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4.17 from 37 votes

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Peppers

Tender shredded chicken slow cooked with marinara and sweet bell peppers makes this Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Peppers my new favorite dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Total Cost: $7.70 recipe / $1.28 serving
Servings: 6 (1 to 1.3 cups each)
Author: Beth M


  • 3 bell peppers (any color) $2.77
  • 1 medium onion $0.37
  • 2 boneless-skinless chicken breasts or thighs (1.5 lbs. total) $2.66*
  • 1 tsp basil $0.10
  • 1 tsp oregano $0.10
  • salt and pepper $0.05
  • 24 oz jar marinara sauce $1.65


  • Slice the bell peppers and onions into 1/4-inch strips. Lay half of the onion and peppers in the bottom of a 4-quart or larger slow cooker.
  • Place the chicken breasts on top of the onions and peppers and season lightly with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the basil and oregano over the chicken.
  • Cover the chicken with the remaining peppers and onions, then pour the marinara sauce over top.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for four hours or low for eight hours. After cooking, remove the lid and use tongs to stir the mixture and shred the chicken. The chicken should be so tender that it falls apart when pinched with the tongs.
  • Serve the saucy mixture over pasta, rice, polenta, or stuffed into a roll as a sandwich.


*This chicken was purchased on sale.