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Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Servings 4

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This Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken is SO easy and flavorful, you wouldn’t believe it only has just a few ingredients! The perfect easy dinner recipe for busy weeknights!

slow cooker creamy tomato basil chicken breasts in a white crockpot

Fall is on its way and I’m busting out all the easy slow cooker, skillet and Instant Pot recipes!

We have been kind of obsessed with chicken this summer, so I always have a ton in the freezer.

This slow cooker chicken comes together in no time with just a handful of ingredients that we usually have on hand — which makes it a win in my books!

The creamy tomato flavor combo is always a hit over here, and we love this chicken over a plate of spaghetti but it can really be a stand alone meal with a side salad if that’s your thing!

overhead image of white plate with spaghetti and tomato basil chicken breast

My goal this fall (really, every fall) is to bring you more recipes for Real Life. Because summer is over and life goes back to Crazy, dinner time is rushed and spending hours in the kitchen is often the last thing on our minds.

The other reason, obviously, is that I need easy recipes like this too!

With a lot of slow cooker recipes, I find you sacrifice either flavor or texture or both. Browning meat beforehand can really help with that, but often even after that the juices need to be spiced up because after cooking for so long, the flavors just become muted.

With this chicken, though, there are no issues like that! You dump and go, and the sauce is the perfect consistency when it’s done and the flavor is awesome! So creamy and comforting, and yet only a small amount of cream or evaporated milk.

close up image of sliced tomato basil chicken breasts on plate of spaghetti

Tips for making this slow cooker chicken recipe:

  • I made this recipe in a 4 quart slow cooker — if you want to double it, I suggest a 6 quart slow cooker (I have both, and use them for different things!).
  • I really, really, REALLY recommend using slow cooker liners. I will gladly pay the 50 cents or whatever they cost to not have to wash that beast!
  • Please always, always check the temperature of your chicken with a meat thermometer before serving just to be safe! All slow cookers cook differently.
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Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken

5 from 9 votes
This Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken is SO easy and flavorful, you wouldn't believe it only has a few ingredients! The perfect easy dinner recipe!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4
Calories 134cal

Ingredients

  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs
  • 1 cup tomato pasta sauce
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk or heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  • Add tomatoes and pasta sauce to a 3-6 quart slow cooker.
  • Whisk together cream and corn starch and add to the slow cooker. Stir in garlic, salt, basil and pepper.
  • Add chicken breasts and press down into the sauce.
  • Cook on low for 3-5 hours, until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F. The exact cook time will depend on your slow cooker — a fuller slow cooker will take longer to cook, so a larger one will cook faster.
  • Stir in fresh basil and serve over pasta, rice, or with a salad and veggies!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 134cal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 339mg | Potassium: 733mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 16.3mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Lynn Mahanna says

    How big are the chicken breasts?
    I have Perdue perfect potions and I’m
    Wondering if they will be too small and over cook

  2. Jaclyn says

    I made this with tomato basil pasta sauce and it was perfect. I also accidentally used the whole jar instead of a cup but I’m glad I did because it made a lot of extra sauce which we like. We ate it over jasmine rice with some veggies it was perfect! This is a good weeknight meal to put in the rotation.

  3. Joanie says

    This was excellent and extremely easy! I used Trader Joe’s Pasta sauce, I think any good tomato based pasta/spaghetti sauce would work well. I added a splash of vodka, some red pepper flakes, and a tsp of chicken bullion in place of the salt. Thank you for this recipe ❣️

  4. Shannon Stafford says

    Can you use coconut milk instead of heavy cream? Mind you – I so want the heavy cream, just trying to be good. LOOKS AMAZING!! Putting in the week plan this week! TIA!!

    • Pj says

      Didn’t see a reply about the tomato paste sauce clarification.
      Tomato pasta and tomato sauce are two very separate things. Would like to know the answer to this. Thanks!

    • Daniel says

      Yes, if you read the front of the jar or can it’s called pasta sauce not spaghetti sauce and they make cream and cheese flavored instead of tomato flavored

    • Ashley Fehr says

      I haven’t tried but I think it could work! It’s not usually recommended to freeze dairy, but the higher the fat content the better it will freeze (so heavy cream could be fine)

  5. Barbara Manouselis says

    I do not have the cream or evaporated milk but found a can of coconut milk wondering if this will be ok to use a as substitution?

  6. Betsy says

    So good! I love the creaminess paired so perfectly with the rich tanginess of the tomato! Over pasta is the perfect thing for this…that and some lovely crusty bread to soak up any extra sauce. 😉 These blazingly hot days the slow cooker is my most trusted friend. Great recipe to use with my slow cooker! 🙂

  7. Ginny says

    This looks delicious. The can of diced tomatoes shown in the video looks a lot bigger than 14 oz. as stated in the recipe. Is it actually 28 oz? Just want to make sure before trying. Thanks.

  8. Quirky Homemaker says

    Sounds yummy! I love my slow cooker. You’re so funny. “doomed for some big fails sometime soon.” Ha! Aren’t we all? In fact I’ve already had a couple this week. 😉 But nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? All part of the creative process. This sounds and looks SUPER yummy! Enjoy your week.

  9. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says

    Well if this creamy tomato basil chicken is what real life looks like, count me in! Seriously, I don’t know what it is about fall, but i’m freggin’ exhausted, so 5 ingredient dinners that taste amazing sounds fabulous to me!! This looks absolutely delicious, Ashley! Keep the easy meals coming girlfriend! Cheers!

  10. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    You are definitely on a roll with those easy dinner ideas! And you really can’t beat 5 ingredients, especially when it’s in the slow cooker. Love the creamy sauce on this chicken! And that basil….yuuuum. My kinda meal, especially since the weather is getting cooler!

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