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Slow Cooker Chicken Zucchini & Spinach Pasta

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Make this Chicken, Zucchini, and Spinach right in the slow cooker. Eat it alone or spooned over your favorite noodles.
Slow Cooker Chicken Zucchini & Spinach Pasta - a super simple slow cooker meal that is healthy and delicious | Persnickety PlatesI know you’re probably thinking about all-Turkey everything right now, but stick with me. Sunday was busy. Really busy, with errands, prepping for my mother-in-law’s arrival, cookie making, etc. but I happened to throw this in the slow cooker in the morning so all day I had the comforting feeling of knowing that dinner was taken care of. I love that feeling.
{Also, I mentioned yesterday that if you get my posts via email, you’d be seeing a new, cleaner format. Well, I was surprised to see that I apparently didn’t set it up right so nothing was different. Some of this blogging tech stuff is beyond me. Let’s hope I got it to work for today’s post. Lemme know.}

I wish I had a catchy name for this dish. Basically I just took my favorite things (chicken, zucchini, spinach, pasta) and turned it into a slow cooker meal. I was going to call it Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan, but then I realized I wasn’t using any parmesan cheese. Oh well.
Slow Cooker Chicken Zucchini & Spinach Pasta - a super simple slow cooker meal that is healthy and delicious | Persnickety Plates

I really liked it, Julia ate the entire plate (which is rare for her toddler taste buds, lately) and Bob liked it, too. If you’re too busy with Thanksgiving plans this week, tuck it away for these coming weeks of holiday busyness. You’ll be happy you did.
Slow Cooker Chicken Zucchini & Spinach Pasta - a super simple slow cooker meal that is healthy and delicious | Persnickety Plates

Slow Cooker Chicken Zucchini & Spinach Pasta - a super simple slow cooker meal that is healthy and delicious | Persnickety Plates

Slow Cooker Chicken & Zucchini

Melissa | Persnickety Plates
Make this Chicken, Zucchini, and Spinach right in the slow cooker. Eat alone or spooned over your favorite noodles.
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 7 hrs
Total Time 7 hrs 10 mins
Servings 4 -6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 jar ~26 oz your favorite pasta sauce
  • 2 medium zucchinis chopped
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • your favorite shredded cheese I used an Italian blend

Instructions
 

  • Spray the bottom of your slow cooker with non-stick spray.
  • Cut your chicken into small pieces and season with salt & pepper.
  • To the slow cooker, add in the cubed chicken, pasta sauce, chopped zucchini, diced onion, and minced garlic. Stir to combine.
  • Cook on low for 7-8 hours.
  • One half hour before done, add in the baby spinach and sprinkle with about 1/2-1 cup of shredded cheese. Replace lid and let spinach wilt and cheese melt.
  • In that last half hour, I made some bowtie pasta to serve with the chicken and zucchini.
  • Spoon mixture over noodles and serve, or it's good as is.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Zucchini & Spinach Pasta - a super simple slow cooker meal that is healthy and delicious | Persnickety Plates
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  1. Connie says

    5 stars
    A M A Z I N G!! I THIS IS THE BEST PASTA DISH EVER! It works over spaghettini noodles too

  2. Lesel Ali says

    Hi. Do you peel the zucchini and remove the seeds? Or can I dice it up as is? Thanks!

    • Melissa Williams says

      Hi Lesel, I wash & dice up as is. If it is particularly seedy, you could scoop some out, but I haven’t had that issue. And the skin is full of nutrients so eat that, too 🙂

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