Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
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!

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  2. Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken Recipe
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, one pot 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!

If you love this recipe, you might enjoy this Slow Cooker Chicken Breast or this Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings — they are both easy Crockpot meals!

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

4.90 from 546 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 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4
Calories 210cal


  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs
  • 3/4 cup tomato pasta sauce
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk or heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons 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


  • 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: 210cal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 1099mg | Potassium: 977mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 657IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 191mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Brandi says

    OH MY WORD! This recipe is amazing! Had dinner guests coming on a Saturday night and not a whole lot of time to prep a meal. I typically NEVER serve a dish I haven’t tried before when expecting guests but took a chance on this one because you can throw it in the slow cooker and forget about it. I ended up serving it over angel hair pasta along with freshly baked bread and green salad. The only thing I changed was adding Italian seasoning to the canned diced tomatos because I couldn’t find canned diced tomatoes with added herbs. OUTSTANDING is all I can say. My guests were blown away. They had two servings each! I have printed the recipe out and it is now permanently in my recipe book. You will not be disappointed in this recipe.

      • G. Gentile says

        I love all your recipes!! One thing I think I’ve noticed correctly is the high sodium in a lot of the recipes. Although delicious, would prefer less sodium. Do you have a list of lower sodium recipes?
        Ty, Ashley.

      • The Recipe Rebel says

        Hi G! No, I’m sorry I do not. You can typically find ways to reduce sodium by using low sodium or no sodium canned goods and removing the salt but it would change the flavor some.

  2. Michaella says

    This meal was absolutely delicious and so easy to make. I paired mine with angel hair pasta garnished with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese. The recipe made me feel like I’d gone out to a nice Italian restaurant!

  3. Emma says

    During the recent spell of freezing weather in the uk I wanted to make something hearty and warming that I could just chuck in my instant pot slow cooker at lunchtime and it would be ready and waiting when we finished work. This was absolutely amazing and so easy to prep! The chicken was so tender it fell apart and was lovely to mix with the pasta. There was loads left for the freezer, and it will become a regular dinner dish in our house. Next time I make it I might chuck in some chilli flakes. Thanks for a delicious recipe!

  4. Brittany says

    Could this be made as a make ahead freezer meal? Looking to make for a friend that just had twins-that way they have meals that just need to be put in the crock pot

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Brittany, 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)

      • Emma says

        Hi, I shredded the chicken and mixed it back into the sauce, then froze it in foil containers as portions for 2. It’s really easy to microwave from frozen. I cook it on about 70% power (so the sauce doesn’t split) for 3 mins, stir then another 3 mins usually does the trick. 😍

  5. Alli says

    So so so good! Seasoned and seared chicken first then topped with fresh grated Parmesan. Excellent I make this at least 2 times a month because of the simplicity and how delicious this really is!

  6. Christine says

    This recipe is absolutely amazing! I love chicken in the slow cooker. This sauce is so much better than anything you could ever buy. Works beautifully with any pasta you would like. I used palmini noodles for myself and animal pasta for my son. He loved it too, kid approved! I will make this again and again.

  7. Chris says

    To those using coconut cream, it might yield more of a mild curry but I’m sure it would still taste great. I seared the chicken and added some white wine to deglaze. Some pecorino added at the end. Thanks alot madam

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      I’m sure it would, you will just have a different result than the one you see here. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

      • Laura says

        I’m going to make this today, looks amazing. I plan on shredding the chicken, do you think this will freeze well?

      • The Recipe Rebel says

        Hi Laura! 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)

  8. Mary OConnell says

    Mary, made this dish last night and it was delish. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs that I had on hand and served it over fettuccine with the basil and park on top. It was a huge hit and so simple. Will make again and share recipe.

  9. Dana says

    After my first bite: “Mm….MM….. Oh my god… I will be making that again.” This is so good! I added Spinach and sprinkled with parmesan cheese! So so good.

      • The Recipe Rebel says

        Hi Brittany! I’ve only tested the recipe as is so I’m not sure how the coconut cream would work out but if you decide to experiment I’d love to know how it goes!

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