I love being able to have supper on the table in less than 30 minutes. Especially on nights that I work, there’s so little time in the evening that I don’t want to spend most of it making supper! The best way to cut down on cooking time and still have a decent meal is to utilize the crock pot. A few weeks ago my hair stylist and I were trading crock pot recipes while she worked on my hair, and I mentioned that I rarely cooked chicken in the crock pot on weeknights. I find that it is always overcooked after 8 hours, even on low. She told me that she never thaws her chicken before sticking it in the crock pot – and that way it’s perfectly cooked by the time you’re ready to serve supper!
This method really intrigued me, so I tried it. It worked perfectly! I am happy to have a method for cooking chicken in the crock pot on long days! The recipe I’m sharing with you today is a breeze to pull together. All you have to do before supper is cook the noodles and throw a salad together!
A word of caution…I know there is some controversy about putting frozen chicken in the crock pot, and I did my research. I agree that if you’re cooking for someone who is at a high risk for food poisoning (very young children, pregnant women, the elderly, persons with compromised immune systems and chronic diseases) it’s wise to thaw the chicken first (source). I am not cooking for those types of people on my weeknights, so I’m going to live on the wild side and pop those frozen guys right in there. I always wear my seat belt, don’t smoke or drink, never ride roller coasters and I don’t text and drive. This is wild for me. 🙂
Chicken Spaghetti In The Crock Pot
- Chicken Breasts (frozen, bone in will take the longest to cook and won’t be as likely to dry out while they cook)
- 1 Jar Prepared Spaghetti Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
Place chicken in the crock pot and add sauce and seasoning on top. Cook frozen breasts on low for 8-10 hours (adjust cooking times as needed for faster cooking crock pots). Remove the cooked chicken from the crock pot and let stand for a few minutes. Cut the meat off the bone and serve on top of cooked pasta. Add the extra sauce from the pot and top with Parmesan cheese and extra Italian seasoning.