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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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 545 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. Lorraine says

    Very easy prep but the recipe was too bland for my taste. I would definitely season it with salt and pepper and onion powder next time.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Lorraine! There is actually salt and pepper in the recipe for seasoning, along with garlic and basil, but feel free to bump up the seasonings to your taste.

  2. Ashley says

    Maybe I cooked it wrong, but mine came out very liquid consistency…I used the evaporated milk over the heavy cream, I wonder if that was the cause of it? I was just envisioning something a lot more creamy like consistency.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Ashley! Hope you were still able to enjoy it? Yes the evaporated milk will not provide the same consistency as heavy cream does. Hope this helps!

  3. Julie says

    It’s a good recipe. First time making it was a bit bland for my preference so next time I added fried onions, my own pasta sauce and I seasoned an fried the chicken in butter/olive oil before adding it to the pot…… next time I’ll add more veg like bell pepper and succini also to make it a complete meal

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Stephanie! I haven’t tried it myself but according to Google, coconut milk has to be put in at the end or it could curdle. So you might have to switch some of the steps around when adding it. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  4. Joni Short says

    This recipe looks crazy delicious! I’m just curious, as a person that has to watch my sodium level, how can some of this be eliminated? Any ideas would help. Thanks!

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Joni! While I am not a registered dietitian or nutritionist when looking at this recipe you could easily buy low salt or no salt tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Pretty sure what you would normally do when looking at making a recipe for low sodium diets. Hope this helps!

  5. Kayla Rueck says

    I did three hours on low & still my chicken read over 200° upon removal. I get it’s sometimes finicky with different slow cookers but I think my new rule of thumb is breasts don’t belong in the cooker. The flavours were scrumptious! Just not a fan of the breasts.

  6. Teresa Bliss says

    This recipe was sooo delicious! I embellished a little by adding extra garlic…I measure that with my ❤️, a tablespoon of Italian seasoning and a splash of red pepper flakes. Definitely a keeper!

  7. Suzanne Higbee says

    This recipe is a keeper! The whole family enjoys this and it freezes well too. I tend to double the sauce on slow cooker recipes and I do for this one as well. Really excellent recipe. Thank you!

  8. Bridget says

    Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe!! It’s SO easy to make, and beyond delicious. The flavors are amazing, and the chicken is so juicy. I’ve put it over pasta noodles so far and it’s a great way to enjoy the recipe.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Elizabeth! That would be way too long to cook on high. I haven’t tried it myself but other readers have and cooked it around 1.5 to 2.5 hours. I would just keep an eye on the internal temperature. Enjoy!

  9. Laura F says

    Made this today! So good! Did add about a tablespoon of Italian seasoning along with the basil. And some red pepper chili flakes bc we like heat. Definitely a save! Will make again.

      • Andrew says

        Hi there! I’m definitely interested in making this. So I read if using a 6 quart to double the ingredients. Am I also doubling the time as well? Because this looks delicious and I can’t wait to make it 😋

  10. Darrin says

    Hi there! This recipe looks really good! If I were to cube the chicken before cooking, would it be the same cooking time? Also do you use the sauce from the recipe to your side of pasta or would use a separate sauce?

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Darrin! I don’t believe it would be the same cooking time. Yes, I use the sauce from the recipe on the pasta. Enjoy!

      • Simon says

        Hi Jenifer ,
        Loving all the recipes and am now cooking this one
        Can I freeze any leftover portions of the recipe
        Simon (uk)

      • The Recipe Rebel says

        Hi Simon, It could definitely be frozen as long as you use heavy creamy — low fat dairy doesn’t freeze well

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Tiffany, for food safety reasons chicken breasts shouldn’t really be cooked from frozen in a slow cooker because they stay at an unsafe temperature for too long. It can be done though, I just haven’t tested it myself. 🙂

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      HI Bridget! I haven’t tried it myself but other readers have with great success. Enjoy!

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Jennifer! I would either add crushed tomatoes and the pasta sauce, or enough crushed tomatoes to equal those two ingredients. Hope this helps!

  11. Don says

    I made it with Boneless chicken thighs and it was fantastic. Anyone who did not like this probably should not have tried in the first place.

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