 84 people found this review helpful
    This recipe was easy to make which is a must for me. I served it over whole wheat pasta and it was DELICIOUS! I didn't use celery b/c I didn't have it. I also used a can of diced tomatoes with chiles and it gave it spice :) I think I will add mushrooms next time. I will definitely make it again - 12/27/09

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  • Very Good
    63 of 64 people found this review helpful
    will use it next time over spaghetti squash for more veggies. - 1/19/10

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  • Very Good
    48 of 55 people found this review helpful
    I added onion, shallots, chicken broth, a can of chickpeas and extra herbs and spices and it turned out like a great tomato chicken stew. - 3/28/10

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  • Incredible!
    45 of 46 people found this review helpful
    This was really good..whole family enjoyed it. My wife and I used frozen chicken breasts and we were kinda surprised at the low calories at 164 per serving...this true? No matter...it's a healthy meal that tastes great. We did *not* add anything to the menu such as pasta... - 3/17/10

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  • Bad
    38 of 89 people found this review helpful
    Not worth the slow cooking - all veggies can be placed in a pan along with the chicken and it all can be ready in 30 minutes... then add less marinara and let simmer another 10 minutes and that's all, no need to wait for 365 minutes...

    The celery has a strong taste - one cup of it is too much. - 7/21/10

    Reply from CHEF_MEG (1/28/13)
    Yes, in the oven is great too! If I make in the oven I reduce the celery by 1/4 cup. Some members just have to have their crock pot recipes. Chef Meg


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  • 28 of 33 people found this review helpful
    suggestion: buy rotisserie chicken and shredded it. If you have a digital scale and measure the amount you need and save the rest for chicken salad. I have made this before but not with jar sauce.. I used tomato puree and the veggies... served over whole wheat spaghetti. Topped with parmesan. - 8/10/10

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  • Very Good
    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
    I really enjoyed coming home to a house that smelled like spices! It was very good. I had it over brown rice. - 1/19/10

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  • Very Good
    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
    My family loved this, but I added extra spices because some comments mentioned it needed something. I added 4 whole bay leaves, 1 diced onion, 1 tsp red pepper flakes, and 1/2 tsp black pepper. - 9/9/10

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  • Very Good
    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
    Pretty good, but just a tad bland. I added some crushed red pepper but should have added more. - 5/8/10

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  • Incredible!
    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
    Very good. Slow cooker is nice if I set up before going to work. I agree, this can be done very quickly in a large saute pan on stove top. I add oregano, that's just me. This will support additional veggies, we like to add sauteed mushrooms, onions, shredded carrots in addition to zucchini. - 1/22/11

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  • Good
    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
    I like how easy this was to make and how full of veggies it was. There was way too much liquid in the crockpot after cooking so I put the liquid in a pot and boiled it to thicken it up. Served it over whole-wheat pasta. It was a bit bland but that's just the lack of salt. Leftovers freeze well. - 6/26/10

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  • 20 of 21 people found this review helpful
    I made this for my Keno night at my house and everyone loved it. just came home at lunch and dumped everything in, it was done and delicious when the girls got here! - 10/10/09

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  • 18 of 18 people found this review helpful
    Love that it can cover several meals and in different ways. Had it on pasta and will have it over baked potato later. Hopefully it will freeze well. I agree though it needed a bit more punch. I sauteed the chicken and some onion which helped and added red pepper flakes. Also added grated parm - 7/5/10

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  • Incredible!
    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    Added chopped onions, frozen chopped spinach and mushrooms and used tomato sauce instead of marinara. Also added more seasonings. Served it with penne pasta. It made enough to freeze a couple portions for lunches. Everyone loved it. Will definitely make again. - 9/7/10

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  • Very Good
    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
    I agree with the comment that this can be a 45 minute meal. I cut the chicken into thin sclices and cut the veggies into smaller pieces. I added some italian seasoning for flavor. I put it over whole wheat pasta. Served with salad... no bread here. It was good for lunch the next day too. - 3/6/11

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    We made this last night and we loved it! Easy to make, very low in calories and the whole family loved it. This will be added to our favorites! - 3/17/10

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    my husband, myself and 1 of the kids liked this alot - and the house smelled heavenly when we walked in after work, so that deserves an extra star! :) - 3/9/10

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  • Good
    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
    This is okay. My celery and garlic didn't really cook properly, despite cooking for the full 7 hours. Also, it's more of a stew than I expected. I wouldn't spread it on bread, more of a pasta topping. - 9/27/10

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  • Good
    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Okay, made this today but ate it like it was as we were too hungry to make some pasta or rice. It was "okay" but would have been a lot better with the pasta and a bit of parmesan sprinkled on top! Also, added some more spices and some mushrooms and chopped onions. - 9/9/10

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  • Very Good
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Good versitle recipe. Left out the celery because I didn't have any, added a dash of cayenne pepper because I like a little spice in almost everything. - 4/28/10

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  • O.K.
    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
    needs something...but it was very easy... - 2/12/10

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  • Good
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    It was kind of blah until I added a can of cream of mushroom soup which gave it a nice creaminess. Also added fresh spinach part way through which kind of melted into the sauce. Will use a less acidic sauce next time, probably Rinaldi's mushroom sauce. served over whole whole wheat pasta. - 6/1/10

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Very good! - 3/15/10

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Declicious and the family enjoyed it as well. - 1/21/10

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Incredible! I did two thirds of the chicken and cooked it while at work for the day on low. The chicken was very flavorful and the whole family loved it. - 1/25/11

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